Mosser Interviews Employee Veteran in Honor of Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, we sat down with Andy Hershey, Mosser Superintendent, to talk about his time serving in the United States Army. He registered for the Army in an effort to get involved and give back to the country he loves so much. Andy was living in Hanau, Germany, when he was deployed to Albania and then Kosovo in 1998 through 1999.

While deployed, Andy stayed in touch with family and friends using payphones on and near base. With working 70+ hours a week there was not much free time to be had, but when there was, Andy and the rest of his unit caught up on sleep and tried to relax. His favorite food at the time was Pork Chow Mein MRE, which now would have the judges of Chopped spinning in their chairs.

Most Memorable Moments

Andy did some minor traveling while in Europe; one of his most memorable trips was to the Normandy beaches in France, where D-Day took place in 1944, for Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development training. Another memorable moment was bumping into President Clinton while Clinton was touring the European bases. Andy also said he will never forget receiving runner-up for the Ishner Award. This Award is for the Army Combat Engineer of the Year, so being nominated by someone in chain of command is an honor in itself, and coming in second is extraordinary! Andy received numerous other awards such as the Army Overseas ribbon, five Army accommodation medals, and a Meritorious Service medal.

When he returned to the US, he was stationed in Louisiana and after his second day back home in Ohio, he was hired by Mosser and has been a valued member of our team ever since. Since his time in the Army, Andy has a handful of friends he made during his service that he still talks to almost every day.

Andy has always been a go-to member of our Mosser team for knowledge and insight about all-things military, and we appreciate all he has done and continues to do for our country.

We hope everyone has a blessed and safe Veterans Day, and once again we thank all those who served and gave their lives for the United States of America.

Over the summer, Mosser donated crane services to place a new monument at the Sandusky County Veterans Memorial Park in Fremont, Ohio. Read more about the installation here.