Judge Claudia Andreassen’s granddaughters campaigning for her in Redondo Beach California
Remembering my Dad this Memorial Day Weekend
Ernest A. Youhouse, born March 5th, 1924, he died June 4th, 2017. He was one of Darby’s Rangers, the much decorated 1st Ranger Battalion in WWII. During a raid at Anzio Beach in 1943, he was wounded and taken prisoner to Stalag 344 near Landsdorf, Germany, where he was kept for 542 brutal days. On his third attempt he escaped and after eight days on the run he reached the Engilsh allied lines and was repatriated. He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, numerous other battle ribbons and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Despite losing part of his lung from his war injuries he ran five miles every day into his late seventies. Upon returning from the war he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Myer, and together they would raise four children and they would have celebrated 72 years of marriage the year he died. Ruth Youhouse (my Mom), now 95, lives independently in Monroe, North Carolina.
Shortly after his discharge from the Army he and Ruth credited a chance meeting with Harry Truman, during a whistle stop in Fairfield, Connecticut, for providing the information of the newly created GI Bill for the opportunity to attend the University of Missouri (the President’s home state) and later receive advanced degrees from the University of Bridgeport and Yale. He taught history in Connecticut and Charlotte, NC until he was 90.
My Dad never complained, never tired and never displayed any sign of the memories of the hardships he undoubtedly endured as a soldier and a POW during World War II. He was my hero and the hero to all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be forever remembered by all who knew him as the humble, quiet, introspective and decent man he was. We love you Dad and we miss you. The world misses you.
Judge Claudia Andreassen
Judge Andreassen’s five grandchildren; ages 8 months to 18. The oldest will be voting during the 2020 election.
Judge Andreassen getting ready for the primary June 23rd. Every vote counts.
3 Generations – Claudia, Morgan and Harper
Moments from the swearing in ceremony of 2018
One of the highlights of being a Town Justice is when Judge Andreassen is asked to preside over a couple’s nuptials. Here she is at a wedding rehearsal then donning her robes the following day for the actual ceremony in 2019. Judge Andreassen has performed many wedding ceremonies and each one is different and special.
Judge Andreassen walks through the field of flags in Greenville, NY displayed during Memorial Day and throughout the summer of 2019.
Judge Andreassen at the American Legion centennial dinner at Diamond Mills in Saugerties October, 2019. Her father, Ernest A. Youhouse, a former Army Ranger, was wounded and became a POW at Anzio during WWII. He passed away at 93 two years ago.
Judge Andreassen volunteers on ‘International Women’s Build Day’ with Ulster County Habitat For Humanity (pre-pandemic), at the Saugerties site on March 5 of this year.
Judge Andreassen attending a fundraising event at Marbella’s on March 6th. Seen here with the owner, Brendan Amodio