54TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL

I DEDICATE THIS MEMORIAL TO
MY KENTUCKIAN BROTHER

PFC LEONARD FOSTER MASON, USMC

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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FAMILY INFORMATION AND IMAGES                JOYCE (MASON) JOHNSON
GRAPHICS & GRAPHIC-TOUCH-UP                     LYNNE MILLER (Our Canadian Sweetheart)
A TRIBUTE TO THOSE THAT GAVE ALL            DIANE RITT (Daughter of the Oakland)
THE DEW ON THE ROSES                                        LAURA SLAYTON PHILLIPS (Daughter of the Oakland)
LEONARD F. MASON AWARD                               CAROL SUMNER (Daughter of the Oakland)
THE L. F. MASON MEMORIAL AWARD              JONI TERRIO (Daughter of the Oakland)

I created this Memorial for his parents, his son Larry and wife Kathy, 
their children, grand-children and all the members of the Mason Family.

PAUL D. HENRIOTT, CWO, USA, RETIRED 
MOUNT CAPTAIN OF MOUNT 52 - 1948-1950 - WEBMASTER

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  A MEMORIAL TO
PFC LEONARD FOSTER MASON

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L.F. Mason
PFC Leonard Foster Mason
22 February 1920 - 23 July 1944
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Leonard Foster Mason was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky on February 22, 
1920, the fourth of 13 children and the first son of Hillery and Mollie Rachel (Partin) Mason. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in April 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio, and was promoted to Private First Class in March 1943. He was stationed at Marine Barracks for training at Parris Island, South Carolina, then at the Naval Proving Ground, Indian Head, Maryland, and finally at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Ordered into the field in October 1943, he was sent to the Pacific and served as an Automatic Rifleman. 
He was wounded in an attack on Japanese forces on Guam on July 22, 1944, and died aboard the APA-42, USS Elmore, an amphibious assault transport the following day. He was awarded the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart.

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NAVY AND MARINE MEDAL OF HONOR


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MASON, LEONARD FOSTER

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps. 
Born: 2 February 1920, Middleborough, Kentucky. Accredited to: Ohio. 

The Citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond 
the call of duty as an automatic rifleman serving with the 2d Battalion, 
3d Marines, 3d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on the 
Asan-Adelup Beachhead, Guam, Marianas Islands on 22 July 1944. Suddenly 
taken under fire by 2 enemy machineguns not more than 15 yards away while 
clearing out hostile positions holding up the advance of his platoon through a 
narrow gully, Pfc. Mason, alone and entirely on his own initiative, climbed out of 
the gully and moved parallel to it toward the rear of the enemy position. Although 
fired upon immediately by hostile riflemen from a higher position and wounded 
repeatedly in the arm and shoulder, Pfc. Mason grimly pressed forward and had 
just reached his objective when hit again by a burst of enemy machinegun fire, 
causing a critical wound to which he later succumbed. With valiant disregard for 
his own peril, he persevered, clearing out the hostile position, killing 5 Japanese, 
wounding another and then rejoining his platoon to report the results of his action 
before consenting to be evacuated. His exceptionally heroic act in the face of 
almost certain death enabled his platoon to accomplish its mission and reflects the 
highest credit upon Pfc. Mason and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his 
life for his country.

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From the Officers and Crew
of the USS Leonard F. Mason

Requiescat in pace! --------- May he rest in peace!

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