54th Anniversary Memorial
 To Leonard Foster Mason

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 

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A MEMORIAL TO
LEONARD FOSTER MASON
PFC, USMC
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L. F. Mason
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PFC Leonard Foster Mason
22 February 1920 - 23 July 1944star


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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 onboard the hospital ship USS Elmore the following day. He was awarded
the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart.
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NAVY AND MARINE MEDAL OF HONOR

Medal of Honor Citation

"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 Second Battalion, Third Marines, Third 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 Two Enemy Machine Guns Not More than Fifteen Yards Away While Clearing out Hostile Positions Holding up the Advance of His Platoon Through a Narrow Gully, Private First Class 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, Private First Class Mason Grimly Pressed Forward and Had Just Reached His Objective When Hit Again by a Burst of Machine Gun 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 Five 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 Private 
 First Class Mason and the United States Naval Service. He Gallantly Gave His Life for His Country."

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TO OUR BELOVED SON
HIS LOVING PARENTS
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Hillery Mason
15 June 1894 - 16 February 1957
and
Mollie Rachel (Partin) Mason
16 February 1897 - 26 March 1990
They were married 24 May 1913
at Cumberland Gap, TN
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What a wonderful family

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FROM HIS LOVING
BROTHERS AND SISTERS

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TO MY BROTHER
Ada
Ada (Mason) Martin 
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TO MY BROTHER
Edna
 Edna (Mason) Sampson 
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TO MY BROTHER
Edith
Edith (Mason) Cawood 
1 February 1918 - 3 March 1998
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TO MY BROTHER 
Neal
Neal Mason
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TO MY BROTHER
Willard
Willard (Bill) Mason
11 February 1924 - 25 March 1966 
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TO MY BROTHER
Ora
Ora Lee (Mason) Crites
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TO MY BROTHER
Elizabeth
 Elizabeth Mason Ackerman 
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TO MY BROTHER
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Hillery Mason, Jr
 5 June 1931 - 16 October 1931 
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TO MY BROTHER
June
June (Mason) Evans 
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TO MY BROTHER
Lauretta
Lauretta (Mason) Evans 
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TO MY BROTHER 
Helen
Helen Mason
17 February 1938 - 29 December 1938
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TO MY BROTHER
Joyce
Joyce (Mason) Johnson 
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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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This Web Page was created by and
is maintained by Paul D. Henriott
Last Updated 23 July 1998 not to update hereafter
If you have comments,
email me at phenriott@rtcol.com