USS Mason (DE-529), 1944-1947



USS Mason, a 1140-ton Evarts class destroyer escort, was constructed at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts. She was commissioned in March 1944 with a largely African-American enlisted complement. Mason was employed on convoy escort duties in the Atlantic and Mediterranean through the remainder of World War II. In the early post-war months, she served as a training and experimental ship. Mason decommissioned in October 1945 and was sold for scrapping in March 1947.

USS Mason was named in honor of Ensign Newton Henry Mason, USNR, a pilot with Fighting Squadron Three, who was killed in action during the Battle of Coral Sea, 7-8 May 1942.

These are NEW images recently cataloged by the NHHC Photo Section of USS Mason (DE-529).

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Photo #: 80-G-218861

USS Mason (DE-529)


African American crewmembers look proudly at their ship while moored at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 20 March 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 57KB; 740 x 540

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: NH 106729

USS Mason (DE-529)


Ship's crew mustered in Dress Blues on the ship's bow while moored at New York Harbor, New York.

Donated by Mr. Graham James.

Official NHHC Photograph.

Online Image: 60KB; 740 x 585

 
Photo #: NH 106730

USS Mason (DE-529)


Signalmen DuFau and Buchanan sending and receiving messages to Mason's sister ship. Convoy duty, North Atlantic, 1944 (Her sister ship is not listed).

Donated by Mr. Graham James.

Official NHHC Photograph.

Online Image: 124KB; 740 x 585

 
Photo #: NH 106731

USS Mason (DE-529)



Radarman Kieffer (left) and Radioman Graham (right) relaxing on smoke generators on Mason's fantail some where in the North Atlantic while on convoy duty, 1944.

Donated by Mr. Graham James.

Official NHHC Photograph

Online Image: 59KB; 580 x 765

 
Photo #: NH 106732

USS Mason (DE-529)


Half-tone image taken from an unknown newspaper. Lieutenant Junior Grade Phillips, Communication Officer, looks on as "Top Rank Signalman" Lorenzo DuFau hands Captain Blackford a message. They are pictured on the flying bridge during North Atlantic convoy duty, 1944.

Donated by Mr. Graham James.

Official NHHC Photograph

Online Image: 147KB; 740 x 590

 


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