Ralph S. Mason

Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Death 12 Sep 2008 (aged 85)
Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Reiffton, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 33457951 · View Source
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He was the son of the late Stuart J. and Dorothy (Brown) Mason.

He is survived by his wife, Claire G. (McGinley) Mason.

Ohter survivors include three daughters: Sandra L. Parker, Charlotte, N. C.,; Sharon L. Pikalow, West Chester; and Cynthia L. Burger, Eugene, Ore.

There are also two granchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his only sibling, Lieut. Commander Stuart J. Mason, Jr., United States Navy (retired).

After surviving the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor a year later, he advanced through the enlisted ranks to chief quartermaster. He was commissioned an ensign in 1954 and retired Feb. 1, 1971 as a commander, a veteran of World War II, Korean War and the first six years of the Vietnam War.

His medals and awards include: The Combat Action Ribbon: Navy United Commendation (USS Honolulu CL 48); Good Conduct Medal with three stars: American Defense Service Medal with one star: American Campaign Medal: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with nine stars; World War II Victory Medal: Navy Occupation Service Medal: National Defense Service Medal with one star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (USS Nitro AE23 Cuban Blockade): Vietnam Service Medal with one star: Philippine Liberation Medal with one star: Philippine Republic Presidential Citation (USS Honolulu C148): Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (USS Towhee AGS 28): Surface Warfare Officer Insignia: Command at Sea Insigne (USS Portunus ARC 1 and USS Towhee AGS 28); and U.S. Congressional 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack Medal.

During his sea duty, he served in USS Honolulu (CL 48), USS Seal (SS 183), USS Oriskany (CV 34), USS Block Island (CVE 106), USS Siboney (CVE 112), USS Portunus (ARC 1) as commanding officer, USS Nitro (AE23), and USS Towhee (AGS 28 as commanding officer.

His shore duty included submarine Base, New London, Conn.; Degaussing Unit, Panama Canal Zone; Recruit Training Command, Bainbridge, MD.: Receiving Station, Philadelphia; Naval Station, Annapolis, Md.; and Chesapeake Bay Division of the U.S. Naval Reserch Laboratory at Chesapeake Beach, Md., as officer-in-charge.

He was a member of Military Officers Association of America and was a charter member, first life member, former treasurer and past president of Valley Forge Chapter of MOAA. He was also a member of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and served as storekeeper, secretary/treasurer, vice president and president of local Pennsylvania groups of the PHSA. He was a life member of the U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailor's Association.

Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave., Mount Penn handled arrangements.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ralph S. Mason (23 Jan 1923–12 Sep 2008), Find a Grave Memorial no. 33457951, citing Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Rose Marie (contributor 46959732) .