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PFC Mason Wayne Atwood

PFC Mason Wayne Atwood

Birth
Adrian, LaMoure County, North Dakota, USA
Death 31 Jan 1945 (aged 35)
Colmar, Departement du Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot B Row 10 Grave 9
Memorial ID 56370967 · View Source
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His next of kin was noted at Mrs. Grace L. Atwood who resided in Baldwinsville, New York.

Mason served as a Private First Class in the 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Onondaga County, New York prior to the war. He enlisted in the Army on November 26, 1943 in Binghamton, New York. He was noted as being employed as a Farm Hand and also as being Married.

Mason was "Killed In Action" in the final days of the battle for the Colmar Pocket. His division the 28th was originally a Pennsylvania National Guard unit. Their division patch was the Keystone for the Keystone State. The patch was red in color and the Germans after the bloody fighting in the Huertgen Forest called the division "The Bloody Bucket". They can best be described as a 'hard luck' outfit as after the horrendous casualties they suffered in the Huertgen Forest they were moved to the a quite area in Luxembourg. They were in fact in the direct line of attack by the Germans at the start of the Battle of the Bulge. were in not for their stand which is described in a book 'Alamo in the Ardennes" the Germans would have taken Bastogne. After the heavy fighting there they were reconstituted and send south to Alsace where they would again take heavy casualties in the final push to take the Colmar Pocket and captured the city of Colmar during the war.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 32948092



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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56370967
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Mason Wayne Atwood (Jun 1909–31 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56370967, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .