Mason, Thomas Wesley, CW4

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
692-Transportation Officer
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 692, 3rd Infantry Division/HHC
Service Years
1931 - 1954

Transportation Corps

Chief Warrant Officer 4

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Home Town
Last Address
Eddyville, Benton County, Oregon

Date of Passing
Sep 09, 2009
Location of Interment
Mount Calvary Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Society of the 3rd Infantry Division15th Infantry Regiment Association
  2009, Society of the 3rd Infantry Division [Verified]
  2009, 15th Infantry Regiment Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
See also A Tribute to Tom Mason written by Colonel Tim Stoy

Thomas Mason enlisted in the Army in 1931.

He initiallly served with the 9th Field Artillery at Fort Lewis, Washington.  He then re-enlisted so that he could serve with the 15th in China.  There he served as a Private with the Transportation Platoon, Service Company, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Divison in Tiensin, China, where he served as a driver for the regimental commander for two years.

In 1936, he served with the 4th Infantry at Fort Missoula, Montana, until 1938. After a short tour with the Army Air Corps in San Francisco, he served with the 4th Coastal Artillery in the Panama Canal Zone until 1939.

During World War II, he served with the Western Defense Command in San Francisco and with the 18th Coastal Artillery in the Harbor Defenses of the Columbia.  He had been serving at the rank of sergeant first class when he received his warrant as warrant officer on 12 November 1942.

After World War II, he served with the Army of Occupation in Japan from 1946 to 1948. From 1948 to 1950, he served with the 14th Infantry at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Then, he joined the 3rd Infantry Division after it arrived in Korea in 1950, serving as the assistant division transportation officer until late 1951.  As a result of the role he played in the evacuation operations at the port of Hungnam in December 1950, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

CWO4 Mason finished his Army career at Fort Benning, Georgia, retiring in 1954 with 23 years service in the regular Army.

He returned to Oregon working there until his retirement.  He remained active in the 15th Infantry Association of Old China Hands and the 3rd Infantry Division Association.

He passed away at the age of 97.

He was interred in Mount Calvary Cemetery,  Portland, Oregon.
Other Comments:
Obit, Oregonian, 27 September 2009. (photos of Tom in China) (Taps) (personal history and establishment of the Thomas Wesley Mason Award with the 3rd Infantry Division Association)

Text:  Alfred Emile Cornebise, The United States 15th Infantry Regiment in China, 1912-1938, 2004
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 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment3rd Infantry Division
  1931-1934, 235, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery
  1934-1936, 235, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
  1936-1938, 235, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1950-1951, 692, 3rd Infantry Division/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1946-1948 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Evacuation of Hungnam
  1950-1953 Korean War
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