||Electrician's Mate, Second Class
||604 12 44
||May 9, 1915
||Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
||USS Robalo (SS-273)
||July 26, 1944 (actual date of death is
||Probably off the east coast of Balabac Island,
||Sunk by a mine
Mason was born in Flomaton, Alabama.
He survived the
sinking of his vessel, but died in captivity.
His middle name is spelled "Coley" on his marker (below), and lists his birth date as May 1916. When Mason enlisted he spelled his middle name "Collie," and stated that he was born on May 9, 1915.
Photo and information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.
Photo courtesy of Becky Helms Hice
Pre-WWII Post-WWII Sources
Poston, Mason Collie
Poston, Mason Coley