The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, CPT Harry A. Mason, who died in the service of his country on February 6th, 1945 in Luzon. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Harry was 29 years of age. He was from Henderson County, Kentucky.
The decorations earned by CPT Harry A. Mason include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
(General Orders No.179. HQ U.S. Army Pacific, 20 September 1945. This General Order awards the Posthumous Distinguished Cross to Captain Harry A Mason for extraordinary heroism in action on 6 February 1945.)
During an attack over exposed terrain against well-camouflaged, heavily-fortified enemy positions near Lupao; Captain Mason, commanding Company E, 35th Infantry, aggressively placed himself at the head of the assault platoon and had successfully led his men over 75 yards of terrain devoid of cover when an enemy machine gun and 47mm gun suddenly opened point-blank fire on the advancing troops. Two men were killed, three seriously wounded, and the remainder, thrown into temporary confusion, began to withdraw. Jumping to his feet with complete disregard for his own safety, Captain Mason, in the face of murderous fire, rallied his men and led them in overrunning the enemy positions and in destroying a machine gun and its crew. Leaving the platoon to consolidate its new position, he personally reconnoitered a thicket and located an emplaced Japanese tank. While leading his men through intense fire against this dangerous threat, he was killed by a direct hit from a 47mm gun. By his inspiring leadership, outstanding battlefield judgment, and high degree of personal bravery, Captain Mason provided an inspiring example that is worthy of the highest traditions of the United States Army.