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MASON--Leon. Loving husband, father and grandfather. Born April 25, 1919. Died December 8, 2003.

A noble member of the 508th Division, 82nd Airborne. Hero at Normandy, Holland and Belgium. "You go through life once, and if you do it right, once is enough."

(The New York Times, New York, NY, 14 Dec 2003, Page 62)

(courtesy of "Noreen P")

Grave marker for Leon (Isreal) Mason in the Lockman-Mason-Miller Plot of the Mount Ararat Cemetery, Farmingdale (Suffolk county), New York.
     Born as Leon Israel, he changed his surname to Mason as an adult.
     Leon enlisted at Ft Totten, NY on 15 January 1942 and was initially trained as a member of the 507th PIR.  On 16 October 1942 he was one of many who were transferred to Camp Blanding, FL to act as cadre for the newly activated 508th PIR.
     Pfc Mason, known to many as "Gizmo", was assigned to Hq Hq and was awarded the Bronze Service Arrowhead for his participation in the Normandy assault.