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USS Mason (DE 529)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - U - H
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Mason (DE 529) Building and Operational Data:
  • 14 October 1943: Keel laid at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 17 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. David Mason, mother of Ensign Mason
  • 20 March 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. William M. Blackford, USNR, in command
  • 12 October 1945: Decommissioned at Charleston, S.C. after 1 year and 7 months of service
  • 01 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 18 March 1947: Sold for scrapping at Charleston, S.C. to Mr. Thomas Harris of Barber, N.J.
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    94k 17 November 1943: Boston, Mass. - USS Mason (DE 529) being launched at the Boston Navy Yard. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    78k 20 March 1944: Boston, Mass. - The commanding officer, Lcdr William M. Blackford, passes a group of the African American sailors lined up for USS Mason's commissioning ceremony at the Boston Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    94k 20 March 1944: Boston, Mass. - Negro sailors of the USS Mason (DE 529), commissioned at Boston Navy Yard, proudly look over their ship which is the first to have a predominately Negro crew.

    (National Archives photo #80-G-218861)
    Ramon Jackson
    141k 20 March 1944: Boston, Mass. - Two crew members of Mason, moored at Boston Navy Yard in March 1944 when the ship is commissioned.

    (U.S. Navy Photo from the records of the Commandant, First Naval District, Boston, Mass; from theUnited States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    77k August 1944: at sea in a dazzle camouflage scheme -

    Mason History
    View the USS Mason (DE 529) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Mason as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Mason's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 20 Mar. 1944 12 Jun. 1945Lcdr. William Mann Blackford, USNR (Comm. CO) (Seattle, Wash.)
    2.) 12 Jun. 1945 20 Sep. 1945Lcdr. / Cdr. Norman H. Meyer, USNR
    3.) 20 Sep. 1945 12 Oct. 1945Lt. John C. Phillips, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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