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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBDM

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - STUD POKER

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, MA (YN 1578)
Laid down 06 August 1945
Launched 04 January 1946
Commissioned 28 June 1946
Completed FRAM upgrade January 1964
Decommissioned and Stricken 02 November 1976
Transferred to Taiwan 10 March 1978, renamed Suī Yáng [綏陽]
Fate Decommissioned by Taiwan February 16 2000; to be sunk as an artificial reef.
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Mason 60kLeonard Foster Mason was born in Middlesborough, Kentucky, 22 February 1920. He later moved to Lima, Ohio, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in April 1943. Promoted to private first class in March 1943, Mason was sent to the Pacific war zone in October. Mason landed on Guam as part of Company E, 2nd Battalion, Third Marine Division, 22 July 1944. Two enemy machine guns opened fire on Mason’s platoon while the men traversed a gully. Acting on his own intiative, he attacked the enemy position from the rear. Although wounded many times in the upper body, Mason cleared out the hostile position, and rejoined his platoon to report on the action. Mason died of his wounds aboard a hospital ship the next day and was buried at sea. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
Photo from the USMC History Division.
Bill Gonyo
USS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852)
Mason 73kUndated, location unknown.-
Mason 92kEarly post war, location unknown.Marc Piché
Mason 63kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Mason 91kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Mason 129kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Mason 181kUSS Leonard F. Mason (DD 852) off Mare Island on September 20, 1950. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Mason 112kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Leonard F. Mason (DD 852) with USS Stickell (DD 888) inboard at Mare Island on 28 Sep 1950. USS Leonard F. Mason was in overhaul at the yard from 31 July to 6 Oct 1950.Darryl Baker
Mason 116kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Stickell (DD 888) with USS Leonard F. Mason (DD 852) outboard at Mare Island on 28 Sep 1950. Stickell was in overhaul at the yard from 28 July to 6 Oct 1950.Darryl Baker
Mason 109kStern view of USS Leonard F. Mason (DD 852) and USS Stickell (DD 888) at Mare Island on September 28, 1950.Darryl Baker
Mason 114kAft plan view of USS Stickell (DD 888) with USS Leonard F. Mason (DD 852) outboard at Mare Island on 28 Sep 1950.Darryl Baker
Mason 94kOff the rugged Korean coast, while on a bombardment mission. Photograph is dated 5 September 1951, but was taken earlier in the year, as Leonard F. Mason left the Western Pacific for the U.S. in late July 1951. Note snowy mountainsides in the background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Fred Weiss
Mason 175kAugust 21 1956, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Mason 191kFrom the USS Dixie (AD 14) photo lab dated September 14, 1956. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Mason 152kUSS Currituck (AV-7), USS Rupertus (DD-851), USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875), USS George K. Mackenzie (DD-836 and USS Leonard F. Mason at Okinawa circa 1961-1962.Gary Priolo
Mason 139kAs above.Gary Priolo
Mason 224kHong Kong, April 10 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Mason 38kSan Francisco July 1972.Marc Piché
Mason 50kUSS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852), at Naval Station, San Diego, California, May 1974. Photo by David Faige.Robert Hurst
Mason 231kMay 5 1974, photo by PHC C. C. Curtis, NPC KN-21911.Ed Zajkowski
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1975
Wolfgang Hechler
Mason 125kWellington, NZ, November 30 1975.Chris Howell
Mason 50kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Mason 65kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Mason 35kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
ROCS Suī Yáng [綏陽]
Mason 50kUnderway June 11 1989, location unknown.Robert Hurst

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Sidney D. B. Merrill    Jun 28 1946 - Jun 1947

CDR George Scruggs Bullen    Jun 1947 - Dec 1949

CDR John Baker Ferriter    Dec 1949 - Oct 1951

CDR William John Caspari    Oct 1951 - Dec 1953

CDR Donald Clayton Deane    Dec 1953 - Aug 1954

CDR Joseph Henry Rayburn Jr.    Aug 1954 - May 1956

CDR John Sanborn Weiler    May 1956 - Jan 13 1958

CDR Lester Emanuel George Setser    Jan 13 1958 - Feb 1959

CDR Thomas Hazapis    Feb 1959 - Nov 1960

CDR Brooks Walker Setzer Jr.    Nov 1960 - Oct 1 1961

CAPT Theodore Lawrence Balis    Oct 1 1961 - Oct 15 1961

CDR Louis Joseph Collister    Oct 15 1961 - Jul 1963

LT George Edwin Ludwig    Jul 1963 - Dec 1963

CDR Ralph Ellsworth Graham    Dec 1963 - Aug 19 1965

CDR Alan Michael Hazen    Aug 19 1965 - Apr 27 1967

CDR John Knox McConeghy    Apr 27 1967 - Jul 1969

CDR Roger Edgar Ekman    Jul 1969 - Jul 1971

CDR Charles Joseph Stuart Jr.    Jul 1971 - Jan 1972

CDR Homer Omans Mains Jr.    Jan 1972 - Dec 1972

CDR Robert Leon Warren    Dec 1972 - Jun 6 1973

CDR William Daniel Hohman    Jun 6 1973 - Jun 8 1975

CDR Charles Robe Schlegelmilch    Jun 8 1975 - Oct 1 1976

LCDR Kenneth Paul Olsen    Oct 1 1976 - Nov 2 1976

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Stephen "Jim" Long
Address: 147 E. El Valle, Green Valley, AZ 85614
Phone: (520)399-4962
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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