PFC LEONARD F. MASON
2nd Bn, 3rd Marines
Asan-Adelup Beachhead, Guam
22 July 1944.
Pfc Mason was serving as an automatic rifleman in action against enemy forces on the Asan-Adelup Beachhead. He was out on point clearing out hostile positions when they were engaged by 2 enemy machinegun emplacements.
Mason and his fellow Marines were pinned down.
Pfc. Mason, alone and without orders, left the safety of cover and moved to the rear of the enemy positions.
He was fired on by another enemy position and was wounded several times.
Pfc Mason disregarded his wounds and pressed on to destroy the enemy positions , killing 5 Japanese, wounding another and then rejoining his platoon to give an observation report before consenting to be evacuated.
Pfc Leonard F. Mason succumbed to his wounds in the field hospital. He gallantly gave his life for his fellow Marines and his country.