Charles Gilbert Mason – First Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps

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Photo of Charles “Buddy” Mason, was taken from the 1964 Duke University yearbook, ‘Chanticleer.

MASON, CHARLES GILBERT
1ST LT USMC

  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 01/28/1942
  • DATE OF DEATH: 02/24/1967
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 03/28/1967
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 10  SITE 10576B L
  • ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

  • Full Name: CHARLES GILBERT MASON
  • Date of Birth: 1/28/1942
  • Date of Casualty: 2/24/1967
  • Home of Record: CHEVERLY, MARYLAND
  • Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS
  • Rank: 1LT
  • Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
  • Casualty Province: THUA THIEN

A 25-year-old Society Hill Marine Corps pilot was killed last Friday when his helicopter was shot down on an emergency mission in Vietnam, the Defense Department said Wednesday.

He is First Lieutenant Charles G. Mason, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Mason, of 413 Locust st. His wife, Lynelle and 22-month-old daughter, Lois live at 210 Locust Street.

Formerly of Washington, D.C., Mason's family moved to Philadelphia a year ago. He had been overseas since August.

He was a 1964 graduate of Duke University and entered the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation.

A telegram from the Defense Department said Mason was killed when his craft was hit by hostile fire while entering a battle zone to rescue wounded. The helicopter crashed and burned, the department said.

Article appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on March 2, 1967.


The following is a death notice that appeared in the 1967 Alumni Register, Duke University.

First Lieutenant Charles G. (Bud) Mason E.E. '64, a Marine co-pilot, was killed on February 24, 1967, when his helicopter was shot down on an emergency medical mission in Vietnam. He had been overseas since last August. Survivors, in addition to his wife, young daughter and son, who live in Philadelphia, Pa., include his parents, two sisters and one brother. One of his sisters is Kathryn Mason Haskell (Mrs. Frank B., III) B.S.N. '60.

Thanks to Nancy T. Perry, Duke University Archives, for her help in obtaining the above info and photo.

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