The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*MASON, LEONARD FOSTER
Rank and Organization:: Private First Class, U.S.
Marine Corps. Born: 2 February 1920, Middleborough, Ky. Accredited To: Ohio.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty as an automatic rifleman serving with the 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine
Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on the Asan-Adelup Beachhead, Guam,
Marianas Islands on 22 July 1944. Suddenly taken under fire by 2 enemy machineguns not
more than 15 yards away while clearing out hostile positions holding up the advance of his
platoon through a narrow gully, Pfc. Mason, alone and entirely on his own initiative,
climbed out of the gully and moved parallel to it toward the rear of the enemy position.
Although fired upon immediately by hostile riflemen from a higher position and wounded
repeatedly in the arm and shoulder, Pfc. Mason grimly pressed forward and had just reached
his objective when hit again by a burst of enemy machinegun fire, causing a critical wound
to which he later succumbed. With valiant disregard for his own peril, he persevered,
clearing out the hostile position, killing 5 Japanese, wounding another and then rejoining
his platoon to report the results of his action before consenting to be evacuated. His
exceptionally heroic act in the face of almost certain death enabled his platoon to
accomplish its mission and reflects the highest credit upon Pfc. Mason and the U.S. Naval
Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.