From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Richard Mason, Jr. '40

Date of birth: September 23, 1916

Date of death: November 8, 1944

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:

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Arky was lost when USS Growler (SS 215) was sunk by Japanese surface vessels on November 8, 1944 in the South China Sea.

His wife was listed as next of kin. His memorial is at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Richard Keeble Mason, Jr. (NSN: 0-85184), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as Assistant Approach Officer of the U.S.S. GROWLER (SS_215), during the TENTH War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy controlled waters from 11 August 1944 to 26 September 1944. His cool leadership in coordinating the fire control data during the Growler's attacks which resulted in the sinking of three enemy destroyers, two merchant ships and in the damaging of two more merchant ships, showed great courage and ability. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 0585 (February 8, 1944)
Action Date: August 11 - September 26, 1944


After graduating Richard served as an ensign aboard the USS Pennsylvania. It is unclear if he was still assigned to the Pennsylvania on December 7, 1941, when the ship was in dry dock at Pearl Harbor, HI. With the war and hastened rank promotions, Richard was promoted to the temporary rank of Lt(jg) on May 14, 1942 and LT on October 1, 1942.

Class of 1940

Richard is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.