Harold Mason was born in West Brownsville, Pennsylvania. As the child of a railroad employee he lived in Buffalo, New York, Pittsburgh, and Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania. A student at the University of Pittsburgh at the time of the Pearl Harbor bombing, he had already attempted to join the Navy but was disqualified due to his poor eyesight. He succeeded in joining the Army in August of the next year as an aviation cadet. While awaiting training, he worked at a recruiting station from November of 1942, later working processing WAC enlistees, until March of 1943 when he entered flight training. Eventually commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant, he was deployed to England around Easter of 1944 and completed his tour in September of the same year. He married a high school classmate while home on leave during the tour. After retiring from the military, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America, started a business, and became a sales representative with Johns Manville.
Transcript Number 40
Title: Harold F. Mason: Remembering World War II
Interviewee: Harold F. Mason
Interviewer: Joe DeGennaro
Date of Interview: July 1, 2000
Location of Interview: Oak Island, NC
Description: VHS
Documentation: 1 Typed Transcript
Series: World War II Veterans Oral History Preservation Project
Series: Voices of Experience