|Stern of the USS Pendleton after the storm, aground, on its side|
after the men had been rescued. (all are Internet downloads)
|Rescue motorboat being launched|
from the CGC Yakutat
Furthermore, Mason is alive, age 86, and on the afternoon of February 7th, sat down in the Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard with his daughter to see the movie.
|CGC Yakutat's rescue boat with crew of five|
The February 25, 2016 edition of Beacon-Villager carried this column and also an interview with Mr. Mercer, conducted and reported by Holly Camero, reporter/editor. Her article included a photo of Mercer holding the medal he received back in 1952. After serving three years in the Coast Guard, Mason returned the area to live in Stow, where he and his wife raised four children.
Back on May 22, 1952, The Maynard Enterprise had a first-page story about Mason, in response to his having been awarded the Coast Guard Silver Life-Saving Medal at a ceremony in Washington, DC, at which twenty other seamen also received awards for their parts in the rescues of February 18-19, 1952. From the article:
Mason's Citation: "For heroic action on the morning of 19 February 1952, as a crew member of a motor surfboat, from the United States Coast Guard Cutter Yakutat, engaged in the rescue of survivors of the tanker USS Fort Mercer, which had broken in two in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Code, Massachusetts. Although the surfboat had been damaged while getting away from the Yakutat, Mason displayed outstanding seamanship while assisting in bringing it to the bow section of the Fort Mercer. There, in the face of extreme peril, he and the other crew members persuaded two survivors to jump into the water so that they could be picked up. The survivors were recovered and taken aboard the surfboat, which, severely damaged and in a sinking condition, was forced to return to the Yakutat. Mason's exceptional courage, professional skill, and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard."
- Secretary of the Treasury.
|Edward A. Mason, Jr., holding the Coast Guard Silver|
Lifesaving Medal he was awarded in May 1952
Photo: Ann Ringwood, Beacon-Villager