On behalf of a grateful country

Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge recipient honored
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Photo courtesy of Ralph Saunders
            Don Mason (left) visits with Riverstone Hospice volunteer Pete Timm following a pinning ceremony last Friday at the Meadowlark Assisted Living Facility in Columbus.

Sitting in a chair at the Meadowlark Assisted Living Facility, surrounded by family and friends last Friday, it’s not difficult to picture Donald E. Mason in a trench during WW II.

As a member of the U.S. Army’s Company G 398th Infantry Regiment of the 100th Division in France in 1944, Mason served his country in battle. He avoided the fate of some fellow soldiers who were captured as prisoners of war, only to be wounded a few weeks later by a mortar shell round that killed a soldier nearby.

Once he had recovered from his injuries, Mason was assigned to work as a reporter and editor for two Army newspapers, covering the war crimes trials in Nuremberg. His orders home came before that mission started.

Mason returned home to the United States and went on to graduate in architecture from the University of Idaho.

Last week, in front of more than 30 family members, friends, hospice volunteers and Meadowlark residents, the Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge recipient was honored by the Riverstone Hospice group for his service — and his sacrifice — to this country.

“On behalf of a grateful nation,” were the words spoken by River-stone Hospice representative Pete Timm, who is himself a retired United States Marine.

Among the attendees were Mason’s sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Rose Mason from Alaska, and Mark and Vickie Mason from Arizona for the event.


Riverstone Hospice runs the pinning program in an effort to honor its veterans, said Timm. Timm volunteers his services for the ceremonies.