In Memory


Jordan Roy “Bud” Mason

Chief, U.S. Navy

World War II and Korean War Veteran

Bud grew up as Junior Johnson at McComas, West Virginia

Bud was born at Sagamore, WV on 10 September 1922. His mother, Vada Mae Winesett Mason divorced her husband, Roy Aden Mason, about the time or soon after Bud's birth. Veda later remarried Tom Johnson of Sagamore. Bud was given the name of Junior Johnson. After his graduation from McComas High School he joined the U. S. Navy. His birth certificate stated his name as J. R. Mason, but this was not a full name. When the navy required him to have a full name he named himself Jordan Roy Mason and had his birth certificate offically changed.

This began his 23-year career in the U. S. Navy. Bud joined the service around 1940. He retired 2 November 1968. Bud was a Chief Signalman and served on many Minesweepers during World War II. He also served with this writer (Gordon Howard) on the destroyer USS HANK DD-702 during the Korean War. Bud introduced me (Gordon) to his sister-in-law, Eva Jacquelyn “Jackie” Curran, my future wife.

The Hank and her sister ships were tabbed “The Galloping Ghosts of the Korean Coast” due to their rapid movements and shore bombardment of the east coast of Korea north of the 38th parallel. During WWII Bud served on the USS Palmer DMS-18 which was sunk in the Philippines, he was then transferred to the USS Cornwall YMS-356 at Jacksonville, FL which took him to the Normandy, France invasion on D-Day 5 June 1944. Bud's Naval career continued on the PCE-869, USS Montague AKA-18, shore duty at Balboa, CZ, USS Hank DD-702, USS LST-400 (which was later turned over to the Chinese navy), USS Russell County LST-1090, USS Pocono AG-616, Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL (training recruits), and the USS Tortuga LSD-26. He was not injured during his time in the service.

Bud married Rose “Marie” Curran of Thornhill/McComas, WV in 1943. They have three children. He died 6 February 1984 of a massive heart attack and is buried at the Riverside Memorial Cemetery, Riverside, CA.

This article was written and submitted by Gordon Howard

USS Hank
"The Galloping Ghosts of the Korean Coast"



USS Hank

Gordon Howard aboard the USS Hank in 1951 - he has supplied all the information on this page.(Bud Mason was his shipmate and future brother-in-law).

Gordon also lived at Thornhill for awhile with his wife Jackie Curran Howard

USS Hank's Voyages read more.... USS Hank Captain's Letter - his memories of his time aboard read more...
Shipmate John J. Krajeski recently found this McComas page on Bud Mason and the USS Hank.