Mason F. Chronister

NAME
Mason Frank Chronister
NICKNAME
SERVICE NUMBER
O-6617
HOME OF RECORD
1212 North Montford Avenue, Baltimore, MD
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Anna Chronister
DATE OF BIRTH
December 31, 1917
ENTERED SERVICE
July 19, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
June 17, 1942
REGION
Philippines
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Cabanatuan Camp #3
CASUALTY TYPE
Died as POW
UNIT
B/1/4th Marines
DUTY
Platoon Leader
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Mason Chronister, a well-known former track star from the University of Maryland, was captured in the fall of Corregidor on 6 May 1942. Like hundreds of his countrymen, Chronister was held as a prisoner of war at Cabanatuan Camp #3, Luzon Province.

On 17 June 1942, Filipino guerrillas ambushed a Japanese Army truck in the vicinity of Cabanatuan. Lieutenant Chronister had the misfortune to be aboard the truck, and was hit by a bullet in the ensuing fracas. He died of his injuries shortly thereafter.

Chronister’s remains were interred somewhere near Cabanatuan – the location is variously reported as on the hospital grounds, in the camp cemetery, or even in the village of Cabanatuan itself. He has  not been recovered or identified.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
LAST KNOWN RANK
First Lieutenant
Captain (posthumous)
STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried, exact location unknown but believed in vicinity of Cabanatuan Prison Camp.
Not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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