WWII Vet Remembers Invasion of Italy

When Pearl Harbor was bombed, Harold Mason was 21-year old mapmaker working for the Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis.

Harold Mason, WWII Veteran, Third Army

Harold Mason, WWII Veteran, Third Army

He was quickly drafted into the Army and went from mapping the Mississippi River to mapping the beaches of Normandy and other Allied targets. One of the maps he drew was for his own unit’s invasion of Italy.

Listen to Harold Mason’s recollection of that 1943 invasion.

There are 51,000 World War II veterans living in Tennessee. Harold Mason is one six Nashvillians photographed for a new book titled, “The Last Good War.”

Images from The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II.
Photographs © Thomas Sanders, text © Veronica Kavass.
Published by Welcome Books, October 2010.
For more, visit www.welcomebooks.com/lastgoodwar
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