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Port Canaveral, FL (Apr. 4, 2003) -- On April 12, 2003 the Navy commissioned its newest guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). The third ship to carry the name, Mason comes to life, like many U.S. Navy ships, with a built in and proud history.  But that's in addition to the heroics and statesmanship of the two men for which the ship is named: John Young Mason, Secretary of the Navy for Presidents John Tyler and James K. Polk and Distinguished Flying Cross winner Ensign Newton Henry Mason who died in aerial combat during World War II's Battle of Coral Sea.  U.S. Navy photo.  (RELEASED)

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Photo Date
April 4, 2003
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Caption Writer
LCDR Paul Jensen, Dep. Director, NVNS
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
Primary Equipment
DDG 87
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