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FRANK L. S. MASON IS BACK IN U. S. WATERS
Altoona Young Man Was Member of Transport Crew Escorting Engineers.
Frank L. S. Mason, son of Frank L. Mason of 331 Spruce avenue, Altoona, attached to the North Carolina, is now located, in Brooklyn, where this vessel is in dry dock following a return from a trip across the Atlantic as convoy to the Nineteenth regiment engineers of Philadelphia.
Mason, in a letter to his father, tells of his leaving for France on the North Carolina after a two day furlough in this city.
He describes the trip over the water, the sailor being on wafer twenty-four days without sighting land. The ship crew stayed at St. John's, Newfoundland, two days to be coaled and started the return trip, the vessel going outside the trans-Atlantic path.
The Altoonan, together with his associate sailors, was disappointed at not landing in France. The convoy bent turned over the troop vessels to the Admiral Sims torpedo boat flotilla.
The North Carolina traveled with wide open eyes on the journey with drills every day, including fire, collision, abandon ship and general quarters. Twenty-one torpedo tubes were kept open to welcome any submarines. Mason looks forward to another trip soon. The Altoonan in writing home says he is glad when he receives the daily copy of the Altoona Mirror.
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