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Feb 13, 2013 9:25 AM

Southern Kentucky Road To Honor Veteran

MIDDLESBORO (AP) - Officials in southern Kentucky have unveiled a new road sign bearing the name of a native son who won the Medal of Honor.

The Middlesboro Daily News reports local and state officials attended a ceremony on Tuesday in remembrance of Pfc. Leonard F. Mason.

Mason enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and received the military's highest honor for his actions during the landing of Guam on July 22, 1944. The newspaper reports the enemy attacked Mason's platoon, which was trapped in a gully and Mason emerged and cleared a hostile position. He died from his injuries the next day.

State Rep. Rick Nelson told those who attended that Mason was a "hero," and Middlesboro Mayor Bill Kelley said Mason "left his mark on the world."

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.middlesborodailynews.com

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