PVT Jesse Douglas Mason was born 24 Oct 1924 in Union County, Kentucky. He was the son of Leonard E and Mae Louise (Sullivan) Mason. His father was a lineman and was killed in 1930 by a fall from a pole. His mother was remarried, to Toy Walker Allen, in 1934. His step-father worked in a bakery.
When Jesse was drafted in August 1943 he was apparently working as an "actor" in the Evansville, Indiana area. After his training, Jesse was sent to Europe. On 10 Aug 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry. PVT Mason was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944.
PVT Mason was repatriated and re-interred with family in the Pythian Ridge Cemetery in Sturgis, Kentucky.