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Charles Perry Mason
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Mason''' served two non-consecutive terms as [[mayor of Pensacola]], from 1947 to 1957 and again from 1963 to 1965.
Mason was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on [[January 12]], []. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in [] and entered flight training in Pensacola in May []. Mason graduated in [], becoming the Navy's 52nd aviator. In the same year, Mason married Ralphine Fisher in Pensacola. Before long, however, Mason was ordered to Europe, as America had become involved in World War I. Mason would later serve in World War II, also, at one point commanding the [[Wikipedia:USS Hornet (CV-8)|USS ''Hornet'']], and earning the [[Wikipedia:Navy Cross|Navy Cross]] for his defense of the ship before its destruction in the [[Wikipedia:Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands|Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands]].
Mason served in the Navy for 38 years, eventually attaining the rank of Vice Admiral. He retired from active duty in April [], first settling in Jacksonville, but soon returned to Pensacola, where he became Mayor of Pensacola in [].
Mason died August 13, 1971 and is buried at [[St. John’s Cemetery]].
[[Category:Mayors of the City of Pensacola|Mason, Charles P.]] [[Category:People buried in St. John's Cemetery|Mason, Charles P.]]
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