J. Mason Slaughter Sr., 78, appraiser, decorated veteran

March 25, 1998|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

J. Mason Slaughter Sr., a retired appraiser and decorated World War II bomber pilot, died of cancer March 17 at his home in Easton. He was 78.

The Easton native graduated from high school there in 1936 and rTC Beacom Business College in 1939, the year he enlisted in the Army Air Corps.

He was a member of the "Flying Tigers," a group of pilots that was originally composed of American volunteers and flew in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II.

Mr. Slaughter flew 108 bombing missions against the Japanese, twice earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.

He was discharged in 1946 and attended the University of Maryland where he earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture in 1950.

He worked as a salesman for Hales and Hunter, a poultry feed company, and J. McKenney Willis and Son feed mill. In 1960, he joined the state highway agency as an appraiser and retired in 1982.

He was a member of the E. E. Streets Memorial Post No. 5118 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Talbot Post No. 70. He was also a member of Easton Elks Lodge No. 1622 and was a volunteer for many years with the Talbot County Little League for baseball and football.

He was a communicant of SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Easton, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Joan Welsh; a son, James Mason Slaughter Jr., and a daughter, Robin Ann Bramble, both of Bethlehem, Caroline County; a sister, Elizabeth Markey of Clearwater Beach, Fla.; and a granddaughter.

Pub Date: 3/25/98

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