Born: April 28, 1991 in Jamestown, New York
Died: March 18, 2013 in Mineral County, Nevada
Lance Cpl. Mason J. Vanderwork, 21, of of Jacksonville, NC, is a 2010 St. Stephens High School graduate. Stationed at Camp Lejeune, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps just after his high school graduation. In the two-and-a-half years that followed, the football player from St. Stephens High School served overseas twice, bought his first car and got married to a girl from home after a two month courtship. He wanted to be a marine because he knew it would help him become a man. His family remembers as a spontaneous, caring person who loved the beach, fast cars and spending time with family and friends. LCpl Vanderwork was a mortarman assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. He joined the Marine Corps in June 2010 and was promoted to his current rank in August 2011. Vanderwork’s awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He was most recently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011.
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