Dallas Masons travel to Corpus Christi to observe a Master Masons Degree on the USS Lexington
Masons from all over the state, including the Grand Master and members of Hillcrest Lodge travelled to witness a historic Master Masons degree on the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi Texas. Hillcrest Brethren delivered Hillcrest Masonic Pins to the candidate.
On September 12, Oso Naval Lodge #1282 in Corpus Christi held a Master Mason’s degree
onboard the USS Lexington. Hillcrest members Seth Alston and Scott Brosi attended the degree
and presented the Worshipful Master of Oso Lodge Russell Keyes, District Instructor #37-A
Mike King, and our newest Master Mason Tarryl Ray with Hillcrest lapel pins.
Known as “The Blue Ghost”, the Lexington is one of 24 Essex class aircraft carriers built during
World War II for the United States Navy. Lexington was commissioned in February 1943 and
served in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater. She was decommissioned in 1991 and was
designated a national historic landmark in 2003. Oso Naval Lodge was formed in 1942 by area
Masons who were actively involved in the military, primarily the U.S. Navy. The lodge began
conferring the MM degrees on the Lex in 2011.
Hillcrest Lodge Lapel Pins were given to the Worshipful Master of Oso Lodge #1282, Russell Keyes, District Instructor #37-A Mike King, P.M., and to the newly raised Master Mason Tarryl Ray.
Many Grand Lodge award-winning Ritualists participated in the degree, including the Deputy
Grand Master, the Grand Senior Warden, and the Grand Junior Warden. Most Worshipful Grand
Master Michael Wiggins was also in attendance, and presented the newly raised Master with the
Grand Master’s coin.
“I’m very grateful I made the trip and got to witness this solemn occasion with all present,” said
Brother Alston. “I’m also glad I spent a lot of time with Brother Brosi getting to know him
better. This was a great trip.”