ok after a little digging - i found the document where he changed his name in 1942. his name on this document prior to the change was Fothios Voyathis (Probably, Fotios/Photios Voyatzis). He was 45 in 1942 so he was born approx. 1897. He changed his name to Fred Mease. No clue why. He had been in the country for some time at this point. Any help is greatly appreciated.