Howard Hartwell James Benson
Commodore, United States Navy
Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs: June 2007
Howard Hartwell James Benson (1888-1975).
Born on October 8, 1888 in Baltimore, Maryland,
the son of Admiral William S. Benson. Graduated
from Annapolis in 1909 and commissioned in 1911. Commanding Officer of
the Submarine H-2 1913-1916 then the Guinevere, Corona, Noma and Roe 1917-1918.
Commanding Officer of the Buchanan 1919-1920 then the Yarnell February-March
1920 and the Howard March-September 1920. Instructor at Annapolis
1920-1922. Commanding Officer of the S.P. Lee June-October 1922 then the
Sloat May 1927-June 1929. Graduated from the Naval War College in 1930.
Instructor at Annapolis 1930-1932. Commanding Officer of the Sapelo in
1932 and Acting Commanding Officer of the battleship Tennessee in 1934.
Graduated from the Army War College in 1935. Commanding Officer of the
Holland June 1936-July 1938, then the Reina Mercedes 1938-1941 and the
Washington April 1941-July 1942. Chief of Staff to Commandant Seventh Naval
District 1942-1945. Commodore in November 1944. Chief of Staff to Commander
Gulf Sea Frontier 1945-1946. Retired in November 1946. Decorations included
the Navy Cross and Legion of Merit. Died on January 28, 1975.
He is buried in Section 3 of Arlington National
Cemetery, just a few steps from his father.
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Commander
Howard H. Benson, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his
profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Corona and the U.S.S. Roe,
engaged in the important, exacting, and hazardous duty of patrolling the
waters infested by enemy submarines and mines, protecting vitally important
convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and
defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms
of enemy naval activity.
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006
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