For a detailed history of the 4th Degree, of our Assembly, of its
founders and for more information
on the patriotic and religious principles
for which we stand, click here.
Admiral Benson Assembly 381 is a very active assembly with patriotic
programs and charitable activities dedicated to the Church and Community.
Our Assembly has an active Color
The Sir Knights of Admiral
Benson Assembly Congratulate Commodore John Barry Council at the US Naval
Council No. 14534
Worthy Chaplain, Fr. Aidan Logan
Corps and participates in various civic
programs. The Assembly meets at one of five Council homes on a rotating basis.
more information, contact FN John Strawbridge, PGK, Fr. Michael J. McGivney #7025,
or write to the Assembly at: Faithful Comptroller Bob Welenc, Admiral William S. Benson Assembly,
511 Chad Avenue, Severn, MD 21144-2132; Email: bob_welenc "AT"
cablespeed "DOT" com; 410-969-8303 (home), 410-487-1730 (cell).
The Assembly is named for Admiral William S.
Benson, USN. A full biosketch of Admiral Benson is available from
the Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center, 805 Kidder
Breese SE, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., 20374. The following
sketch is taken in large measure from his official on-line Navy biography.
Admiral William S. Benson USN, was a distinguished Catholic Naval
officer and a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. William
Shepherd Benson was born in Macon, Georgia on September 25th, 1855. After
completion of his studies at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland
in 1877, he was
on active sea duty including a tour aboard the USS Dolphin. He was
also active in coastal surveying and hydrologic duties, was an instructor
at the Naval Academy, commanded the cruiser USS Albany and served
as a flag aide and fleet chief of staff.
In 1911, Captain Benson became the first Commanding Officer of the
battleship USS Utah (BB-31). He was Commandant of the Philadelphia
Navy Yard in 1913-1915, and from there was ordered to Washington, D.C.
where he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and became the Navy's
first Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).
Benson was heavily involved in defining the functions of the new CNO
strengthening the Navy during a period marked by internal Navy Department
tensions, U.S. interventions in the Caribbean and Central America, and the
European War crisis. Promoted to the rank of Admiral in 1916, his
responsibilities greatly expanded when the United States entered the First
World War in April, 1917. Over the next year and a half, he oversaw a huge
expansion of the Navy, the extension of its operations to European
waters and the transportation of the United States' Army to France.
After the November 1918 Armistice, he was an active participant in the
lengthy peace negotiations held in France.
Admiral Benson retired from Naval Service in September, 1919. Over the
next decade, he was active in the leadership of the U.S. Shipping Board.
Admiral Benson died in Washington, D.C. on May 20, 1932.
The Assembly meets on the second Tuesday
of every month at one of six Council homes on a rotating basis
including: Annapolis Council, #1384, Archbishop Keough Council, #5263, Fr.
Michael J. McGivney Council, #7025, South County Council, #8251, Saint
Bernadette's Council #11214 and Saint Andrew by the Bay Council #11552. Meetings start at 8:00 PM. The Assembly's Newsletter
posted in July/August and February gives the location of Assembly meetings
and events for the year. We also have a Yahoo
Email Group open to all Assembly members, their wives and their widows
The Assembly has had a storied history and tradition.
It has been active in and around the U.S. Naval Academy and Anne Arundel
County since its inception. We have been graced with many distinguished
members over our long history. Our motto, "Non sibi sed patria"
is taken from the U.S. Navy motto meaning, "Not for self, but for country."