Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Betty Benson

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Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Betty Benson, U.S. Army (retired) passed away at her home on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Funeral service will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the WAC Chapel, Ft. McClellan, Ala. Burial with full military honors will follow immediately at Anniston Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour before service time at the WAC Chapel and a reception will follow the burial at the American Legion, 1501 Pelham Road, Jacksonville. CSM Benson was preceded in death by her parents, Byron J. and Ethel M. Smither Benson and her brother, Byron J. Benson. She is survived by her nieces, Barbara J. Palmer and Betty J. Benson; nephews, Barry J. Benson, Brad J. Benson and Bruce J. Benson and their immediate families. She is also survived by many other loving relatives and a legion of friends from her time in the military and her many retirement activities. CSM Benson was from Newton Falls, Ohio and began her military career in February, 1949 at Ft. Lee, Virginia. Her many career assignments include Ft. Devens, Mass., the U. S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, N.H., Ft. Ord, CA, Ft. Myer, Va. and the U. S. Army Recruiting CMD in Albany, N.Y. and Des Moines, Iowa. Her overseas assignments included Camp Zama, Japan, The Republic of Vietnam where she was a member of the advanced party to activate the first Women's Army Corps (WAC) Detachment in that country. She also served in Hanau, Germany and Camp Darby, Italy where she was the Post Sergeant Major. CSM Benson attended the U. S. Army first Command Sergeants Major Academy, Ft. Bliss, Texas. Her last duty assignment was at Ft. McClellan, Ala. as the senior enlisted soldier for the Second Basic Training Battalion, U. S. Army MP School and Training Center and she remained until her 30 year mandatory retirement on 30 June 1980. CSM Benson received many award and decorations during her time in the Army including the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Battle Stars, the Bronze Star Medal and the Legion of Merit. While on active duty and after her retirement Betty served as a member of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) Foundation Board where she was very active in helping get the WAC Museum built at Ft. McClelland and was a member of the local chapter of the WAC Veterans Association. During her retirement, Betty co-owed and operated the Pet Motel for seven years and was one of the original founders and served as President of the League of Animal Welfare (LAW). She was also active as a volunteer with many local community agencies. Betty's family and her many friends give thanks to all of her caregivers for the past seven years. Special thanks to the New Beacon Hospice Staff and her nurses for their caring guidance and advice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Friends of the Army Women's Museum Association (FAWMA) P. O. Box 1027, Prince George, VA 23875, Meals on Wheels, 201 Wind Ridge NE, Jacksonville, AL 36265 or the Women in Military Service for American Memorial (WIMSA) Dept. 560, Washington, DC 20042-0560. Anniston Memorial Funeral Home 3865 U. S. Highway 431 N Anniston, Alabama 36206 256-820-0024
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Published in The Anniston Star on May 20, 2016
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