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CMOHS.org - Captain VAN VALKENBURGH, FRANKLIN, U.S. Navy

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VAN VALKENBURGH, FRANKLIN

Rank: Captain
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 5 April 1888, Minneapolis, Minn.
Departed: Yes
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Accredited To: Wisconsin
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Citation

For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and complete disregard of his own life, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor T.H., by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. As commanding officer of the U.S.S. Arizona, Capt. Van Valkenburgh gallantly fought his ship until the U.S.S. Arizona blew up from magazine explosions and a direct bomb hit on the bridge which resulted in the loss of his life.