Franklin Van Valkenburgh (1888 - 1941)

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Birthplace: Minneapolis, Hennepin Co, MN
Death: Died in Pearl Harbor, Oahu, HI
Cause of death: KIA
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About Franklin Van Valkenburgh

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Captain Franklin Van Valkenburgh (NSN: 0-7187), United States Navy, for distinguished conduct in action, outstanding heroism, and utter disregard of his own safety above and beyond the call of duty during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. As Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. ARIZONA (BB-39), Captain 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.

Action Date: 7-Dec-41

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Arizona (BB-39)

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Capt. Franklin Van Valkenburgh's Timeline

April 5, 1888
Minneapolis, Hennepin Co, MN
April 2, 1914
Age 25
Olongapo, Philippines
Age 25
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Age 27
Hackensack, NJ, USA
December 7, 1941
Age 53
Pearl Harbor, Oahu, HI
Pearl Harbor, Oahu, HI