Capt. Franklin Van Valkenburgh, Medal of Honor

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Franklin van Valkenburgh

Also Known As: "Van", "Valkenburg"
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Hennepin Co, MN
Death: Died in Pearl Harbor, Oahu, HI
Cause of death: KIA
Place of Burial: Pearl Harbor, Oahu, HI
Immediate Family:

Son of Frank Pratt Van Valkenburgh and Jane Irvin Van Valkenburgh
Husband of Marguerite Van Valkenburgh
Father of Jane Carleen Thorn and Elizabeth Ann Mackrille
Brother of Helen Williams and Alice Van Valkenburgh

Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Capt. Franklin Van Valkenburgh, Medal of Honor

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, Medal of Honor's Timeline

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