FRANKLIN VAN VALKENBURGH
This Navy captain was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Captain Van Valkenburgh, commanding officer of the USS Arizona, was killed when that ship was blown up during attack on Pearl Harbor. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn April 5, 1888, and was appointed to Annapolis from Wisconsin in 1905. He studied postgraduate engineering at Annapolis and Columbia University from 1915 to 1917. During World War I he served aboard the USS Rhode Island, for which he was awarded the Victory Medal, Atlantic Fleet Clasp. Captain Van Valkenburgh's home was at 3023 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach. Calif.
Notice of the awarding of The Congressional Medal of Honor to Captain FRANKLIN VAN VALKENBURGH, commanding officer of the battleship U. S. S. ARIZONA at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Copied from LIFE Magazine's issue of April 6, 1953. Captain Van Valkenburgh was a grandson of the author of this book.