The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*VAN VALKENBURGH, FRANKLIN
Rank and Organization: Captain, U.S. Navy. Born:
5 April 1888, Minneapolis, Minn. Appointed From: Wisconsin.
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.
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