Monday, July 22, 2013

Medal of Honor Monday: Franklin Van Valkenburgh

"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." 

From Capt. Valkenburgh's Medal of Honor citation, awarded in 1942.

May you be at peace, 
Brian & Mel

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