Medal of Honor Citation: "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."
Franklin Van Valkenburgh
Despite a Navy career spanning more than 30 years, Captain Van Valkenburgh is best known as the last captain of the USS Arizona before it sank at Pearl Harbor.
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