Roll of Honor

Midshipmen entering the gates of Columbia University, circa 1943.

Franklin Van Valkenburgh

  • School: Engineer
  • Class Year: 1917
  • War: World War II
  • Date of Death: December 7, 1941

Captain Franklin van Valkenburgh, U.S. Navy, was the final commanding officer of USS Arizona. He was killed when his ship was destroyed during the Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor. His citation reads: "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


In recognition and remembrance for your service, courage, and gallantry for the United States of America.

- Elaine George

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