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In memory of Franklin Van Valkenburgh

Captain U.S.N.

 
 
Franklin Van Valkenburgh Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 24, 2008
1. Franklin Van Valkenburgh Memorial Marker
Inscription. Killed while commanding his ship U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor T.H. December 7, 1941
 
Location. 42° 59.896′ N, 87° 56.696′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on West Forest Home Avenue. Touch for map. The memorial marker is located in Forest Home Cemetery, Lot 12, Block 6, Section 25. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53215, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edward George Ryan (within shouting distance of this marker); Orville Cadwell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Byron Kilbourn (about 400 feet away); Forest Home Soldiers' Lot (about 600 feet away); Mathias Stein (about 800 feet away); Jacob Best (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joseph Schlitz (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Silas J. Sawyer and Jennie E. Sawyer (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
More about this marker. The is a memorial only and his remains are in the bowels of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor. Apparently, the reference to "T.H." on the marker is to the Territory of Hawaii.
 
Regarding In memory of Franklin Van Valkenburgh. Medal of Honor Citation: *VAN VALKENBURGH,
Franklin Van Valkenburgh Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 24, 2008
2. Franklin Van Valkenburgh Memorial Marker
Full view of the Memorial Marker
FRANKLIN
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Navy
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.
 
Also see . . .  Tom McMahon's page honoring Capt. Van Valkenburgh. This page includes a portrait of the captain and a statement that he was the son and grandson of prominent Milwaukee lawyers. (Submitted on January 18, 2014.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Franklin Van Valkenburgh Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
3. Franklin Van Valkenburgh Memorial Marker
This Medal of Honor marker was installed in April 2009 and it is placed at the base of the Memorial Marker in Milwaukee WI
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2008
4. U.S.S. Arizona Memorial
This wall is on the platform over the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor HI.
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2008
5. U.S.S. Arizona Memorial
Detail showing the name of F. Van Valkenburgh Capt. Commanding Officer on the memorial wall at the USS Arizona Memorial.
National Cemetery of the Pacific image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 11, 2008
6. National Cemetery of the Pacific
Van Valkenburgh, Franklin-name inscribed on the Wall of the Missing, National Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu HI.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 24, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 24, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • William J. Toman was the editor who published this page.
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