Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
Notable Graduates

Franklin Van Valkenburgh

Franklin Van Valkenburgh

Medal of Honor Recipient

Medal of Honor
  • Born: 5 April 1888, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Rank: Captain
  • Organization: United States Navy
  • Accredited To: 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.

go to Top