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.
|Place of Birth||MN|
|Birth Date||Apr 05, 1888|
|Service Branch||U.S. Navy|
|Division||USS Arizona (BB-39)|
|Conflict||World War II|
|Date Of Action||Dec 07, 1941|
|Location and Details||Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii|