Rank and organization:   Captain, U.S. Navy.
Birth:   5 April 1888, Minneapolis,
Appointed from:   Wisconsin.
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.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)