In November 2016, Director Cox initiated a series of "H-grams." Inspired by the late Admiral Zumwalt’s series of Z-grams used to communicate with sailors throughout the Navy, H-grams are an avenue by which NHHC provides significant historical context to aid today’s decision-makers. H-grams and associated attachments reflect Director Cox’s personal assessment, aided by NHHC historians, of significant events in U.S. Navy history. Each H-gram draws on archival material, historic imagery, and written and oral history. In addition to the H-grams reproduced here, you’ll find links to Director Cox’s regular contributions to The Sextant, NHHC’s blog. The linked content explores a variety of topics, but consistently emphasizes the importance of honoring the service of sailors throughout history and understanding the relevance of the past to today’s Navy.
Director Cox describes the escape of Chief Fire Controlman Lauren Bruner from battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) during the attack on Pearl Harbor to Midshipman First Class Landon Clouse, U.S. Naval Academy Trident Scholar, and Midshipman First Class Nels Waaraniemi, winner of the 2022 USNA Superintendent's "Voices of Maritime History" competition, 13 June 2022.
Director Sam Cox's H-Gram 078 discusses the 1949 “Revolt of the Admirals” and provides background information for the renaming decisions for USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) to USS Robert Smalls and USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) to USNS Marie Tharp.