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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 Sam Cox's H-Gram 053 covers the end of the Imperial Japanese Navy during July-September 1945, the Japanese surrender that culminated in the formal ceremony onboard the battleship Missouri (BB-63) on 2 September 1945, and, moving forward four and a half decades, Director Cox's recollections of events during Operation Desert Shield in September 1990.
Click the links below to access previously issued H-grams, blogs, and memorial tributes from Director Cox. For biographical information and text of speeches given by Director Cox, please see his biography page.