Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Director's Corner 

Director Cox with two Pearl Harbor survivors, 2016
NHHC Director Samuel Cox, left, and Pearl Harbor survivors Wetzel Sanders and Geb Galle attend the remembrance ceremony for the crew members of the USS Nevada killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, 8 December 2016 (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando).

Welcome to the NHHC Director's Corner!

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.

New from Director Cox

In H-Gram 038, Director Cox reviews events and engagements of the October 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf, with a specific focus on acts of valor and on command decisions. He also covers two related episodes that are not generally mentioned in histories of Leyte Gulf: The loss of the renowned submarine USS Tang (SS-306) near Formosa while attacking a Japanese Leyte-bound convoy on the night of 23–24 October 1944, and the deaths of 1,781 mostly U.S. prisoners of war when the Japanese "hell ship" Arisan Maru was torpedoed by a U.S. submarine on 24 October while en route from the Philippines to Formosa.

Content Library

Click the links below to access previously issued H-grams and earlier blogs from Director Cox. For biographical information and text of speeches given by Director Cox, please see his biography page.

Published: Wed Nov 20 14:39:37 EST 2019