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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 (BB-36) 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.

<p>NHHC Director Cox and visiting USNA midshipmen, 13 June 2022.</p>

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.

New from Director Cox

Director Sam Cox's H-Gram 074 continues where H-Gram 070 left off and covers the period of the Vietnam War between 1 July and 1 October 1972, as U.S. Navy carrier aircraft continued strikes into North Vietnam as part of Operation Linebacker and continued aerial minelaying operations in North Vietnamese harbors and coastal waters. The H-gram also covers Operation Lion’s Den, the raid into Haiphong harbor led by (future CNO) Vice Admiral James L. Holloway III, one of the most audacious and dangerous surface actions since World War II. 

the heroic, but little-known story of Lieutenant Joshua Nix and the fight by solitary World War I–vintage destroyer Edsall (DD-219) against two Japanese battleships, two heavy cruisers, a light cruiser, eight destroyers, and four aircraft carriers south of Java on 1 March 1942. 
Content Library

Previous H-grams can be found on the H-gram archives page. For biographical information and text of speeches given by Director Cox, please see his biography page. For In Memoriam tributes and blog posts written by Director Cox, please visit the NHHC blog, The Sextant

Published: Wed Aug 31 16:28:25 EDT 2022