Naval History and Heritage Command

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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 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 this section, Director Sam Cox shares the stories behind historic photos, combat art, artifacts, and archival documents. In November 2016, Director Cox initiated a series of "H-grams." Inspired by 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 consists of a note from Director Cox with featured imagery, artifacts, or archival documents providing further context. 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 content below 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

Director Cox’s H-Gram 021 covers Operation Avalanche, the Allied invasion of Italy in September 1943 (with an absorbing sidebar on the first deployment of German precision-guided bombs); and, in the context of the 100th anniversary commemoration of World War I, the story behind the first naval aviation Medal of Honor; employment of U.S. Navy railway artillery batteries in France; a short biography of David Ingalls, the first U.S. Navy flying ace; and synopses of the heaviest U.S. naval loss of the war and of the only U.S. Navy surface engagement of the conflict.

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:Tue Sep 18 12:47:21 EDT 2018