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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.

NHHC Director Cox and visiting USNA midshipmen, 13 June 2022.

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 083 covers the ultimate sacrifice made by Commander Samuel D. Dealey, USN, and all 78 other members of the crew of USS Harder (SS-257,) lost in action off the coast of Luzon, Philippines, on 24 August 1944.  Before her loss, Harder had already achieved legendary status in the U.S. Navy submarine force. Harder's wreck site was officially confirmed on 23 May 2024.

The charge of USS Bailey (DD-492), one of the most heroic, and little known, actions in U.S. naval history.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. 
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Published: Fri May 31 09:18:26 EDT 2024