The Medal of Honor citation for Kidd reads as follows:
Wikipedia, citing this article also states that his class ring was fused to the remains of the bridges due to the heat of the bomb."For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage, and complete disregard of his own life, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese Forces on December 7, 1941. He immediately went to the bridge and as Commander Battleship Division ONE, courageously discharged his duties as Senior Officer Present Afloat until the USS Arizona, his Flagship, blew up from magazine explosions and a direct bomb hit on the bridge, which resulted in the loss of his life."
This story seems almost similar to the story of the Captain as presented on wikipedia.
As you can see, the details are almost the same. They arrive on the bridge (or navigation bridge), get killed by a bomb hit and the only thing found was the class ring. Given the stories' similarity, I am wondering if something got mixed up here. Is Wikipedia taking parts of the story of the Admiral and attributing it to the captain, especially the detail of the class ring or vice versa? Or did both really die the same death, leaving the same remains? (If this was something not recent most historians would probably assume the stories got muddled together).Captain Valkenburgh ran from his cabin and arrived on the navigation bridge, where he immediately began to direct his ship's defense. A quartermaster in the pilot house asked if the captain wanted to go to the conning tower—a less-exposed position in view of the Japanese strafing—but Captain Valkenburgh adamantly refused and continued to man a telephone, fighting for his ship's life.
A violent explosion suddenly shook the ship, throwing the three occupants of the bridge—Captain Valkenburgh, an ensign, and the quartermaster, to the deck, and blowing out all of the bridge windows completely. Dazed, battered and shaken, the ensign stumbled through the flames and smoke of the shattered bridge's interior and escaped, but Captain Valkenburgh and the quartermaster were never seen again. A continuing fire, fed by ammunition and oil, raged for two days until finally being extinguished on December 9. Despite a thorough search, Captain Valkenburgh's body was never found; all that was ever retrieved was his Annapolis class ring.
Another question remains to what they exactly did. As I understand it the Captain is usually in charge of fighting the ship and the Admiral in charge of fighting the fleet. This would, IMO mean that Valkenburgh would have tried to save the ship itself while Kidd would have tried to get the whole squadron battle-ready and into the fight as best as possible.
Anybody here more knowledgeable about the attack who can shed more light on this?