Captain Kleiss served
aboard the USS Enterprise during the battle of Midway. He was a dive bomber
pilot in an SBD Dauntless and held the rank of LT(jg) at the time. He received
the Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts at Midway. I met him in the Minneapolis
airport, and he was kind enough to send me the materials that appear on this website,
as well as giving me permission to share it with others on the web.
Captain Kleiss sent me a letter that accompanied the documents and he began: "Like
the last leaf at the end of autumn, I am the last man still living of our 18 pilots
of the squadron." I feel priveleged to have met Captain Kleiss, and hope
others will share my admiration and thanks for what he did.
The Battle of Midway
Carrier Take-offs and Landings