Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway

Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway

by N. Jack "Dusty" Kleiss, Timothy Orr, Laura Orr


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ISBN-13: 9780062692351
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 194,179
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Norman Jack “Dusty” Kleiss (1916–2016) grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas, during the Great Depression, before attending the United States Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1938. A carrier-based pilot of Scouting Squadron Six attached to USS Enterprise, he was awarded the Navy Cross and Distinguished Flying Cross. Captain Kleiss (USN, Ret.) was married to his wife, Jean, for more than sixty years before her passing in 2006.

Timothy J. Orr is an associate professor of military history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is author and editor of Last to Leave the Field and Cities at War.

Laura Lawfer Orr is the deputy education director at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, the U.S. Navy’s official museum in Norfolk.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jill Kleiss xi

Introduction Norman Jack Kleiss xv

Maps xxiii

Chapter 1 Kansas Childhood, 1916-1932 1

Chapter 2 The Lure of Flight, 1932-1934 17

Chapter 3 Midshipman, 1934-1938 29

Chapter 4 Finding Love, 1938-1939 48

Chapter 5 The Navy's Surface Fleet, 1939-1940 63

Chapter 6 Flight Training, 1940-1941 93

Chapter 7 Scouting Squadron Six, Part 1, May-June 1941 105

Chapter 8 Scouting Squadron Six, Part 2, June-November 1941 132

Chapter 9 The Pacific War Begins, November 1941-January 1942 155

Chapter 10 The Battle of the Marshall Islands, February 1942 180

Chapter 11 Wake and Marcus Islands, February-March 1942 213

Chapter 12 Return to the Central Pacific, March-June 1942 228

Chapter 13 The Battle of Midway, Part 1, The Morning Attack, June 4, 1942 254

Chapter 14 The Battle of Midway, Part 2, The Afternoon Attack, June 4, 1942 295

Chapter 15 The Battle of Midway, Part 3, June 5 and 6, 1942 312

Chapter 16 Return to the States, June-October 1942 332

Chapter 17 Flight Instructor, 1942-1945 347

Chapter 18 My Life After the Second World War, 1946-1976 370

Chapter 19 Remembering Midway, 1976-2016 384

Afterword Timothy J. Orr 401

Acknowledgments 409

Appendix: Roster, Scouting Squadron Six, May 1941 to June 1942 411

Glossary of Military Acronyms 417

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Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
storms1 5 months ago
never call me a hero is one of the best world war 2 aviation stories that i have read in a long time. jack kleis flew a dauntless during the battle of midway and bombed and sank 2 of the japanese carriers and was helped bring about one of the biggest victorys in word war 2. this book makes you feel like your right in the cockpit whean the planes are going into battle and what the pilots are feeling as they challenge the japanese for one of the biggest fight of their lifes. very hard to put down great gift idea for a friend or family member
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