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• 75 YEARS AGO, ONE DARING AMERICAN PILOT MAY HAVE CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY WHEN HE SANK TWO JAPANESE CARRIERS AT THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY
On the morning of June 4, 1942, high above the tiny Pacific atoll of Midway, Lt. (j.g.) "Dusty" Kleiss burst out of the clouds and piloted his SBD Dauntless into a near-vertical dive aimed at the heart of Japan’s Imperial Navy, which six months earlier had ruthlessly struck Pearl Harbor. The greatest naval battle in history raged around him, its outcome hanging in the balance as the U.S. desperately searched for its first major victory of the Second World War. Then, in a matter of seconds, Dusty Kleiss’s daring 20,000-foot dive helped forever alter the war’s trajectory.
Plummeting through the air at 240 knots amid blistering anti-aircraft fire, the twenty-six-year-old pilot from USS Enterprise’s elite Scouting Squadron Six fixed on an invaluable target—the aircraft carrier Kaga, one of Japan’s most important capital ships. He released three bombs at the last possible instant, then desperately pulled out of his gut-wrenching 9-g dive. As his plane leveled out just above the roiling Pacific Ocean, Dusty’s perfectly placed bombs struck the carrier’s deck, and Kaga erupted into an inferno from which it would never recover.
Arriving safely back at Enterprise, Dusty was met with heartbreaking news: his best friend was missing and presumed dead along with two dozen of their fellow naval aviators. Unbowed, Dusty returned to the air that same afternoon and, remarkably, would fatally strike another enemy carrier, Hiryu. Two days later, his deadeye aim contributed to the destruction of a third Japanese warship, the cruiser Mikuma, thereby making Dusty the only pilot from either side to land hits on three different ships, all of which sank—losses that crippled the once-fearsome Japanese fleet.
By battle’s end, the humble young sailor from Kansas had earned his place in history—and yet he stayed silent for decades, living quietly with his children and his wife, Jean, whom he married less than a month after Midway. Now his extraordinary and long-awaited memoir, Never Call Me a Hero, tells the Navy Cross recipient’s full story for the first time, offering an unprecedentedly intimate look at the "the decisive contest for control of the Pacific in World War II" (New York Times)—and one man’s essential role in helping secure its outcome.
Dusty worked on this book for years with naval historians Timothy and Laura Orr, aiming to publish Never Call Me a Hero for Midway’s seventy-fifth anniversary in June 2017. Sadly, as the book neared completion in 2016, Dusty Kleiss passed away at age 100, one of the last surviving dive-bomber pilots to have fought at Midway. And yet the publication of Never Call Me a Hero is a cause for celebration: these pages are Dusty’s remarkable legacy, providing a riveting eyewitness account of the Battle of Midway, and an inspiring testimony to the brave men who fought, died, and shaped history during those four extraordinary days in June, seventy-five years ago.
|Title||:||Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway|
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July 19, 2017
Before opening the book, I was afraid that I would be bogged down by the military details and the hardware terms, but this recounting of the Battle of Midway is told in such a way that even the battle challenged like myself can follow the action. This is a humbling story told through the voice of...
June 17, 2017
This is an excellent book by a USN veteran detailing his life with the central focus on his experiences in WWII and his love for his wife of 50+ years. His honesty, integrity and devotion to the memory of friends lost in combat make this a compelling read. When you add the fact that he was asked...
August 05, 2017
A must read for anyone interested in Midway or WW2.
June 13, 2017
Despite the title of this memoir, Jack “Dusty” Kleiss is a true American hero. Members of the greatest generation avoid this moniker and would rather have us remember their friends and comrades that made the ultimate sacrifice and did not return home. Kleiss reminds us of this throughout the book...
July 04, 2017
Never Call Me a Hero by Jack “Dusty” Kleiss, the 100-year-old survivor of the Battle of Midway (he passed away in 2016), is a very matter-of-fact, non-dramatic account of his and other US naval aviators roles in the pivotal battle between the US and Imperial Japan naval forces in June 1942. Altho...
July 21, 2017
“Never Call Me a Hero” by N. Jack Kleiss was a Goodreads Giveaway book I received…here is my take. While I did not like the title (seemed a bit too much like a humble brag), I did like the book very much. It is an exciting tale of an American dive bomber at the tide-turning Battle of Midway.
August 02, 2017
An excellent book, the title is a bit of a misnomer, as it is really an autobiography. It's strongest points for me are the personally experienced details of the author's pilot training, deployment to the Pacific theater, and experiences in battle, including at Midway. These are the experiences t...
May 21, 2017
An excellent story!!! The author Navy Lt. Jack "Dusty" Kleiss was a pilot that flew a SBD Dauntless during the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942 at 240 knots in the middle of anti-aircraft fire and bombed one of the Japanese aircraft carriers. He was the only pilot who bombed and destroyed three J...
June 08, 2017
I had just read about Wade McClusky's being honored in Buffalo, New York, and I came across Jack Kleiss' book. What a fascinating read. He certainly was in the right place at the right time. I remember going to the movies during the war and watching the news reels. The "big screen" made the war m...
June 02, 2017
I won this book on Goodreads. What an amazing book about an extraordinary pilot! I loved the story about how Capt. Kleiss (then Lt.) got the nickname Dusty. I really felt the stories of his amazing life and how hard it must have been for him to see and hear of his fellow pilots and friends deaths...