Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers 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....
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. [From Amazon.com]
William Morrow and Company
New York, NY
Memoirs, World War ll, Battle of Midway, Pilots, Dive bombers
Military and Veterans Studies | Military History | United States History
Kleiss, N. Jack "Dusty"; Orr, Timothy; and Orr, Laura, "Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway" (2017). History Faculty Bookshelf. 42.