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The Mogami was rendered totally useless but made into a port. She was so badly damaged that she was out of the war for good.The following day they pursued the Japanese but had to wait for the destroyers to fuel up. At this time the USS Saratoga [Annotator's note: CV-3] arrived with more aircraft.They were informed that there were still some Japanese ships in the Alaska area. Kleiss and his group were confident. They were more concerned with the cold than with the Japanese. Kleiss came down with a bad cold.The airmen were always issued a tube of ephedrine that they carried with them to use when they changed altitude quickly to keep their ear drums from popping.They were told that the 2 Japanese ships had headed for home.Even after the battle, they continued to train. One SBD [Annotator's note: Douglas SBD Dauntless, naval dive bombers] pilot made a run on the target sleeve upside down to make sure that the guns would function. The guns worked but his engine quit. Fortunately he was high enough to recover and land.Back in Hawaii they were informed that those who had been in combat were to be sent back to the US as instructors. Kleiss had arrived overseas in May 1941 and had taken part in every action through the Battle of Midway except during the time of the Doolittle Raid.Kleiss was involved in several courts martial for men who had gotten drunk and gotten into trouble. Then he had to train pilots to fly the SBD. He also helped train people manning acoustic detection gear. During this training he had set his lights very low to preserve his night vision. When he got close to the coast a spotlight shone right in i his eyes and nearly blinded him. He didn't consider that rest.Kleiss believes that one thing that was difficult in the Battle of Midway was communications. There was difficulty finding where the ships were.They found out later about HYPO [Annotator's note: Fleet Radio Unit Pacific (FRUPAC)].Kleiss thinks that they were lucky not to be sighted by a Japanese submarine enroute to the battle.


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