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It was only the a storm that allowed the Enterprise to not be in Pearl Harbor during the attack. Kleiss also attributes the victory at Midway to God.The Battle of Midway started when the US sent code groups to Japan including Forrest Byer. Byer became the friend of a German spy. She arranged for Byer's group to get back to Pearl Harbor. This group told Nimitz [Annotator's note: Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz] that the Japanese were going to attack Midway.On 1 May they were ordered to assist the USS Lexington [Annotator's Note: CV-16] and the USS Yorktown [Annotator's Note: CV-10] in their battle [Annotator's Note: the Battle of the Coral Sea]. They couldn't arrive for the battle but when they got there the Japanese reported that the Yorktown was sunk and the Lexington was sunk. The Lexington did go down but the Yorktown was able to return to Pearl Harbor.Before they went back to Pearl Harbor they steamed in close to the islands in the area so they could be seen. Then they headed for Pearl Harbor at full speed where they arrived on 26 May 1942.At Pearl Harbor they exchanged airplanes for new ones with the YE-ZB instrument for locating their carrier. The instrument sent out various letters in Morse Code for the planes to follow to get back to the ship.On 28 May 1942 the ship left Pearl Harbor. During the first 2 days they were there, they were told not to tell anybody where they were going.They left and headed toward Midway. They were told that the Japanese were trying to lure them into an attack against Alaska.The USS Enterprise [Annotator's Note: CV-6] and Yorktown were to ambush them.As they headed for Point Luck one plane wasn't heard from. At this time Kleiss started thinking about the situation they were in. He liked the F4F [Annotator's Note: Grumman F4F Wildcat, American carrier-based fighter aircraft] fighter they had instead of the F2F. It was easier to get the landing gear up on them.

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