Memories of Edmund Klepps: A Story of War and Family

Edmund Klepps was a true hero. He grew up during the Great Depression. He was aboard the USS Helena at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941. He found his way to the USS Detroit, where he saw the end of the war in Tokyo Bay. He was then discharged from the Navy, and started on a new adventure - family. More

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About Edmund Klepps

On February 5, 1914, Ed Klepps was born a blue baby. The doctor said he woud not live to see six months. The doctor was wrong. Ed struggled to find regular work during the Depression. In 1935, with few job prospects, he joined the Navy. In 1939, he reenlisted and was assigned to the USS Helena. On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Helena, docked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was struck by one of the first Japanese torpedoes dropped that morning. He survived the Helena's sinking on July 6, 1943. On September 2, 1945, he was on the USS Detroit, anchored in Tokyo Bay alongside the USS Missouri when the treaty was signed bringing World War II to an end. He then focused on building his family, with his wife, Alma. There were difficult times, but their faith in God and love of family got them through it all. In 2002, at the age of 88, Ed started writing his autobiography. It wasn't well organized, he would add things as he remembered them. He always meant to edit it so he could try to get it published. Sadly, he never got to it. On April 15, 2012, he lost his beloved wife Alma. He reunited with her in Heaven on January 8, 2013.

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