From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Millard Klein '31

Date of birth: July 25, 1908

Date of death: October 9, 1943

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


"Mike" was lost when USS Buck (DD 420) was torpedoed by U-616 and sank near Salerno, Italy, on October 9, 1944. He was the ship's commanding officer.

He has a memory marker in Tennessee. His wife, Jacqueline, was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by at least one child (daughter Kay Brigham).


His daughter, Kay, published a book about her father, "For Those Who Love, Time is Not: A World War II True Story of Unconquerable Love and Faith.".

Wartime Service

Some of Mike's exploits are recounted in Samuel Elliot Morrison's History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Volume IX, Siciliy — Salerno — Anzio, January 1943 — June 1944.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Millard Jefferson Klein, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. BUCK (DD-420), during an attack on an enemy submarine while on convoy escort off the Island of Pantelleria in the Mediterranean Sea, on 3 August 1943. Contacting the hostile vessel which was preparing to attack the convoy, Lieutenant Commander Klein skillfully maneuvered for vigorous and aggressive action, depth charging the submarine and forcing her to the surface where the guns of the BUCK completed her destruction, resulting in the subsequent capture of prisoners. Lieutenant Commander Klein's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of this vital mission and reflects great credit upon the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 326 (May 1944)
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Buck (DD-420)

Class of 1931

Millard is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.