Kleinsmith, Charles, CPO

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1940-1942, WT-0000, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
Service Years
1922 - 1942
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Panama Canal
WT-Water Tender
Four Hash Marks

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1904
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Long Beach

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Drowned, Suffocated
Location
Pacific
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
National Chief Petty Officers AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1930, National Chief Petty Officers Association [Verified]
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

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 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILLUS NavyUSS Maryland (BB-46)
USS Portland (CA-33)USS Honolulu (CL-48)USS Saratoga (CV-3)USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1922-1922, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1922-1922, MM-0000, Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1923-1925, USS Wyoming (BB-32)
  1925-1928, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1929-1931, WT-0000, USS Milwaukee (CL-5)
  1931-1934, WT-0000, USS Cincinnati (CL-6)
  1934-1937, WT-0000, USS Portland (CA-33)
  1937-1939, WT-0000, USS Honolulu (CL-48)
  1939-1940, WT-0000, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1940-1942, WT-0000, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                                             NAMESAKE

                            
U.S.S. Kleinsmith (APD-134)

     
   
Comments/Citation



 
Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
1942
Details behind Award:
Kleinsmith reported to USS Yorktown (CV-5) on 31 October 1940. During the Battle of Midway on 4 June 1942, Kleinsmith maintained auxiliary power on Yorktown after an intense enemy bombing attack extinguished the fires in all boilers but one. Despite the stifling fumes, intense heat, and imminence of explosion, he performed courageously, enabling the fighting carrier to attain speed necessary for launching planes to oppose a Japanese aerial torpedo attack. At the end of the attack, Chief Watertender Kleinsmith was missing and presumed dead. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Charles Kleinsmith (02428775), Watertender First Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in while serving as a member of the Boiler Crew of No. 1 Fireroom on board the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle of Midway on 4 June 1942. During an intense bombing attack, the explosion of an enemy bomb in the uptakes of the forward group of boilers extinguished the fires in all boilers except No 1, and filled all boiler rooms with heavy smoke and gasses. In spite of the heat, stifling fumes and the imminence of explosion, Water Tender First Class Kleinsmith and a comrade, with complete disregard for their own personal safety, assisted in keeping the boiler under steam to keep the ship's auxiliary power in operation. Their capable performance of this task helped to make it possible for the YORKTOWN to attain the speed necessary for launching fighting planes in time to oppose a Japanese aerial torpedo attack. The conduct of Watertender First Class Kleinsmith throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
 
   
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