Captain Edward Earl Kloos Sr., a retired US Air Force veteran from Moscow Mills, Missouri is a dedicated American, who served his country faithfully. He started his military career just before he turned 17. His mother had to sign a permission form for him to be enlisted in military service. In 1949, he was stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1950, shortly after his wedding, Kloos left his new bride and his one-year-old daughter Connie to go to Okinawa to serve in the Korean War where he served from July 1950 to May 1952. Eventually, Kloos rose to the rank of Captain in the United States Air Force. He is now 89 years old. He was born on Nov. 2, 1929. He celebrates his 90th birthday in the same month as Veterans Day.
Presently, Kloos participates in Veteran’s Coffee Talk in his community and has also gone on the Honor Flight for Veterans, which is a volunteer program that transports veterans to see war memorials in Washington, D.C. He proudly wears the special baseball cap that the Honor Flight staff gave him, which bears his name.
Kloos is an example of someone who has lived through history.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to the utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
Those men and women, like Kloos, who served their country to protect our freedom must be honoured everyday. They are jewels in our society. God bless all veterans and thank you for your service. Happy 90th birthday, retired Captain Edward Earl Kloos Sr.