Veterans' Memorial Project

Robert Charles Klein

San Antonio, TX

Korean War

College: Engineering

Graduation Year: Attended 1940-1946

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Date of Birth: 08/16/1922

Date of Death: 07/25/1951

Theta Xi

Captain Klein was the pilot of a F-84E Thunderjet fighter with the 182nd Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 136th Fighter Bomber Wing. On July 25, 1951, while on a combat mission near Wonsan, North Korea, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, crashed and burst into flames. He was declared Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. Captain Klein was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Submit additional information or comments