Col. Lawrence H. Kloess Jr., USAF Retired, is a WWII Navy combat veteran and served with amphibious forces in the South Pacific on an attack transport, the U.S.S. Pondera. He served in the Philippines, Okinawa, Korea, and was later assigned to the Chinese 8th Army for landings against communist forces.
Kloess was discharged in 1946. He finished high school and enrolled in Air Force ROTC at the University of Alabama. Kloess graduated from Alabama Arts & Sciences in 1954, and the University of Alabama Law School in 1956.
Kloess was assigned to the Judge Advocate General, Dept. of the Air Force, serving at different Air Force installations. He completed the Air Command and Staff College, National Defense University, and Air War College.
Kloess was Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors for the Air Force Judge Advocate School at Maxwell AFB. He retired with the rank of Colonel with 34 years active and reserve service. Col. Kloess was awarded the Legion of Merit. He retired from Air University, at Maxwell AFB.
Kloess had his own Law Practice in Birmingham, Alabama. He became General Legal Counsel for the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs for Alabama. Kloess retired from that office with thirty years of federal service. Kloess served as President of the Montgomery County Bar Association in 1981. He served as President of the Montgomery Capital Rotary Club and later as President of the Montgomery Rotary Club in 1989. Kloess also served as President of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, Alabama Department.
Born in Mamaroneck, NY, he later married Eugenia Underwood of Birmingham, Alabama. Kloess has 4 sons.
Col Kloess attends Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL.