First Anniversary of Finding the Wreck of USS Lexington March 4, 2019

I dedicate this post in memory of those 216 crew who lost their lives on USS Lexington (CV-2), also known as Lady Lex, in World War II during the Battle of the Coral Sea (04 May – 08 May 1942) and on the first anniversary of Lady Lex being found, 04 March 2018. Lady Lex was found by the same group that recently found the USS Hornet (CV-8) Wreck of USS Hornet Found. The post is also dedicated to Paul Allen (1953 – 2018) – who was in charge of the group that has found or explored a number of wrecks over the years – with a few more ships listed on

You can view more about the expedition at or Some additional history on Wikipedia: A number of YouTube videos on finding Lady Lex:

It’s often difficult to pinpoint where a ship went down. Even if other ships were able to determine latitude and longitude, a ship that sinks deep enough like Lady Lex could easily drift a far distance from where it started sinking. Lady Lex is just under 2 miles (3,000 meters or 9,800 feet) deep. She went down around 19:52 (7:52 P. M. local time) after being torpedoed by the destroyer USS Phelps (DD-360) to prevent her from falling into Japanese hands.

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