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Survivors of USS Lexington CV-2

Photo #: 80-G-7392

Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942

Survivors of USS Lexington (CV-2) are pulled aboard a cruiser (probably USS Minneapolis) after the carrier was abandoned during the afternoon of 8 May 1942.

Note man in the lower part of the photo who is using the cruiser's armor belt as a hand hold.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

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  • stephen mastrianni on 2011-Aug-17 14:01:01 stephen mastrianni said

    My pepe was one of the very few survivors on this ship, a lot of people died around him but luckily not him....
  • susanna on 2011-Nov-30 07:50:54 susanna said

    My uncle Garfield Ware is a survivors of the Lexington-cv-2. Our family is so proud of him and all the sailors of the USS LEXINGTON CV-2 God bless you all.
  • Ann on 2012-Jan-01 21:44:50 Ann said

    My father was a survivor of the Lexington in 1942. I would like to know if there is a log of the survivors listed as I would like to see his name. His name was Ira Lee West and he was 18yrs. old. I am most interested in this history and appreciate any direction.
  • Teresa on 2012-Nov-10 07:17:04 Teresa said

    I would also like to find a log of survivors. If memory serves, my father believed he was helped into a lifeboat by fellow survivor George Lack. Wondering if that's the right name.
  • Ida on 2013-Jul-23 12:31:15 Ida said

    I found this:

    http://www.usslexingtoncv16.org/members/roster1940s.htm
  • Steven Meek on 2014-Mar-29 00:27:45 Steven Meek said

    My father and uncle survived the sinking of the Lady Lex cv-2 my dads name is Alton Meek my uncles Lelon Meek they were from Tennessee.
  • Hanson C.E. on 2015-Mar-03 07:32:44 Hanson C.E. said

    My Father was stationed on the Lexington at the Battle of the Coral Sea, he was a CPO(SM) at the time and was the last enlisted man off the ship I thought that was interesting.
  • Celia Edwards on 2015-Aug-19 15:31:26 Celia Edwards said

    My father-in-law, Fred W. Edwards was on the USS Lexington May 8, 1942 when it went down and survived.
  • Julia garland on 2016-Jan-24 21:25:36 Julia garland said

    My grandfather LA Berry survived the sinking of the Lexington. He didn't talk about it til he was in his 80s. Sadly he passed away 3 years ago. Ive always tried to find photos of the survivors.
  • James D. Oss on 2016-Feb-04 11:02:33 James D. Oss said

    My unclesJames McPeak was a MM1 in Lexington and survived the sinking. I am named after him. He has since 'Crossed the bar'.
    I was an RM2 in the U.S. Coast Guard and would like to know what the radio call sign of the Lexington was. Any help on that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.,
    Jim Oss
    328 N. 6th. St.
    Wa Keeney KS 67672-1802
    jamesoss@gmail.com
    785.760.6277
  • Richard A Manriquez Sr on 2016-Sep-16 14:13:27 Richard A Manriquez Sr said

    My Uncle, Carlos (Maxi) Martinez survived the sinking of CV-2. I am just beginning to learn about the History of the Lexington. Any advice on where to start? Uncle Maxi passed a few years ago. I did not know him well.
  • Richard A Manriquez Sr on 2016-Sep-16 14:27:45 Richard A Manriquez Sr said

    My Uncle, Carlos (Maxi) Martinez survived the sinking of CV-2. I am just beginning to learn about the History of the Lexington. Any advice on where to start? Uncle Maxi passed a few years ago. I did not know him well.

    Richard
    rmanrdad0923@gmail.com

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