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USS Lexington CV-2 is abandoned after she had been mortally damaged

Photo #: 80-G-7402

Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942

USS Lexington (CV-2) is abandoned, after she had been mortally damaged by fires and explosions during the afternoon of 8 May 1942.

A destroyer is alongside her starboard side, amidships, to assist in removing the carrier's crew.

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


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