18.03.06. Ship Discovered

March 7, 2018


Billionaire-turned-shipwreck hunter, Paul Allen (also, the son of a WWII veteran) & his research team discovered a sunken U.S. aircraft carrier no one has seen since WWII.

Team posted play-by-play – View It Below!

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  • USS Lexington (“Lady Lex”) = One of America’s first aircraft carriers
  • Battle of Coral Sea = Major WWII battle vs. Japanese in 1942
  • Americans stopped the Japanese and their advance into Australia, but “Lady Lex” sank.
  • 2,770 men rescued at sea, but 200+ went down with the ship.

Why It Matters:

  • USS LexingtonA = FIRST American aircraft carrier to sink at war
  • Battle of Coral Sea = FIRST “air-sea” battle in history; opposing ships NEVER saw each other.
  • Marked a notable shift in WWII &A America’s success containing Japanese.
  • A month later, the “Battle of Midway” turns the tide of the war in America’s favor.
‘To pay tribute to theA USSA LexingtonA and the brave men that served on her is an honor. As Americans, all of usA owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who served and whoA continue to serve our country for their courage, persistence and sacrifice.”

Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder & Explorer of Historic Battleships

BTW Paul Allen is building the world’s largest airplane. Expect to hear more about that soon! Preview In Sources:

by Jenna Lee,