All hands, abandon ship

5/8/1942

During the May 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea the aircraft carrier USS Lexington was hit by Japanese torpedoes. Her crew brought 3 fines under control and enabled the carrier to make 24 knots and resume air operations. Shortly thereafter, a spark ignited fumes from ruptured fuel lines and caused massive fires and secondary explosions. Her captain, Frederick C. Sherman, was forced to abandon ship.

National Archives, Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel


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