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Posted: March 06, 2018

Wreckage of World War II carrier USS Lexington found in Coral Sea

WWII Carrier USS Lexington Found In Coral Sea

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Wreckage of World War II carrier USS Lexington found in Coral Sea
The Great Barrier Reef borders the Coral Reef, where the U.S.S. Lexington was sunk in the first major American victory of World War II. It is less than 20 minutes from Hayman Island. (Photos: Palm Beach Daily News / File)

By WHIO.com

WASHINGTON —

Wreckage from the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, sunk by the Japanese during the Battle of the Coral Sea in World War II, has been discovered off the Australian coast.

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A team of explorers led by billionaire Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, made the announcement Monday.

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According to CNN, the wreckage was found in the Coral Sea by the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel.

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The aircraft carrier, dubbed the “Lady Lex,” was lost in May 1942, along with 216 crew members and 35 aircraft, during what historians consider the first carrier battle in history. More than 2,000 crew members were rescued.


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