I decided to take a field trip to the USS Lexington, also known as the Blue Ghost, because I found the history of it to be interesting. I was born and raised in Corpus Christi so the Lexington was something I grew up around and was taught throughout my years of school. The USS Lexington served as a World War 2 aircraft carrier and includes a naval museum with airplanes and an IMAX theatre showing historic films and more.
I learned new information about the Lexington on this field trip and how it contributed to our nation. She was originally supposed to be named “Cabot” after the sinking of the USS Lexington CV-2 in the Coral Sea days before World War 2. A campaign was formed to have her named after the Revolutionary War battle, so the fleet would bear a continual reminder of our earliest search for freedom as a nation. She became known as the USS Lexington CV-16, commissioned on February 17, 1943. The Lexington joined in at the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and took part in almost every major operation in the pacific. She spent 21 months in combat. It was the pacific where the Lexington rose to fame. The Lexington participated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The Lexington was also the first battleship in Tokyo Harbor for the Japanese peace treaty signing.
This site gives you the viewpoint of what the men and women lived on for years. Touring the ship gave you views on how they slept, ate meals, had meetings, climbed ladders to get place to place and how the maneuvered through the tight corners and low ceilings of the ship.
A few fun facts about the USS Lexington include her nickname “The Blue Ghost”. I learned that the Japanese radio propagandist, Tokyo Rose, declared the Lexington sunk no less than four times yet at each new battle, the Lexington returned to fight. And because she was painted blue/grey, this led the Tokyo Rose to nickname her “The Blue Ghost”. It was also the first carrier to establish a seagoing high school in...