Billionaire Paul Allen Discovers USS Lexington 76 Years After It Sunk [VIDEO]
The wreckage of the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier sunk by the Japanese during World War II, has, at long last been found. Billionaire Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of an NFL team, led an exploratory team to the carrier’s last known location, the Coral Sea, where they began their search.
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Footage of the discovery was captured showing how well the ship has been preserved after 76 years. The carrier was sunk during the Battle of Coral Sea. The Lexington was the first carrier to be destroyed by an opposing carrier in World War II, according to Fox News.
The USS Lexington along with the USS Yorktown was credited with stopping the Japanese push into Australia.
CNN reported the USS Lexington was one of the first aircraft carriers ever built. Allen found the wreckage of “Lady Lex” two miles under the sea Sunday evening.
“To pay tribute to the USS Lexington and the brave men that served on her is an honor,” Allen said. “As Americans, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who served and who continue to serve our country for their courage, persistence and sacrifice.”
The Lexington was sunk very early in the war: May of 1942. The ship, along with it 216 of its crew were lost for decades. A nearby ship was able to rescue 2,770 crew who survived when they abandoned ship. Allen, who is a history buff, stated that the carrier was sunk a month before the Battle of Midway, which we now know helped turned the tide of the war for the Americans.
Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., whose father was one of the sailors rescued, was almost brought to tears when he heard the news of the Lexington being discovered.
“We honor the valor and sacrifice of the ‘Lady Lex’s’ sailors — all, all those Americans who fought in World War II — by continuing to secure the freedoms they won for all of us.”
This is not the first time Allen has discovered a military ship wreck. In August of 2017, Allen discovered the remains of the USS Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea.