USS Lexington - Corpus Christi

We stayed an extra day in Corpus Christi so we could tour the USS Lexington.

I won't lie, when Bobby said he wanted to see it, I was less than thrilled.  I went along willingly to be a good sport.  We were on that aircraft carrier for almost 4 hours and I can honestly say I enjoyed about 3 1/2 hours of it, which is the inverse of what I expected.

We covered the ship from top to bottom There are 5 self-guided tours. .  Being on the expansive flight deck and inside that huge vessel, I became enthralled with its history. I came away with a new respect for the thousands of men (and later, women) that served on her.

 We encountered this sobering display on the gangplank on the way in:

On the placard:
On the aft side of the island  (the multi-story structure where air-traffic control and the bridge are located) you see a Japanese Rising Sun flag with a black border. This flag indicates the exact loction where on November 5, 1944 a Japanese kamikaze plane, Code name Zeke, crashed into USS Lexintgon, killing 50 of her crew and injuring 132. His mission was a success.

I like how they use mannequins through out the ship to make the scenes really come alive.

Commissioned in 1943, she set more records than any other Essex Class carrier in the history of naval aviation.The ship was the oldest working carrier in the United States Navy when decommissioned in 1991
During World War II, the carrier participated in nearly every major operation in the Pacific Theater

The Japanese reported LEXINGTON sunk no less than four times! Yet, each time she returned to fight again, leading the propagandist Tokyo Rose to nickname her “The Blue Ghost.” The name is a tribute to the ship and the crew and air groups that served aboard her.

In 1962, she sailed into Pensacola, Florida, and began training operations, eventually being officially designated CVT-16, Navy Training Carrier until she was decommissioned in 1991.

Let me know if you are intrigued and read more about her.


When we got our land legs back, we went just around the corner for a wonderful lunch at Pier 99 where we dined on the open-air deck with the Lexington just across the bay.

At the recommendation of our server we tried the seafood gumbo. Oh. My. Goodness.
Best gumbo ever, topped with jumbo shrimp, grilled fish, and crab legs!


We enjoyed thsee guys hopping around.

I would love to try more from Pier 99, if business sends us back that way.

Another spectacular view of the Lexington from the dining porch.


Linda Jacobs said...

This sounds exactly like us. Gary loves to visit anything having to do with WWII and I always tag along much less enthusiastically. But, like you, I end up being surprisingly impressed. Love all the interesting facts you added!

I'm embarrassed to admit I've never tried gumbo but your description sounds good. One of these days.....

Lisa said...

Too bad we have to be 'forced' into learning some history, huh?


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