Long ago, I traveled to Bremerton, Washington, as part of an extended vacation to the Pacific Northwest. While in Bremerton, I was excited to see the U.S.S. Battleship Missouri, which had been mothballed there since its decommissioning. I’m glad I was able to see the battleship then because now the U.S.S. Missouri is mothballed at Pearl Harbor. It makes sense, though, to have the U.S.S. Missouri at Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor is where the war began for the United States and the U.S.S. Missouri is where the war ended for the United States. Recently, I had the honor of visiting another legendary vessel from the U.S. Navy’s World War II chapter. Tucked away in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico near Corpus Christi, Texas, is the U.S.S. Lexington, an aircraft carrier that saw meritorious service in World War II and beyond. Like its cousin, the U.S.S. Missouri, the U.S.S. Lexington has a storied history that shaped the future of the world through the heated battles it engaged in during World War II. Some are surprised to learn that an aircraft carrier is right there in Corpus Christi! And what’s even more exciting is the fact that anyone can walk through the legendary carrier which has been transformed into an inspiring museum. What is the Corpus Christi aircraft carrier? The Corpus Christi aircraft carrier is simply the most impressive museum experience you’ll have all year, that what! From the moment you walk aboard, the entire experience is like taking a journey back in history to the 40s and 50s. It truly is a not-to-be-missed experience.
Here are 8 interesting facts about the U.S.S. Lexington
- It is nicknamed the “Blue Ghost,” partly because the Japanese referred to it as a “ghost” because of the ship’s tendency to reappear after supposedly being sunk.
- It was built during World War II/
- It was named after the Revolutionary War “Battle of Lexington/”
- It was decommissioned in 1991, which means the ship was in active service during 6 decades.
- It sailed through the Panama Canal/
- It was the first aircraft carrier in U.S. Navy history to have women stationed on board as crew members.
- It was turned into a museum in 1991
- It was featured in a Super Bowl ad in 2015 as part of a music video with Blake Shelton.