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From: Eagle@bellsouth.net (J. Hugh Sullivan)
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Subject: Re: CV-2, Lexington photographed on the floor of the Coral Sea
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:06:31 GMT
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On Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:31:39 -0800, Michael Press<rubrum@pacbell.net>
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>CV-2, Lexington photographed on the floor of the Coral Sea
><https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wreckage-from-the-uss-lexin...
>
>-- 
>Michael Press

I saw that yesterday.

STATUS OF WWII AIRCRAFT CARRIERS - only 4 are still afloat. I was
ship's company on the USS Lexington CV-16 in 1945-1946. A CPO on the
CV-2 was in the Naval Reserve unit when I was CO.

USS Langley (CV 1) 20 Mar 1922 / 27 Feb 1942 Conv. to AV 3; Sunk by
enemy action about 75 miles south of Tjilatjap. 
USS Lexington (CV 2) 14 Dec 1927 / 8 May 1942 Sunk as a result of
enemy action at the Battle of the Coral Sea. 
USS Saratoga (CV 3) 16 Nov 1927 / 26 Jul 1946 Used as a test target
and sunk at Bikini Atoll. 
USS Ranger (CV 4) 4 Jun 1934 / 18 Oct 1946 Sold for scrap 31 Jan 1947
to Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. 
USS Yorktown (CV 5) 30 Sep 1937 / 7 Jun 1942 Sunk due to enemy action
at the Battle of Midway. 
USS Enterprise (CV 6) 12 May 1938 / 17 Feb 1947 Sold, 1 Jul 1958. 
USS Wasp (CV 7) 25 Apr 1940 / 15 Sep 1942 Sunk due to enemy action
southeast of San Cristobal Island. 
USS Hornet (CV 8) 20 Oct 1941 / 26 Oct 1942 Sunk due to enemy action
at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. 
USS Essex (CV 9) 31 Dec 1942 / 20 Jun 1969 Stricken 1 Jun 1973. Sold
for scrapping 1 Jun 1975. 
USS Yorktown (CV 10) 15 Apr 1943 / 27 Jun 1970 Floating museum in
Charleston, SC, 13 Oct. 1975. 
USS Intrepid (CV 11) 16 Aug 1943 / 15 Mar 1974 Floating museum in New
York City in 1982. 
USS Hornet (CV 12) 20 Nov 1943 / 26 May 1970 Floating museum in San
Francisco Bay on 26 May 1998. 
USS Franklin (CV 13) 31 Jan 1944 / 17 Feb 1947 Reclassified AVT 8 on
15 May 1959. Stricken 10 Oct 1964. 
USS Ticonderoga (CV 14) 8 May 1944 / 1 Sep 1973 Sold for scrapping 1
Sept 1975. 
USS Randolph (CV 15) 9 Oct 1944 / 13 Feb 1969 Sold for scrapping 1 Apr
1975. 
USS Lexington (CV 16) 17 Feb 1942 / 8 Nov 1991 Floating museum in
Corpus Christi, TX. 
USS Bunker Hill (CV 17) 25 May 1943 / 9 Jul 1947 Retained as
electronic test ship in San Diego until Nov. 1972. 
Scrapped 1973. 
USS Wasp (CV 18) 24 Nov 1943 / 1 Jul 1972 Sold for scrapping 21 May
1973. 
USS Hancock (CV 19) 15 Apr 1944 / 30 Jan 1976 Sold for scrapping 1
Sept 1976. 
USS Bennington (CV 20) 6 Aug 1944 / 15 Jan 1970 Sold for scrapping 1
Dec 1994. 
USS Boxer (CV 21) 16 Apr 1945 / 1 Dec 1969 Sold for scrapping 13 Mar
1971. 
USS Independence (CVL 22) 14 Jan 1943 / 28 Aug 1946 Sunk as target 29
Jun 1951. 
USS Princeton (CVL 23) 25 Feb 1943 / 24 Oct 1944 Sunk due to enemy
action in the Sibuyan Sea. 
USS Belleau Wood (CVL 24) 31 Mar 1943 / 13 Jan 1947 Transferred to
France 1953-1960. Returned. Stricken 1 Oct 
1960 and sold for scrapping. 
USS Cowpens (CVL 25) 28 May 1943 / 13 Jan 1947 Stricken from the Navy
List 1 Nov 1959 and sold for scrapping. 
USS Monterey (CVL 26) 17 Jun 1943 / 16 Jan 1956 Stricken from the Navy
List 1 Jun 1970. Scrapping in May 1971. 
USS Langley  (CVL 27) 31 Aug 1943 / 11 Feb 1947 Transferred to France
1951-1963; Sold 19 Feb 1964. 
USS Cabot (CVL 28) 24 Jul 1943 / 21 Jan 1955 Transferred to Spain 30
Aug 1967; returned to private U.S. organization 
1989. Auctioned by US Marshals Service to Sabe Marine Salvage, 10 Sep
1999. 
USS Bataan (CVL 29) 17 Nov 1943 / 9 Apr 1954 Stricken from the Navy
List 1 Sep 1959. Sold for scrapping May 1961. 
USS San Jacinto (CVL 30) 15 Dec 1943 / 1 Mar 1947 Stricken from the
Navy List 1 Jun 1970. Sold for scrapping on 15 
Dec 1971 to National Metal and Steel Co., Terminal Island, Calif.  
USS Bon Homme (CV 31) 26 Nov 1944 / 2 Jul 1971 Stricken from the Navy
List 1989. Scrapped 4 Feb 1992. 
USS Leyte (CV 32) 11 Apr 1946 / 15 May 1959 Stricken from the Navy
List 1 Jun 1969. 
USS Kearsarge (CV 33) 2 May 1946 / 15 Jan 1970 Sold for scrapping 1
Mar 1974. 
USS Oriskany (CVA 34) 25 Sep 1950 / 20 Sep 1979 Sold 9 Sep 1995, but
contractor defaulted. Repossessed by the Navy and contract terminated
30 Jul 1997. Sunk off coast of Florida 17 May 2006 for use as
articifical reef. 
Reprisal(CV 35) -- / -- Never completed nor commissioned. Hull, 53%
complete, was sold to Boston Metals Co, Baltimore, Md. and scrapped
November 1949. 
USS Antietam  (CV 36) 28 Jan 1945 / 8 May 1963 Sold for scrapping 1
Dec 1973. 
USS Princeton (CV 37) 18 Nov 1945 / 30 Jan 1970 Stricken from the Navy
List 30 Jan 1970. 
USS Shangri-La (CV 38) 15 Sep 1944 / 30 Jul 1971 Stricken from the
Navy List 15 Jul 1982; disposed of by MARAD 
exchange 9 Aug 1988.
USS Lake Champlain (CV 39) 3 Jun 1945 / 2 May 1966 Sold for scrapping
28 Apr 1972. 

Hugh



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