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mark bates said in February 13th, 2007 at 5:21

Hey Matt;

My Dad flew off the Lexington during WWII, in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

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Matt said in February 14th, 2007 at 8:40

That Lexington was CV-2 and was sunk at the Battle of Coral Sea. CV-16 was already being built at that time. A petition was made to change the ships’ name to the Lexington. Your dad is a true Hero.

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mark bates said in February 16th, 2007 at 4:02

His squardron was the last off before it was hit. They had to land on the old Hornet, I believe. I’ll tell him what you said. He doesn’t talk about it much, as most vets don’t.
He flew TBM’s which as you probably know ,were torpedo bombers, made by Gruman

Mark

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Matt said in February 16th, 2007 at 4:13

The Grumman TBM Avenger was the plane that, future president, George H. W. Bush flew during WWII. He spent about 4 days on the Lexington CV-16. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum, at Addison Airport, has a TBM Avenger that they fly. It is in mint condition. He also has an F4-U Corsair and a P-51D Mustang that are flyable.. If your dad is in the area take him to the museum. I am sure he would appreciate it. He may cry a little, but appreciate it.