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TEXAS NAVY EXHIBIT GRAND OPENING

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The Texas Navy Association was formed under the authority of the Texas Secretary of State in 1972 as a non-profit organization devoted to preserving the history of the Texas Navy.  Membership is open to anyone who holds a commission as an Admiral in the Texas Navy from the Governor of Texas and to anyone who would like to become a member.  (For more info visit texasnavy.org)

In 2014, during his tenure as President of the Texas Navy Association, Mr. Bill Turner met with USS Lexington Museum staff to propose having an exhibit aboard the ship.  After determining the footprint of the space required, and acquiring the necessary funding, work began on the 1000 square foot exhibit.  The Texas Navy exhibit features the historical documentary How the Texas Navy Saved the Revolution, a Kahunas USA / Texas Navy Association historic documentary.  The film is available to all Texas teachers for free download at texasnavy.org under the “Teachers” button.

The exhibit also features a short film highlighting the importance of black powder and 19th century cannon technology.  Available for viewing are a replica of a historic warship’s gun deck, cannons, uniforms, navigation gear, story boards, as well as numerous artifacts of period naval warfare.

The mission of the Texas Navy Association is, “To preserve and promote an appreciation of the historic character and heroic acts of the Texas Navy.  To promote travel by visitors to historical sites and areas in which the Texas Navy operated.  To conduct in the broadest sense a public relations campaign to create a responsible and accurate image of Texas.  And, encourage Texas communities, organizations, and individuals, as well as governmental entities, to participate with actions and money in pursuit of these objectives.”

Join us for this ribbon cutting ceremony including Admirals from the Texas Navy, Producers, and Actors from the films, a Featured Mural Artist, and historic models.

 

WHAT:            Texas Navy Exhibit Ribbon Cutting

WHEN:            Saturday, March 19, 2018, 11:00 am

WHERE:          USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

Memorial Service for Captain Frank W. “Rocco” Montesano, USN (Ret)

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Executive Director Emeritus, Rocco Montesano, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, April 13, 2018.

There will be a Memorial Service on Sunday, April 29th at 5:00 pm on board the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. Dress is casual and valet parking will be available.

In lieu of flowers, Rocco and his family would like donations sent to the USS Lexington Museum in his honor. Donations can be made by credit card or PayPalChecks can be mailed to the USS Lexington Museum, PO Box 23076, Corpus Christi, TX 78403.

You can find an online obituary here and the event info posted on Facebook

25th Annual Stage Door Canteen – Feb 16, 2018

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Stage Door 2018

Dance to the Sounds of USS Lexington BIG BAND

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7PM

Ticket Info

$60 Couple
$35 Single
$400 Reserved Table of 10
$500 Preferred Reserved Table of 10

Star-Studded Cast!

Flicka Rahn
Jason Armstrong
Carla Gardiner
Victoria Majors
Scott Plant & More!

Purchase Your Tickets Today!
Call 1-800-LADY LEX or 361-888-4873 ext. 307

Advance ticket purchase required. All major credit cards accepted.
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“Heart of Every Ship” Exhibit Now Open

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Corpus Christi –  Valves, Pumps, Soot Blowers, Sight Glasses – not the most glamorous parts of a ship but the critical equipment used by sailors all over the world to keep Engine Rooms on ships alive. The USS Lexington has scoured the ship for some of these components, reconditioned them and created a new exhibit around them. Visitors will now be able to see and touch this equipment, learn what their purpose was and how they made this 3 million ton aircraft carrier, into a mighty protector of the seas. Located on the 6th Deck leading into the Engine Room, the exhibit includes a small theater where visitors can sit and view Engineering 101. The film, produced by our Exhibits Department, will take you into the Boiler Room, Elevator Machinery Room, and Engine Room.

This exhibit was made possible by generous donations from the Gary Galiher Foundation. Mr. Galiher was a friend and benefactor of the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.

2017 Annual Member Overnight Camp Out!

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It’s almost time for our 2017 Annual Member Overnight Camp Out!

Hundreds of groups each year come to experience a camp-out on the LEX and now you can too! Normally, this program is open only to Scouts and Youth Groups, but for one special night a year it is open for our members!! Become a member to experience one of our most popular programs on October 21, 2017.

For more information call (361)-888-4873 Ext 306 or email member@usslexington.com.

LEX GIVING BACK

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Executive Director Rocco Montesano and Board President Pat Veteto have announced that over the Labor Day weekend LEX will donate 1/2 of all admission proceeds to support our fellow Texans recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts and prayers go out to all that have been affected by the storm.

LEX reopening Thursday Aug 31st

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The Blue Ghost stood up to another challenge! Harvey came but could not beat this ship. Our hard-working staff and volunteers have put this Lady back in tip top shape and we will reopen to visitors Thursday, morning at 9am.

Our hearts are with our fellow Texans who are still recovering from the storm.

Hurricane Harvey Update

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The LEX weathered Hurricane Harvey just fine, we have no damage beyond basic cleanup. However, we are still without power and cannot reopen until power is restored. At that time, we will need a day to bring the aircraft back up to the flight deck and put all in order for our visitors. We will be back open soon!

LEX CLOSING DUE TO HURRICANE HARVEY

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Corpus Christi, TX – Rocco Montesano, Executive Director of the USS Lexington Museum On The Bay has announced that the ship will be closing today (Thursday, August 24th) at 3:00 PM due to Hurricane Harvey.  Lexington will reopen as soon as possible.

Memorial Day 2017 – Honoring Heroes Aboard Lexington

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Corpus Christi – In honor and remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country there will be a Commemoration and Wreath Laying Ceremony aboard Lexington on Memorial Day.

We are honored to have Congressman Blake Farenthold as our guest speaker. On the House Floor on May 24th Congressman Farenthold recognized the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Coral Sea and acknowledged the heroism of Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant Junior Grade William E. Hall. He will present a plaque to Lexington and LT Hall’s daughter, Gwen Hall with the transcript of his speech.

7-8 May 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea – Lieutenant Junior Grade William E. Hall was aboard USS Lexington CV-2 serving as a scout plane pilot with Scouting Squadron 2 flying the SBD Dauntless. On 7 May over the Coral Sea he dive bombed a Japanese aircraft carrier, contributing greatly to its destruction. The next day, he attacked a superior number of Japanese planes and shot down three. Although his aircraft was damaged and he was seriously wounded in this attack, he managed to land safely. For these actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor that is currently on display aboard Lexington.

The SBD Dauntless located at the entrance to USS Lexington has been renovated in the paint scheme of Squadron 2 in honor of all pilots that flew this dive bomber during World War II.

Immediately following the ceremony Boy Scout Troop 6 from Brownsville, Texas will conduct a flag retirement ceremony on the Flight Deck. The public is invited to bring flags for this special ceremony.

 


WHAT: Memorial Day Commemorations
WHERE: USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
WHEN: Monday, 29 May 2017 – 2:00 PM

For More Information Contact:
Debbie Crites, Marketing Director
361. 888. 4873 Ext. 307