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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

24th Annual Stage Door Canteen

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Get your tickets before this event sells out!

Lexington Museum Board President Tim Ehrman has announced plans for the 24th Annual Stage Door Canteen to be held aboard the USS LEXINGTON Museum on Friday, 17 February 2017 at 7:00 PM. The upcoming event will commemorate the 74th anniversary of the commissioning of USS LEXINGTON CV-16.


Rocco Montesano, Museum Executive Director, said this year’s show will recreate the Canteen shows from WW II when famous entertainers traveled the world performing for service men and women far from home. Headlining the star-studded cast will be the USS LEXINGTON Big Band Orchestra. Celebrated vocal artists Jason Armstrong, Flicka Rahn, Carla Gardiner, Christine Skinner, and Victoria Majors will perform songs of the era. Scott Plant, who was recently awarded the Texas CMA Hall of Fame Award, will entertain you with his fiddle! Described as a magical evening of nostalgia, the show has been a complete sell-out for the last twenty-three years.

Ticket Info

Tickets are $60 per couple, $35 single for open seating. Reserved tables for ten are available for either $400 or $500. Advance ticket purchase is required – tickets will not be sold at the door. Major credit cards are accepted.

For reservations or more information, call 361-888-4873 ext 307 or 800-523-9539 ext 307.

LEX News!!

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World War II Veteran and former Lexington Bomber Group 20 crew member LCDR Henry Rubner will be welcomed back aboard on Monday, December 5th at 1000.  While here, Henry Rubner-or “Hank” as he insists to be called, will sit down and share stories from years ago when he served as a bomber pilot with the US Navy. Rubner scored his first major combat success after flying off the aircraft carrier USS Lexington on Jan. 3, 1945. Dropping bombs onto a Japanese cargo vessel bound for the island of Formosa (now Taiwan), the pilot received his first of two air medals. During his career he was also awarded the Silver Star.

Not only did “Hank” serve our country, but his older brother “Charles” was a Pearl Harbor Survivor and Navy Veteran.  With the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack approaching on December 7th, we especially welcome the opportunity to have LCDR Rubner back aboard his ship to visit once more, while reminding us of all those who serve and have served.



Corpus Christi – The USS Lexington Museum will hold a Remembrance Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 7 December 2016, to commemorate the 75thanniversary of the 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony, which will honor those who died in the attack as well as local survivors, will feature the Corpus Christi Veterans Band, Mary Carroll High School NJROTC members, and the Corpus Christi Fire Department Pipes & Drums. In Navy tradition a wreath will be laid in the water followed by taps. Local Pearl Harbor Survivors including Lexington Volunteer Bob Batterson accepted invitations from Honor Flights and American Airlines and are currently participating in the events scheduled in Hawaii.


The ceremony is sponsored by the USS Lexington Volunteer Organization and will be hosted by Captain F. W. “Rocco” Montesano, USN (Ret), Executive Director, USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.


Admission for this event is complimentary.


WHAT:     Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony – 2:00 PM – Hangar Bay II

WHEN:     Wednesday, 7 December 2016

WHERE:   USS LEXINGTON Museum on the Bay


LEX Receives  “Outstanding Employee Engagement Strategy Award” for the 2nd year at the 2nd Annual Corpus Christi Human Resources Management Association Banquet held on December 1st.  The USS Lexington Museum was host to the Historic Naval Ships Association Annual Conference in September and the crew worked many hours getting LEX in “ship shape” for this event. Representatives came from all over the United States, Canada and Australia and included our peers from the USS Midway, USS Intrepid, USS Yorktown to name a few.  The entire crew worked together as a team to prepare for the conference. Attending the banquet were Rocco Montesano, Executive Director, Patricia Gonzales, Human Resources Manager, Lori Frank, HR Assistant, Jacklyn Munson, Accounting Supervisor, Rusty Reustle, Director of Operations and Exhibits, Rebekah Brooks, Senior Sales Manager, Patricia Mangus, Graphic Artist, Karma Schaffan, Admissions Supervisor and Melanie Templin, Accounting Assistant.

Shop AmazonSmile for the Holidays and Support LEX

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Here’s How to Double Your Giving Without Doubling the Effort

You can show your support for the USS Lexington this holiday season when you purchase gifts for friends and family through AmazonSmile!

How Does This Work?

When you shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to LEX. You’ll find all of the same items that you would while shopping through regular Amazon, except this lets you donate to the charity of your choice at the click of a mouse. Visit their website to learn more about AmazonSmile.

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USS Lexington Unveils First F9F-8 Cougar Painted Pink in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness

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See the “Heliconia” Pink Plane on the Flight Deck Through Oct. 31st

The USS Lexington today unveiled the very first F9F-8 Cougar painted in pink. The F9F-8 Cougar will be on display on the flight deck through the end of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

The idea was presented by the Director of Operations & Exhibits, Rusty Reustle, from a technique he observed Disney using while filming the blockbuster movie, Pearl Harbor, aboard LEX. Dishwashing liquid is applied to latex paint and prevents the paint from becoming permanent. The paint color on the F9F-8 Cougar is a vibrant shade of pink called “Heliconia.”

The F9F-8 Cougar is the swept wing version of its forerunner, the F9F Panther — Grumman’s first jet fighter plane. The Blue Angels flew with the F9F-8 and one –8T from 1955 to 1958. The USS Lexington chose a fighter plane in support of all who have fought and continue to fight the battle of cancer.

Download Full Press Release (PDF)


Shop AmazonSmile on Amazon Prime Day – July 12, 2016

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Support LEX and Purchase via AmazonSmile when you shop on Amazon Prime Day, July 12, 2016.

About AmazonSmile and Amazon Prime Day

When you shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to LEX. You’ll find all of the same items that you would while shopping through regular Amazon, except this helps you automatically donate to the charity of your choice. Visit their website to learn more about AmazonSmile.

Amazon Prime Day is one day a year where Amazon opens up amazing deals to Prime members. Think of it as Black Friday in July. You can learn more about this Amazon shopping holiday and preview items on sale at their website.

Click the photo below or click the link to visit AmazonSmile for LEX

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Support Us When You Shop for Father’s Day

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Double Your Giving This Father’s Day!

Buy gifts for those special dads in your life at and Amazon will donate a portion to us. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you already know – same products, same prices, same service.

Here’s how it works:

  • Click the provided AmazonSmile link and sign in to your Amazon account
  • Make your purchases
  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases

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Welcome Aboard!

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Get Ready for Summer!

LEX is gearing up for a terrific summer season.  From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend we are open from 9am to 6pm. (Gate closes at 5:30pm)

Monday 30 May 2pm – Join us for our Memorial Day Ceremony

New Exhibits:

Pearl HarborTwo high-end solid state synchronized digital computer controlled projection systems with state-of-the-art animation software and an 8000 watt sound system depict the day that thrust America into World War II. You can feel the rumblings of the explosions through the use of transducers built into the walkway surrounding the exhibit.

The Captain’s In-Port Quarters exhibit provides an intimate look inside the Captain’s life when not at sea. Here, audiovisual projection enables a mannequin of the Captain to come to life with moving lips, blinking eyes, and voice as he welcomes visitors to his ship.

The Combat Information Center (CIC) exhibit delights visitors with holographic projections of a CIC watch team explaining their duties.

Engine Room – Meet “Charlie” has he tells the story of being on board when the Torpedo hit LEX on 4 December.


  • Smart Phone Tour
  •  NEW 3D Giant Screen Experience in the Joe Jessel MEGA Theater – “Aircraft Carrier 21st Century Sea Power”
  • World of Wars Gaming Stations