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.
DECEMBER 7th . . . 75 YEARS AGO
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.