The Navy Times

The aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2) was struck by multiple Japanese torpedoes and bombs on May 8, 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea, but it wasnít until a secondary explosion crippled the vessel that the shipís commanding officer gave the call to abandon ship.

More than 200 Lexington sailors were killed in the fight, which marked the first ever carrier vs. carrier battle ó one that dealt the imperial forces of Emperor Hirohito their first major blow of World War II.

Nearby U.S. ships rescued 2,770 of the carrierís remaining sailors, to include the captainís dog, Wags.