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Today in World War II History—May 8, 1942

USS Lexington's crewmen abandoning ship and boarding a destroyer, 8 May 1942 (US National Museum of Naval Aviation)

USS Lexington’s crewmen abandoning ship and boarding a destroyer, 8 May 1942 (US National Museum of Naval Aviation)

75 Years Ago—May 8, 1942: Battle of the Coral Sea concludes: Allies deter Japanese landing at Port Moresby, New Guinea, first time in war Japanese navy fails to achieve objective.

In Battle of the Coral Sea, carrier USS Lexington is badly damaged and scuttled.

Japanese take Myitkyina, last viable airfield to supply China from Burma.

Alvin York, WWI Medal of Honor recipient “Sergeant York,” is commissioned as a major.