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Today in World War II History—May 8, 1942

USS Lexington's crewmen abandoning ship to a destroyer, 8 May 1942 (US Naval History & Heritage Command: 80-G-7398)

USS Lexington’s crewmen abandoning ship to a destroyer, 8 May 1942 (US Naval History & Heritage Command: 80-G-7398)

80 Years Ago—May 8, 1942: Battle of the Coral Sea concludes: US deters Japanese landing at Port Moresby, New Guinea, the first time in the war that the Japanese navy fails to achieve an objective.

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

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

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

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