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Exhibit Commemorates the Battle of the Coral Sea, Sinking of U.S.S. Lexington CV-2

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - It's been 72 years since the Battle of the Coral Sea and the sinking of the U.S.S. Lexington CV-2, and to commemorate that battle, a newly renovated exhibit opened Thursday morning at the U.S.S. Lexington Museum.

Also on display at the exhibit is the Medal of Honor awarded to Lieutenant Junior Grade William E. Hall, a scout plane pilot who flew the SBD Dauntless.

On May 7, 1942, Hall dive-bombed a Japanese aircraft carrier in the Coral Sea, contributing greatly to its destruction; and the very next day, he shot down three attacking Japanese planes and managed to land his damaged scout plane safely, despite being seriously wounded.

Hall's Medal of Honor will be on display until Memorial Day. His daughter, Gwen Hall, and Harry Frey, a survivor of the U.S.S. Lexington CV-2's sinking, were present for the opening of the exhibit Thursday.