A special visitor toured the U.S.S. Lexington on Monday. WWII veteran Harry Frey served aboard the Lady Lex that sank in the Coral Sea back in 1942.
At the age of 93, Frey was reliving his time at sea.
"I was on a ladder that led up to the superstructure. was on the superstructure.>
Former sailor Harry Frey was just 19 years old while onboard the U.S.S. Lexington in 1942. His job was that of a statistician.
"I recorded the type of plane, fighter, the pilot, how much ammo they had on the ship and how much fuel," Frey said.
A mundane job, but nonetheless, it had to be done. However, on May 8, 1942, Frey would be witness to a significant period in American history.
"I did get to see the whole battle," Frey said of the Naval battle of the Coral Sea.
"You know, I could see the torpedoes coming in. Of course I didn't follow any bombs down, you know," Frey said. "They were a little too fast but, ah, I witness it."
When asked if he was scared, Frey said, "Hell, I was only 19. Invincible. Ain't nothing going to happen to me."
And nothing did. He was among the survivors who escaped the sinking of the U.S.S. Lexington CV-2 in the Battle of the Coral Sea, a significant battle in the war with Japan. The battle was the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other, as well as the first in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly upon the other; and when it comes to the service of his country, Frey said he would do it all over again.
In fact, he said he loved every minute of it.
"Five years, two months, four days and 12 hours," Frey said. "I didn't have anything else to do at that time, you know, but to count the days."