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The surviving crew of USS Lexington, sunk by the Japanese in the Coral Sea, abandon ship. Sailors slide down ropes and are picked up by small boats; the destroyer, right, is picking up the sick and wounded.

It’s been 76 years since the World War II battle that set the stage for Japan’s defeat — and changed naval warfare forever

On May 7 and May 8, 1942, Allied forces handed Japan its first setback in the Pacific during World War II in a battle that marked the first time two opposing naval forces never came within sight of each other.
An antiaircraft gun seen on the wreckage of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, found in the Pacific by a team led by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen.

The cofounder of Microsoft found the wreck of a US aircraft carrier that was lost during a pivotal World War II battle

The latest discovery by Paul Allen and his team is a US aircraft carrier sunk during a pivotal World War II battle.