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USS Lexington

Corpus Christi, Texas

The retired US Naval vessel USS Lexington is most famous for the ghost of the engine room operator who was killed in battle. He has never harmed anyone and only makes his presence known when tourists enter the engine room; he gives guided tours of the room. Sometimes he becomes impatient, however, and slams doors and turns off lights.

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Ace says:

March 29, 2008, 7:51 pm

I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, and I’ve also frequented the USS Lexington many a times during fieldtrips growing up, and i’ve also been a part of a program they call “live-abord” which is where you get to spend a few nights on the lexington itself and sleep there, shower, and just go on about your days… anywho… I’ve had diff. experiances everytime… since i was smaller and took fieldtrips there me and my friends would be freaked out cause of the wax figures they have there… sometimes you pass by a figure thats facing you when you walk in and when you walk out the opposite way, it was still facing us… which means it turned… that always happens when i go…

also me and some friends were poking around the lex… when your a live-abord you can go to many places that are off limits to the regular public…

so one time we were goofing and running up and down the decks through the inside stairwells that are off-limits… and that are chained off… lol

well we must have been about 3 decks below the very top one near the captians quarters… and theh big steel doors that are there… well we stop for a second to have our other friends catch up (because we were running to beat them upstairs) and while were by the door… (it was closed mind you) there was this HUGE bang on the other side… that really freaked us out cause we knew that this area was off limits too all others and no-one could have been behind that door…

so we took off running further upstairs… about 2 more decks up… we came across another chained area… me and my friend jake were first to get there… there is and older man that comes out from the side area, and tells us that no one is allowed up there because it’s dangerous so we should turn back.

he walks off back from the side area of where he came from…

me and jake decide to still walk up to the chained off stairwell… until we look to our left to see if that man is still there…

But, we then asked eachother… where did he go?

There was no way for this man to come to us from the area he was at, nor was there a way for him to leave… the only entrance and exit was where we came from…

so we left… that was the last experiance i’ve ever had on the lex, and the last time i’ve been…

kk says:

April 10, 2008, 1:25 pm

there are more than one ghosts on the lexington butthe one mostly seen is the on in the engien room, some walk threw walls were old walls have been blocked some walk down halls and there is a woman that walks around in the cargo hold she died when a fighter plain crashed on the ship and went threw the floor.

peeps says:

April 12, 2008, 2:04 am

i dont realy beleve in ghost or that stuff but maybe there is a ghost in the engine room but if i would have to see it and maybe the one in the hallways and in the cargo hold and on the flight deck and the wierd thing that calls out your name maybe if i saw any of these things i would beleve this ****.

someone says:

April 17, 2008, 10:38 am

i’ve been on this ship long tyme ago i remeber walking pats by the engines it was all cold.. then when the lights shut off on us and my cousin started crying all big baby all older then me !

Tracy says:

April 21, 2008, 12:39 am

I heard this story from a friend in the military.
There is a story around the pilot that died on the Lexington. A young fighter pilot crashed unto the deck. The day before his crash he was to meet with a girl he liked. Something happened to her and she could not meet him. He drove back late wondering what went wrong. He died on the deck of the Lexington the following day. The girl mourned him every day that followed. Years later the girl married. A child was born to the girl on the birthday of the deceased pilot. The baby seemed to react to pictures of certain people he never met and writes the first name of the deceased pilot when asked to write his name. Siliar to the story of “James” a WWII pilot returned. Perhaps, this young man had some unfinished issues to resolve. The story of James brings one to wonder if there is a circle of life. Does a string exist between the last life the interim and birth… Many religions share this belief. Perhaps, this explains odd phobias and PTS in small children.

Chris Pearl says:

April 21, 2008, 9:58 am

I have flown over the Lex, but I have never borded her. However, I have heard of the story of James Huston. A small child claims to be a pilot that crashed sometime during WWII. Aviators seem to have an extra zest for life…lol

His story can be found at this link

nick says:

April 29, 2008, 10:36 pm

Me and my brother went in that room and he gaves us a guided tour. At the time i did not know who he was, but knowing now that he is a ghost and seeing him with my own two eyes, i belive.

me says:

April 30, 2008, 10:07 pm

My dad was stationed on the Lexington in the 80′s, I grew up in Pensacola. I’m proud of my dad’s military service and decided to look up information about the Lexington, and came across the story of the ghost in the engine room a few years ago. I asked my dad, who was a electrician about it, and he said yeah sure late at night on watch down in the engine room I would see a shadow pacing. Most of the time I brushed it off as one of my buddies playing a joke, until the night I was sitting at a table they had down there and the stool next to me began to slowing spin around.

Jeff says:

May 21, 2008, 5:28 pm

My granddad was the Lady’s electrician from 1943-45. Back in 2000, I had to be about 11, we went to the Lex to leave some of his ashes. I’d heard of the engine room apparition, but we didn’t see anything. The engine room was really hot, except for one part. I think this is the part that is haunted. I really have a fondness for the good Lady, and I must go back, although I’m too old to stay overnight. Oh well. Lastly, since it is so close to Memorial Day, lets remember all men and women who have died for our this country, especially those that served on the Lex. Cheers!

tabitha says:

May 22, 2008, 12:55 pm

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Lily says:

June 2, 2008, 2:37 pm

i remeber on the 3rd of july i was staying the night at the beach to see the fireworks the next day. well me n my cousin weere filiming each other being dumb and we had a good shot of the lexington frm where we were at. Wel i was on a table and filming the sky i really dont remeber y. well we saw 5 men.. on there.. in sailor suits . they were throwing a woman over board ar a man with really long hair… we got really scareed and i was recording it. and before we knew it… a blue light was showing and it was hurting our eyez. we ran the heck out of the their and almost cried well we came back with my aunt n mom about 5 min later they said they didnt see n e thing. wel we found the camera smashed into peices. without the tape. i will never forget that.. neither will my cousin hopefully. :(

Mary Turner says:

June 7, 2008, 3:11 am

Well, I can from first hand experince tell you that this story is 1000% true. However there are some facts that we need to get straight. I work on the Lexington. I am here at all hours of the day and night. Charlie is NOT the only ghost onbaord this ship. Keep in mind the 246 brave men and 1 brave lady who gave thier lifes in the preservation of your freedom. I personally know a medium who has spoken with Charlie. Charlie told her that there is a angry ghost onboard. They don’t know why he is angry, and he would not talk to the medium. Charlie gives tours of the Engine Room. He, however, dosen’t slam doors or anything of that nature. There is a rather odd presence almost everywere on board this old girl. Partically in the medical rooms and berthing compartments. These are much creeepier than the Engine Room. The officer state room where the doors and windows close and open themselves, yeah, those are much worse. So if you’re curious come up here and find out for yourselves.

bretny says:

June 9, 2008, 6:23 pm

ive been on that ship.
i was IN the engine room with my uncle.
he said he felt really cold.
and i was shivering becuz i was freezing.
i remember feeling pressure on my chest and my eyes started 2 water.
i felt a presence in the room.
it was crazy!!!!!
i cuddnt move.
it was like theghost was touching me or holding me or sumthing.
like he was trying 2 tell me sumthing.

Sophie says:

June 18, 2008, 5:57 pm

well I have been to the LEX and in certain rooms like the dental place, the cafet., the chapel, the captians place where he slept, and especially the soldiers bunks, you can feel vibes and it is cold. If you haven’t been to the LEX I just want to tell you that you should go and feel the experience of being watched it creepy!!!

matt says:

July 1, 2008, 1:43 pm

where is lexington retired

Misty says:

July 1, 2008, 10:58 pm

I have been there alot of times….Thats so not true….

Krystal says:

July 10, 2008, 12:23 am

I’ve done the live aboard program on the USS Lexington 3 times and everytime, something… well… paranormal happens! The first time I stayed(Spring of 2003) me and my best friend Sappire were walking to the bathrooms and were lost when a man with georgeous almost white blonde hair and dazziling bright blue eyes came to us and directed us to the bathrooms!when we turned to thank him he was gone! That night my daddy was sleeping in the knot room for the live aboard thing and he could see shadows through the windows. Also when he woke up, the knot he tied on his bag was undone and redone in a professonal looking knot! Sappire didn’t come with me again, but my brother, Louie, and god-brother(next-door-neighbor),Robert, came the other 2 times! The second time(Sprong of 2005) the 3 of us saw a manican and it looked just like the man I saw the year before with Sappire! Robert was looking at a display in the room so I looked at it too. when I turned to look at the manican he wasn’t there! Then we went to get our dads and when we came back, it was there, but in a different pose and its eyes were red! The third time I went(Spring of 2007)my dad, Louie, Robert, Robert’s dad and I were eating at the Perre 99 resturant outside the ship when we saw a florecent glowing manin front of the ship! Then I remembered a story! The story was that a boy went to join the Navy! When he left his father promised him that he would be there to greet him when he comes back home from the war! The boy died on the ship in an engenering accident! Legennd has it that the man is still there to fufill his promise to his son and will greet him home! So the following morning we were talking to the the live aboard diirector, Kenney, when a ladt came and began screeming at him! She said that last night at 5 am a glowing man woke her up and told her that her mother was dead! She screemed at him for playing such a sick joke when her cell phone rang! It was her sister telling her that her mother had died at 5 am that morning! I hope those are enough paranormal experiences to make you believe! If not, go there and see for your self! Don’t worry, the ghosts won’t hurt you, but you will be scared! Have Fun!!!

Ray says:

July 23, 2008, 11:11 pm

I took a picture of an engine in the hangar bay, and there was a white figure standing over it. Turns out his name is Charlie

frank says:

August 20, 2008, 3:12 pm

Dis one is true, i just spent da nite yesterday for Rotc I went down there with 6 ppl and they heard sumthing and 4 ran off leaving me and dis one girl… i sat down for a while cuz idk i was tired it was 3 am in the mourning and then the lights turn red… i thought to myself omg wtf is going on and then i saw the ghost… i know the story how he died.. and it was really bad ;( i thought he was gonna be mean but infact he was real nice he told me his name, it was Charlie and he was wearing a white coat with a cross on the back. when i first saw him he glanced at me and i turned SOOO Pale… i was freaking out… he told me to follow him and i did he gave me the best tour.. although he wanted me to go to some restricted areas… i did and he told me where to step where not to step…
he was his own light himself.. he was amazing ever since then i believed in ghosts and im still afraid of them.. more then ever.. if you ever spend the night at the lexington go meet charlie hes awesome.. but it gets scary by the sick bay..

unknown says:

August 28, 2008, 12:30 pm

well around june me and a group of friends spent the night on the ship and well we were not spooked at all. But sometimes i could recall a friend saying they had a eerie feeling in the engine room which sparks my curiousity maybe that boat is haunted who knows i guess i will have to experience that myself.

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