Most Haunted Places in America: The USS Lexington
The USS Lexington was the longest serving aircraft carrier in the United States. It, along with the 1,550 men and woman aboard her, set more records than any other aircraft carrier in naval history. Commissioned in February, 1943, the USS Lexington was a hearty participate in 21 out of 24 operations in the Pacific during World War II.
This proud ship was decommissioned in November, 1991 and is now a museum located in Corpus Christi, Texas. Her greatest moments came with a human cost though and it is said those brave men and woman have not left her making the USS Lexington one of the most haunted places in America.
The Lexington had a very interesting nickname coined during WWII. Seems this ship was reported sunk by the Japanese at least 4 different times. Yet, again and again she would return to battle prompting the Japanese propagandist Tokyo Rose to name the ship “The Blue Ghost”.
Today the moniker Blue Ghost seems fitting. There are numerous reports of paranormal activity on board the ship. Those that visit as well as work on the ship have reported apparitions, screams, voices, weapons being fired and people have felt very uneasy and uncomfortable when walking in the Switch Room.
Though there are a lot of ghost activities reported all over the ship, yet there are a few places that the ghosts do not seem to mind letting people know they are there. Below deck in one of the showering areas is where the Lexington was torpedoed and over 30 crewmen lost their lives. It is here that people here a lot of screams, yelling and crying.
The operator in the engine room was killed during a battle and said to have never left his post. He has made his presence known to several visitors as they enter the room. They have been reports by many who claim a cold chill emanating from the room as the pass by. There have been claims of seeing something move in the shadows of the room as well as people actually seeing a ghost standing at the engines as if trying to fix them.
One of the most fascinating ghost story from aboard the USS Lexington first came from a family of four that toured the Lexington with a particularly knowledgeable tour guide. As they went below to some of the lower decks they lost the polite tour guide. They happened upon the manager of the museum and inquired about the young blonde haired blue eyed guide that was showing them around. To their dismay, the gentleman did not exist.
The others working at the Lexington call him “Charly” and well over 200 people have reported encountering him during their visits. All claim he is a polite young man and all claim to be drawn to his piercing blue eyes. He has astonished visitors with his knowledge of the engines including how they used steam and how much horsepower they can produce.
These are but a few of the many paranormal events that have been reported and to continue to be reported to this day aboard the ship. Here is an interesting USS Lexington ghost video of the engine room.