Bringing history to life

Driving over the Harbor Bridge on Hwy 181, the “Blue Ghost” is a constant reminder of the Pacific Theater events of World War II. On Thursday, February 8, the USS Lexington Museum will welcome aboard Don Graves, a US Marine Corps veteran who was one of the thousands of Marines to land on Iwo Jima in 1945.


Iwo Jima cemetry
Graves will bring to life the 36-day battle which resulted in more than 26,000 American casualties.


The fortunate audience will experience this compelling story while aboard the aircraft carrier which participated in nearly every major operation in the Pacific Theater and spent a total of 21 months in combat. Japanese reported the USS Lexington sunk four times, yet, each time she returned to fight again. This led propagandist Tokyo Rose to nickname her “The Blue Ghost”.

Graves shares his story across the country and is described as a compelling speaker who includes humorous incidents to lighten the mood while recounting stories about the bloody battle on Iwo Jima.

The Coastal Bend Third Coast Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is hosting this 10th Patriotic Speaker Series Dinner featuring Don Graves on Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. onboard the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. Individual tickets are $75.00 ($50.00 for active military). Tables reservations for 10 are $1000.00.

“Our mission is to establish and maintain a permanent presence in the community so as to preserve and illustrate the Coastal Bend’s involvement in the history of those men and women who served in the past and still serve in today’s military.”

The proceeds from this Patriotic Speaker Series Dinner will be used to continue this mission. The deadline for reservations is January 31, 2018.

For Reservations: Email:  Phone: 361-813-6551