Battle of the Coral Sea
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HistoryCentral.com > America's Wars > World War II > Battles & Main Events > 1942 > Battle of the Coral Sea
MAY 3rd 1942
Battle of the Coral Sea
The Japanese were advancing toward Australia, with the intention of assaulting Port Moseby. US task forces engaged a Japanese force in the Coral Sea. It was the first battle in which two naval forces engaged, without ever coming within shooting distance of each other. Japanese planes managed to sink the American carrier "Lexington" and damage the "Yorktown." The Americans sank a Japanese light-carrier and put two Japanese cruisers out of commission. The Japanese advance was halted.

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