Battle Of Coral Sea
On the morning of seventh of May,
Two nations enter into a fray.
Deep in the blue Coral Sea
Becomes a battle to be.
A sailor, with honor and confidence,
His vessel stirs in bright radiance.
For they, too, shall rush in.
The Battle of Coral Sea begins.
The battle begins in the tranquil sea,
So do the admirals, Fletcher and Takagi,
Who both used tactics and cunning
Just to send the other running.
Planes take flight in the open air.
Every pilot flies with extreme care,
To engage a battle despite
Two nations exercise their might.
Big naval guns went ablaze.
Wooden decks burned in a craze.
The air choked with billowing smoke,
But the spirit of men never broke.
Skies rage of firing thunder
As planes streak and dive asunder.
Some plow helplessly in the water,
While others, their course never falters.
Planes come to life on the Yorktown,
Sighting the Shakaku, carrier renown.
Both sides engaged, pilots fought courageous,
The Shakaku rendered unable and useless.
The mighty Lexington, in all her glory,
At the end of the battle, closed her story.
Two explosions sending massive debris,
She begins her descent under the sea.
Slowly her crew debarks and grieves,
A sea custom, the Captain was the last to leave.
Slowly, she sank to the bottom of the ocean,
Spirits were low, high was emotion.
Amid the aching hull bending,
The decks and beams rescinding,
Slowly she drops to the deep,
To become a landmark of sunken heap.
Losses total from the battle,
Nerves are shattered, spirits were rattled.
Some heroes taken a fall,
Some heroes slowed to a crawl.
In the end, the battle was won,
Ending the day with the setting sun.
We honor our national heroes,
And the pilots that flown the Zeroes.
They all fought, brave and true ,
To end this war, through and through.
I stand to salute all of you,
This is for the Veterans of WWII.
7-8 May 1942.