USS Lexington CV16/CVA16/CVS16/CVT16/AVT16 and CV2


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The USS Lexington CV-16 Association is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1978 to provide a way for sailors who served on-board the USS Lexington CV 16 to renew old, and form new, friendships. Over the years it has been expanded to include shipmates of all hull designations of the USS Lexington hull number 16, including air groups, and marines that served on board while the ship was commissioned in the United States Navy.  We now make annual donations to the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park and the U. S. Navy Memorial in Washington D.C.  We have provided support for the Pea Coat Memorial located at the Lake Orion Michigan Veterans Memorial and the Lexington Lion Club Memorial and Plaques in Lexington, Massachusetts.  Additionally we provide an annual scholarship to a deserving high school senior who is a family member of and Association member.

The founding father of the Association was Roland King and one of his first recruits was Charlie Ryberg. They organized the Association and recruited other WWII shipmates to fill various positions. John Miller was secretary and newspaper editor, Al Rogers was Treasurer, Joe Zikewich was storekeeper and Charles Robinson was Chaplain; to name a few of the shipmates involved.

Roland and Charlie planned the first few reunions in 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981. The 1980 reunion was held in Pensacola Florida and included a day cruise on board the USS Lexington which was the fleet training carrier at that time.

That laid the foundation for the Association and an annual reunion has been held each year since that time. Reunions are held in a different city each year and the Reunion Past Locations page of this site documents where they have been held. With our reunions and newsletter, we continue honoring those men and women who have served on the USS Lexington CV 16.  ​

Note: We know some that should be credited might not be on this list. Contact us if you feel any other shipmate should be recognized.