The aircraft carrier is the original USS Lexington. I seem to remember it having a very distinctive white paint design to its tower, in history books I read. This Ships blog has a little sumary of the ship:http://warship-pics.blogspot.com/2009/01/uss-lexington-cv2-aircraft-carrier-pics.html
In 1943, a new carrier received the same name and a different ship number (CV16 I think). I remember reading how the ship managed to survive torpedo and bomb hits, but something ignited the blast presumably shown in that photo.
Some of the photos there I recognize, but in other places/books they're often severely cropped due to space limitations, so it's nice to see them full size.
The Alaskan theater photos are very interesting. It's a topic rarely ever covered much in history books, and while there weren't a huge # of casualties, there were some Medal of Honor winners and some interesting, albeit small, battles.
I got to visit the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Annex/Museum at Dulles again the other day and I never really get tired of taking photos of fighter planes and the like.