During the Six Day War between Israel and the Arab States, the American intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked for 75 minutes in international waters by Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo boats. Thirty-four men died and 171 were wounded.
The attack has been a matter of controversy ever since. Survivors and many key government officials including Secretary of State Dean Rusk and former JCS Chairman Admiral Thomas Moorer say it was no accident. Israel and its supporters insist it was a "tragic case of misidentification" and charge that the survivors are either lying or too emotionally involved to see the truth.
Israel claims they mistook our ship for the out-of-service Egyptian horse carrier El Quseir and that we brought the attack upon ourselves by operating in a war zone without displaying a flag. Not so. We were in international waters, far from any fighting, and flew a bright, clean, new American flag. The flag we flew is on display at the National Cryptologic Museum, Fort Meade, Maryland and can be seen there, or in the USS Liberty Images Archive.
Our commanding officer, Captain William Loren McGonagle, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepedity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during the attack. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award our country can bestow. To avoid embarrassing our attackers, Captain McGonagle's Medal of Honor was presented in a quiet ceremony in the Washington Navy Yard instead of in the White House by the President as is customary.
The USS Liberty Web Page presents part of the story along with some historical information and links to other sources.
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|WE SAY||THEY SAY|
|Charley Reese reviews Borne's book||File list
||Memorials to our lost shipmates||Ask Survivors and others||Apologist Hank Roth attacks survivors|
|Books about the attack||Israel's official excuse||Our ship looked like this||Governor Clinton honors our ship||Survivor Sturman remarks||IDF Historian supports the excuse|
|More books and articles about the attack||Legal advisor rejects Israel's excuse||and this||President Clinton honors our ship||Survivor Hrankowski remarks||Yitzhak Rabin supports the excuse|
|Sample chapter from Jim's book||Dean Rusk rejects the excuse||They say they mistook us for this||Cities & States honor our ship||Survivor Lentini remarks||Chaim Herzog supports the excuse|
|How to order Jim's book||Clark Clifford rejects the excuse||The result was this||American Legion honors our ship||Jim Ennes remarks||Hirsch Goodman supports the excuse|
|Naval Institute reviews Jim's book||Lyndon Johnson rejects the excuse||and this||Grafton, Wisconsin honors the ship||George Ball rejects the excuse||Abba Eban supports the excuse|
|Washington Post reviews Jim's book||JCS Chairman rejects the excuse||and this||The US Navy honors the ship||James Bamford rejects the excuse||Robert McNamara accepts the excuse|
|Ennes reviews Borne's book||Navy Under Secretary rejects the excuse||and this||Awards and Medals||Adlai Stevenson rejects the excuse||Stewart Steven supports the excuse|
|The Aegean Park Press book||Intelligence Professionals reject the excuse||and this|| Annual Ceremony by No Greater Love
||Jim's 1981 Defense Electronics
|Dan Raviv supports the excuse|
|San Antonio Express reviews Borne's book||Israeli "torpedoman"
tells his story
|An Israeli speaks out