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Sinking Liberty

Who will write the final chapter on Israel’s 1967 confrontation with the U.S. Navy?

By Philip Giraldi

The attack on the USS Liberty by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats on June 8, 1967 has almost faded from memory, but new evidence suggests that the White House might actually have had prior knowledge that the ship would be struck by Israel’s armed forces. In the worst attack ever carried out on a U.S. Naval vessel in peacetime, 34 American sailors and civilian personnel were killed and 171 more wounded in the two hour assault, which was clearly intended to sink the intelligence-gathering vessel operating in international waters collecting information on the ongoing Six-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

The Israelis and their supporters in the United States have always claimed the attack was a tragic mistake while many of the surviving Liberty crew believe that it was anything but: They assert that the vessel was flying an oversized American flag and was clearly identifiable as a U.S. Navy vessel. The ship’s commanding officer, Captain William McGonagle, was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor for his role in keeping the ship afloat, though President Lyndon Baines Johnson broke with tradition by refusing to hold the medal ceremony in the White House, or to award it personally, delegating that task to the Secretary of the Navy in an unpublicized presentation at the Washington Navy Yard.

The Liberty crew was sworn to secrecy over the incident and a hastily-convened court of inquiry headed by Admiral John McCain acted under orders from Washington to declare the attack a case of mistaken identity. The inquiry’s senior legal counsel Captain Ward Boston, who subsequently declared the attack to be a “deliberate effort to sink an American ship and murder its entire crew,” also described how “President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara ordered him to conclude that the attack was a case of ‘mistaken identity’ despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.” The court’s findings were rewritten and sections relating to possible war crimes, such as the machine-gunning of life rafts, were excised. Following in his father’s footsteps, Senator John McCain of Arizona has used his position on the Senate Armed Services Committee to effectively block any reconvening of a board of inquiry to reexamine the evidence. Most of the documents relating to the Liberty incident have never been released to the public.

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One of the more intriguing allegations surrounding the Liberty incident is the claim that a United States Navy submarine was in the area when the attack took place. A number of submarine crewmen have surfaced anonymously to say that they were on one of several subs reported to be in the area on intelligence-gathering missions. Some stated their belief that photos were taken of the attack itself, but, fearing reprisals from the government, none would go public with their claims.

More recently, a crewman on the USS Amberjack, a diesel-powered intelligence-gathering sub, has provided an account of his ship’s activities on that day in June to two Liberty survivors. The sailor, Larry Bryant, agreed to go on radio with survivors Phil Tourney and Ron Kukal to discuss his experiences but inexplicably got cold feet and broke off contact. However, several extended phone conversations had already provided some intriguing insights into what had taken place.

Several Liberty crewmen reported seeing a periscope during the attack and it has generally been assumed that it was Israeli, but according to Bryant, it was actually the USS Amberjack. The submarine was near enough to the incident to clearly hear throughout the ship the reverberations of every round fired into the Liberty’s hull. The sub’s crew knew that a U.S. Navy vessel was under attack, but the Amberjack was only lightly armed and in no position to intervene. The sub remained immobile between the Liberty and some of its attackers and  the sub’s crewmen feared that they themselves might be hit by the the Israeli warships’ torpedos.

As Larry Bryant was a crewman, he had no idea why the submarine was in that spot on that day, but he did note how the sub had raised its periscope and was observing the attack as it unfolded. More interestingly, the submarine had been equipped with a platform for the mounting of a video camera, which operated through the periscope and the Amberjack both filmed and photographed the entire incident. Some crewmen noted that the Liberty’s large American flag was clearly visible through the periscope during the attack, disputing the subsequent Israeli contention that the ship was not flying any flag.

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The Amberjack’s Captain August Hubal, now retired and living in Virginia, has denied that his ship was anywhere near the Liberty on June 8th, but his account is contradicted by the ship’s log which confirms that it was indeed in the area. Hubal, who was described by Bryant as an obsessive, “by the rules” officer who would go to his stateroom and blow his brains out if so ordered, later warned his crew to forget about their role in the Liberty attack or face the consequences. The photos and videos of the incident made by the Amberjack were subsequently couriered to Washington by a ship’s officer, where they were turned over to the Pentagon.

Part of Hubal’s reluctance to discuss what he was doing on that day might be traced to the fact that his vessel was carrying out a clandestine operation in Egyptian waters as part of the Naval Security Group, which was affiliated with the codebreakers of the National Security Agency. Several civilians on the sub were performing the same tasks as their counterparts who were intercepting and decoding radio transmissions on board the Liberty. The Amberjack was equipped with a snorkel, which enabled it to sit on the bottom of the sea immobile and listen to electronic transmissions for long periods of time.

Confirmation that the Amberjack was in the area and that it had made a film and photo record of the attack suggest a number of lines for further inquiry. First and foremost has to be the issue of possible prior knowledge or even connivance by the White House in what was about to take place. Was it happenstance that the submarine was in the same location as the Liberty or was it by design? Was there any advance notice to Washington that an attack might take place? Could the USS Liberty have been an intended victim of a false flag simulated Egyptian attack, leading to American involvement on behalf of Israel in the fighting? Though that line of inquiry might appear implausible, the White House ordered the return of US warplanes sent to assist the Liberty, suggesting that Johnson knew who the attackers were in spite of the fact that the Israelis had covered over their aircraft markings in an apparent attempt to blame the Egyptians. One might also recall the Gulf of Tonkin incident.

Was the video equipment part of the ship’s standard espionage gear or was it installed just prior to the Liberty attack? Was the filming of the attack done on an opportunity basis or was it planned? Was it possibly intended to provide evidence of Egyptian aggression, played for all its worth on the nightly news in America? Most importantly, where are the video and other photos today and why were they not produced at the board of inquiry or subsequently?

To those who object that Lyndon Baines Johnson would not have sunk so low as to allow an American warship to be attacked, it should be observed that LBJ’s refusal to allow air cover might mean that the situation was being managed to produce a “correct” outcome. One might also recall that Lyndon Johnson was possibly the most pro-Israel president in American history, tilting heavily towards the Jewish state on foreign policy issues starting with his time as a congressman all the way through his years in the White House. When he was president he declared a “strategic alliance” with Israel.

The Amberjack story, for all those who would like to see the Liberty saga end either in exonerating Israel or in proving its guilt, provides closure. The attack took place 44 years ago. Whatever classified information or sources and methods used by the intelligence community worth protecting then are surely well beyond their shelf life now. It is time to open the files fully. The activity of the Amberjack, including its classified logs and whatever film and photos it might have taken, should be made accessible, together with the testimony of surviving crewmen. And when that material is fully digested, there should be another court of inquiry to look in the matter finally and completely, incorporating the testimony of all the surviving Liberty crewmen, particularly those who were not heard the first time around because they were in hospital or were restrained by orders not to discuss the incident.

WikiLeaks has demonstrated that the United States has a secret government that operates with little in the way or transparency or restraint. Unfortunately, it has had that kind of government for a long time, and the fate of the USS Liberty could be a manifestation of how the White House might actually have colluded in the deaths of American servicemen and then engaged in a cover-up to conceal what it had done. It’s time to open the windows and introduce a breath of fresh air. Lyndon B. Johnson is gone and so is his Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, both of whom left the USS Liberty to its fate. But there are many survivors who are still looking for answers. It is time to provide what they need and give them peace.

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87 Comments To "Sinking Liberty"

#1 Comment By Jack Dresseer On March 21, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

Three possible motives for the attack have been advanced: (1) to draw the US into attacking Egypt, but this seems unlikely since Egypt was already under Israeli control with their air force destroyed; (2) fear that the Liberty would intercept communications revealing Israeli intentions to attack Syria, which the US opposed; (3) fear that this very advanced intelligence gathering vessel would record evidence of nearby Israeli war crimes in the Sinai – the massacre of Egyptian POWs and civilians – which would destroy the self-proclaimed morality of the IDF and jeopardize international sympathy and support. The massacres were reported by Bedouin witnesses and are supported by later discovery of mass graves in that area. According to IDF insiders, Moshe Dayan disclosed (internally) that he ordered the attack and ordered the ship sunk with no survivors.

#2 Comment By Jack Dresser On March 21, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

I proofread everything but my own name.

#3 Comment By Ted Bouzious On March 21, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

Lets get the word out people, thats whats important! Tell everyone who will listen about it. If enough people become involved, Congress will have their hand forced. Right now they are subserviant to Israel, we must turn it around and bring out the truth. Those brave men of the USS Liberty who died that day as well as the survivors deserve no less. Action speaks louder than words!

#4 Comment By DirtyHarriet On March 21, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

I’ll never understand how a so-called American could ever take the side of Israel in this thing. Never.

My sympathy goes out to the survivors and their families. And thank you Mr Giraldi for writing this piece.

I would love to see justice served, as most Americans would.

In any event, these guys should be honored for their heroic efforts in keeping that shift afloat. All AMericans should know their story.

That most Americans do not know is a testament to the power that Israel has over this country.

#5 Comment By stan smith On March 21, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

Jack Dresser:

Your three possible motives do not pass the “necessary and sufficient” test. In hypothesis testing it is necessary that a proposed theory jive with the facts: Your first of three motives fails (as you say) when there was no reason to attack Egypt, the IDF having already suceeded in that. The other two lack sufficiency in that they do not serve to show any requisite benefits. Who would have cared whether further massacres occured or what “international sympathy” was lost?

#6 Comment By Michael Rosenberg On March 21, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

For the real story on the Liberty attack see the chapter in John Loftus’ and Mark Arons’ book “The Secret War Against The Jews”. It is an extremely detailed analysis demonstrating how the Liberty was intercepting Israeli communications specifying the OOB (Order of Battle) i.e. which forces are located where, and where they are being move to, and then conveying that info to the Egyptians.

It also details all the steps Israel took to warn the liberty off,
how Israel only very gradually increased its warnings, and then was ultimately forced to attack.

#7 Comment By Janice On March 21, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

Michael Rosenberg: So Israel was “forced” to attack a ship belonging to one of their major supporters. That sounds like a crock.
There was no way that the U.S. would give military information to an enemy of Israel and Israel knew that.
Furthermore, if that was the real reason for its murderous attack on the Liberty why would Israel lie and say that they mistook the Liberty for an old Egyptian tub? Israeli pilots aren’t stupid and there was no way they could have mistaken the American ship for the Egyptian ship.
It seems absolutely plausible that Israel hoped that the Americans would believe that the Liberty had been sunk by the Egyptians. Maybe that is why they machine gunned survivors in their life rafts. Dead men can’t talk.
If there is nothing to hide there should be a full-fledged investigation by our Congress where every survivor of the Liberty is allowed to testify.
Sadly, our Congress, bought and paid for by the Israel Lobby, would never let that happen.

#8 Comment By Thomas O. Meehan On March 21, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

The issue of motive is simply not important, it is a diversion. If any reader of this article shot someone at random in front of whitnesses, the state would have no obligation to conjecture about your motive. Motive only comes into play when the perpetrator is not know.

The fact that Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats attacked a clearly marked US Navy vessel in international waters is the issue.

Rosenberg, I look forward to the day we will be “forced to” deal with Israel.

#9 Comment By GreyLmist On March 22, 2011 @ 12:37 am

Israel’s allies at the time were Britain and France. It had attacked US facilities in Egypt in the Lavon Affair of 1954 and the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956 was another provocation. In the ’60s, Israel was under arms embargo by the US Congress. One probable motive of Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty may have been to provoke the launching of armed rescue planes, which would’ve had to jettison unused weapons into the sea when recalled, as a safety procedure to land on their ships. Israel could then bypass the embargo covertly, likely with a wink and a nod from Johnson, by picking up those discards later undetected.

#10 Comment By Chrs Berel On March 22, 2011 @ 1:30 am

That will be the day the US loses.

#11 Comment By DirtyHarriet On March 22, 2011 @ 6:22 am

I agree, Thomas. The pro-Israelis use many diversionary tactics in any discussion of this issue. Been dealing with it for many years now.

The facts can not be refuted. Israel attacked the USS Liberty using unmarked aircraft. They committed war crimes in the process. Those war crimes have gone unpunished to this day.

The sheer heroism of the men aboard that ship is largely unknown to the American people.

#12 Comment By Hugh McGuinness On March 22, 2011 @ 6:54 am

Thomas O. Meehan said:
“The issue of motive is simply not important, it is a diversion. If any reader of this article shot someone at random in front of whitnesses, the state would have no obligation to conjecture about your motive. Motive only comes into play when the perpetrator is not know.

The fact that Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats attacked a clearly marked US Navy vessel in international waters is the issue. ”

CORRECT!

The ‘motive’ search is a gambit employed to divert the discussion away from the facts of the attack itself into useless dithering.

#13 Comment By Andy On March 22, 2011 @ 9:35 am

“It’s been said that no chess game in history was ever won without sacrificing a few pawns!”

It’s a cruel way of stating it but it seems to me A. Barot is right on target and that the US gov’t acted on a deliberate policy then and is doing so now as well. What is in the best interest of US citizens is determined by our elected representatives. In today’s internet world where information seems to be more readily available one would think there would be greater transparency. The stock line about no friends only interests when it comes to int’l relations seems to be true of all nations.

#14 Comment By hp On March 22, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

Yeah, Andy. “Our” representatives are doing a real bang up job for us.

#15 Comment By Fran Lilleness On March 22, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

Last year, for Memorial Day and up until June 8th, I had a 3′ x 34′ sign made and hung from the gutters of my
home, “USS Liberty Rememberance Day – June 8th 1967.”
I have anguished over this incident, since the day it was reported and filled the entire last page of our local newspaper.
I am of the opinion, that once the government of Israel learned, while in the process of the attack, they could deliberately shed American blood, without fear of US retaliation, as evidenced by our own President of the United States’ denial of assistance and recall of the Sixth Fleet planes-in-flight that were answering the Liberty’s May Day calls; then Israel could access and use the any of the US power and diplomacy and taxpayer money to attain their political/religious aspirations.
Compare the US government and media reaction and response to Lybia, with ” 1)the recent US sole veto in the UN of Israel’s illegal settlements; 2)the US reaction to Israel’s blockade of Gaza before, Israel’s heinous “shooting of fish in barrel” campaign, “Operation Cast Lead”, murdering over 1400+ (over 400 innocent children) defenseless and captive civilians, 3) the Israeli/pirate murders of the peace activists, including a 19 year old US citizen in International Waters; and 4) the deliberate murders of Rachel Corrie, Tom Hurndal, Brian Avery, and the Pratt Art student who lost an eye; this is just to mention a few .
Our unconditional support of Israel foreign policy is shameful ; and for the sake of our own, and our own country, is in need of drastic change.

#16 Comment By Andy On March 22, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

hp, we know why., “If the citizenry do not hold their officials to standards, then any government gets our of hand. So the question becomes how can we ever have a sound government, and the answer is by a principled populace.” As has been said by Jefferson and Tocqueville, in a democracy people get the government they deserve.

#17 Comment By Rashid Patch On March 22, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

The Liberty was attacked because it was intercepting Israeli transmissions that would have exposed their planned assault to take the Golan Heights, in violation of a cease-fire Israel had agreed to, and which left their Egyptian flank at reduced strength. Israel did not want the chance that Egypt would find this out.

Rashid Patch
ex-USMC

#18 Comment By Hugh McGuinness On March 23, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

North Korea, viewing the debacle and the non response from the degenerates who ran the government, said ME TOO!

7 months later in January 1968 they captured the USS Pueblo, a ship of similar mission, and held the crew hostage nearly a year.

Unlike the coverup of the USS LIBERTY shame, the PUEBLO incident was front page news throughout the year.

And non dare call it conspiracy.

#19 Comment By Ferdinand On March 24, 2011 @ 10:40 am

Surely Janice is right: the Israelis were confident of sinking the Liberty and killing all hands, then of being able to blame the Egyptians. They would obviously have had the full cooperation of LBJ, who would thev been delighted to order the bombing of Egyptian targets in “retaliation.” Such “false flag” operations have been standard Israeli stock in trade at least since the Lavon Affair of 1954.

#20 Comment By Jett Rucker On March 25, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

The US government should (have) stop(ped) all aid to Israel.

It should also (have) sever(ed) diplomatic relations. And certainly NOT have restored them by now, if ever.

The Cuba Treatment, if you will, but MUCH more-deserved than it ever was by Cuba.

#21 Comment By Technomad On March 26, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

I’d say that one reason LBJ ordered a cover-up is because he wanted either to run again for President or for the next President to be a Democrat…and he didn’t dare blow up the Democratic Party by attacking something that a large, crucial constituency was passionately attached to.

#22 Comment By Yerah Gover On March 27, 2011 @ 10:01 am

For some years already this story comes up on the internet and by other outlets. The actual U.S. government stiff secrecy on it makes it all the more suspicious. However, reading the comments on it here provides the impression, or yet another signal of greater public resentment toward Israel. This may indicate general change of attitude and could affect the bilndness toward Israel in Congress, eventually making an investigation possible.

#23 Comment By sylvie On March 27, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

Come on, stop whining.
Americans have been pawns for Israel at least since the Balfour declaration dragged them into WWI, where they had nothing to do.

What are a few US casualties against the disaster the US caused fighting wars for Israel?

#24 Comment By Joseph On March 28, 2011 @ 11:47 am

It is high time that a congressional inquiry take place with members of the USS Liberty testifying and leaving the congressional record filled with testimony and evidence . The public is not generally aware that such an incident even took place.

#25 Comment By Steve Naidamast On March 28, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

As it regards LBJ and his ruthlessness, there was a rather impressive book published concerning his first 10 years in the US Senate. The book demonstrates that Johnson was probably considered one of the most ruthless Senators in US history. Once he obtained the presidency he was able to take his ruthlessness to new heights.

What most Americans cannot seem to grasp is that a majority of people who have been elected to office in the US both at the state and federal levels are classic psychopaths and this is why there are so many wars and secrets about what our governments do…

#26 Comment By Australian Paul On April 1, 2011 @ 6:18 am

According to “Bitter Harvest, Palestine1914-79” by the renowned Sami Hadawi (I.H.R.) “reporter Anthony Pearson, who was in the Middle East at the time covering the War…….decided to investigate; and after failing to find a publisher with enough guts to back him, published his findings in Penthouse Magazine in two instalments.”
Pearson later wrote a book on the subject ‘Conspiracy of Silence; Attack on the USS Liberty, [London: Quartet Books, 1978.] Pearson claimed that the submarine USS Andrew Jackson accompanied the Liberty, “…it’s crew could photograph the attack through it’s periscope”.

#27 Comment By Omar Elgabroni On April 15, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

I must break the silence about involvement in this incident. I have spent decades in exile in Egypt. Only now that Mubarak is gone can I speak of this. The USS Liberty was delivering a nuclear arsenal to the Israelis. The deal was to establish an additional US nuclear outpost with closer range to the Soviet Union. In return for Israel’s cooperation, the US was pledged to arm Israel with both conventional and nuclear arms. The Liberty was strafed by Soviet MiGs trying to disrupt the shipmet, not Israeli/French mirage jets. In fact, the Israelis came to our aid. However, as many articles detailing this event reveal, we came dangerously close to a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union at this time. The US and USSR needed to diffuse the situation quickly, and a further deal was struck with the Israelis that if they took the “blame” for firing on the Liberty, both the US and USSR would provide additional conventional weaponry to them. For decades the world has believed that the “mistake” was a cover up. In fact, it has been a an even greater cover up or double bluff. The real tragedy here is that Americans died supplying Israel with enough nuclear firepower to take out the rest of the middle east ten times over. Now we are stuck with having to defend them conventionally to prevent them from using their nukes.

#28 Comment By “Olla” Pereira On May 11, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

I was fascinated by this incident ever since I read about it back in college. Something happened, and we may never fully know the real story.

Whether you are blindly blaming Israelis, or blindly defending them, you’re still blind.

As an R&D guy, I only believe in explanations that make sense, and I don’t see too many plausible explanations offered for the USS Liberty incident.

Here’s my “top 3” list, in order of plausibility:

1) A grand scale screw up, with most of the blame going to the Israelis. Having spent some time with the military, I can understand perfectly well how things like this may happen.

2) LBJ wanting to get the US into the war – don’t forget, this was at the height of the Cold War, the Arab states being allied with USSR, Soviets actively helping them and even taking direct part in the conflict sometimes (operating latest equipment). LBJ must’ve felt we were losing our hold on yet another part of the world (Domino theory, anyone ?) and willing to go to the extremes. Sink a US ship and blame it on Egypt. Obviously, the Israelis would only be happy to assist in getting the US to fight on their side. There are two things that don’t quite work out. First, if this was the case, the USS Liberty would be sunk. Period. They would not leave it afloat. They would attack again and again and finish the job. Also, these would be planes with Egyptian markings. Second, we were not the only power spying in the region, the lies could be easily exposed by the Soviet intelligence. The way the story unfolded is just to half-assed for a serious conspiracy.

3) Israelis were afraid that Soviets were intercepting and reading American communications, and would find out that the Egyptian border was left undefended. This is only barely plausible, as the easiest thing would be to warn the US.

The rest of theories don’t make any sense, since they show no believable motive.

#29 Comment By Ron On July 23, 2011 @ 8:45 am

Just for these readers information the controversy over this attack has reached epic proportions on the Semper Fi
site or Col Patrick Lang’s web site. He has closed down
the thread saying that this controversy threatens the very exiistence of his site. Not the first time this has happened. Ken Halliwell who does nothing but report the facts has hit those who support Israel with the facts. The don’t like it and so the name calling begins. What’s new for them? Nothing.
That is their mode of operation. Ken if you are reading this you blew them away again. I am just an eyewitness who saw them try to put the Liberty to the bottom so no one could talk ever again about it.

#30 Comment By Ken On August 9, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

Omar Elgabroni, You win the prize for the most outlandish conspiricy theory about the attack.

“Olla” Pereira, You win the prize for the most rational analysis of attack theories.

Ron, The true facts win every time.

#31 Comment By David Martin On June 13, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

Michael Rosenberg said, “For the real story on the Liberty attack see the chapter in John Loftus’ and Mark Arons’ book ‘The Secret War Against The Jews’.”

To see how utterly unreliable and biased that book is on anything having to do with relations between the U.S. and Israel, one should read the first installment of my “Who Killed James Forrestal” at [3].

#32 Comment By Hans On February 24, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

The one problem I have with the Israelis supposedly sending out their planes with the intent of sinking the USS Liberty is the fact that the Israelis aren’t stupid yet their airplanes weren’t loaded with the type of weapon which would best achieve that goal (i.e. HE or Fragmentation bombs) but rather they were loaded with possibly the worst weapon (Napalm bombs) for the alleged purpose…

#33 Comment By Ken On July 18, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

Hans, Who said the airplanes were sent to sink the ship? Perhaps they were sent to kill as many crew members as possible, via antipersonnel weapons like HE shrapnel shells and Naplam, and generally “soften-up” the target for the torpedo boats. There is no doubt about the torpedo boats carrying weapons appropriate for sinking a ship.

#34 Comment By Heather Czerniak On March 29, 2015 @ 5:39 pm

Actually, Johnson wanted Egypt to attack the Liberty. That explains why the Liberty hung around the Sinai the whole time it was in the East Med. It was the Gulf of Tonkin incident all over again. The only difference was that the USS Maddox was a destroyer capable of defending itself. The Liberty only had .50-cal. pea shooters. Johnson, distressed by McNamara’s claim in 1965 that the Vietnam War was unwinnable, decided to look for high adventure elsewhere. In 1967, he thought he’d found it. As soon as the Israelis neutralized the Egyptian Air Force on the first day of the war, Johnson immediately told McNamara to get the Liberty out of there. The Egyptian Air Force was the only possible threat to the Liberty, but Israel had successfully removed that threat, so there was no need to keep it around. Unfortunately, both messages to the Liberty to redeploy 100 miles west were misrouted to the Philippines and Ft. Meade. Ft. Meade, oddly enough, was the NSA’s headquarters at the time.

#35 Comment By Larry Broyles On June 29, 2016 @ 8:23 pm

The USS Davis DD937 (Flag ship for DESRON 12, was the first Navy Destroyer on scene with the attacked USS Liberty AGTR-5, The USS Massey was with the Davis to protect the Liberty and crew. Both destroyers carried 5″ guns and had earned Battle “E”..I was a member of the rescue team, damage control and repair team from the USS Davis, we shored the ballooned bulkheads and got her underway at 4 knots to get her to Valletta, Malta five days later for repairs…

#36 Comment By Sam Barbary On May 28, 2017 @ 7:04 pm

All the surviving vets and other vets should join hands at the Whitehouse gates and demand that the investigation be reopened. Every Senator and Congressmen should have a signed letter from the survivors to reopen this case.

#37 Comment By Ocean_ Link On June 11, 2017 @ 5:24 am

Glad I ran into the info on the “Amerberjack.” I’ve read quite a bit of source material but had not heard about this Sub.