Indio in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
USS Liberty Tree - USN Captain William L. McGonagle
and the "Brave Crew" of his ship - USS Liberty (AGTR-5).
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as the Commanding Officer, USS Liberty (AGTR-5) in the Eastern Mediterranean on 8-9 June 1967. Sailing in international waters, the Liberty was attacked without warning by Israeli jet fighter aircraft and motor torpedo boats which inflicted 34 causalities and 172 crew members wounded. Although severely wounded during the first air attack, Captain (then Commander) McGonagle remained at his battle station on the badly damaged bridge and, with full knowledge of the seriousness of his wounds, subordinated his own welfare to the safety
This dedication is part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and the American Forest Historical Liberty Trees for America Program. The dedication was approved by the Board of Directors of the Coachella Valley Historical Society, Carol Cook, Chairwoman of the Board. Host - Bill Huntington Post 3699 Michael T. Pierson - Post Commander ~ Alleca M. Pierson - Auxiliary President Liberty Tree Committee Members Honorary Chairwoman Jacquie Bethel, Mayor City of Indio John Wisman, Les O'Neil, Walter Geissler, Joe Benitez, Hugh Mason and surviving Liberty crew member Donald W. Pageler
Erected 2004 by Liberty Tree Committee Members and Surviving Crew Member Donald W. Pageler.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 33° 43.28′ N, 116° 13.396′ W. Marker is in Indio, California, in Riverside County. Memorial can be reached from Miles Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Located just within the main gates to the left of the Coachella Valley History Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 82616 Miles Avenue, Indio CA 92201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smiley Place (here, next to this marker); 1909 Indio Schoolhouse Dr. June Robertson McCarroll (approx. 0.3 miles away); History of Electricity in the Coachella Valley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jimmy Swaggart's "Date" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans Remembrance Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Water Trough (approx. 4 miles away); Indian Wells (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indio.
Categories. • War, Korean •
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