Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
USS Liberty Incident (1967)
Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park
The USS Liberty Incident was an attack on a United States Navy technical research ship, USS Liberty, by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Israeli Navy motor torpedo boats, on 8 June 1967, during the Six-Day War. The combined air and sea attack killed 34 crew members (naval officers, seamen, two Marines, and one civilian), wounded 171 crew members, and severely damaged the ship. At the time, the ship was in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula, about 25.5 nmi (29.3 mi; 47.2 km) northwest from the Egyptian city of Ansh.
Israel apologized for the attack saying that the USS Liberty had been attacked in error after being mistaken for an Egyptian ship. Both the Israeli and U.S. governments conducted inquiries and issued reports that concluded the attack was a mistake due to Israeli confusion about the ships identity, though others, including survivors of the attack have rejected these conclusions and maintain the attack was deliberate.
In May, 1968, the Israeli government paid US$3,323,500 (US$22.5 million in 2014) as full payment to the families of the 34 men killed in the attack. In March 1969,
USS Liberty was originally the 7,725 long tons (7,849 t) (light) civilian cargo vessel Simmons Victory, a mass-produced standard-design Victory Ship, the follow-on series to the famous Liberty Ship which supplied the United Kingdom and Allied troops with cargo. It was acquired by the United States Navy, converted to an Auxiliary Research Ship (AGTR), and began its first deployment in 1965 to waters off the west coast of Africa. It carried out several more operations during the next two years.
Erected by Hillsborough County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, Cold • Wars, Non-US • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is June 8, 1967.
Location. 27° 58.644′ N, 82° 21.681′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 301, 0.2 miles south of East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The marker is located within Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3602 N US Highway 301, Tampa FL 33619, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Pueblo Incident (1968) (here, next to this marker); Operation Neptune Spear (May 2, 2011) (here, next to this marker); Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines (here, next to this marker); NATO Air Campaign in Bosnia & Herzegovina (1995) (here, next to this marker); Operation Gothic Serpent (1993) (here, next to this marker); Operation Deny Flight (1993-1995) (here, next to this marker); Mayaguez Incident (1975) (here, next to this marker); Operation Provide Promise (1992-1996) (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Also see . . .
1. 'But Sir, It’s an American Ship.' 'Never Mind, Hit Her!' When Israel Attacked USS Liberty. (Submitted on March 9, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
2. Veterans Memorial Park and Museum Highlights. (Submitted on March 9, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.