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USS Liberty AGTR-5

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, August 11, 2010
1. USS Liberty AGTR-5 Marker
Inscription.  "On June 8, 1967, during the Six Day War between Israel and the Arab States, the American Intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked for 75 minutes by Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo boats. Liberty was left with over 820 rocket and cannon holes, suffered a 40 foot torpedo hole and was burned from napalm. Armed only with four 50 caliber machine guns, Liberty was not able to adequately defend itself. Two thirds of the crew, 34 dead and 172 wounded, were injured during the attack. The Commanding Officer, Captain William McGonagle, received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.
 
Erected 2002 by Sponsored in devotion by survivors of USS Liberty AGTR-5.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNotable EventsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1867.
 
Location. 36° 50.92′ N, 76° 17.665′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on Bousch Street near Wisconsin Square, foot of Harbour St.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Scorpion (SSN-589) (here, next to this marker); USS Forrestal CVA/CV/AVT-59 (here, next to this marker); USS Nimitz (CVN-68) (here, next to this marker); USS Cole (DDG 67) (here, next to this marker); USS Belknap (CG 26) (here, next to this marker); USS Iowa (BB-61) (here, next to this marker); USS Newport News CA-148 (here, next to this marker); The Pentagon (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia: USS Liberty (AGTR-5). USS Liberty (AGTR-5) was a Belmont-class technical research ship. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

2. USS Liberty Memorial. The Israeli forces attacked without warning and without attempting to contact us. Thirty four Americans were killed in the attack and another 174 were wounded. The ship, a $40-million dollar state-of-the-art signals intelligence platform, was later declared unsalvageable and sold for scrap. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

3. William Loren McGonagle - Arlington National Cemetery website. (Submitted on September 2, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 592 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on August 27, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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