AMERICAN LEGION RESOLUTION NO. : 205
SUBJECT : RECOGNITION OF CREW OF USS LIBERTY
Submitted by : Foreign Relations Committee
WHEREAS, On June 8, 1967, the U.S.S. Liberty - while operating in international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean, was the target of an attack by Israel's war planes and torpedo boats; and
WHEREAS, This attack killed 34 members of the Liberty's crew and wounded 171 other United States personnel on board, in addition to causing extensive damage to the ship; and
WHEREAS, The miraculous survival of the U.S.S. Liberty, through the sustained courage of her crew in desperate circumstances--an episode of honor in the annals of the U.S. Navy--has gone largely unrecognized and unhonored; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, By The American Legion in National Convention assembled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 6, 7, 8, 1994, That The American Legion urges the United States to formally and publicly recognize by time-honored tradition with customary style, honor, ceremony and publicity, the heroic actions of the officers and crew of the U.S.S. Liberty, her 34 killed in action, her 171 wounded and her decorated, including her Medal of Honor recipient, Captain William L. McGonagle.
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