On June 8, 1967, during the Six Day War, Israeli forces attacked the USS Liberty, a U.S. Navy intelligence-gathering ship off the coast of Gaza, killing 35 men and wounding 171.
Israeli apologized and called the attack an accident.
The U.S. government accepted the apology and did not openly challenge the explanation.
For almost three decades the crewmen of the Liberty have waged a campaign to have the attack investigated.
Indeed, they claim that not only was the attack intentional, but also that Johnson recalled the Sixth Fleet rescue flights to avoid a clash between the U.S. and Israel.
The Aerotech News has recently published this series of articles, written by John Borne, about the attack and the issues that it raised.
Dr. Borne, wrote The USS LIBERTY, Dissenting History vs. Official History, an historical study of the incident, for his PhD dissertation at New York University.
The recent publication of "BODY OF SECRETS" by James Bamford, with new
evidence that the Israelis deliberately attacked the Liberty and the
attendant reviews and commentary in the national media, have focused renewed
interest on the Liberty incident.
Music: Beethoven's Seventh Sympathy (Moonlight Sonata)
I first heard this piece of music in third grade -- it remains my favorite.