31 Aug 2017

American Legion Calls On Congress To Investigate USS Liberty Attack In Historic Resolution


If Americans Knew: In a historic move, the American Legion, at its national convention in Reno on Thursday, August 24, 2017, approved Resolution 40 calling for the first full U.S. government investigation of Israel's 1967 attack on the USS Liberty. The resolution aligns the Legion with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which, in 2013, adopted Resolution 423 at their national convention calling for the attack to be investigated. The Liberty was a U.S. Navy electronics ship operating in international waters in the eastern Mediterranean when it was attacked by Israeli forces.
Thirty-four American servicemen were killed and 174 were injured. The ship's commander received the Congressional Medal of Honor and the crew is one of the most decorated for a single engagement in U.S. Navy history. Yet the attack has never received a full investigation as required by law. Survivors of the attack were prevented from publicly testifying in the 1967 Naval Court of Inquiry, and orders to cover up the incident were issued by President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. More info is at http://www.usslibertyveterans.org/ and http://honorlibertyvets.org/

 

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