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USS Liberty (AGTR-5)
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USS Liberty (AG-168)
(1963 - 1964)

NIRY
Combat Action Ribbon (8-9 June 1967)Presidential Unit CitationPurple Heart (34 KIA, 177 WIA)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
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Medal of Honor (CO Captain William L. McGonagle USN)*Purple Heart (34 KIA, 177 WIA)
Individual Awards
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Belmont Class Technical Research Ship:
Laid down, 23 February 1945,
at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
Delivered to Maritime Commission, May 1945
Acquired by the US Navy in February 1963
  • Converted to a Miscellaneous Auxiliary
  • Named Liberty (AG-168), 8 June 1963
  • Reclassified
  • Technical Research Ship (AGTR-5)
  • Commissioned USS Liberty (AGTR-5)
  • <>1 April 1964 at,
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.,
    CDR. Daniel T. Wieland, Jr., in command

    Liberty: The quality or state of being free which was the dominant ideal
     and aspiration of the American patriots during the Revolutionary War.

    Book by James Ennes Jr.


    USS Liberty (AGTR-5) underway in Chesapeake Bay, 29 July 1967, upon her return  from the Mediterranean Sea.
    She had been attacked and seriously damaged by Israeli  air and surface forces while operating off the Sinai Peninsula on 8 June 1967, during the "Six-Day War", and was subsequently repaired at Malta. 34 killed, 171 wounded US Navy Photo # K-39927 From the collection of Frank Guilfoy via USS Oxford (AG-159/AGTR-1)

    Decommissioned, and struck from the Naval Register, 28 June 1968;
    Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk, VA.

    Transferred to the Maritime Administration in December 1970 for disposal,  sold for scrapping in 1973
    USS Liberty was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and
    Captain McGonagle, the Commanding Officer, received the Medal of Honor

    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,725 t.(fl)
    Speed 16 kts.
    Length 455'
    Beam 60'

    Draft 23'
    Complement 358
    Armament four .50 cal. machine guns
    Propulsion steam turbine, single shaft, 8.500shp
    LIBERTY MOVIE      


       
    USS Liberty (AGTR-5)'s Commanding Officer CDR. William L. McGonagle, USN, points out damage inflicted on the ship's superstructure when Israeli forces attacked the Liberty off the Sinai Peninsula on 8 June 1967. The photo was taken on 16 June, two days after the ship arrived at Valletta, Malta, for repairs. US Navy photo No's. NH 97476 and NH 97474 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. by Bill Gonyo


    USS Liberty (AGTR-5)'s  FLAG

    By Mark Pellegrini December 28, 2007
    at the US National Cryptologic Museum.


    USS Liberty turns to port during
    Israeli torpedo boats' attack on 8 June 1967



    USS Liberty (AGTR-5)'s Commanding Officer
    CDR. William L. McGonagle, USN,
    in his cabin on board the ship, 11 June 1967.