• ...The nation’s brightest young minds to consider careers in STEM and cyber related fields

  • ...Robust dialog with the American public on cyber policy, technology, and privacy

  • ...Those who “served in silence” with valor and distinction, especially those who gave their lives in service


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1968: USS Liberty was decommissioned.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

28 June 1968: The USS Liberty was decommissioned. The ship was eventually sold for scrap in December 1970. For more information about the USS Liberty, please visit the Cryptologic Dates Calendar for 8 June. You may also be interested in Jay Cristol's book, "The Liberty Incident."

The USS Liberty was given the Presidential Unit Citation and Commander McGonagle was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving his severely damaged ship. He remained on the bridge for 17 hours despite his serious wounds and he guided his ship to safety until help arrived. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in October 1967 and went on to command the new ammunition ship USS Kilauea. He led the NROTC Unit at the University of Oklahoma for several years and retired from the Navy in 1974.

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