Remembering the U.S.S. Liberty, 46 Years Later

By Major Van Harl USAF Ret

U.S.S. Liberty
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Wisconsin –-(  On 8 June 1967 the U.S.S. Liberty an American Navy ship was attacked by the air and naval forces of the State of Israel.

34 Americans died because of that attack. More that three times that number of crew members were wounded or injured in the attack.

Do we remember– do we care?

Current scandals involving our elected Federal government are nothing new. We the People have to have the ability to legally remove elected officials who fail this country and in some cases criminally fail this Nation.


The USS Liberty did not deserve the assault she received.
The Israeli’s were waiting to destroy her, their right, they believed.
They knew she was a US ship that could not fight a combat war.
Their Mirage fighters showed the aggression for our sailors they bore.

Why they did it, why they killed so many American sailors that day
They would never really explain and were never made to pay.
They deliberately fired on our ship, with our flag flying as she sailed.
No one was held accountable; no one ever went to jail.

Where were our forces, that could have come to the Liberty’s aid that day?
Why did they wait for over 90 minutes in their carrier, hangar bay?
Even after they had launched the fighters, they were called back.
How does McNamara stand today without the spine he allegedly lacked?

It’s been said the Israeli’s meant to put the Liberty on the ocean floor.
Blame it on the Egyptians, maybe the US would join their desert war.
Maybe we’d attack Cairo for its alleged dastardly crime.
Had it worked, the Israeli’s would have changed history’s time line.

If the Liberty had sunk, we would have joined Israel’s fight.
It was not enough, we gave them money and our best technical might.
They wanted us killing “their” enemies with the ferocity they espoused
By putting our sailors in coffins, forever to be housed.

Don’t send hate mail about some misguided anti-Semite.
U.S. citizens, of any religion, have their constitutional rights.
Rise to strike any and all of whom might threaten an American.
Israel cannot be allowed the killing of our sailors, just because they can.

Israel is not alone in accountability for this floating slaughter-yard.
Some of our own ran and hid, when the politics got too hard.
No way were we going to war over the deaths of some U.S. sailor-boys.
Once again, we were the puppets of an Israeli sanctioned ploy.

The State of Israel has the justifiable right to survive.
It’s a tiny nation, forever under their enemy’s watchful eye.
We are not their enemy; we are the best friend they will every get.
But what about those 34 sailors, whose lives were so cruelly, forfeit?

Hah, Hah LBJ, how many sailors did you let die that day?
How many sailors would never return to their children to play?
How many careers were threatened, that to talk would be destroyed?
We would not wage war on our alleged “friend”, over 34 dead sailor-boys.

The ship’s Captain received the Medal of Honor, in a back-office gloom.
It would not be done in the White House, with the press, in the East Room.
We did not want to offend our “ally” or send the wrong message out.
Neither, LBJ nor McNamara were seen that day skulking about.

There has to be a reckoning for what was done to our American ship.
Despite the Israeli’s best efforts, the Liberty remained a radar blip.
When the last rounds were fired at her, the Liberty still rode the wave.
We must account for our wounded, of our dead, and for our brave.

It is not over by a long shot; we can’t let this travesty rest.
We demand a reckoning of our lost comrades, for our military’s future best.
Some day the full story of the Liberty will be revealed.
For its survivors, the truth will finally be forever unsealed.

We buried another veteran today.
It seems, all my life, it has happened this way.
This time it was our sailors, to their God they were released.
I pray there comes the day, that brings Liberty families final peace.

Major Van Harl USAF Ret.
Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:
Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret. , is a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. Now retired, these days he enjoys camping, traveling, volunteering with the Girl Scouts and writing. [email protected]

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8 years ago

The ironic thing about this story is that the U.S.S. Liberty was attacked 46 years ago, and U.S. Liberty is still under attack today. Not by some foreign force, but by anti-American, anti-Constitutionalists in our own government. The destruction being faced today is far worse than what that ship and crew experienced 46 years ago.

8 years ago

Whle as an American I was outraged by the attack, the ‘Liberty’ was no innocent bistander. President Johnson was no friend of Israel. With his direct knowlege, the Liberty was monitoring Israeli military communications. They were then sent on to a British instilation on Cyprus. The Brits then sent them to the Jordanians. In June 1967 the Jordanian military was under the control of an Egyptian General. This activity by the Liberty is why the USA so readily accepted an Israeli appoligy and payment to the families of the killed and wounded. But brave American sailors were killed and wounded.… Read more »

8 years ago

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