USS Liberty Document Center

This USS LIBERTY Document Center has opened in 2013, forty-six years after the attack upon the United States Ship LIBERTY. The document center has been formed by the Board of Directors of the USS LIBERTY Alliance and the Board of Directors of the USS LIBERTY Veterans Association to permit future scholars and other interested parties to read, examine, and analyze a set of important documents that have never been published in the public media until now. These documents offer unique perspectives on the events leading up to the attack on LIBERTY, the attack itself, the aftermath, and the continuing issues associated with intepreting the events of June 1967.

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Chapters

  1. Prelude and Dedication
  2. Commander-in-Chief US Naval Forces Europe to Judge Advocate General, June 18, 1967
  3. Sensitive CIA document from Tel-Aviv, October, 1967- Dyan ordered the attack on USS LIBERTY
  4. Findings of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Israeli attack on USS LIBERTY, Chairman Admiral Thomas Moorer, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, October 22, 2003
  5. Letter to the Honorable Rob Simmons, US House of Representatives, from Assistant Judge Advocate General, Civil Law, March 16, 2005
  6. Submission by the USS Liberty Alliance signed by Rear Admiral Merlin Staring, USN, retired Judge Advocate General of the Navy and retired Rear Admiral Clarence (Mark) Hill, naval aviator, to the Secretary of the US Army, the Honorable Francis Harvey, April 20, 2006
  7. USS Liberty Alliance letter by Rear Admiral Merlin Staring dated September 30, 2006
  8. Submission by the USS Liberty Alliance signed by Rear Admiral Merlin Staring, USN, retired Judge Advocate General of the Navy
  9. Submission by the USS Liberty Alliance signed by Rear Admiral Merlin Staring, USN, retired Judge Advocate General of the Navy and retired Rear Admiral Clarence (Mark) Hill, naval aviator, to the Honorable John Warner, US Senate, and Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services, July 22, 2006
  10. Letter from Senator John Warner, Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services, to Rear Admiral Merlin Staring, JAGC, USN (Ret), dates February 22, 2006,- supports filing of a formal War Crime Report – “…..and view that as an appropriate course of action.”
  11. Declaration of Captain Ward Bond, Jr, Captain JAGC, USN (ret), dated January 8, 2004- former Senior Counsel to the USS LIBERTY Court of Inquiry
  12. Memorandum for Senator John Warner of Virginia by Rear Admiral Merlin Staring, dated September 2, 2005
  13. Letter from Captain H.H. Dronberger, JAGC, USN, Assistant Judge Advocate General, to the Honorable John Warner, US Senate, dated January 11, 2006
  14. Letter from the Special Assistant to the Judge Advocate Gneral for Law of War Matters to Rear Admiral Clarence Hill, USS LIBERTY alliance, dated May 15, 2006
  15. Remarks by Commander Thomas Schaaf, USN (ret), at the dedicated of the USS LIBERTY Plaque, Navy and Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland, dated June 9, 2007
  16. Email from Commander David Lewis, USN (ret), USS LIBERTY survivor and distinguished US Navy cryptologist, to Commander Tom Schaaf, USN (ret), distinguished US Naval aviator
  17. Speech by Dr. Anthony Wells, Middle East Expert and specialist on the 1967 June War and US Naval Operations, at the USS LIBERTY Veterans Association dinner, June 10, 2007, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the attack on the USS LIBERTY.
  18. A Report: War Crimes Committed Against US Military Personnel, June 8, 1967, submitted to the Secretary of the Army in his capacity as Executive Agent for the Secretary of Defense, June 8, 2005
  19. Professional Paper Number 204, October 1977, US Center for Naval Analyses: The 1967 June War: Soviet Naval Diplomacy and the Sixth Fleet – a Reappraisal. By Dr. Anthony R. Wells
  20. Proceedings of the US Naval Institute, June 2003: Friendless Fire, by David C. Walsh.
  21. Proceedings of the US Naval Institute, March 2005: Liberty Victims Did not Die in Vain, by Anthony R. Wells
  22. US Army War College, Carlisle, PA: Assault on the USS Liberty: Deliberate Action or Tragic Accident, by Colonel Peyton E. Smith, US Army, (US Army War College Class of 2007), 2007
  23. United States Naval Academy Class of 1953 - various letters on the attack on the USS LIBERTY - signed by the Class President, Lt. Colonel David B. Jones, USAF (ret) to: Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations, dated September 24, 2009, and his response dated October 30, 2009; to General James Jones, USMC, at the White House, dated September 24, 2009; to Admiral Mike Mullen, USN, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, dated September 24, 2009
  24. Book Review by Thomas Schaaf entitled, “Don’t Give Up the Ship”, reviewing The Attack on the Liberty, The Untold Story of Israel’s Deadly 1967 Assault on a US Spy Ship, by James Scott, New York, Simon and Schuster, 2009
  25. Moshe Dayan and the Attack on the United States Ship LIBERTY
  26. Declaration of the late Captain Ward Boston, Jr, Captain JAGC, US Navy (retired) dated January 8, 2004
  27. THE ALTERNATE RECORD AND ANALYSIS TO, “LIBERTY INCIDENT REVEALED, THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THE 1967 ISRAELI ATTACK ON THE US NAVY SPY SHIP”, BY A JAY CRISTOL (NAVAL INSTITUTE PRESS, 2013) BY DR. ANTHONY WELLS
  28. Review of “The Liberty Incident Revealed: The Definitive Account of the 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship” by A. Jay Cristol
  29. A Juridical Examination of the Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty, Naval Law Review, Vol 36, Winter, 1986.
  30. Congressional Record: Findings of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Israeli Attack on the USS liberty, the Recall of Military Rescue Support Aircraft while the Ship was Under attack, and the Subsequent Cover-Up by the United States Government. Dated October 11, 2004.
  31. Donald W. Pageler – a USS LIBERTY survivor – a series of Personal History memoirs, notes, interviews and recordings – a valuable collection of first hand observations by a USS LIBERTY crew member who fought the ship and did not give up.