Mar. 3, 1999 Palm Springs Riverside County California, USA
Arab-Israeli War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Wichita, Kansas, he served as a US Navy Commander, in command of the technical research ship USS Liberty (AGTR-5). On June 8, 1967, while sailing in in international waters, off the Sinai Peninsula, Mediterranean Sea, the USS Liberty was attacked without warning by Israeli jet fighter aircraft and motor torpedo boats. Badly wounded in the attack, Commnader McGonagle remained at his battle station and continued to exercise firm command of his ship. For more than 17 hours, he maneuvered his ship, directed its defense, supervised the control of flooding, fire and saw to the care of the casualties. For most conspicuous gallantry, he was promoted Captain and awarded the Medal of Honor. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)
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Tread lightly, This is a soldiers grave, Who fought in a Foreign land,Not afraid when freedom called they raised their hand, willing to give their life now buried in a simple mound; And yet to folks like you and me It should be Honored ground. . . -
Richard Mayo Added: Apr. 25, 2016
My heart breaks for you, skipper, because you went through so much pain and loss, only to finally learn the most painful truth of all: our service, our pain, means nothing to those we serve, and even less to those we serve under. -
JCFHS '38 Added: Apr. 19, 2016