William McGonagle was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the Eastern Mediterranean during June, 1967. While performing intelligence operations in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea William McGonagle commanded the technical research ship USS Liberty. For reason still not fully explained the Liberty came under an intense attack by ships and aircraft of the Isreali military. The attack left the ship nearly crippled and defenseless, but McGonagle maintained order and, despite wounds suffered during the attack, stayed on the bridge and led the crew to control damage and sail the vessel to safety.
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