Tuesday, June 9, 2009
USS Liberty Model Dedicated at Navy Memorial
On Monday, June 8, 2009, exactly 42 years after the USS Liberty (GTR-5) was attacked, in international waters off the coast of Sinai by Israel, members of the USS Liberty Veterans Association were at the U.S. Navy Memorial, in downtown Washington, D.C. Their purpose was to present a model of the vessel to the institution for it to be maintained on permanent display. Accepting the USS Liberty model on behalf of the U.S. Navy Memorial was its CEO, Rear Admiral Edward K. "Tad" Walker (ret); and responding on behalf of the USS Liberty Veterans Association was Ernest A. Gallo, its President. Mr. Gallo is also Chairman of the Liberty Foundation.
After the dedication ceremony, USS Liberty survivor, Petty Officer, (Shipfitter 3rd), Americo "Rick" Aimetti was interviewed. Hes a native of Long Island, NY, and he was only 19 years old when he served aboard the vessel. He shared some of what it was like to be on the USS Liberty on the afternoon of the attack and the effect that harrowing experience has had on him and many of his fellow crew members.
The "Liberty" was subjected, on June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War, to an unprovoked assault by the Israeli Air Force and Navy for close to 75 minutes, with rockets, torpedoes, cannon fire, napalm and machine gun fire. Thirty-four crew members on the vessel were killed and 171 seriously wounded. The U.S. Navy Memorial is located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. #123.
P.S. Petty Officer Aimetti said that the Liberty crew is not anti-semitic; they just want the truth to be heard. Ah but Mr. Aimetti, the truth is anti-semitic.