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by jimmar
Rated: E · Article · Biographical · #2202034
A congressional medal of honor winner *
My name is Jimmy McGonagle and a member of Writer.com. This is about an American Navy officer who took command of his ship in April 1966. It was a communication vessel that monitored information from its location; which at this time was the international waters of the eastern Mediterranean. They were suddenly attacked by jets, torpedo boats, and helicopters. The officer was wounded by the initial air attack and amid the damaged Bridge; Captain McGonagle was able to keep the ship afloat with 821 rocket, shell, and machine-gun holes in its superstructure and able to rendezvous with an American destroyer 17 hours later. The casualties, the attack had killed 34, including officers, marines and a civilian. There were 171 sailors wounded.
The ship was attacked by the Israeli armed forces. The Israeli government denied culpability stating they thought it was an enemy vessel. This was during the 1967 Arab war.

The captain received the Congressional Medal of Honor (see Wikipedia) and because of political pressure, was awarded at night in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.



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