Register of the William Loren McGonagle papers

Processed by Aparna Mukherjee
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-6010
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Register of the William Loren McGonagle papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Aparna Mukherjee
Date Completed:
2008
Encoded by:
Elizabeth Konzak
© 2008 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: William Loren McGonagle papers
Dates: 1947-1999
Collection number: 99046
Creator: McGonagle, William Loren
Collection Size: 10 manuscript boxes (4.2 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: The William L. McGonagle collection describes the devastation caused by the Israeli naval and air attack on the American naval intelligence ship Liberty on June 8, 1967, and the honors and citations bestowed on him for heroism and sacrifice. Materials include correspondence, reports, orders, personnel records, writings, printed matter, and photographs
Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English, Hebrew

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research. Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

Publication Rights

For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Loren McGonagle papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1999

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http : //library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Biographical Note

1925 Nov. 19 Born, Wichita, Kansas
1942 Sept. - 1944 June Graduated, Coachella Valley Union High School, Indio, California
1944 July - 1945 Nov. Student, University of Redlands, Redlands, California
1947 June A.B. in History, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
1947-1950 Served in the destroyer USS Frank Knox and minesweeper USS Partridge and served in the minesweeper USS Kite during the Korean War
1947 June Commissioned, in the rank of Ensign
1951 Sept. - Dec. U.S. Naval School (Electronics), San Francisco, California
1952 Jan. - 1953 July U.S. Naval Advance Base, Bremerhaven, Germany
1959 Jan. - 1961 June Assistant Professor of Naval Science, Naval Weapons, Leadership, and Naval Operations
1959 June - 1961 June B.S. in Education, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
1963 July 1 Promoted to Commander
1966 April - 1967 Sept. Commanding Officer of the technical research ship USS Liberty
1967 June 8 Israeli naval and air attack on the American naval intelligence ship USS Liberty; Received Purple Heart and Medal of Honor
1967 Oct. Promoted to the rank of Captain,
  Commanded the new ammunition ship Kilauea
  Led the NROTC Unit at the University of Oklahoma
1969 Aug. - 1971 May Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science, Chief Navy Division
  Awarded meritorious Service Medal (Gold Star in lieu of Award)
1974 Aug. 1 Retired from active duty
1999 Mar. 3 Died, Palm Springs, California

Scope and Content of Collection

The William McGonagle papers narrate the story of the Israeli naval and air attack on the American naval intelligence ship USS Liberty on June 8, 1967. Materials consist of correspondence, reports, orders, personnel records, writings, printed matter, and photographs relating to the incident.
The central theme of the papers is the incident on USS Liberty. The surprise Israeli attack on the U.S. ship, the damages on the ship, loss of lives, and serious injuries produced an outcry all over the world. The heroic effort made by William McGonagle to save his shipmates earned him the Medal of Honor and citations as well as the respect of the United States Navy and beyond.
The United States Navy File contains general information about the Navy and William McGonagle's personal files. The files record William McGonagle's assignments, including the USS Liberty, USS Kilauea, and JUSMAG Philippines. The USS Liberty records include numerous photographs which present a picture of the destruction and injuries.
In addition, there are two 1/4-inch sound tape reels that contain information about the USS Liberty and an interview.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into 4 series: Biographical File, United States Navy File, Photographs and Negatives, and 1/4-Inch Sound Tape Reel

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Liberty (Ship)
Israel-Arab War, 1967--Naval operations.
United States--Armed forces--Mediterranean Sea.
United States--Foreign relations--Israel.
Israel--Foreign relations--United States.
United States. Navy-Officers.


Collection Contents

Box: 1-2

Biographical File, 1960-1999 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Citations, clippings, correspondence with the next of kin of men who died under his command, identification cards, memoranda, notice of discharge from active duty, personal files, printed matter, and speaking file, as well as books and papers written by others presented to William McGonagle. Arranged alphabetically by physical form
Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Biographical information, 1960 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of William McGonagle
Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Citations, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Clippings, 1968-1999

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Correspondence, 1967-1993.

Scope and Content Note

Letters and addresses for the next of kin of men who died under his command. Includes photographs of Marines, undated
Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Geneva Convention identification cards, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Memorandum for record about an interview with Kathryn Hatch, Newsweek, 1969

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Notice of discharge from duty, 1974

Box/Folder: 1 : 8-10

Personal files, 1969-1982 and undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Printed matter, 1969

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

Speaking file, 1969-1971

Box/Folder: 1 : 13

United States of America's Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients and Their Official Citations, copyrights held by Highland Publishers and Highland House II, 1980 and 1994

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

The USS Liberty : Dissenting History VS. Official History, John E. Borne, 1995

Box/Folder: 2 : 2-3

The Liberty Incident, a dissertation by A. Jay Kristol, University of Miami, 1997

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

Miscellany, 1966-1998 and undated

Box: 2-8

United States Navy File, 1948-1998 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, fitness reports of officers, publicity file, and scrapbook, arranged alphabetically by physical form. The records of ships, especially the USS Liberty, are described separately in the same order
 

William McGonagle office files

Box/Folder: 2 : 5-6

1952-1969 and undated

Box/Folder: 3 : 1-2

1963-1969

 

Correspondence

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

1968

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographic prints of William McGonagle and others,undated
Box/Folder: 3 : 4

1969-1991

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

1970 and undated

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

1970-1990

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

1986-1992

Box/Folder: 3 : 8

1991

Scope and Content Note

- Secretary of the Navy
Box/Folder: 3 : 9

1992

Box/Folder: 3 : 10-12

Fitness reports, 1948-1973

Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Instruction sheets and list of crew members, undated

Box/Folder: 4 : 2-4

Memoranda, 1948-1987

Box/Folder: 4 : 5

Note, undated

Box/Folder: 4 : 6

Printed matter, 1968-1970

Box/Folder: 4 : 7

Publicity file, 1968-1969

Box/Folder: 4 : 8

Scrapbook - The Keel : United States Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois, undated

Box/Folder: 4 : 9-10

JUSMAG Philippines, 1969-1984.

Scope and Content Note

Includes officers' evaluation and fitness reports
 

USS Kilauea

Box/Folder: 5 : 1

Correspondence, 1969

Box/Folder: 5 : 2

Fitness reports of officers, 1967-1970

Box/Folder: 5 : 3

Newsclip file, 1967-1968.

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photograph of William McGonagle and Navy personnel,undated
Box/Folder: 5 : 4

Press kit, 1968

Box/Folder: 5 : 5

Press releases, 1967-1971.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of William McGonagle and others,undated
Box/Folder: 5 : 6

Printed matter, 1968

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs depicting William McGonagle and others, undated
Box/Folder: 5 : 7

Miscellany, undated

 

USS Liberty

Box/Folder: 5 : 8

General, 1967-1968

Box/Folder: 5 : 9

Awards and Chief Naval Officer's letter authorizing awards, 1991 and undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 10

Basic orders and endorsements, 1967-1968

Box/Folder: 5 : 11

Casualty records, 1967

Box/Folder: 6 : 1-3

Clippings and media coverage, 1967-1998 and undated

Box/Folder: 6 : 4

1966-1967 and undated

Box/Folder: 6 : 5

1967-1984

Box/Folder: 6 : 6

1978-1988

Box/Folder: 7 : 1

1981-1988

Box/Folder: 7 : 2

1990-1991

Box/Folder: 7 : 3

1994

Box/Folder: 7 : 4

Court of enquiry, 1967

Box/Folder: 7 : 5-6

Fitness reports, 1967-1980

Box/Folder: 7 :

Lists

Box/Folder: 7 : 7

Honors, undated

Box/Folder: 7 : 8

Materials, 1992-1998

Box/Folder: 7 : 9

Navy/Marine Corps/Civilian personnel killed or died as a result of combat action during the armed attack on USS Liberty, 1967

Box/Folder: 7 : 10

Survivors, undated

Box/Folder: 7 : 11

Medical file, 1968 and undated

Box/Folder: 7 : 12

Memoranda, 1967-1971

Box/Folder: 7 : 13

Memorial service, 1993

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of memorial tombs,undated
Box/Folder: 8 : 1-2

Newsletters, 1981-1996

Box/Folder: 8 : 3

Note, 1967

Box/Folder: 8 : 4

Press release, 1966-1967

Box/Folder: 8 : 5-6

Printed matter, 1967-1998

Box/Folder: 8 : 7

Program, 1965-1966

Box/Folder: 8 : 8

Schedule, 1982

Box/Folder: 8 : 9

Statements, 1991-1998

Box/Folder: 8 : 10

Summary of events, undated

Box/Folder: 8 : 11

Telegram, 1967

Box/Folder: 8 : 12

Writings by others, 1967

Box/Folder: 8 : 13

Miscellany, 1964-1971

Box/Folder: 8 : 14

Telegrams, 1967

Box/Folder: 8 : 15

Miscellany, 1967-1971 and undated

Box: 9-10

Photographs and Negatives, 1967-1973 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Photographs and negatives depicting William McGonagle and others arranged in groups, as well as images of the USS Liberty and USS Kilauea
Box/Folder: 9 : 1

Unidentified, undated

Box/Folder: 9 : 2

William McGonagle, undated.

Box/Folder: 9 : 3

Collection of photographs, undated

Box/Folder: 9 :

USS Kilauea

Box/Folder: 9 : 4-5

Commissioning photographs, 1968 and undated

Box/Folder: 9 : 6-7

William McGonagle and others watching Commissary man involved in the preparation of the commissioning of the USS Kilauea, undated.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Kiwanis Club and Sogibow, Michigan, 1970
Box/Folder: 9 :

USS Liberty

Box/Folder: 9 : 8

Commanding officers, USS Liberty, undated

Box/Folder: 9 : 9

Awards presentation on the USS Liberty, undated.

Scope and Content Note

Includes related materials, undated
Box/Folder: 9 : 10

Album, Photographs of the USS Liberty, circa 1967

Box/Folder: 9 : 11

Photographs of the USS Liberty with William McGonagle on board, 1967

Box/Folder: 10 : 1

Salvage photographs - Guam, 1962

Box/Folder: 10 : 2

Bronze Star Medal award, 1968

Box/Folder: 10 : 3

Album of Navy Division building and signing of lease for Phil Navy Ship YD-205, 1973

Box/Folder: 10 : 4

Negatives, undated

Box: 10

1/4-Inch Sound Tape Reels, 1967-1969.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of recordings of a USS Liberty press conference and an unidentified interview
Box/Folder: 10 : 5

USS Liberty press conference tape, 1967

Box/Folder: 10 : 6

WKY radio interview, 1969