Scope and Content of Collection
Title: William Loren McGonagle papers
Collection number: 99046
McGonagle, William Loren
10 manuscript boxes
(4.2 linear feet)
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 represented in the collection:
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.
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made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please
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[Identification of item], William Loren McGonagle papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1999
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listed in this finding aid.
|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
||A.B. in History, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
||Served in the destroyer
USS Frank Knox and minesweeper
USS Partridge and served in the minesweeper
USS Kite during the Korean War
||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
|1967 June 8
||Israeli naval and air attack on the American naval intelligence ship
USS Liberty; Received Purple Heart and Medal of Honor
||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 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.
The collection is organized into 4 series: Biographical File, United States Navy File, Photographs and Negatives, and 1/4-Inch
Sound Tape Reel
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
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.