22 Jul '18, 3pm

Veterans Association Aims to Remember the USS Liberty

Veterans Association Aims to Remember the USS Liberty

PALM COAST, Florida -- It's more than 50 years ago now, but Ernie Gallo still remembers where he was working as a Navy communications technician on board the USS Liberty in the Mediterranean Sea, when the U.S. spy ship was attacked by Israeli fighter jets on June 8, 1967 during the Six-Day War. "When the torpedo hit, I sat on the deck, and when it exploded, I went airborne," said Gallo, 74, surrounded in the cozy office of his Palm Bay home by books, paintings, plaques and memorabilia related to that day. Thirty-four of his shipmates were killed in the attack, which wounded an additional 174 crew members. "Living through his event, it was terrible for many reasons." Gallo escaped physical injury, but the attack has become arguably the defining moment in his life. Following six years in the Navy, including more than two years in combat, Gallo worked for the CIA for 28 years...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/07/22/veterans-a...

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