USS Liberty survivor to recount Israeli attack

Ernie Gallo

Ernie Gallo

A survivor of the 1967 attack on the USS Liberty will speak at an event planned 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at the DeLand Memorial Hospital and Veterans Museum at Bill Dreggors Park, 230 N. Stone St.

All are welcome to attend. 

The free event also will include an open house at the museum and a tour of its military collections, as well as a presentation on the Rollins Bachler Army Air Corps Aviation History Photo Exhibit (1919-27) by Dan Friend, museum curator. 

Refreshments will be served. 

Ernie Gallo, president of the national USS Liberty Veterans Association, was aboard the Liberty, a U.S. Navy technical research ship, during the Six-Day War. 

On June 8, in international waters off Egypt’s Gaza Strip, Israeli air force jet-fighter aircraft and Israeli navy motor torpedo boats advanced on the vessel, killing 34 Americans and wounding 172.

As part of the DeLand museum’s Witness to History Series, Gallo will tell the harrowing tale of the attack and answer questions. 

The event is co-sponsored by the DeLand Historic Trust and the USS Liberty Veterans Association. Call Friend at 386-943-9537 to reserve seats. 

For more information, call Phil Restino at 386-235-3268. 

— Erika Webb, erika@beacononlinenews.com 

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