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Betrayal of a Great Man by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society

I don’t use the word hero lightly. If you don’t either, you might ask how a rank and file sinner like me presumes to call out a Society that, however you feel about war, is made up of heroes: a small, astonishing Society where each and every member embodies character, selflessness, initiative, endurance, tenacity, and courage in the face of death. This Society, proven by feats of arms at the limits of what’s humanly possible, wears our country’s coveted Congressional Medal of Honor. Yes, heroes. But there’s a stain on the Society. Nobody else is calling them out. They’ve got it coming. So I’ll do it. So there.

In betraying one of its own, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which was chartered by Congress in 1958, aids and abets the most disgraceful cover-up in American military history. For those unfamiliar with the list of Medal of Honor Society recipients, let me say I could stop right here and those people who are familiar with that list know exactly which recipient I’m talking about. No further clues needed.

As of May 2021, there are a total 3,508 recipients of this medal. Their stories on the Society’s website, especially the ones dating from today back to the mid-1900’s, follow a particular format including: the recipient’s name, birth date, home state, where the award was presented, who presented it, and a copy of the official award citation. Those citations also follow a format.

It’s tradition for the President of the United States to award living recipients of the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House. Just fifteen Navy men and one from the Naval Reserve earned the medal during what they call the Vietnam Era. Six were awarded the medal posthumously having died of their wounds in battle. All ten who lived were awarded their medal by the President of the United States—except one. All their citations name the enemy attackers—except one. All their citations name the country where the fight took place—except one. All their citations give the precise location within the country—except one. All their citations give the known strength of the enemy force—except one. All the citations give very specific details of the fight—except one.

That one, Captain William L. McGonagle, along with his crew, was threatened with “…court martial, imprisonment, or worse.” if they exposed what happened on June 8-9, 1967 when Israel attacked McGonagle’s ship, the USS Liberty.