DoD May 15, 1968 Memo to LBJ re: USS Liberty Capt. McGonagle MOH Presentation

Joe Meadors filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
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From: Joe Meadors

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

The May 15, 1968 Memorandum from the Department of Defense to President Lyndon Johnson regarding the presentation of the Medal of Honor to USS Liberty Captain William McGonagle in which the DoD recommends LBJ break with tradition and have the DoD present the MOH instead of the President of the United States and that the ceremony have no media coverage since the June 8, 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty is too sensitive.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Joe Meadors

From: Porter, Sean M CTR (US)

Mr. Meadors,

We received your request for the May 15, 1968 Memorandum from the Department of Defense to President Lyndon Johnson regarding the presentation of the Medal of Honor to USS Liberty Captain William McGonagle. However, because of the age of the records, we suggest that you research and/or write to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). As NARA operates its own Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) office and processes requests for records 30 years and older, they would likely have the requested information. You should request these records, if they exist, directly from the NARA FOIA office. Their FOIA information, including email address to submit your request, is located at:

Website: http://www.archives.gov/foia/index.html

Request Email: foia@nara.gov.

This action closes your request with this office. There are no assessable fees associated with this response in this instance.

V/r,

Sean Porter, FOIA Specialist
for Aaron Graves on behalf of
Paul Jacobsmeyer, Chief,
Freedom of Information Act Division
OSD/JS FOIA Office
(571) 372-0421

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