The Liberty Incident

Joint Chiefs of Staff Report (Russ Report)

The Joint Chiefs of Staff were concerned that five messages directed to Liberty had gone astray. Army Major General Joseph R. Russ was directed to commence a fact-finding study of the communications failure. He began the investigation on June 9, 1967.

Part 2, Section 1 of the report made thirty-six (36) Findings of Fact, most of which are followed by discussion. The team, consisting of Major General Joseph R. Russ, USA; Rear Admiral Francis J. Fitzpatrick, USN; Colonel William A. Garrett, USAF; Captain William D. Owen, USN; and Major Harlan E. Priddle, USAF, collected, compiled, and analyzed all significant related message traffic.

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