Richard Brooks still remembers when the alert came.
With klaxons sounding and people yelling, the tannoy system warned everyone "Standby to receive torpedo hit".
"I thought I’ll never get out of this mess alive. Weird things were running through your minds, because I’d chalked myself off."
He felt the torpedoes hit and the ship pitch to one side but realised he was still alive.
And then the priority became survival. As chief engineer, he could tell the engines were still working. “My machinery was still intact and I was still making headway. I yelled through the voice tube ‘Give me all the steam pressure you’ve got, let’s get the hell out of this area’".
Eventually his ship, The USS Liberty made its way to safer waters and managed to take stock of the sustained attack. Thirty-four were lying dead, more than 171 were injured.
The victims of the day Israel attacked America.