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Jim Kavanagh was scraping and repainting a satellite dish atop the USS Liberty when an Israeli plane flew overhead on June 8, 1967. The 19-year-old seaman waved to the allied aircraft before heading below deck to shower off sweat and sea salt.
Little did he know the Liberty was moments away from a bewildering ambush that would kill 34 U.S. sailors. More than 42 years later, the Israeli attack — the subject of a new book by a first-time S.C. author — is a continual source of frustration for Kavanagh and two other Carolinians who survived the incident.