July - December 1999
This is just a short note to pay my respect to you and the rest of the crew of the USS Pueblo. I am an avid reader of military history, especially that dealing with prisoners of war. I am also a US Navy veteran. I have read commander Bucher's book several times. It is a remarkable story. This evening while watching television I had the opportunity to view a special on the USS Pueblo incident.
Due to time constraints the program only scratched the surface, however through my reading I know a more complete picture. At the end of the program I watched Cdr. Bucher say "I want to be remembered as a naval officer who did his best." This was a moving statement. This brings to mind a quote from president Theodore Roosevelt: "Do the best that you can, with what you have, where you are." I would have to say that not only Cdr. Bucher did this, but the entire crew.
You will all be remembered as true American heroes that served faithfully during an extremely difficult time. You all displayed courage in your actions. Courage that, in this day and age, is sorely absent in the behavior of our elected officials and military leaders. To the officers and crew of the USS Pueblo: Thank you for your service, dedication, and devotion to our country and our freedom!!!!
I was a
very young man and stationed in
MSG U.S. Army (ret)
I am a Marine SSgt serving in the intelligence field
of you and deliver my thanks in person.
Karl M. Allwerdt
just finished watching the story of
As a military officer, your story would give me added strength to persevere knowing that others have persevered and survived similar circumstances.
In addition, your example demonstrates how important an officer's conduct is to maintaining the morale of his troops under ALL circumstances. Furthermore,
given an imperfect situation, I believe that all of you made the best decisions possible given the options available. I salute you.
Please share my note with Commander Bucher and feel free to share my note with your fine organization.
Captain Paul Schowalter
Shaw AFB, SC
To all the men of the
you to know that a lot of Americans have not forgotten your sacrifice. I
believe your heroism will be remembered long after the self serving navy
officials that were willing to sacrifice you are gone.
I am not a navy man , I was a USAF
pilot many years ago but I cannot
abide the way our military people can be abused in this manner by our
own military leaders for political purposes and furtherance of their
own careers. It is my opinion and that of many of my colleagues that
they are all cowards and should be recognized as such.
In closing I can only say in the navy vernacular WELL DONE
I am writing to you in reguards to
your Pueblo Veterans Association web site. I recently read "Bucher: My Story"
and "The Last Voyage of the
I won't even pretend that I could begin to imagine what the
whole ordeal must have been like for you all. I will tell you that while
reading of your nightmare, I found myself crying, cringing, laughing, and
getting furious; but mostly I was very proud that I had worn the same uniform
you all had worn (with a few alterations of course). In doing further research,
I came across your web page. ...know that I will NEVER forget the
all let me introduce myself...I am Greg Hartigan and
currently the Special Projects Chairman @ Bell Post 1820 VFW in
If I can recall correctly, the 5th. Air Force in
I grew up in a navy family and this was the topic of passionate discussion many times in my family; I served on a U.S. Navy destroyer as a comm tech at the height of Walkers' betrayal; I have studied the available materials including books, films, documentaries and articles. I've heard every opinion of the incident and I have my own opinion. It infuriates and shames me that my government has STILL not apologized to the captain and crew of this vessel.
So as a
Concerned U.S. Citizen
The crew of the USS Pueblo were heroes for undergoing their ordeal in the face of overwhelming odds. I salute your efforts to create a website recognizing their sacrifices.
Additional comments: The book that claims the
Secondly, and perhaps this is a minor point 30 years later, does
anyone know what eventually became of the ship? The
Thank you again for your commendable efforts.
My name is Harry Larrabee Sr, TSgt, USAF(Ret) and I was stationed with the 6922
Security Wing (United States Air Force Security Service) at Clark Air Base.
About 1.5 hours after the ship was taken over by the North Koreans another Air
Force Sgt and myself borded an Air Force C-154 with
two I Vans (intercept vans with R390A recievers and
PT-6 recorders) and two S-141 Shelters (something like a COMSEC Van equipped to
monitor LF, HF, VHF and UHF) tool boxes over stuffe
with parts to repair R-390s and PT-6s for Osan Air Base in the Republic of
Korea. Upon our arrival sometime after midnight we set up the two S-141
shelters and the I Vans were set up the next day inside the compound on Hill
179 which housed the 6922 SW Det 2. For the next 60
days we upgraded the existing operations by rebuilding the receivers, recorders
and TTY machines while some of the operations was moved to the I Vans. Each van
was made up from 30(?) foot trailers which had both antenna and power inputs.
While this was going on the other Sgt and I also pulled 24 a day stand-by on
the S-141 shelters is ensure thier operation. I do
remember about 3 days after our arrival at Osan a North Korean Mig-21 flew from
the DMZ to Osan Air Base and buzzed the base runway twice before heading back
north. I myself was in one of the S-141 Shelters at the time talking with the
operator at the time, this operator was listening to the Mig
talking back to its base. We didn't realize at the time the aircraft was so
close untill we could hear a jet that didn't sound
like the F-105s that was stationed at Osan. When we exited the van this when we
watched the Mig buzz the base. At this time neither
the U S Forces; meaning Air Force, Army, or Navy; or the ROKs
had anthing that could defend against the Mig. If memory serves me correctly about three days latter
the Air Force had 9 F-106 all weather fighter/intercepters
assigned to the base. We stayed with the 6922 Det 2
for 10 months supporting the mission for NSA and USAFSS. When I got on the
operations floor for the first time I did notice a
"X" off the East side of
Hope the above history from the U S Air Force side of the house was of some help to you.
Harry Larrabee Sr, TSgt, USAF Retired
I just found out about this site last week. There was an article in the Omaha World Herald newspaper about the
Thomas M.(Marv) Golson
CT2, active duty ended
When you left
I don't remember which day it was for sure, but I do remember clearly the sadness that I felt when I heard that you had been captured, and that we (the US military) wasn't going to get you back right away. I'm glad that you eventually regained your freedom. I'm sorry that it took so long.
of very little consequence when looking at the big picture, but I have the
following to share with you: I was in transit at the North Island NAS awaiting
the USS Constellation to return from a West PAC cruise when your
I was a CT1 stationed at
My name is Donald Booth. I was in the Navy from 1966 thru 1972 serving in the Naval Security Group for the duration. I was stationed in
Donald J. Booth
My name is Dave Blade, and I'm a retired CTACM living in Helena Montana. I joined the Navy in 1973 from
Any chance that was you? I just
wanted to say I was glad to come across your group's web page, especially after
seeing the fine job the
I was disappointed to see the 30th anniversary of the
Excuse my intrusion if I have mistaken you for somebody else, and congrats again on this website.
I was in grade school while you folks were held captive and never experienced Vietnam war. How was life like after the first six years of your release? I was always curious as to how different life would be like if I went thru a horrible ordeal like you did. Is being held captive in
David F. Winkler, Ph.D.
Naval Historical Foundation
I was 26 years old when the Pueblo was captured. I am trying
to find some information on the public information and official announcement
that was made by the
to get the
Subject: History of the USS Pueblo
is Joe Barr, ex-CT1, USN, 1963-1970. I was very nearly one of you. While stationed
at NAVCOMMSTAHONO, an "opportunity" to go TAD aboard the
A man who
worked for me, CT2 Mike Alexander, decided he wouldn't mind a PCS, so he took
my place. I'm saddened to see that Mike passed away in 1994. I've always wanted
to make contact with him and talk about what happened. To apologize, perhaps,
for him having taken my spot on that fateful cruise. As you probably know, the
USS Banner followed the
I believe that about a year after the crew's release I had the good fortune to play golf with Chief Kell at the Navy-Marine (?) golf course above Pearl Harbor, but if it was him, I'm sure he has long forgotten about it. The purpose of my letter today is to try and make contact with as many of the crew of the Pueblo as possible. I am planning to write a book about the incident, and want to know as much as possible about how crew members were affected first by the capture, then by the treatment given Bucher by the Navy. Everything I have heard, read, and seen about that tells me that the greater injustice came from the US Navy, rather than the Koreans. I'm very curious as to how the crew feels about this subject.
Thanks, Joe Barr
From: "Joe and Deb Moore"
I was on
the USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37) which left
I was a Korean Linguist with the USAF Security Service from
1969 - 1972. I was assigned that language as a result of your ship's capture
and the subsequent shootdown of the Navy EC-121 in
April of 1969. During that period, the Air Force built up it's
intelligence gathering capability for
I was stationed at
One of my favorite missions was off Wonson in an EC-121. That day we had 2 F4 phantom's tucked under our wing so their radar could not detect 3 aircraft. I had the pleasure of directing the F4's into the path of the outbound MIG's. Of course, as soon as they discovered we had fighter escort, they turn-tailed and ran home.
I think about your crew and the Navy EC-121 crew often and the sacrifice you all made. My heart and respect are with you all. Thank you for your sacrifice. You are not forgotten. I am creating a web page and will include a link to your site.
Korean Linguist - 6988th Security Squadron,
My name is Jeff McGuff. I was a member of the USAF and I was stationed at the Pentagon from 1992 to 1995. During my tenure there I had went to a briefing discussing the USS Pueblo incident.
The briefer had talked about the communication problems/delays with the USS Pueblo and it's command, and he went on to say that a committee was formed to create a reliable connectionless internet protocol. He went on to discuss the Rand Project funded by the AF.
I have never been able to find confirmation on this. Do you have any knowledge of this? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I am trying to put together a class on the history of the Internet for local school children and I would like to discuss the plight of the USS Pueblo and how it prompted better communication.
My name is Dawn Porta and I'm a student at
Your web page is great and full of information and I hope you don't mind if i use it as a source of information for my speech. I also want to thank each and every person that was on the USS PUEBLO, Lord knows not enough people seem to care about what happened in the 1960's but I do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Dawn M. Porta
You asked for any information that might help make your site even more informative. I don't have very much in that regard but I do have a little story to tell.
I was a second class ET on the USS MANSFIELD (DD-728) homeported in
Later, on our way to the gun line (we were south of
Good luck to you and your shipmates, -JJ
J. J. Marold
SPAWAR Facility Japan
Great web page! I passed the URL around the office and was struck with how little if anything some of the younger people knew about the incident.
I remember it plain as day, though I was certainly not aware of all the details. I may not know every intent you have for the web site, but it is sure to
provide folks with facts and maybe (if we are lucky) cause some thinking to take place. But one effect I did notice, you guys are heroes to some newly informed people.
This is the most organized and fully developed site I have seen.
It has taken up all of my spare time for the past three weeks. My congrats to
Joe Moore MRC, USN, (ret)
At the time of the attack on the USS Pueblo, I was assigned
to the 6314 Civil Engineering Sq.,
and get both the crew and ship out. However, the government felt otherwise, you were expendable, which was wrong.
In closing, I salute you !!!
John Matson, Jr.
I just found you site. Well done.
Two of us have been investigating and writing a book about
the Marine aircrew that encountered an uncharted cable car system in northern
I was in
Richard McPherson, USN RET.
My mame is
Kim Dong Gyu and I'm a Korean HIgh
School Student. With my friends I made a homepage named "Time Travel to
Korean War." Although there are many mistakes, my friends and I are very
proud ofour homepage. Please come to see our homepage
and write down your feeling and opinion on our guest room. And please tell your
friends to visit our homepage "Time travel to Korean War." Our
homepage address is http://library.advanced.org/28386
from Kim Dong Gyu
Been watching the site as it has improved and grown.. It is looking great.
I was Chief, Intelligence Branch, Military Intelligence Division, ACofS, G-2, 8th US Army at time of USS PUEBLO incident and the Blue House Raid incident just a few day before. I participated in the response.
One of the considered responses was the use of a tactical nuclear weapons airburst over WONSAN HAROBR to deny access to the USS PUEBLO. Of course, if that would have occurred there would have been some undesireable side effects. My supervisor at that time was LTC Jason Martin, US Army who requested my input into the airburst tact nuke over WONSAN. I do not know where he is currently located and if someone in your organization could help locate him, I am sure he could give some eye opening information if he was will to speak about it.
My first choice was to use conventional weapons concurrent with rescue of crew with special forces. I was told that was not what I was being asked. I was being asked about support for tactical nuke airburst over WONSAN. My response was an 8 point memo that had 5 items against the use of the nuke and 3 for its use. It went out as TS, NOFORN, LIMIDIS, EYES ONLY.
The first item was against (1) The stated mission of UNC is to keep the peace. A first strick tactical nuke over WONSAN would hardly be in keeping witht he stated mission of UNC. The second item (2) US ought to negotiate to get crew and ship back. We ought to set the example for other countries in a peacable and negotiated settlement. The third item (3) There was intelligence from NK POLITBURO that NK intended to force US into a war in Korea in order to force a second major front (war) when US troop levels reached 500,000 in Vietnam. To use a nuke weapon would create the opportunity for NK to launch an offensive. (The public number of the troop level was 550,000 and the number I was using was 650,00 US troops).
More later. Must leave now.
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 14:06:40 -0700
Just three cheers for your web page.
I was one of the two Army officers standing at the end of the bridge when you guys came back across the bridge and got into the busses. I did get in some "heat" when you all decided to take showers before going up to the mess hall to meet General Bonesteel. He kept asking "Where are they?" as he and the press were waiting in the mess hall. In the meantime, you all were getting showers, which had NOT been in the plan. I was on the negotiating team for most of your internment --- a very frustrating assignment --- but the highlight of my military career was when
each of you came walking across the bridge!!
W. A. Bart Hanchett
LTC, Artillery, US Army Retired
Date Thu, 14 Oct 1999 154614 EDT
Found my way to your website today almost by accident, but was intrigued.
At the time of the incident I had orders to the Pueblo and was waiting for her in Yokosuka. I had taken a tour of the USS Banner the day before, and the only thing I knew was that I was not looking forward to spending a year on anything that small. I was a CTR2 then, enroute from NSGA Homestead, FL. After the capture of the ship I was sent to Kami Seya on indefinite TAD awaiting new orders. After 13 watches I was sent to the PI where I spent a year riding carriers. While at Kami Seya I felt really weird much of the time, as my locker was right next to those of Sgts. Hammond and Chicca. It was a constant reminder of how lucky I was.
Date Tue, 19 Oct 1999 172112 -0500
I just happened to access your web
site and found it interesting. I was an information officer in Korea during the
time of the Pueblo capture and served as a press liaison officer (1st LT)
handling media during the release of Capt. Bucher and his crew. The reason I'm
e-mailing is not to offer additional information, but rather the fact that I
hundred photos during the first hours of their release and would be happy to consider digging them out of my archives should they be of any interest to you.
Best regards, John Earl
Date Thu, 21 Oct 1999 173211 EDT
Hi Folks just a note to say thanks for this web site.
I was the radioman in the first whaleboat to go over to the
USS LIBERTY after she was attacked by the Israelis in June 67. Then I got
promoted to civilian and got out. I couldn't understand how little was known
about that incident by the people back home and then the Pueblo happened and my
first thought was that the idiots that sent the Liberty in had done it again. I
still hold that thought and feel that both crews were left hanging out to dry.
That the history is there is true, that the truth is there is not. It was my
pleasure to go to Fort Mead this summer and see the fine job that the museum
there has done in honoring both of your crews. I hope more people go there and
see the museum and take a long hard look at what I call the wall of ultimate
honor and horror. My hat is still off to you all and God Bless.
Gerald Surette, Former RM3 USS DAVIS DD937
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 1999
i was assigned to the usaf security service as a radio intecept analyst from 1964 through1968. just after the pueblo "incident" i was recalled from a temporary assignment at kelly air force base in texas to san angelo texas(goodfellow air force base, 6947 security squadron) and told to stand by for reassignment for a temoprary assignment to osan air force base, korea. i think i was back at goodfellow on a monday waiting transportation to osan korea. i was not allowed to leave the air force base for my departure was supposedly imminent. on thursday i questioned when i would be leaving to depart for korea. i was informed that transportation for my outfit had not been requested and that this request would be now put in place . this was identified as an oversite my higher headquarters. as far as i understand the situation my higher headquarters was the national security agency under a contract with the air force. we departed on saturday morning arriveng in south korea the following monday morning. seems like a long time to be of any assistance. when i arrived at my duty station one of my responsiblities was replotting the north korean intercepts identifying the location of your ship the day of capture. i replotted the morse code and voice intercepts of north korean transmissions and each time it showed your ship in international waters. i was required to do this plotting many times during my six month stay at osan, korea. don't know if this is any help , just thought i'd pass it on... thanks for reading and god bless. what a very cold place to be.
Name not given.
Date: 10/24/99 8:51:47 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Dear Mr Russell,
I saw your posting in the sci.military.naval newsgroup regarding the USS Pueblo. I wanted to say thank you to you and the officers and crew of the Pueblo for keeping the faith during your ordeal. I was just a little kid at the time, but I have been reading the books (just finished Cmdr. Bucher's) and am amazed at how you all held-up through what you were put through.
For what it's worth, I think you guys were screwed by the navy (Cmdr Bucher in particular) when you got back. I was, however, very surprised that a nuclear ultimatum was given to the Koreans. Nice to know that Pres. Johnson had some backbone about it after all. The sad part is it appears that very nearly the same type of event can happen today, as the naval beauracracy hasn't gotten any smaller in the mean time. :-( Anyway, I like the web site and thanks for reading this.
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 07:25:16 -0700
I found your web site this morning after doing a search for information on the USS Pueblo. Very interesting. I have heard alot about an event that gets little meantion, thank you.
I am a frequent reader of the North Korean News webpage, because I think it is important to know what an enemy thinks and there was an article about the USS Pueblo today. http://www.kcna.co.jp
The surest way to corrupt a youth is
to instruct him to hold in higher regard those who think alike than those who
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 00:37:58 -0500
First of all, I would like to say, I salute the crew of the USS Pueblo for the sacrifices they made for our country. As a member of our nations armed forces, I feel that you handled yourselves in a manner that lends credit to the American Armed Forces. May God bless you for the sacrifice.
Several years ago I came across a document that contained hearings held by a Select Subcommittee of the Armed Forces Committee chaired by F Edward Hebert' of Louisiana. The hearings were held in 1971 and concerned communications that occurred with the USS Liberty, the USS Pueblo, and the EC121. In the hearings it talks about the timing that took place on the OPREP-3 Pinnacle reports transmitted by the Pueblo. Basically it boils down to the point the second OPREP-3 saying that you were being boarded prior to the first OPREP saying that you were under attack.
In my job as a Command Post controller, I have used the testimony to give briefings on the importance of OPREPs and why the timing is so critical. Command Posts within the Air Force are responsible for preparing and submitting the OPREP reports. The testimony from the subcommittee's hearings are excellent for doing that.
Right now I am an inspector with the Air Education and Training Command's Inspector General Team and am preparing an article about the Pueblo for publication in The Inspector General. The basis of the article is to talk about why the timing on the reports is so critical. This article will be read AF wide.
Recently while out on an inspection at one of our bases, I flipped to the History Channel and caught a program about the Pueblo. I found it to be even more informative but raised a several questions I need to get answered for the article I am preparing. There was a discrepancy in the show on which type of aircraft overflew your vessel during the attack. The first one concerns the type aircraft that overflew your vessel during the attack. I heard the term MIG-21 used (I believe by Commander Bucher) but later in the show it was said the aircraft were MIG-19s. I also saw a book, the title which eludes me now, which said the aircraft were MIG 17s. Could you please clarify that part for me. Also the show said that the torpedo boats were attacking you using 37 millimeter guns but from your web page I see it was 57 millimeter guns. Again, I need clarification. Additionally, there was a crypto device on your ship which was used to encode and decode messages. The show said the device was the KW-7 but the book said it was a KL-7 (or vice versa). Again, if someone remembers and can clarify for me it would be much appreciated. The significance of the crypto device is it was not completely destroyed and believed to have ended up in the hands of the Russians. American intelligence officials believed at the time that even if it wasn't entirely destroyed neither the NK nor Russians couldn't do anything with it. That was before they knew about John Walker.
In my command right now, I have a
very young force. Most of the Command Posts I inspect have an E-7 and the other
individuals are E-3 and below. Our experience level is very low. Unfortuantely, most of the E-7s have recently retrained
into the career field so they are also fairly inexperienced. My objective of
the article is to show them the importance of OPREPs
and why the timing is so critical. Often these kids report the simple ones like
inflight emergencies, fire, DWIs,
etc. With our lack of inexperience and the current ops tempo these kids could
one day wake up deployed to a hot spot and will have to do more than the
routine OPREPs. One other thing, I didn't see any
reference to this in your web sit, but LBJ said in his autobiography, The
Vantage Point, he believed you were specifically targeted to divert the
William L. "Loyd" Patton, III, MSgt, USAF
Chief, Command Control Inspections
Finally had time to go through the entire web site today (~ 3 hours) and read every word and followed every link. It's truly a great and inspired effort.
I sent the items I mentioned to Don Peppard. Hope they might be of use to you guys for whatever purpose, as a footnote to history, or something like that. I'll send the orders along, too, if I can find where I put them. They're interesting in only for the sheer numbers of endorsements garnered as I bounced around looking for a home.
I noted in the newsletter on the site that Ralph McClintock had obtained the three-hour Korcom video. Is there any chance that it will in any shape be released to the public, or that it will be in any manner viewable?
Regards, Bill Branick
I am humbled by the bravery of the
A faithful Seaman,
George Brubaker RM1 USN-R (ret)
I am an Air Force Korean Linguist.
I have 20 years plus and I am still in service. I was
The imagery folks found it at Nampo the day it was docked, but as far as I know, there were no reports of the movement until after it happened.
When I found out, I was shocked and amazed. It would have been great to know in advance and reclaim it on the high seas.
The North Koreans obviously made the transit with as low a profile as possible. It was a great opportunity for the Navy to seize it. After all, it is still a US Navy vessel is it not?
Who could have blamed us for taking it back. The Pook Kook's story of how they moved it would be interesting to hear.
I am glad they are keeping it floating, even if it is to suite their sorted propaganda strategy.
i was born after the event but have heard alot and don't think the crew got enought reconition for what they went for thought i would say thanks for being there for the american people.
also i read somewere that the uss pueble is still listed on the us navy's active list is that true and why when we do not even have the ship
once again thanks
As time lapses and we all learn more and more of the special
You have a beautiful web site; it carries a strong message. In the end, this crew are understood to be the victors in this chapter of the COLD/hot war.
Thanks from a Tin Can Sailor
Keith Ott Captain, USN (ret)
I came across your web page while surfing the net this evening and would like to thank you for the superb job you have done putting it together.
There is one area that I may be able to help you with: In
the background section "To Japan and the
I served on the USS Kalmia (ATA-184) as an RM1 at the time.
We were tied up across the pier from Pueble at the
ASW base when you arrived in
Cdr Bucher was friends with our CO (Lt. Fellis) (a mustang also) and shortly after the Peuble arrived he came aboard our ship for a visit. He was worried that his Radioman (an RM3 with little sea experienc) might need some help getting ready for underway training and asked if we could help.
My CO brought him to the Radio Shack and we made arrangements for me to spend some time on Pueble the next day. Don't remember much about what we covered, but I do remember that we created an Emergency Destruction Bill that was patterned after my own. Our allowances for classified material and equipment was almost identical and it didn't take a lot of work to make the necessary modifications. In those days, the Fleet Training Group didn't do much in this area other than to check to see if the bill existed and that it covered everything that you had in the Radio Shack. I remember this so clearly because when the messages started coming in that you had been captured, Capt. Fellis spent most of his time in the Radio Shack watching for news about the Pueble. The subject came up many times in coversations we had. He was very concerned about his friend CDR Bucher and we all relieved when you were finally released.
Don Gillispie RMC (Ret.)
Hi, I frequently communicate with Don
Gillispie (USS Kalmia), as I was a staff radioman at
COMTRAPAC SDIEGO, and we handled communication guard for the Kalmia, as well as
the Targeteer (The two smallest aircraft carriers in
the world) Circa: 1963-1966. While I never had the
personal dealings with the
I always wondered if indeed, the thing was planned out as a set-up, as submitted by a book I read on the subject. Just know this... your brother sailors would have come to your aid, had they been permitted... and all of us prayed for your safe return... no kidding! Welcome Home.
Tom Dailey - former RMC, USN
I have a small website that has become my hobby and it is in honor of all Veterans,I have placed a link to your U.S.S. Pueblo site on my "link" page.The information on your site is very informative and I am ashamed to say that until today,I was only familiar with the name of the ship,but not the incident. Please visit my site and if you dont want me to link to your site let me know.
Honor the Veterans http//www.angelfire.com/nh/honorvets
Just a quick note to say Semper Fidelis. From a gyrene 73 -76. I still love my country but am more loyal to our people as the government doesn't deserve men like you.
God bless Peace and Health to all.
My name is Paul Pierce and, while on
active duty in the US Navy, I was a Cryptologic Technician. I had been
stationed at the American Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus and at San Vito Dei Normanni Air Station in Italy with Joe Sterling from 1963 -
1965. I was stationed at Naval Security Group Activity,
By the time of the crew's return, I
had received orders to USS Palm Beach (AGER-3), and reported for duty in March
of '69. We made a Med Cruise between late April '69 and mid October '69, and
decommissioned in late November. Between June 1971 and June 1973, I was
stationed at NAVCOMSTA,
I am currently attempting to contact
Hello, My Name is TSgt. William E. Pacholski of the United States Air Force. I am an
instructor at the
I want to know if I can purchase the
Film about the
In addition, I would like to know if
it is possible if a former crew member would like to come to our school and
discuss their experiences while in captivity.
TSgt. William E. Pacholski
Shipmate, I'm Cryptologic Technician
(Maintenance) (Surface Warfare) Senior Chief Petty Officer John Warrick. I'm
currently attending the Navy's
I've thoroughly looked over your
website and there is a lot of great data there. Thanks for the effort! OK, on
to the question. I know as a CTM I should already know this, but I'm ashamed to
admit I do not. At any rate, here are the questions: 1) What was the outcome of
the Court of Inquiry against Cdr. Bucher? 2) As I understand it, there was also
a Congressional Inquiry in March and April of 1969, but I cannot find anywhere
what the Court of Inquiry or the Congressional Inquiry determined. Was he
convicted of any crime? Referred to a Courts Martial? 3) If I'm seeing the photos
right on the site, it appears there was a special hearing by the Investigations
Thanks in advance, CTMCS(SW) John R. Warrick CTM Senior Detailer Navy Personnel Command, Bureau of Naval Personnel
Does the association have any for sale ? I have a Shoulder Patch in my collection but no ships Jacket Patch. Thanks. Ron Reeves HTC (ret.)
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 23:05:10 -0500 I don't know if you received my earlier Email so am sending you this info again just in case. I finished my website and thought it would be of interest to you and your fellow crewmember. The address is: http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Lights/2052 Included in our site is a tribute to your crew as well as a tribute to the crew of the Navy EC121 which was shot down in '69. We were there flying missions everyday around the clock, but you probably weren't made aware before or after your ordeal. Unfortunately we weren't armed so there wasn't much we could do except report what we knew was happening. One of my colleagues, Jim Hebert met with Cmdr Bucher last year at his home. Hebert was flying that day you were captured and was only about 50 miles away from your location. I hope you enjoy our tribute and please let me know if you see any mistakes. Best Regards,Fred Straub
…All us Air Pirates from NAM-POWs admire and respect your entire crew. Bravo Zulu to all you survivors.
Mike McGrath >President of NAM-POWs
I am LT Chris Chrislip,
the CT Officer aboard USS CARL VINSON. I am in the process of working up a
training brief for the CTs and Intel folks on
Chrislip LT Chris Chrislip
SSES Officer/IMA Coordinator
USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)
Christopher D. Dirr
Please excuse the intrusion - but in reading your note have
noticed a gap in our history/archives. Is there any way to get the list of
those held in
We have had claims from "phonies and wannabees" and have found it difficult to reaserch. An accurate list would give us a great starting point.
Mary and Chuck Schantag P.O.W. Network http://www.asde.com/~pownet
Our Wish for You and Yours...
Where there is pain,
we wish you peace and mercy.
Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion,
we wish you understanding, patience, and renewed strength.
Where there is fear,
we wish you love, and courage.
Where there is doubt,
we wish you faith and hope, and the ability to know the truth.
And where there is friendship let there be GRATITUDE,
for there is no greater wealth on earth.
To "My boys": I was just a high school teenager back in January of 1968. A lot was happening at the time and it was all I could do to finish out my senior year and graduate. Many of my classmates watched as the world seemed to be falling apart. I still remember vividly as if it were yesterday learning of your capture. Somehow, you all became "My boys" even though you were all older than me. I prayed daily for your release.
From the time of your capture to
your release, I had graduated high school, began to work at the hospital, and became
engaged to my "sailor". He was home on Christmas leave when we got
the word. By this time I was personally involved with the Navy so my joy was
even greater. In May of 1969, I flew to
One morning in 1990, my "sailor" came downstairs to find me weeping at the kitchen table with my face in hands. He asked what was wrong, but I could speak through the tears. Then he noticed the newspaper laying on the table. Finally I managed to tell him that I was crying because finally, at long last, "my boys" got their medals.
I have only been online a short while. I have only recently found the website and still have lots to read. But I wanted you to know that as I sit here, typing on my keyboard, tears are streaming down my face. You have not been forgotten. I just wanted you to know that there are people who still remember and are grateful for the sacrifices you made on our behalf. I am so very sad to see how many members are no longer with us. I hope that each and every one was able to realize some happiness.
Thank you. sincerely,
I'm an Adjunct Professor at the Joint Military Intelligence College, Washington, DC and teach the History of U.S. Intelligence course to mid/senior level Intelligence professionals. I would be very interested in contacting members of the crew, obtaining information about the incident, and possibly even arranging for some guest lectures to the students, etc. Any help you can provide to that end would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Thanks so much! Mary
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