Dear Sir; As a proud former Airedale (during the Gulf War),
I went, with interest, to your site. I saw the USS Pueblo picture, and then hit
on "welcome" however, there is nothing else. I am very interested in
hearing of the circumstances surrounding this incident. I also fight for the
freedom of our remaining POW/MIA's. Have for years. They have a right to be
accounted for. They are American's! Please send me info on this incident. I
also wanted to thank you for your service to this country! You are my heroes!
You are never forgotten nor taken for granted! God Bless You! Sincerely, Dottie
Date: Mon, 03 Jan
Would it be possible for you to add a link to our site, USS
OXFORD (AG-159/AGTR-1)? I have your site linked with the OXFORD.
Thanks! You have a great looking & informative site!! George A. Cassidy ex
Date: Wed, 05 Jan
my name is mike mcmorrow. i was at cti2 at kamiseya when the
pueblo got hit. i came on the eve watch that day and it was in an uproar. i
heard the messages were stacked up a foot. one message that got buried and read
6 hours later was one requesting help, one which would have changed the
operation status as the later messages did not request help. anyway, that's the
word that was going around. they pulled the chiefs, firsts, and most of the
seconds to tad trips on all the vessels in the area so i got to be section
leader of a bunch of kids just out of school. 6 weeks into it i got sent to the
coral sea in the soj but it twisted a shaft and we went to drydock in yokosuka.
while we were out that russian flotilla came charging down on us out of vladivostok
and everyone started getting real panicky but they were on a diplomatic mission
scared the shit out of a lot of people. anyhow, i went back to alameda with the
coral sea and left kamiseya in august. i was in language school with pete
langenberg. he finished first and got to choose japan while i got sent to sinop
turkey. my orders were due in august and i was told i would have gotten the
pueblo but pete got that slot because he hit a japanese pedestrian while on a
courrier trip to yokota. one last thing, my roomate at kamiseya just before i
left was a korean interpreter who had flown 128 combat missions in viet
nam with vq-1 out of atsugi. he was on the
ec-121m that got shot down in may of 69. say hi to pete for me.
Date: Fri, 7 Jan
Gentlemen: I've just read through your brief on the Pueblo
Incident of 23 January 1968
and beyond. I've been tasked by my commanding officer, Captain William Reuter,
to present a piece of Naval History in our Plan of the Month and I've elected
to do a write up on the Pueblo Incident for January. I'll be utilizing your
site for any facts that would make this write up the educational tool I use
them for, as well as fasinating historical entertainment for my fellow
shipmates here in Baltimore, Maryland.
For those of you who are the survivors of this particular incident, my hat is
off to you. If the government has never given you a vote of thanks, I certainly
will. God bless the sailors of the USS PUEBLO (AGER-2) both living and dead.
You've served your country well, may we never forget. I am, sir(s), very respectfully:
Daniel P. Moran YN1 USNR Havre de Grace, Maryland
Date: Fri, 07 Jan
This is Joe Glockner. I went to the USS Pueblo webiste and see that a NEW LOGO
is shown on the website -- the LOGO is from yourself. I would like to ask your
permission to be able to use THAT PHOTO of the LOGO on my website -- where I
show many logos/patches from all of the NAVSECGRU type of sites around the
world - including the ships we had. My website is at:
http://members.xoom.com/navyscpo/index.htm Can I use your LOGO? Thanks and
regards, Joe GlocknerCTTCS USN (retired)
Date: Wed, 12 Jan
Gentlemen, Just found you web page. Maybe, I can help. Career started at SkaggsIsland, then onto Kamisaya, the
onto Guam and finished at DIRNAVSECGRUEUR in 1966.
Whilst at Guam two ships arrived for home porting. ALK
25 and AKL 27. I understand they are now known as AGER-1 and AGER-2. I was at Guam
when they arrived. During the incident I was station In London England.
The Admiral (CINCUSNAVEUR) and the captain (DNSGE) were into the far east at
that time. I was on duty during the take over. If you have any questions please
feel free to email me at home address - rjphart"aol.com. My TAD from Kami
was up and down the Russian coast. I was also on duty when the Liberty
was attacked. But that is another story. Who ever said intelligence was a safe
job. I look forward to hearing from you if you need. Regards, R Hart (CTO2)
retired 1969. P.S. I now reside in East Sussex, England.
Date: Wed, 12 Jan
I was an MP assigned to the Joint Security Area, PamNunJom,
Korea when the crew was
released. I was physically located on the bridge when the crew walked to the
south. I also observed and met crew mwmbers at our mess hall immediately after
their return. While not aboard any ship, I feel I'm truly a part of the Pueblo
history and would be glad to provide further info. Sincrely,Larry Anderson USA
Date: Thu, 13 Jan
2000 -0500 I
had a question for you. Are the crew members of the Pueblo
keeping track of the government and what they're doing to get our ship back on
American Soil? We still carry her as an active duty vessel. Isn't about time we
have her come back? I called up a Wonsan
web site and found a North Korean Soldier standing guard over the ship in the
summer of 1999. They're taking tourists through it. When is she coming back?
Dan Moran, YN1
Date: Mon, 17 Jan
Dear Sirs: My name is Chris Springer. I am from Sacramento,
California, and currently live in Budapest,
Hungary, where I edit a
city guide called "Budapest In Your Pocket." For the last couple of
years, I have been researching another book, which is a historical guide about Pyongyang.
This book will be the first about Pyongyang
that is not authorized by the North Koreans and does not simply repeat their
propaganda. When the Stalinist North Korean regime collapses and the country
opens up, I hope that this book will be the first to tell the outside world
everything about Pyongyang that has
long been hidden - from the prisons, to the forbidden areas. One such hidden
part of Pyongyang's history is the
ordeal of the crew of the USS Pueblo. Someday Pyongyang
will be opened to the world, and when it is, I think it important that visitors
know what happened to the crew members for those 11 months - that it not be
forgotten. In my book I would like to mention exactly where in Pyongyang
the crew of the USS Pueblo were held, which is why I am writing to you now. I
note from the official website that the crew was held in two places: Compound I
(for six weeks) and Compound II (for 42 weeks). Does anyone have any idea where
in the city, or on the outskirts of the city, either of these places was? I
noticed that there is a satellite photo of Compound I, which means that
longitude and latitude coordinates might be available for it. I have a couple
of maps of Pyongyang, so any clues
that you might have would be useful to me. Any help you can provide would be
most welcome, and I will acknowledge it in the Foreword to my book. If you
would like more information about my book, I would be happy to provide that as
well. Thank you very much for your time.
Sincerely, Chris Springer
Budapest In Your
Pocket Október 6. u. 21. I/4 H-1051 Budapest
Date: Fri, 21 Jan
Dear Mr. Mc Clarren, Thank you very much for answering my father's e-mail and
giving us your address. My Name is Linda Rauskolb, I'm from Germany
and a junior in high school. I go to Santa CatalinaSchool, in Monterey,
California. I am doing a research paper in
US History on the "Capture of the USS Pueblo." The paper is due on February 25, 2000. So I have about a
month to research and wirte it. I was wondering, if you could answer some or
maybe all of the following questions. I would be very greatful for that and it
would help me a lot to wirte this paper. - Looking back now more than 30 years,
what are your thoughts today on the capture of the Pueblo?
- Are you and the other men bitter about what happened, and the measures taken
or not taken by the US
government? - Have you or the other men ever gone back to North
Korea? Is that something that you would
consider doing? - What did the men do after release and what are the men doing
now? - Do you still talk about of what has happened? Are the men haunted and
have nightmares about the capture and imprisonment? - What was the public's
reaction when you were finally freed and what is the reaction of the public
today when they learn that you were personally involved in the hijacking of the
Pueblo and endured the many months
of imprisonment in North Korea?
- How has the experiece changed your lives? Can you tell me if there is any
kind of official Navy report on the USS Pueblo that is accessible to the public
and if so where I can get a copy of it. I would like to include a government
report, preferably a Navy report in my research and sources. I understand that
Captain Bucher at one time was living here in Monterey
- do you know if he is still in the area? Thank you very much for taking your
time to read my questions and maybe taking time to answer some or all of them.
Sincerely, Linda Rauskolb
Date: Sat, 22 Jan
Subject: The illegal seizure and the heroes of the Pueblo
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the most flagrantly illegal
piracy in international waters of any country"s ship. I just want to send
a message to Commander Bucher and his crew. You did us proud. I joined the Navy
in 1973 for two reasons. My Dad, who was a LTCDR in Korea
and you Cmdr. Bucher. My best to all the crew of the USS Pueblo.
Subject: I remember Today
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 -0500
We have not forgotten the crewmembers, their bravery and
service to the United States of America.
although in these troubled times many have forgotten. Dolores
Ronald R. Witherspoon USNR RM2 USS Canesteo AO 99 10/2/62 to 12/16/66
Date: Sun, 23 Jan
I would like your permission to link to your site, from My
NAVY page, Or Vet.Links page. Please take a look at "my website"
below, and give your approval. I would like to use your banner for the link,
and of course upload it to my HD ! I will put it up so you can see how it
looks, but will only link it if you approve; and will remove it if you feel
otherwise. Thanks in Advance, Wm.C.(Bill)Gowacki Husband,Father,Patriot
Date: Sat, 22 Jan
I am trying to write a paper on the Pueblo
incident and found your web site to be wonderful and full of information. I was
wondering if you had ever heard the rumor that the reason the US
government could not respond to the seizure of the Pueblo
as quickly as they should have done was because the Navy was helping with the
production of the movie TORA TORA TORA at the time. Do you know if that is true
or not? I have only begun to do research on this project but I want you to know
that I was only 21 when I heard of your capture. My father was a vet of WWII
and our entire family believed you should do everything possible to come home
alive and the government should have done everything in their power to see that
you got home. Thank you for your wonderful homepage.
Garnett Hess Regent UniversityVa. Beach, Va.
Date: Mon, 24 Jan
I was sent to Korea
in Feb '68 before I even had a chance to complete my advanced infantry training
All of my battalion was sent there. We knew you guys had been captured but we
had no idea of what we were getting into. When I got to Seoul,
I thought I would be assigned there because, even though I was an enlisted man,
I had a college degree, but the Army kept sending me further north toward the
DMZ. I ended up a rifleman in Co C 3/23rd 2nd Infantry Division.
Later when the 1st Sgt saw what a good typist I was I was
moved into the company clerk position. When we rotated north to the Z I
volunteered to go back into the line as a rifleman. We were about 3 miles south
of the ImjinRiver
when I arrived at Charlie Company.
We spent 4 months "down south" training and pulling
blocking duty when an infiltrator would get through. We went north in June '68
to pull 4 months of patroling (we'd set night ambush patrols in the DMZ every
night - these were the most dangerous - my buddy Michael Rymarczuk from Philly
and a South Korean were shot and killed and Earl Jeffery, Cleveland Davis,
Reese Weathers, Jimmy Fleenor and a South Korean named Um were all from my
platoon and wounded in 4 separate firefights in the summer of '68), we'd sit at
Guardpost Gladys in the Z for 4 days at a time (12 of us - the North Koreans
pretty much left the guard posts alone), we manned foxholes and sandbagged
mini-towers every night along a 10 foot tall chainlink fence, which
"joe" would try to cut the fence or even try to dig under.
It was the worst in the summer, when the foliage was thick.
I learned several years ago that agent orange was sprayed by South Koreans
along the fence, foxholes, guardposts and roads in and around the Z. We got our
water from a spring at the foot of our guardpost. I'm trying to get the agent
orange act of 1991 to include Korean DMZ vets. I was working with Admiral
Zumwalt, God rest his soul. I have sent my documents to the House and Senate
Veterans Affairs Committees. We should have the same rights and presumptions as
who were exposed, but we don't yet. I used to hear the North Korean
loudspeakers while you guys were prisoners. We would be on patrol , in
foxholes, or at the guardpost. We knew you were being tortured and we really
felt bad for you .
We heard Commander Bucher on the speakers at speaker hill .
I am glad to say I have been able to talk to him recently and I was able to
tell him that he had nothing to be ashamed of and all my buddies in the DMZ
felt the same way. All of you are heroes. I'm proud of you.
I have read several books about your experiences and you
have my gratitude and thanks for a job well done. If any of you are ever in the
area of Statesville, N.C.
call me at 704-871-9000 and I'll buy you the biggest steak in town. Well,
that's my story.
The VFW Feb, 2000 magazine issue will have an article on
agent orange in the Korean DMZ in '68, but I guess we all have our own crosses
to bare and you guys certainly have your share. I want you to be sure you know
that all of us Army guys were thrilled to see your choppers fly over in Dec.
I had buddies who were there when you crossed the bridge of
no return. I saw it this May when I returned to Korea
for a tour. After you were released a patrol from my company snuck up to those
North Korean loudspeakers and shot the hell out of the one dark night. That was
for you guys. God bless you.
David Benbow PO Box 432 Statesville,N.C.
Date: Tue, 25 Jan
Greetings: I am reading, with a great deal of interest, the
information you have out on the web. I was a CT in Hakata Japan
when the Pueblo was captured. Hakata was a tri-service base with operations
sharing the same building.
An Airman came to our spaces and asked me to come down and
look at what they were tracking and thought we would know something as it
looked real and was possibly US Navy related. I remember how clearly the
tracking initiated outside our territorial water definition. We did not have
any information as that was outside our area of responsibility and did not know
what it was until it hit the news.
Glenn L. Martin CT2, USN 1965 - 1969 Hakata 1966 - 1968 USS Georgetown
Date: Fri, 28 Jan
At this time I will not give my name , but I served aboard
the USS CHAR E-31 , at the time of your capture . Our ship was on its' way home
from VIETNAM ,
returning from our third cruise , when we got orders to turn around and sail
west . We all thought that at that time we were on our way back to the TONKINGULF .
The day that we received these orders , you could not see
another ship anywhere in sight . I stood bridge watch that night hrs. . still night a ship to be
seen . The next morning it made no difference which direction that you would
look there were ship of all types , it look to me like the whole 7th fleet was
At about 0:900 we were told what had taken place with your
ship , the rumors began to fly as to why we were there . We were not told as to
how many other ammo ship were there in that task force with us , if any , but
if we all knew , except for a chosen few , what we were carrying I would have
sworn it was going to be another type of the end of W.W.II ( if you know what I
mean ) Please answer me back ......
AGAIN TO YOU AND ALL OF YOUR SHIPMATES DELBERT GOBEN B/M SN
USS CHARA E-31 1966-1968
Date: Sat, 29 Jan
Importance: Normal Dear Pueblo Vets:
Ever since I read "My Anchor Held" (back in the early 70's) I have
held a high level of respect for your service to our nation, and for your brave
and honorable behavior in captivity. I have also been saddened by the nation's
lack of reaction (at the time or since) toward the North Koreans, and by the
nation's failure to recognize you all as heroes (at the time, or since!)
Thank you, from at least one citizen who benefits daily from
the sacrifices you and so many others have made to keep us a free nation. (Now,
if we can only defeat those within our borders who pose as journalists, liberal
politicians, academics, and many others who want to re-write the Constitution
and bind us with Socialism....)
A question: I remember hearing and/or reading that the
Captain and crew of the Pueblo,
other than the cryptologists, were uncleared for (and therefore largerly
unaware of) the intelligence collection mission of the ship -- and that this
led at least partially to the ship's capture. How true is that, if at all?
Thanks, - WayneSweitzer
Date: Wed, 02 Feb
As a U.S. Army NCO attached to VQ-1 from late 1968 to 1971, I
had special knowledge of the USS Pueblo (AGER-2). My duties were the Army
equivalent of a Navy CT. I
was also in the squadron when we lost PR-21. Therefore, I share alot of the
feelings of abandonment that you went through.
I have added your page to the Other Links page of my site:
Please come visit Gil Bouffard
Date: Thu, 3 Feb
Gentlemen, my name is Richard Hula and I was a 2nd class ETN
aboard the U.S.S. Dale when the Pueblo was captured. We were "cold
iron" in Sasebo, Japan
and to the best of my knowledge the first U.S. Naval ship to arrive onstation
after the capture of the Pueblo.
We spent several weeks and maybe as much time as a month on
station and were actually inside the 12 mile limit a coupe of times (verified
by ships radar). I don’t know if it was in error by our navigators but my guess
is not and the rumor was that we were trying to test the North Koreans at the
time. At any rate I wanted to relate this information and send my best to all
who may read this note.
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Cargo Ship
I enquired a few years ago with some government agency about
the USS BANNER, and was informed that I had spent my 14 months on a cargo ship.
I was a QM 3 on the Banner , standing a mid watch when we were told to make a
180 degree turn back to port. The rest is pretty much a history that some would
like to just leave alone. I'll have to do some digging around. but I'm quite
sure that I have some slides of your departure from Yokosuka
and also some pictures from the firing range where we learned how to fire the
50 caliber machine guns.
Subject: Involvement in Pueblo
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2000 -0800
I was an RD3 aboard USS Truxtun DLGN-35 (later CGN-35) which,
along with USS Halsey, had escorted USS Enterprise from the West Coast. The 3
ships pulled out of Sasebo about
0900 on Jan 23, 1968, and
headed south towards the Philippines.
During evening chow the ship heeled over in a sharp, table-clearing 180 degree
turn and the voice on the 1MC told us that a US ship had been captured by the
North Koreans and we were going to assist, if possible.
The Truxtun headed north at flank speed, about 33 knots,
with Enterprise and Halsey
following. However, we were faster and, unlike Halsey, didn't need to refuel
from the carrier (we were nuclear-powered), so we steadily pulled away from
them. About 0400 I recall we received orders to rig up towing cables aft and be
ready to go into Wonsan harbor at
daylight, shoot the place up, recapture the Pueblo,
and tow it out of there. With only one 5"/54 and two 3"/50s and
aluminum superstructure and thin skin, I figured we had our work cut out for us
if we were to get into a gunfight with shore batteries.
We pulled up just south of Wonsan
around 0500. Around 0600 two older WWII vintage destroyers arrived on station
and were given the towing assignment, set to start at 0800. It was postponed
until 0900. Then 1000. Eventually the recovery effort was called off,
apparently because the Pueblo was a lost cause - crew had been taken off,
secret materials compromised, etc. About this time we were overflown by a
Soviet Badger recon bomber at about 200'.
ships arrived and within a few days there were about 30 ships in 3 carrier
groups off the east coast of Korea.
A sharp-looking Russian DE shadowed us for a few days. After a couple of weeks
Truxtun and Enterprise sailed
around the peninsula and took up station in the Yellow Sea.
We figured the big fight was about to begin with US
carriers on two sides and Air Force bases to the south, North
Korea was nearly surrounded. However, as we
all now know, nothing happened.
I guess the admirals figured the N.Koreans would have
retaliated against the Pueblo crew
had we gone in and done what we all wanted to do. The reason I am sending this
information is that a former Pueblo
crewmember, upon hearing of Truxtun's and the other ship's attempted "911
response" from a mutual friend, remarked that until then, he had been
under the impression that no efforts had been made to assist.
I don't know why the USAF or other forces didn't respond or
why there wasn't a DD assigned to protect you in the first place. I just know
that we did try to help but our ship wasn't fast enough and/or was too far away
to get there in time.
I live near Eugene Oregon and every Veterans Day the local
paper prints the names of area men lost in wars. Duane Hodges (lived in
Creswell, near Eugene) usually is
mentioned along with a short account of the Pueblo
incident. I hope this info is of interest.
By the way, the Truxtun is holding its 1st ever reunion in San
Diego November 3,4,5 2000. JLPerry
Subject: Thank You
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 1980 -0800
What a great website! Would like to use some of the stories
for an upcoming Washington State Council meeting of Vietnam Veterans of
America, particularly Stu Russell's Tearoom encounter. Being in the service at
that time was a difficult, thankless occupation, but you all acquitted
yourselves well, and it is good to finally be able to look back and be proud
that we all shared that association.
God bless you all. - Kyle S. Peterson U.S.
Navy, 1971 - 1982
Date: Wed, 9 Feb
Dear Member's of the USS Pueblo Veteran's Association, I hope
that this e-mail finds you all in good health. My name is Jermey R. Dickerson.
I am a History Major at the University
of Toledo, Ohio.
I am writing a paper on the USS Pueblo, and the unfortunate events that
unfolded. I was wondering if any of you would be willing to give me some
information, I have visited your web site which I found very helpful, but I was
wondering if there is any way that I maybe able to meet with one of the crew
one on one. If not that is fine, because I understand how hard it can be to try
an talk about the experiences that they would have under gone.
My Great Grandfather fought in WW II in France,
that has all I have been able to get out of him, he told me that what he saw
and experienced he wishes to forget. ... Well I Thank you for your time
Sincerely, Jermey R. Dickerson
Date: Sun, 13 Feb
Subject: Your website
I am a survivor of the attack on the USS Liberty. I enjoyed
your website, and just for your information I was a very good friend of Joe Sterling.
We meant at Cheltenham.
Ronald G. Kukal Former chaplain for the USS Liberty Veterans
Association 456 East Montana St.Sheridan, Wy 82801
Date: Mon, 14 Feb
hello...my name is jim leonard and i reside in upstate new
york. i am a former CTA (1970-1974). Lately, i have
been giving presentations (obviously an unclassified version) of the history of
NAVSECGRU to Rotary clubs and the like. The presentation has been VERY warmly
received and i always get many comments from the audience. The stories of the
liberty and pueblo are, of course, major highlights.
what i am looking for are a few slides that i could use in
the presentation. do you know where i can obtain them?? i found many pictures
on the web, but unfortunately, the quality is not very good once they are
enlarged on a screen. any help in pointing me in the right direction would be
thanks very much, jim leonard
Date: Tue, 15 Feb
2000 20:58:27 EST
I am the step-son of Wendell Leach. Let me be one of the
first family members to tell you that this site honor's my dad's memory. All
through school, I tried to tell everyone I know about the Pueblo.
The history books leave that part out. It really bugged me. I make it my right
to still keep the memory and history of the PUEBLO
Date: Mon, 21 Feb
I found my VP-6 website, and others like it; and lo and
behold, here y'all are. . .What a tough journey through life you've had,
needless to say. . .I speak as a close participant, after the fact, of sorts. .
.When y'all got back to North Island, they housed you in the upper deck of our
flight crew training barracks. . .the enlisted troops. . .
It was rare, but we had, on occasion, to stand the OOD watch.
. .AND I'll never forget the night Charles Law came up to me and needed to go
into town. . .to get married. . .And just like in the great movie "
Midway" (Henry Fonda as Admiral Nimitz) when he said, "Now we all
know the Navy is never wrong. . .but in this case I think they're just a little
weak in bein' right." . . .I turned away; and like Sergeant Schultz. .
."I Saw Nothiiiing !!!". . .And into town he went. . .I guess the
statute of limitations has run on this one !. . .And, as then, my pleasure to
do it. . .the only right thing to do. . .from our standpoint of view.
God Bless y'all. . .the entire ship was nothing but filled
with heroes all. . .I'll never forget you. . .And I still have, beat and
tattered, Commander Bucher's book right here on my private bookcase. . .bound
with a little duct-tape, but still a treasure. . .and a lasting story of what
our time/Navy went through.
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 -
Hello, I am a radio amateur and I am interested in the radio
room and what radios were on the Pueblo
at the time of capture. Bill Marx W2CQ
Date: Sun, 27 Feb
I saw your name in the Silent Warriors of East Asia
guestbook. I served with Wayne Anderson in Bremerhaven
where he was a Morse op. He decided to join the Navy for better promotion
opportunities and I learned years later that he was one of your shipmates. Any
idea how I might be able to contact him.
The 6913th RSM Bremerhaven has a web site and we are holding
a reunion in September. We'd love to contact all former members of the unit but
some have gone missing, "Andy" Anderson is one of them. Thanks for
any help you may offer. DickBaumgartelPort Charlotte, FL
Date: Mon, 28 Feb
Dear Sirs, Despite my e-mail I am not now or ever have been
a General. I was at the time of your release a Specialist 4th class in the
728th Military Police Battalion, 8th U.S. Army. We were at the 121st EvacHospital when you arrived by
Chopper. I thanked God that my prayers of the previous 11 months were finally
answered. We guarded the hospital that night and were able to talk to some of
you about your ordeal. You were truly heroes. Your friend, Bill O'Connor
Date: Wed, 01 Mar
I am a retired MSgt (intelligence) who is now a civil
servant. I have a young Lt working for me who doesn't know what the Pueblo was
really all about. When I told him that the song, Ride Captain Ride by Blues
Image was about the Pueblo, he
didn't believe it. Please help me set this young man straight on what really
happened. Thank you. Jane Cappe, USAF Ret
Date: Mon, 13 Mar
This is by far the best web site I have found regarding the
USS PUEBLO. My dad was a crew member on the USS PUEBLO (Rodney H. Duke) and
other than what he has told me and the few books I have read there was no place
to get information. It is great to know that people have a chance to find out
about these events and the men who served so bravely. I attended the POW award
ceremony in San Diego and I can
remember the feeling of pride I had being around the crew. Again thank you for
your web site, it took a lot of work and time and I hope people will continue
to visit the site. Sincerely, Rodney D. Duke
Date: Tue, 14 Mar
I was glad to find your site and efforts to bring forth the
actual events of the USS Pueblo loss. It made me sick at the time and the whole
event has remained with me for all these years. In reading your latest review
of events, I finally saw mention of communications via the NSG detachment on
board..... I was a CTM2 stationed at the Naval Comm. Facility on Guam.
A good friend on mind was on watch that night and monitored
the ONLINE TTY KW7 traffic coming from the Pueblo.
COMMUNICATIONS continued during the attack, and continued right up until a
Korean started down the passage way to the NSG COMM room. The only attempt to
destroy crypto was a sledge hammer and there was surely no time to do that
based on the TTY data at the time of signoff..... These 2 KW7's were the first
to provide the Russians with our gear and tech manuals. In later years, this
would be used with the code sheets provided by the WALKER
group. We also loss a just fielded NBDF intercept system - state of the art. I
feel the Soviets new what was onboard and got the Koreans to take it for them.
When the Pueblo
reached port and the crew was removed, L. Johnson has set an AIR STRIKE time to
go in and blow up the Pueblo. An
hour or so before the strike was to begin, a cancellation order came
through....no reason as to why. "No balls Johnson" had struck again.
Should you wish to discuss any details, please let me know....the NAVY had
plenty of time to respond and knew what was going on ..... they just didn't,
just like the response on the EC121 incident... I hope Captain Bucher gets his
Keith Armstrong CTM2 997-16-40 USN '65 to '70
Date: Sun, 26 Mar
Hi I was just browsing your web site as I have always been
an avid reader of Navy history. I got an idea. I am a retired RMCM(1943-66) who
had a tour of duty as PO-in-Charge of the Navy Receiver
Site at GuantanamoBay
1950-53. One end of my receiver site had the "CT's" monitoring
station, which being just a peon, I was not allowed acess to except during the
midwatch. One of the guys I knew was Cecil Hubley, who I heard later made CTCM
and was in DC when I next heard of him. Just wondered if you have heard of him
as I know your fraternity was quite close knit.
Sincerely Joe Becknell Charleston,SC
Date: Mon, 03 Apr
Greetings: My name is Jim Davis. I have recently been
approached by two private collectors of military memorabilia wanting to
purchase an item left to me by my mother. Joyce Davis was the Veteran's Service
Officer for Scott County Indiana for 25 years. In her will she left to me a
framed, 16"x21" poster announcing a homecoming celebration to be held
Feb. 8th 1969 at the
American Legion Post 234 of Seaman Larry Marshall. The reverse contains the
signatures of all USS Pueblo personnel obtained right before the Pueblo was
seized. To my knowledge, no other such collection of these historic signatures
exists. I have been offered considerably more than the $1000.00 that I am
willing to accept from the USS Pueblo Veterans Association to insure that this
irreplaceable piece is properly enshrined. Please respond by April 15th. Jim
Mountain Daylight Time
Hello. I am a senior at MurrayStateUniversity
and am doing a project in International Law on the USS Pueblo incident. Is
there any information you can recommend or send me concerning this incident? I
am having trouble finding a lot of information. Any sources you can recommend
would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time. Jonathan Webb In a
message dated 04-14-2000 0: Mountain Daylight Time, Thanks for the
reply, that website was very helpful in my report. I would love to continue
research on the Pueblo. After doing
the report I have become fascinated with the story. Would love to hear more
about what actually happened that day. Feel free to reply with any thoughts you
may have. Take care and have a great day, Jonathan Webb
Date: Wed, 12 Apr
Sir, would like to gain permission to install some writings
of your webpage into our newsletter. I am the editor of the newsletter for the
Johnsville Armed Services Museum and since it is the anniversary of the Korean
war, we are doing articles of interest about the war. We are a non profit
organization and have members of the Korean conflict on our roll. We do not
sell or make any money on the newsletters, they are for our membership only. If
accepted, we would send you a copy for your reading pleasure. Your cooperation
would greatly be appreciated. ===== KEEP THEM FLYING! Walter Bauer
Date: Sun, 16 Apr
Gentlemen: As a Navy Viet Nam vet 1962-66, I well remember
the Pueblo "Incident"
when it was happening. I don't remember much about the aftermath. However, I do
seem to recall that a made for tv movie was produced by one of the major
networks about the Pueblo hijacking
a few years after the crew was returned. Do you have any information to confirm
if my memory is correct on this and, if so, which network and how one might get
a copy of that tv movie? Thanks for a great historical site! Stephen Lunsford
Date: Mon, 17 Apr
To Whom it may concern, My name is Norman van der Sluys, and
I work for an audio company that has been transferring old recordings to a
preservation format for the National Archives. I thought you might be
interested in the recordings I am working on now. They are recordings of Radio
Pyongyang from 1968 and contain alleged confessions and letters home from the
crew of the USS Pueblo. The quality of the recordings is good for the most
part. If you are interested in more information, please do not hesitate to
email me. Sincerely, Norman van der Sluys
Date: Fri, 21 Apr
I just found your web page and think it is a great
thing..You were all heroes... I was in Kamiseya when you were captured. I was
in the same watch section with Sgts. Hammond and Chicca and remember Ralph
McClintock. I can still see them at that time clearly in my mind. Read the book
a couple of times and saw the History Channel special a couple of times. You
guys certainly won't forget but I cannot either... Like I said, you were heroes
at the time and still are to this day... My name is Paul Jusko, I was an R
brancher. With 2 others, we had a house off-base and I remember explicitely
your capture as I was off duty and a friend drove out to tell us. I do in fact
have a story. I was trying to get off base for awhile and kept trying to go
"TAD" for an extensive period of time. Finally, on a mid-watch...an
E-9 marine sergeant (Novak or Nowak) called me in and told me that I was to
pack my gear, to leave watch in a couple of hours ... and I would be told where
I was going "later on" About an hour later, our watch Chief called me
back in and told me that if I went on this trip, I would miss the 2nd Class
test and would not have the opportunity to take it again without extending.
After thinking about it and with the Chief's guarantee I would have the next
trip.... I then declined "this trip".... The next watch section came
in to relieve us, Ralph McLintock was called into the office , he got the trip.
It was only after your capture and the names of those on-board were publicized
did I realize what had happened. Obviously I can never forget that night, the Pueblo,
and of course, Ralph. He will not remember me, but I can still to this day, see
him leaving the "tunnell" to go "TAD". I never knew if I
should have fel tgrateful or apologetic..... I did hear from Ralph and I
certainly was glad I did. I also passed along the site info. to another CT who
was at Kamiseya when I was who has great interest. Great work with all of this,
keep it up!!!
Date: Wed, 26 Apr
My name is Joseph R.F. Betty, CMSgt, USAF (RET). I studied
the Korean language with then PFCs Robert Hammond and Robert Chicca. I was
assigned to Det 1, 6903rd Security Squadron and in Korea
when the PUEBLO was captured. In fact I was on duty and did not know who was on
the vessel until the next day when I read the Stars and Stripes. I have never
forgotten this tragedy. Unfortunately there is much that can never be said
about this incident until all events leading up to and after the capture are
declassified. My respect to whoever put together this web page. Enlightening
and sorrowful in its memories, to say the least. Joe Chief, Programs Branch
Date: Mon, 1 May 2000 -0600 (MDT)
Dear Sir, My name is Benjamin Donnelly. I am doing a webpage
for my father as part of a school project for the University
of Montana. My father served
onboard USS Yorktown (CVS-10), which, as you probably know, was one of the
ships sent to Korean waters following the seizure of the Pueblo.
With your permission, I would like to download a few images from your website,
and link to it as well. Thank you for your time and a great website. Sincerely,
Date: Wed, 3 May
Hello, My name is Claire Turner and I am doing a research
project on the Pueblo Incident. I was wondering if their was any way that I
could contact some of the crew and learn about their personal experiences. This
reasearch project will be for my final exam in Social Studies. Thank you for
your help and time. Sincerely, Claire Turner
Date: Wed, 10 May
To Someone within the Pueblo Veterans Association: Hello My
name is Jeff Akins and I am an amateur military historian. I had read that
there were extensive volumes of NSA documents on board the Pueblo
when she was boarded and that these documents damaged NSA et al by their
capture. Why were so many of these "sensitive documents" on board?
Any clues? I have been reading about Espionage and am wondering if this was a
successful effort by foreign sleepers or assets to provide data during a
capture event. Also........relating to the sister ship Liberty.
Has anyone gotten copies of the periscope photos of the USS sub that was in the
area as she was strafed? Have the Israleis ever apologized for that issue?
Enjoyed the site. Jeff Akins' HighlandNY
Mountain Daylight Time
Hi, My husband , Ed Brandt, wrote the book "The Last
Voyage of the USS Pueblo" with 10 of the crew men. We exchanged Xmas cards
for some years with some of the crew but lost contact- its been years ago!!!.
I'm glad to see that you have a site and an organizatio
Date: Mon, 29 May
Dear Sirs I was stationed at the 121st EvacuationHospital from 1968-1969. When the
crew of the USS Pueblo were released your crew was medevaced to my unit. I had
several conversations with members of the crew during the course of my duty. I
am not sure who among the crew I spoke with as you all in hospital gowns and
robes and I thought it was not proper to intrude on you after your ordeal. On
December 23rd there was a early Christmas eve service in the auditorium of the
hospital with some eighteen or twenty crew members attending. The service was
simple and routine until we sang Silent Night. It was an experience that I
shall never forget. Given the very low morale in both the enlisted and officer
of the 121st, and in other neighboring unit, it was the first time which I
truly understood why I was there. That service put meaning into the time I had
left in country, a sense of really belonging to something that could be good,
it helped me understand that we all were comrades in arms even if it was just
for a short time. I never have had the chance to thank all of the crew for the
heartfelt experience that was brought to me. At the service on Memorial Day I
again thought of you, and that wonderful and moving Christmas Eve service. Of
my fellow service men who didn't return from North
Korea with you. The crew of the USS Pueblo
are not forgotten in my heart nor in the hearts of those attending that
service. With great admiration to the crew of the USS pueblo, I am sincerely
yours Harry S Uffalussy/sp4/121st Evac Hospital
Date: Mon, 29 May
Attached are two jpg or the "Free the Pueblo"
pin back button. My father had it and passed it to me. Grandpa was a VET and my
father also. I was only 7 when the Pueblo was Captured... I do remember my
folks all about supporting our guys and the button was just part of that... I
found your site very informative, and Gave me a better picture of what
happened...Thank you. The pictures may be large an in need of cutting down, Let
me know if you need that.... Regards: Gary Qualman
Date: Fri, 02 Jun
My name is Kevin Buck. I would very much like to contact
Capt. Bucher. He is a hero of mine and I would like the opportunity to thank
him in writing or via telephone for his bravery. I was all of 11 years old in
1966, but his incident really affected me and I would like the opportunity to
express my thanks to him. Do you know how I can reach him. I really appreciate
your help Sincerely Kevin Buck
Mountain Daylight Time
I was on the USS Coral Sea(CVA-43) when the USS Pueblo was
captured off the coast of North Korea.
We left the Gulf of Tonkin
at that time and headed for the Sea of Japan as a show
of force and to participate in any rescue plan should there be any. I have
since that time met an individual that states that he was on the USS Pueblo at
the time. I checked your list and could not find his name. Could you tell me if
there was a Connard Walton on the USS Pueblo at the time of its capture. Thank
you very much. Jim Goodwin
Date: Mon, 12 Jun
In January, 1968, I was completing my training as an Army
Supply Specialist (Clerk) at Fort Lee, Virginia
when the Pueblo Incident occured. Soon thereafter I received orders that sent
me to South Korea
with an Hawk Missile Air Defense Unit located in mid-country near the 38th
parallel. I was still there when the crewmen of the Pueblo
were released later that year and I can remember listening to the account of
the release on AFRN. For me it was a strange time as I look back upon it. Viet
Nam was holding the nation's attention for
the most part, yet many of us who were located in South
Korea feared a war could break out there.
(Interesting story-It would take a North Korean Jet less than 90 seconds to
cross the border and blast us into oblivion. One time we received a message
from the Pacific Command saying if we came under attack they would have air
support to us in about 90 minutes!) Looking back today I know that in many ways
our Air Defense Unit was Gunboat dipolmacy. We were there as a show of force,
but our bullets were so old they fell apart when you handled them and our
missles got so full of water during the monsoons they couldn't be fired. Well
to get to the point of this letter, while I was in Korea
during 1968 I took a lot of slide pictures of the countryside and I'm pretty
sure where I was looked a lot like where you were. Rice paddies, thatchet
hooches and mountains. If you'd like me to forward you some of these slides,
drop me a note with your address. Keep up the good work and don't let people
forget about the Pueblo and those
who served on it an their important role in American History, Sincerely yours,
David E. Benjamin
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 11:54:34 -0500
My name is TSgt. William E. Pacholski, United States Air Force, and we are
having a POW/MIA luncheon on the 15th of September in honor of the National
POW/MIA Recognition Day. I want to know if you would be able to provide any
memorabilia and personal artifacts for display. I had contact with Lt.
Schumacher about coming to our school to guest speak at our graduation
ceremony, but we do not have the funds to make that happen. I certainly would
like to see the crew of the USS Pueblo represented at this event, and anything
that you can provide i.e., photos and personal memorabilia to honor those who
displayed tremendous will and courage during this difficult time. Also, If
anyone would like to attend this event, I can be reached at the following: TSGT
William E.Pacholski CMSAF Thomas N. BarnesALS
Date: Wed, 28 Jun
I have a website dedicated to old radios. Some of them were
on the Pueblo. I have just been sent
a whole roll of photographs (electronically) of shots made in N.
Korea of the Pueblo,
made by a friend doing humanitarian work. Just wondered if you would be
interested. Do you have a email group to join? Cheers, Jeff Jeffrey L. Adams
Date: Wed, 28 Jun
Nice web site! When the incident first happened my father
wondered if the Pueblo was the ship he commanded in WWII in the Army
Transportation Corp. As there was only seven of them built and his was in the
best condition at the end of the war, he felt that there was a good chance of
his ship being the one that survived. Years later he did the research and found
that yes, it was the '344', his ship. The book "A Matter of
Accountablilty" is in his book case, and he says the early history
contained in it is breif, but accurate as far as it goes. He gives entertaining
talks to service clubs now and then about his war time command, concluding that
he wants to recruit a dozen good men (the size of his war time crew) to go get "his"
ship back. It seems there are some errors in the facts presented in the early
history presented on your web site. For example, the ship was delivered in
1942, not 1944. He promises that as soon as he has time, he will get his
documentation together and mail you a correct early history. William T. Melms
Date: Sat, 1 Jul
My name is Robert Bailey and i just wanted to let you know
of vp-2's Involvment with your ships capture by the n.k.'s. Our crew (crew 10)
came Back from cam rahn bay, viet. To our home base at sangley pt.,p.i. a few
days Before your capture. Our crew was sent to iwakuni, japan for what was
suppose to be a practice Electronic bombing and mining range that was broke
down. Turned out to be More of an r&r. While there, we were sent to a base
up in northern japan (u.s.
airforce) and when we landed , the co-pilot filled us in on a still Secret at
the time capture of your boat.
They sent us there for repairs of Our radar and some radios
and also ended up getting a new pilots windshield Which cracked from the cold i
figure. Iwakuni was not equipped in many ways for much. Anyway, we went south
to iwakuni after our repairs and it was a very quite Flight and we knew we
would be involved with this operation and we all felt What our fathers felt
when the japs bombed pearl harbor, rage !!!
That night after we landed we postflighted our
bird(refuel,repairs,all Checks,etc.) And our co- pilottold me to be at the
aircraft early to (0430) Rig the bombay for 8 depthbombs and 4 torpedoes, plus
rockets on the wing Stations for day flights and flare pods for night flights.
Well. I almost Went into a shock because i left all 16 bomb shackles in a
bucket soaking in C.r.c. cleaner at sangley. So i checked all the hangers at
this base and like I said before, there wasn,t much there. After our crew
finished post Flighting our bird(0100) we went to the barracks for a little
Next day Out on the a/c line, there were 3 more vp-2
aircraft that rolled in after we Left our plane. I immediately went to each
crewmen and borrowed 4 Bombshackles as they only needed 12 and lucky for me
they all had 16 onboard. At daylight,we were ready to take off and to my
surprize, there were all Kinds of navy and marine a/c on this once desolate
base that a.m.. In fact, When we reached the end of the runway to take off, the
control tower told our Pilot not to use our jet engines for takeoff as there
was an f-4 arming Sidewinders behind us. So off we went with just the recips.
Turnin" and we Used everybit of runway to take off as we were a little
heavy. Crew 10 of vp-2 was headed for the sea of japan for what we thought was
The beginning of ww3.
I'll have to leave you with this for now as i must go out.
To be Continued if you wish. God bless the crew of the pueblo and welcome home
and have a great Independence day. Cheers bob bailey....
Please email me if you want to know more of our involvment
and other p-2 sqd's and p-3 sqd's. Involved.
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000
now that i reread all letters, i noticed a mistake in the
first Part, cam rahn bay was where we were sent shortly after the big t.e.t. (a
few Weeks) as two of our birds were dinged up from mortars there at the onset
of Those attacks. Our crew went there for a few days and then the top brass sent
Us to cam rahn bay as they thought it was safer there, little did they know.
Cheers , b.b.
Sorry, tan son nuht was the base i was talking about for a
correction cam rahn was after your capture and tet..b.b. end of this story....
Date: Thu, 6 Jul
in 1968 i was a third class bm3 on board the uss enterprise.
we were on our way back from hong kong heading back to the combat line in vietnam
when we got the call. the pueblo was under attack and probably and in serious
trouble. we started heading in your last reported position at flank speed. we
were hours away but were the closest aircraft carrier around. we went to
general quarters at the higest level. our pilots and aircraft were on the
catipults ready to fly at a moments notice. we even had the nucular wepons on
the flight deck ready to be loaded to the wings of our planes.
at this time i was standing watch on the bridge as
boatswains mate of the watch. i remember heading down a very narrow channell
and noticing how close we were to the shore.off in the distance i saw somthing
like a thin line reaching from one shore to the other. the brass on the bridge
started buzzing and i knew somthing was wrong.the captain announced that there
were boats trying to block our way. as we got closer you could see hundreads of
sampan like boats and anything that could float strung from one shore to the
our escort destroyers were ordered to form to our rear, and
the captain ordered full ahead. we plowed thru those little boats like they were
not even there.im sure that a lot of people in those boats were lost. we did
not fire a single shot from our machine guns mounted in the cat walks maned by
our marines. and i do not believe we were ever shot at, thou its hard to tell
being up on the bridge.
it always amazed me that they knew we were coming and in
such a short time were able to orginize all those boats and civilians. we were
ultimitly called down and ordered to leave . i can tell you everyone all, 5500
men on that ship sent there hearts out to all of you, and were sorry we could
not get there sooner to help.if it is any concellation i can tell you a lot of
people in those boats did not make it back for dinner that day.
i just wanted to share this story with you. maybe you have
heard it before. i can tell you we were all scared that day and expected to be
droping our wepons in korea,
instead of vietnam.
after being called off it ended up being a political situation of which im sure
is the reason it took so long for all of you to be realeased.
you were all heros in our eyes. god bless, a fellow sailor Edward Menard
Date: Sat, 8 Jul
Dear Mr McClarren and Mr Peppard,
By way of introduction, I am an Australian journalist posted
in Beijing by The Age, Melbourne and
the Sydney Morning Herald newspapers. I have just visited your web site, but
perhaps of more interest to you is that I have just (yesterday) visited the Pueblo
itself, now moored on the river in Pyongyang.
This came about as I was given a four day visa to travel to North
Korea with the Australian Ambassador to the
DPRK who this week presented his credentials to the North Korean government. (Australia
has just resumed diplomatic ties after 25 years).
This incidentially makes me the first Australian journalist
to travel to the North Korean capital in over a decade. I was restricted in
where I could go and who I could meet in Pyongyang,
but one request the authorities eventually agreed to was a visit to the Pueblo,
which is now moored at the spot where the USS General Sherman was sunk in the
19th century. I was given a full tour of the vessel, a lecture, shown a video,
allowed to take photographs and even met one of the North Koreans who boarded
I'm hoping to write a story about the visit for my papers
and would very much like to interview members of the Pueblo
crew asap by telephone from here ... perhaps Pete Bucher or yourselves would be
available. Could you let me know of some numbers and times by return email if
this is possible? You might be interested in return in hearing about what I saw
and certainly you're most welcome to copies of photos I took.
Yours sincerely, John Schauble
Date: Sun, 16 Jul
I previously posted a notice in your guestbook ... now I
have one more request. I found a listing in a Movie Title Almanac for a movie
called "The Pueblo" or The Pueblo Surrender" .... it was notated
that it was a "Made for TV Movie" .... I have searched movie archies
and cannot find a commercial version of this available for purchase. Are you
aware of anyone having a copy of this movie on video tape that I could possibly
purchase - rent- borrow? I believe the movie starred Cliff Robertson .. but I
could be wrong .... Any help appreciated ...
- Vern Greunke Korea
TDY - Feb. 1968 as a Special Identifications Techniques Operator (Direction
Finding) .... Army Security:
Date: Sun, 16 Jul
I got out of the Navy in "65",ETN3, I think the
fight Mrs. Bucher put up for the crew was what makes this country great. We
have to keep working for this country and it's freedom.
Date: Thu, 20 Jul
My father was Lt Gen. Gilbert H. Woodward[decd],who
successfully negotiated the release of the Pueblo
in 1969 at Panmungom, as Senior Member, UNC MAC. As the surviving son, I have
formerly classified photos of the crew upon its release and other memorabilia.
Currently, Im trying to get a copy of the PBS video of the play PUEBLO,
starring Hal Holbrook. Can you help me? Plus, who would I develop an ongoig
dialogue with about the Pueblo?
Thanks, Bruce Bruce Woodward
Date: Mon, 24 Jul
I am very pleased to have found this site. Ever since
reading The Pueblo Incident I have felt a sadness at the forgotten heroes of Pueblo.
In addition, I believe the Navy did the unthinkable, placing a Captain of a
vessel in a position where he could neither defend himself and his ship and
crew, or even know what was going on in spaces aboard his ship.
It might interest you to know that when I read the book I
lived in Reno, NV.
My next door neighbor was a retired captain and former commanding officer of
the NavalMissileSchool at MareIsland. From our first discussion
he told me that Captain Bucher was derelict. I argued and finally convinced him
to read the book. When he finished he agreed with me that a terrible injustice
was done by the Navy.
I was an FTG3 serving in USS INGERSOLL (DD-652), part of the
time with LCDR Marcus Aurelius Arnheiter as my Exec. From that experience I can
honestly say I would follow Captain Bucher anywhere. I sincerely hope the
Captain his family and crew of Pueblo
are all fine. Well done!
Date: Mon, 31 Jul
Dear USS Pueblo Veterans,
I was recently in Pyongyang
on business and I had the great opportunity to go aboard the USS Pueblo on a
tour. As an active US
military member, you must imagine how astonished I was that I was allowed
aboard. When you enter the Pueblo,
you are shown a propaganda tape about the incident. Our "tour guide",
a military woman told us we were sitting in the dining area (galley) and that
only the US
sailors whose families had money were allowed to sit there. We were allowed
into the radio room and into the crypto room also.
You could see where the sailors had attempted to destroy the
equipment before capture. They explained to us that the crypto room was locked,
and that the men wouldn't open the door. They said that they got the Captain
and he gave a "secret knock" to open.
I just wanted to share this experiance with you and I will
try to get ya'll some photos of the ship later this week. God Bless!!
Date: Thu, 03 Aug
Would like to say thanks for adding Banner to your web site,
as I was aboard during decommissioning in Nov 69. I think I have one of the
last underway black and white photos of her. It is later than the one you show,
would you be interested in it? If so, I'll scan you a copy. The photo provided
by Capt Clarke was before they worked her over to reduce topside weight, she
rolled too much, anyway they removed the 26' mwb and a number of other mods.
Also after the Pueblo was grabbed, LTV installed destruct devices aboard and it
proved to be a very interesting and unconventional tour. D. L. Pfister was the
CO when we decommissioned in Yokosuka.
Date: Thu, 10 Aug
Would like to purchase a Pueblo Patch. Would you please
forward me the price, who I make check or money order to, and address.
V/R Jim Newsome HMCS (SS) USN RET
Date: Thu, 10 Aug
I was onboard one of the destroyers that joined USS
ENTERPRISE in the Sea of Japan early on the morning of 29 Jan 68. I've been unable to find
any information about the Navy's plan to re-take the PUEBLO
itself on the morning of 30 Jan 68.
Any idea where I can research that effort?
Date: Fri, 11 Aug
I wasn't very forthcoming in my first email because I wasn't
sure how it might be received. In view of your prompt and gracious reply, I'll
try to correct that. Here are my recollections. I was Weapons Officer on USS
COLLETT (DD 730), one of several ships from DESRON 9, homeported in Yokosuka,
that were ordered to the Sea of Japan following the PUEBLO's
capture. I well recall seeing PUEBLO
and BANNER moored in Yokosuka over
the Christmas holidays. Also remember seeing some of the PUEBLO's
officers, including the skipper, in the Black Ship Lounge at the O Club during
that period. None of my crowd knew of the mission of the ships - except that
they were engaged in some kind of "special operations."
COLLETT left Yoko a couple of days before the capture,
headed for Subic Bay. I recall distributing cold weather
clothing on the first day out -- our stores of special clothing had been well
below allowance, and I had expended some big bucks to order new gear, which
arrived just a few days before we got underway. That saved our butts over the
next couple of months (only time I've ever seen sailors wear those blue cold
We were off Kyushu when we got word
of the capture and were ordered to divert. We pulled into Sasebo
during the night to top off fuel, then joined ENTERPRISE
and TRUXTUN at first light. One other DD was also there - OZBOURN I think.
Later that day, a helo came over and took our CO over to ENTERPRISE
for a meeting with the embarked flag and the other ship COs
from the task group. He came back a few hours later with a roll of charts under
his arm. He called the XO and department heads up to his cabin and briefed a plan
to re-take the PUEBLO, with the following elements: - 3 DD's (OZBOURN, COLLETT,
and one other - forgot which) would make a run into Wonson harbor at first
light the next moning (30 Jan)
OZBOURN would carry the Marine Detachment from ENTERPRISE -
COLLETT and the other DD would be shotguns for OZBOURN, laying down suppressing
fire in the vicinity of PUEBLO while OZBOURN went alongside and
grappled/secured PUEBLO with assistance of the Marines, who were to be put
aboard the ship, get rid of the resistance, and cut PUEBLO loose from the pier
- OZBOURN would secure PUEBLO alongside and tow it out of the harbor at maximum
possible speed - ENTERPRISE aircraft (and maybe USAF as well - I don't
remember) were to strike the Wonson harbor gun emplacements and provide
continuous air coverage -- one of the charts that the CO had brought back
showed the latest known positions of the guns; they seemed to be everywhere -
dozens if not hundreds. - A go-no go decision was to be made in Washington
during the night I briefed my department and made the necessary preparations.
Spent much of the night in CIC with the charts, highlighting
probable gun-target lines and the best positioning for the ship during the runs
in and out and near the pier. Quite frankly, I didn't have any confidence that
the mission would succeed - there were just too many guns on the shore, we
would be under fire from them for 2-3 hours, and I knew from our experiences on
Sea Dragon ops against North Vietnam
that air-launched weapons and the guns of DDs maneuvering at high speed are
often quite inaccurate.
Word came in the early morning to stand down. As I recall,
the JCS had approved the mission, but the president had not. If that is true,
it would be hard to argue with his reasoning - God only knows what your captors
would have done to the crew regardless of the outcome of the raid, what their
military response may have been to such an attack by the U.S., or what the
response of the U.S. would have been to the sinking of three DDs. Whatever, I
can't tell you how relieved I was that the mission was scrubbed.
During a tour on 7th Fleet Staff a few years later, I asked
a senior spook on the staff if he knew anything about this plan. He responded
that he did. He said recovery of the ship was the only way to determine the
data compromise with certainty. I guess this is just a footnote to history now.
I've been trying to find documentation to confirm my recollections about this
but have come up dry. I appreciate your suggestions. The next time I saw BANNER
was back in Yokosuka when she was
being stripped after decommissioning.
Thank you for your sacrifices and duty to country.
Don Walton CDR, USN (Ret.)
Date: Thu, 17 Aug
Was looking for your site, to check something from Bucher's
book of 1970. Saw your invitation to offer info if I were involved.
I was on Okinawa, on duty, at the
time of the attack. We were handling CRITIC traffic regarding the incident.
There were only two of us at the site. Some of the information I received at that
time may have been speculation, as it was very early in the incident. Details
may have changed later.
We were told that the reason F105s did not respond from Osan
was the ones there were loaded with nukes, and had to be offloaded, and then
reloaded with conventionals, a process that would take several hours. F105s at Naha
were on rotation out of Vietnam,
and were not armed at all. We sent an SR71 (please note my email name) to
search for the vessel. The aircraft departed from Kadena and flew to N.
Korea. According to info I had at the time, it took about 12-15
minutes to get there, but weather was apparently a factor, and as far as we
knew, there was no sighting of the vessel.
Incidentally, I was also on duty when the 31 NK infiltrators
approached the embassy in Seoul,
and in fact, our CTC called us up in a FLASH/CRITIC and announced the embassy
was actually under attack. Turned out not to be true, but the first reports we
got were "explosions within a few blocks, and we are securing classified
material." However, no material was destroyed as far as I knew.
Unfortunately, though it was long ago, I hesitate to provide
my name. I'm sure there would be no problem, but a TS is a TS! But I "was
there" on the radio circuits during those two incidents. We handled a wide
range of FLASH messages between CINPAC, Kadena, Naha,
Yokota and Seoul.
In reading the book by Bucher (I have an old copy) I found I
really wanted some other opinions. Enjoyed your site. Are you aware an American
visited the USS Pueblo in 1999 and brought back many photos of the interior of
the SOD? Including photos of the receivers and the crypto gear, and that they
are on a website? You can find them by quering the email@example.com site, or
searching for R390A sites. Thanks for the site. Some of the people in other
actions in the Far East theater did not return. We are
glad those of the Pueblo did.
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000
My name is Jeff and as you can see, I am standing in front
of the bridge of the DPRK-held USNS Pueblo. I am a US
merchant mariner employed aboard a US
flag cargo ship. I have just returned home from a voyage to the DPRK. We were
one of the first US
flag ships allowed entry into the country.
While we were in port at Nampo, the officers and crew of my
ship were allowed to go on a tour of the capital of Pyongyang
(under escort, naturally) to see the highlights of communist living. We
inquired to our escorts as to the fate of the Pueblo,
and we were told (quite proudly) that she was tied up in the heart of the city.
We immediately wanted to go and see her, but lacking the proper clearance we
were unable to do so at that time.
Three days later, the proper clearance came down from the
top and a group of 5 of us and our escorts were off to see the Pueblo.
It is true - she is now on display as a national museum! We were driven to Pueblo's
berthing site and we were allowed to board her. We were informed that we were
the first Americans to step foot back aboard her since she had been
'confiscated.' We were also informed that we were some of the only civilians
ever allowed aboard.
Apparently, going aboard her is a privilege reserved only
for those in the military and high ranking government officials. (So much for
equality) Stepping aboard was like going back to the 60's. I am sure she is
just how you all remember her. All the espionage equipment is still in the
racks while all the encryption machines are still in their room with their 'Top
Secret' labels in place.
We were taken to the forward berthing area and were allowed
to look around. The bunks and lockers were still there, with everything being
illuminated by a single clear 100 watt bulb in the center of the room.
Apparently, florescent light bulbs are hard to come by in the People's Paradise,
as most were out throughout the ship. Instead, they have strung up strings of
single bulbs throughout the passageways and cabins.
We were taken to the bridge where we met the man who claimed
to be the officer in charge of the boarding party in '68. He was standing at
the con in full military uniform and told us, via a translator, that he is
ready to "Fight to the death to defend his country from the imperialist
Americans." The mood of our group was one of subdued anger, although we
did not express this openly.
We were then taken down to the crew's mess deck where we sat
at the original tables, still bolted in place, and looked around. The water
fountain was still there, the galley appeared to be intact, the wiring bundles
in the overhead were still tagged. Everything originally written in English was
still in English. The only difference was the fact that the room was full of
North Korean Army officers.
Now we were treated to watch a full-blown communist
propaganda video (shown on a Sony TV via a Sony VCR no less) of their interpretation
of the events surrounding their capture of the Pueblo.
Conveniently enough, it was produced in English. All the while, we were
surrounded by high ranking military officers who were watching us, looking for
any kind of apologetic reaction from us. (We didn't give them one.)
After the film, we were taken to the fantail area and the
upper deck inboard of the Stbd. lifeboat. The damage inflicted to the stern of
the vessel from their rounds was obvious. Large holes pierced the port antenna
mast base and the after lifeboat davit. Each bullet hole is circled in red
paint to show where they had hit the ship. (If you look closely in the picture
above, you can see two red circles in the glass on the port side lower bridge
window). The machine guns were still in their mounts however, cleaned and well
oiled. The overall condition of the ship was pretty good, although not up to US
Navy standards I'm sure. They have painted everything gray recently, and every
brass tag, label and item onboard was polished to a gleaming shine.
Soon after this, our tour was over and we filed off, ready
to go see what else this cold, barren country had to show us about the joys of
communist living. One question that their Army officials wanted to know from us
was what "GER 2" stood for. They apparently have never been able to
figure out what it means. No one in our group could answer this either, so 30
years later they are still scratching their heads over this. This is the short
version of my/our tour of the Pueblo.
I was also the only one of the group who was allowed to
bring a camera. I have 2 rolls of film of the Pueblo,
inside and out as she sits today. I would be interested in sharing them with
your group and maybe writing a more detailed version of this story and about
our experiences in the DPRK. If you are interested, please contact me and we
can work something out. Great job on your web site!
Date: Thu, 17 Aug
Found your web page through a search. I was the corpsman in
USS BANNER (AGER-1), from the early part of 1968 until her de commissioning in
Shortly after reporting to my new assignment at Naval Beach
Group One, Wespac Detachment I received a commission from the ranks and spent
another thirteen years in uniform. I'd love to hear from other BANNER crew
members of that era.
Sincerely, John E. Kraft LCDR USN RET. Las Vegas, NV
Date: Fri, 18 Aug
It was a confusing time. In those first couple of hours we
received a lot of different information, and some of it was later found to be
inaccurate. It was my understanding, though, that there definitely was a plan
to get fighters up there for help.
My memory is sketchy, but I understood there already were
F105s at Osan (or Pusan) and they were
nuclear equipped, in other words, they were based there, not flown there in
response to the incident. Others were apparently flown there, also, but I
thought they were conventionally armed. I also believed that this second flight
was not allowed to continue, as the Pueblo was by then believed to be in NK
The SR71 was to find it as quickly as possible, in hopes military action could
be taken. But the time elements just didn't permit that, by the time decisions
out of DC were made. I don't think there was a n error in decision making,
actually, but simply a matter of finding out where the right response equipment
might be. By the time all the ducks in the water were counted, it was too late.
I would have thought, and thought it odd even then, that
F105s based in SK for protection of the 38th parallel would be conventionally
armed, as NK certainly had no nukes. But it is quite likely they were there
more as a possible response to China
than to NK. And that was indeed a nuke problem. I honestly don't know.
I do know there was discussion of how long it would take to
arm the 105s at Naha. I don't know
what capability existed at Naha to
arm the planes, as the discussion was dropped due to time element; it just
became impossible to do.
As far as I know, there was no quick response fighter
operation on Okinawa, as there was no need for one.
Kadena was a base for B52 bomb runs to N Vietnam, on
nonstop, refueled flights. It was also a base for SR71 flights over NV, which
was primarily how they were used. (That is not to say they did not
"collect" as they flew south over the China Sea.)
Can't even begin to guess why you weren't notified of the
Palace attack. We knew about it instantly, while it was in progress, and we
notified our people in DC within minutes of our knowledge. Since our facility
handled ALL classified traffic out of the Embassy, we were, in fact, the very
first to notify DC, before the shooting stopped.
Our man told us on the circuit, just as he was about to shut down for the
evening and go have a cold one, he had been in the hallway and ran back to the
comm center to send to us, not a message, but a live comment, "I heard
gunfire, don't shut down." He contacted the Marine guard who confirmed
there was some sort of weapons firing going on, and then our man at Seoul
stayed on the air with us, while embassy traffic started to flow. He also
gathered materials for destruction, but did not have to destroy anything, as it
was very soon over.
I doubt we were much better equipped for destruction at our
site than you were, and we had a lot more equipment to destroy. I don't recall
that we even had a real plan of attack toward destruction. Felt too secure, I
guess, due to our location. Crypto paper materials were all in a single
location, and could be relatively easily destroyed. Equipment was a very
different matter. Just for example, we had some 30 or so KW26 sets, along with
some KW7s, in the ops room, and maybe 3 or 4 more might be in the maintenance
room. And about 20 TTY monitors that did clear text page copy for quality
control. And gobs of Teletype tape that had clear text TS and above traffic on
it. That's rolls and rolls of paper that has to be pulled off and destroyed.
Plus all the manuals and procedures. Plus we had at least two rooms of special
project equipment, hardware, that would absolutely have to be destroyed, to
protect frequencies and methods, and no way to do it except piece by piece,
with a hammer. It would have been a real nightmare, and with usually only two
or three personnel on duty, two at night, probably completely impossible.
Looking back, the only real way to destroy it would have
been with large quantities of explosives. As to using my name, etc., despite
the fact the secrets are very old, and all of that technology has been replaced
by newer, several times over, a signed agreement 'could' be used for
prosecution, if they wanted to do so. The agreement has no expiration date. I'm
not overly cautious or concerned, but would hesitate to put my name on a web
site relating to this. In addition, it's been a long time, and my recollections
are somewhat hazy. If I've been able to contribute anything in the way of
memories, that's good. Hopefully others will add to it as well. Enjoy. Take
Date: Sat, 19 Aug
I have been reading your Pueblo
web site with great interest. It is of
special interest to me since I currently reside in South
Korea and was
recently shocked to find out that North Korea
still has the Pueblo and uses
it as a tourist attraction.
I was very interested in seeing the picture
(../photos/13finger.jpg) , but
there must be something wrong with the link to the picture in:
Would you please check the link to the picture?
Date: Tue, 22 Aug
Thanks to all who contributed to the outstanding web site,
and especially to the captain and crew of the Pueblo
for the horrors they endured while engaged in defense of our nation.
I was 6 years old at the time of the incident and am only
now learning the complete, outrageous history of the event. I'm currently
reading Lloyd Bucher's book and plan to read Edward Murphy's next.
Best regards to all Paul Domeier
Date: Wed, 30 Aug
I'd like a few of the pix you have of the Pueblo.
A small handful representative of the ship. Thanks,
Richard K. Baker
Date: Wed, 30 Aug
First I would like to say that your Webpage is excellent and
interesting. I was in the Navy from June 64 to September 67. I was a CTR
brancher, and worked in COMSEC, wasn't real popular with the radio operators.
Years ago, I read several books about the Pueblo.
I was stationed on Guam from about April 65 to October
66. After Guam, was stationed in Japan,
for the rest of my hitch. Reported to Kamiseya, but was detailed to Yokosuka.
Someone told me about 3 years ago, that the cave I worked
in, in Yokosuka, was still being
used. I'm not positive, but I believe the Pueblo was on Guam
during those same time periods, trying unsuccessfully to obtain destruction
Could you tell me please how Cdr. Bucher is doing these days, and where he
lives? How many of the crew are left? Do any live in Missouri?
I live in St. Louis.
Thank you. C. Heller
Date: Fri, 8 Sep
Why was no return fire offered ?
Date: Sat, 9 Sep
As a former CTI in the USNR, I hold the sailors of the U.S.S.
Pueblo in the highest regards. The only regret I have from my Navy days was
lack of information in "A" & "C" schools regarding the
history of the U.S.S. Pueblo and the U.S.S. Liberty. Every time I hear the song
"Ride, Captain Ride' I tell those around me (with pride) that the song is
about the heroic sailors of the U.S.S. Pueblo.
Regards, A Proud, fromer Cryptologic Technician
Date: Sun, 10 Sep
Just wanted to know if there were any books written about
the Pueblo? Also, was wondering if
there was any way of getting in touch with "Pete Bucher"?
My Parents worked at NAS Mira Mar when it was run by the
Navy...Commander Bucher used to come into where my parents worked and enjoyed
visiting with them. Also used to go have coffee with my father who has passed
away since then. My Mother said that Commander Bucher was not aware of my
father's passing. I would enjoy hearing from you people and hope that you will
be able to pass along some information to me...Thanks for being here..All the
Date: Sat, 9 Sep
I am an Air Force veteran of 22 years. Thanks for your
website. I first became aware of he Pueblo
incident from the movie starring Hal Holbrook many years ago. As a teen
unfamiliar with this part of history or the military, I was puzzled over the
aftermath (trial and findings), though I will always remember the Hawaiian good
luck sign. Questions surfaced again while studying the Code of Conduct. One of
the comments in the material I read stated that the Code, originally published
in 1955 under President Ike, was revised in 1977 in light of the realties of Vietnam
and the incarceration of the crew Pueblo.
I understand the Code was used as evidence against the crew's behavior. Since I
didn't join the AF until '78, I am unfamiliar with the previous Code, only the
'77 version (I am an American fighting man...) and Pres Reagan's 1988 gender
neutral revision (I am an American, fighting...). Do you know of anywhere I can
get a copy of the original Code? Thanks for your help.
v/r Christopher Cooper, MSgt (E-7), USAF
Date: Tue, 12 Sep
I am Keith Taylor, veteran of 23 years with Nav Sec Gru. I
am now a columnist for two navy publications, Navy Times and an Internet
publication called NavyHQ.com
To start with you have a great site. Last week I attended a
reunion of the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Assn. The skipper of Pueblo,
Pete Bucher, was there also. I am now writing an article about Pueblo.
A few questions: 1. I cannot read the wording on the red field on the
"rescue" patch designed by officers on USS Oriskiny. Please help me
out. 2. Is Pete Bucher affiliated with your web site? Do you have a phone
number where I can reach him? 3. How about the XO? Is his name Ed Murphy? Is he
affiliated with the web site? Do you know if Murphy and Bucher ever buried the
hatchet? Also, I'd appreciate his phone number if you have it. 4. Who was the
senior SecGru officer on board? Steve Harris? Phone number also?
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000
Good Morning, I have been reading the information on your
website for the past few days, and have been quite taken by the accounts of
that ordeal. I spent six years in the Navy from 1982 through 1988, on board the
USS Constellation for the last four. To my embarassment, I had never learned
that much about your ship's incident. I have not yet completed reading all the
information on your site, but I have really enjoyed all that I have read.
My interest was first sparked at another site that deals
with old shortwave radios. I was looking for info on a particular radio that
was used extensively by the military. This site has quite a few recent pictures
of the USS Pueblo. Most are of the radio room inside the "Hut", but
there are a few of the ship as well. I thought that you might be interested in
contacting that site for more information. The link is:
http://users.erols.com/eengineer/ The pictures are in " Lots of R390A
History". I noticed that Ralph McClintock was quoted in that site, but I was
unsure whether or not he had anything to do with the Pictures. Thank you and
Date: Mon, 18 Sep
Dear USS PUEBLO Veterans Association, I am 13 years old, and
i am doing a project about pueblo's in war. I was hoping you could help me with
some information on this subject. If you can please contact me
Date: Tue, 19 Sep
I am trying to write a history paper on the Pueblo Incident.
I need to use primary sources: actual records or accounts from that time. I am
hoping you can assist me by providing some information: copies of legal
documents, letters from the men, names of people it would be okay for me to
contact directly. I have just begun to look at your website, and I know I will
find valuable background information there, but the professor insists on the
primary sources as well. Please let me know as soon as it is convenient whether
I can receive anything from you. I am willing to pay reasonable fees for
copies, etc. Thank you in advance.
Louise M. Rofougar
Date: Wed, 27 Sep
I am in the process of writing a book on the USAF response
to the seizure of the USS Pueblo in 1968. I was the Task Force commander that
responded from Okinawa, the same day, and was ordered to ready my F-105's to
sink the Pueblo when ordered buy "higher authority". I would like to
work with your organization to fill in what gaps I may have to make this book
as "pure" as possible.
I and my pilots were willing to sacrifice our lives to make
sure the ship would be of no use to North Korea
should the order be given. The entire side of this story is known totally by my
self, as I was tasked to ready, deploy, organize, plan and execute the mission.
Thank you very much,
Colonel John C. Wright USAF Retired
Date: Fri, 29 Sep
Thank you for the snail mail reply. I cannot see why your
e-mail response did not reach me. An alternate e-mail for me is
I will meet with my professor and see what is acceptable to
him as far as e-mail contact for information. If I can get e-mail confirmation
from the contributors to the anecdotes on your web site I hope I can use their
stories as written there.
Of course I would love to hear from any of the men who were
captured, and perhaps from their wives/girlfriends/family about their lives
while the men were in captivity.
I am an older-than-usual student: I was a child living in Korea
when the Pueblo was captured. I lived close to the Presidential Mansion when
the infiltration happened, followed so closely by the Pueblo.
I watched you all on TV as you crossed the bridge when released. After sending
my original e-mail to you, I spent a couple of hours touring the web site. As a
student of history, and as a patriot, I was moved deeply. Thank you again for
Louise M. Rofougar
Date: Fri, 29 Sep
Can you tell me-----before the pueblo became a spy ship was
it the uss hewell Akl 14? It resembles the hewell on which i served during the
closeing days Of the korean war. It was a station ship in japan. We ran up and
down the Korean coast. Thanks,
Date: Sun, 8 Oct
great job mates from BB 62 sailor well done
Date: Sun, 08 Oct
My curiosity got tweaked when I found my daughter looking
through old photos I had taken in SEA and I Napstered a copy of "Ride
Captain Ride" by the Blues Image and remembered that I had heard it was
about the Pueblo in 1971. I found
this story which refutes that. Alas, the Pueblo
genesis made a better story. While I searched the WWW I also found the
following letter in the Pueblo Vets Web page. (Letter Not Shown)
Date: Wed, 01 Mar
I am a retired MSgt (intelligence) who is now a civil
servant. I have a young Lt working for me who doesn't know what the Pueblo was
really all about. When I told him that the song, Ride Captain Ride by Blues
Image was about the Pueblo, he
didn't believe it. Please help me set this young man straight on what really
happened. Thank you. Jane Cappe, USAF Ret
I was a COMSEC custodian in the USAF at Nakhon Phanom AB in Thailand
and remember having to burn a lot of crypto keying material (mostly KW-26 and
KW-7 if memory serves) immediately after the Pueblo
was captured. Since, As a civilian, I have worked in the Gulf during the Gulf
War and later in Bosnia.
Kosovo is next and then maybe retirement. Ron Orr (USAF 1963-1968, Air Force
Date: Tue, 10 Oct
Hello Sir: I had the privilege of interviewing Captain
Bucher some years ago. I would like to know if there has been any thought given
to erecting a statue to Captain Bucher and the other members of his crew who
were captured and tortured by the North Koreans back in the late 1960's. Also,
I would like to know if a current member of the U.S. Congress has introduced
legislation linking a 'normalization' of U.S.
diplomatic relations with North Korea
(a move that I adamantly oppose) to the return of the USS Pueblo and an apology
by the government of North Korea.
I am interested in learning if there are any members sponsoring legislation
because it appears that the Clinton administration is moving in the direction
of normalizing relations (possibly before the end of Clinton's
Regards, P.S. Please send my best regards to Captain Bucher
and other members of the Pueblo
Date: Thu, 12 Oct
I am preparing a column on attacks upon US warships like the
Pueblo Liberty, Cole, Maine,
Panay and Pearl Harbor's fleet.
Questions: was the Pueblo within
Korean Waters before she was attacked. Was Cdr.Bucher court martialed or did he
reesign his commission. Is he still alive?
Appreciate your response. thank you. paul dunn, former naval
Date: Thu, 12 Oct
Good web site. Needs to be better known incident. Why is
there no information, on this site or anywhere else, on USS Banner? I know it
existed - I was on it - but nothing to be found. I may have a couple of
pictures of the Banner in my stuff. Are you interested? Nothing on Pueblo
- she was still at sea, on the way over to Japan,
when my enlistment was up. I think my last cruise was cut short because a few
of us were due to get out, but that may just have been scuttlebutt. I was a
CT(I)2, and my time aboard ended in spring 1967. Good (in a way) to be able to
see stuff from back then...also sad, because of what happened to Pueblo
and you guys aboard. I will never know why it did not happen to us instead. I
always thought, back then, that if something happened, we would disappear
without a trace, contrary to the stories aboard about how the US
would move the whole fleet to save us. Sorry you proved my suspicions true,
except for the "without a trace" part. Guess the pesky news media
messed that part of it up for them.
Date: Mon, 16 Oct
Hi. I'm trying to get some additional info on the Pueblo.
Are there, anywhere, any plans of the ship? The layout of her decks? Anything
like that? What was her compliment? Her range? What kind of engines did she
have? Etc. Just basic logistical and tecnical information on AGER-2. The more,
the better. Web based stuff would be especially useful.
Thanks, John Brewer
Date: Wed, 18 Oct
I found your website a few months ago and it brought back
memories. Thanks to your website I was able to read six of the books mentioned
in your list. I am currently reading Commander Bucher's book. I was stationed
in Bremerhaven, Germany
and Washington. I left the navy
in 1963 as a CT2. I remember the Pueblo
incident as if it happened yesterday. I regard all of you guys as heros. I was
prompted to write because of the recent news that our president is thinking
about visiting North Korea.
I don't know how the crew feels about a visit, but I am against it. Unless it
is to remove the Pueblo and bring
it home. I feel that North Korea
has to return our ship and apologize to the crew before any visits or deals
take place. I have e-mailed both Mr. Bush's and Mr. Gore's official websites
asking what they intend to do about the Pueblo
when they become president.
God Bless Don Copenhagen
Date: Fri, 20 Oct
Hi, there My father is Wendell Leach, your signalman. My
name is Darleene Watkins. Thank you for the site and the education it gives
folks. I see all the time where if the memory of the sacrifices of the 83 men
aboard are not kept alive by the people close to the incident, the government
would just as soon let it fade into obscurity. Maybe they are embarrassed by their
inability to do anything due to b.s. and red tape. Maybe they hope no one will
remember and they will never have to answer to their inaction in the early
hours, but folks like you keep the flame alive, thank you so much for your
Date: Sun, 22 Oct
My name is James Deaton. I was a Sgt. in the army stationed
at the 177th Army Security Agency at Pyong Taek,
Korea. I was the person
who received the messages from the USS Pueblo the day it was captured. If my
memory serves me correctly, I received 3 messages (the top x priority) about 15
minutes apart. The last message that I received stated that it would be the
last one because the equipment had to be destroyed (melted down). The other two
stated briefly what was happening and that documents were being destroyed. I
was proud of the guys that worked with me that day, they did their jobs just as
we had been trained to do. Red lights and bells were going off but we relayed
the messages on and got a qsl (receipt) for each of them. There was some
controversy about the message relayed to Osan Air Base, located about 10 to 15
miles from us, I showed my commcenter commander the receipts that I got. The
receipts we received back were in the time limit allowed. We did our job, but I've
often wondered about Osan. I was just up there the day before and I saw jet
fighter planes all over the air strip. Later my mother sent me a news clip from
the Nashville Tennessean newspaper stating that there wasn't any jet air craft
available to help the Pueblo within
400 miles. I learned then that you can't always believe what you read in the
newspaper. I've been wanting to send this message a long time, but just found
your web page. I'm sorry for what you guys had to go through. I honesty believe
it could have all been avoided.
Date: Sun, 22 Oct
I have searched, off and on, for many years for more
information about PUEBLO and your
wonderful website pretty well ended that search. Great job! I was USNR in the
late 60's, and did my active duty as yeoman for RADM Johnson. I was on duty in
his office that day when the message traffic came in from the command
"cave" about the PUEBLO
seizure. As you know, RADM Johnson was at the Sanno Hotel that day and N3
(Captain Everett) immediately was asking for his return to Yokosuka.
(Which he did) I met CDR Bucher two times when he visited the Admiral's office.
Once, while he was waiting to see the Admiral, he stopped by my desk and talked
briefly. Throughout the entire incident, I always remembered those times I
talked to him, and felt I really knew someone being held captive. If memory
still serves, I believe RADM Johnson made an inspection tour of PUEBLO
in Yokosuka. I think I remember him
returning to the office angry about something like peanut butter in the mess
decks. I also remember when N!, Captain Werdleman, had some dependents come to
Building C1, our office. Those are things I will never forget. Nearly all of my
tour at CNFJ was consumed by the Pueblo
incident. I was kept up on it daily, as part of my job was scanning all the
admiral's message traffic each morning and passing on to him the important
stuff. Anything about "Clickbeetle" was always given to him. I
haven't kept up with the people I worked with at CNFJ, save for a few letters to
and from RADM D.F. Smith (Johnson's successor) before he died. He was a true
gentleman, but I believe he drank himself to death early on in his retirement.
I do not know the fate of Johnson after he sailed from Japan
for the last time. Is he still alive? Much has been written about PUEBLO.
Good and bad things have been said. ( For many years after I got out, I was
afraid to even mention it's name for fear of a security breach. It was 20 years
before I even spoke the word "Clickbeetle" aloud.) You guys were and
are heroes. Pete Bucher deserved the Congressional Medal, as did, probably,
many of you. You survived a great injustice by the military and by LBJ and the
band of thieves in Washington at
the time. Just wanted to say thanks for the great website, and guess I got
carried away. I didn't know any of you except for CDR Bucher, but for over 11
months you were in every minute of my working day, and for over 30 years have
been on my mind. Thank you for being great Americans
Date: Fri, 03 Nov
My name is Dave Blade, retired CTACM living in Montana.
I am concerned by the recent overtures the current administration is making
toward North Korea,
with the possibility of a visit there by President Clinton. I want to write to
my elected officials and fellow Montanans to remind them that along with all
the foreign aid the North Koreans get from us, they have something else that
belongs to us. I want them to remember the Pueblo.
Before getting on my soapbox here, I wanted to check to see if the PVA has a
position on a possible Presidential visit, and what position you may have for
the disposition of the ship itself.
Thanks for your time and the great website. Cheers
Date: Sun, 05 Nov
Just a real quick note to you, to let you know that I really
enjoyed your web site, and found it very interesting and informing. When I went
through the the U.S. Air Force Survival School, we where briefed bit about the
Pueblo Crew and their treatment while being held captive by North Korea, and
after reading all the information on your site. I truly believe that not only
did they all "Return with Honor", but also served their Country with
the upmost dignity.
Sincerely Arlie C. Griffis, Jr. SSgt / USAF Aerial Gunner -
AC-130H SPECTRE Gunship 16th SOS - Hurlburt Field,
Date: Sat, 11 Nov
I was pleased to find your website. I was hoping that Capt.
LM Bucher would have an email link, wanted to let him know that I was thinking
about him on this Veterans Day. I was honored to meet him while working at a
hardware store in Rancho Bernardo, CA
(near Poway). My father was involved in the debriefing
and also protecting Rose Bucher from the media during that whole time, so I
grew up hearing of the USS Pueblo and Capt Lloyd Bucher. I was amazed to see
his name on a check he was writing at the hardware store I worked at. I
explained who my father was. Over a few visits to the hardware store I had
expressed my interest in his experience and he actually stood outside, and talked
to me at length. It was very interesting, as was the man telling. I worked with
a man at the time who was a Navy Seal that was involved in a plan for a rescue
attempt. It was an amazing moment for me to be able to introduce the man I
worked with (Mark) to Capt Bucher. Anyway, just remembering people who touched
Suzanne Ashton (was Hartman)
Date: Sun, 5 Nov
I visited Pueblo
in Yokusuka Japan
3 week before it was captured. Had good friend stationed on her. He and his wife
visited us after he was released by the North Koreans; He was from HavanaArkansas. I have lost touch with him and
would like to have his e-mail or home address if I may.. Thank you if you can
help me with this matter. His name was Sydney Jerry Karnes and mine is Paul M.
Allen. I worked with him at KAMISEYA Japan and I was on duty when the Pueblo
was being assaulted and captured. I was behind the receiving teletype from the Pueblo
as it was being attacked.
Date: Wed, 8 Nov
Dear Sir: I just visited your site and it brings back many
memories. I was a member of the pre-com detail for the USS Samuel Gompers
(AD37) and shared the same barracks in Bremerton.
I remember the day vividly when we brought the injured sailor on board with the
injured back. However, its been many years and I can't put a name to him. To
the best of my recollection he was a Radarman and in considerable pain. I was a
PN1 and in charge of the Personnel Office at the time and processed his paper
work. I remember we of the Gompers were told we were the closest ship to Pueblo
at the time of boarding and capture. I can tell you this, there were a bunch of
pissed sailors aboard Gompers that wanted desperately to sail at flank speed to
render any assistance possible. Our captain stated on the 1MC that permission
was with held pending White House approval. We were only a Destroyer Tender,
but did have missile batteries and desperately wanted to test them. My hat goes
off to you and all members of Pueblo.
Should any information I may have or recall be necessary or even remotely be
beneficial, I offer my services.
Larry D. Hetzer
Date: Sun, 12 Nov
2000 -0800 (PST)
I totally enjoyed your website and think that it's awesome
that people contact you that were somehow involved. Technology huh? Veterans
Day is special to me, it always has been. I've always been deeply thankful to
all the men and women who have sacraficed so much, even given their lives in
the many wars. Although I feel fortunate that I have not been in war, I don't
think there is anything besides that, that actually earns the pride I have for
YOU and all vets. I can only begin to understand what sort of experiences
wartime brings, I can only imagine intensity... most, if not all of the time.
You know, I remember living in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
- the tv station ( I think there were two) said that the war in Vietnam
was over. Although I was only about 7 years old I remember vividly thinking
'how can they say that', in my mind even then, it was far from over for anyone
involved. The guy Mark, that I worked with that was a Navy SEAL slotted to do a
rescue attempt....(mentioned in the original email) he shared some war stories
with me, that deepened my respect and admiration for vets. You, all of you...
are amazing people, forever in my heart, forever brave, for ever admired and
remembered. So, THANK YOU!!! It's not often that I get to personally thank a
vet, so excuse my long winded email- just want to let you know how grateful I
am to you! Thanks again for your reply and asking that my message be passed on
to Bucher - I truly feel honored to have met him, and to have received an email
BS Date: Sun, 19
Nov 2000 -0500
Where can I get a copy of the movie about the USS Pueblo.
Respectfully, Ray Le Sage Oakton, VA
_____North Pole High School Students' Questions_________
Date: Fri, 10 Nov
Hello, I am a history teacher at North Pole High School in
North Pole, Alaska. My World
History students are currently studying about the Cold War and are very
interested in the Pueblo incident
and the subsequent experiences of the men kept captive for 11 months. I would
like to have them contact by email veterans of that amazing event. I have
approximately 45 tenth graders and wonder of emails from that number of kids
would be overwhelming? I could also collect their questions and send one email,
although the experience is muchmore meaningful to students if they have been
personally contacted. Please let me know what might be the best method. I look
forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Pat Behner, history teacher, North Pole High School --
Theodora in another life
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear so and so Hi how are you doing? Im fine , my name is
mike . the pueblo incident has fascinated me for many years. I belive that what
the Koreans did was uncalled for. Hi I have a question or two to ask you when
the Koreans attacked your ship why didn't you or some other people in the ship go
on the top with a gun and try to hold off the Koreans for a while so everyone
could destroy the evidence? Hi there again I have another question. What did
you get to eat each day. Mike Bruno North Pole High Scholll Student
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear Pueblo crew
member, Hello my name is Nicole HIntz and I am from North Pole High School. My
World history class has just started looking into the Pueblo
incident of 1968 and we have also read over some of your website and anecdotes.
The things I have read were shocking to me and I would not have known how to
deal with everything you guys did. What was going through your mind through
those 11 months? How did those 11 months being held prisoner change your life?
I think that you guys had tremendous courage to be able to survive and come out
of that still alive. Take Care. Sincerely, Nicole Hintz
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear Crew Members: I visited your website and thought it
would be neat to keep in touch with one of you. I was astonished when I read
through some of your links. I could never imagine the pain and agony you all
went through on your antaginizing journey. I read throughthe story that Stu
wrote on "Hell Week". YOu all must have been very strong and
cooperative to live through that terrible disaster. I couldn't imagine being
beat day after day when they are telling your folks that your o.k. THat's
messed up. But I have to admit, I liked the sign's that you all showed in all
the pictures. I would have done the same thing. I bet you all were scared when
you first left, then to be captured and then captured. It must have been tough.
I know that this might be a personal question, but were you guys really on
international waters, or do you think you might have been on Korean waters?? I
just don't see why they would attack for no reason. That is still a question in
history class. It would be nice if you could explain, what was it like for you
all to be attacked unexpectedly? Thank You, Stormie Hart
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 AKST
Dear Pueblo crew
member, Hello, my name is Stephanie Flayac and I'm a sophmore in high school.
My world history class visited your website and read about the Pueblo Incident
of 1968 and also personal anecdotes from the survivors. First off, I would like
to say I'm sorry for how awful this experience must have been for you. Learning
about everything that you went through is both amazing and shocking. Being a
survivor, how has this esperience changed your life? I imagine this event would
be a constant memory in your mind. The two anecdotes I read were by a man named
Stu Russell. He described the trip to the prison camp and the train ride that
took you there. He said that you guys endured numerous beatings and that he
could feel and sense the hatred that the Korean soldiers had for the Americans.
As you were being taken prisoner, what was going through your mind? Did you
think that you would get out of this ordeal alive? I can't imagine how
difficult something such as this could have been for someone. Personally, I
don't think I would be able to deal with it. All of you men had great courage
and strength to have survived such an experience. Sincerely, Stephanie Flayac
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear Pueblo crewmember,
Hi. My name is Josh. I am sixteen and a sophmore at North Pole High School. I
read a couple of the first-hand accounts from the crewmembers of the USS Pueblo
and to sum it all up, I can tell it sucked. What was your job aboard the USS
Pueblo? Did you have weapons aboard? If so, why did you not shoot back? I thank
you for taking your time to read this and I await your reply. Sincerely, Josh
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
2000 -0800 (PST)
Deear Pueblo Crewmember, My name is Maja Colelli. I'm a student
at North Pole High School in North Pole, Alasksa. when i read about the Pueblo
Incident I was very curious about it. So my class and I got on the web and
looked at everything. The one thing that caught my eye was the "Hawaiian
good luck sign." My friend and I thought that that was really funny and
smart. It must have been very awful for you and your crewmembers when you were
in prison. Exactly how bad was it? My father told me a little from what he had
learned in school and on the news. Also do you still think that you and the
crew were in international waters? -Maja
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Hello, my name is Nita and I'm from North Pole High School.
We've been finding out about the Pueblo Incident lately and now I have a chance
to e-mail you and find out about it in more detail. I've read about "Hell
Week" on your website, but I'd like to know what your personal experience
of "Hell Week" is, if you don't mind me asking. Were you uys mad at
the one guy who didn't flick off the camera? I'm curious to find out about the
incident. I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for your time, bye! -Nita
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
I just wanted you to let you know that my class and I all
think that you guys are heros. I wanted to know what kind of training did you
haft to go through to be prepared for this?I am sure that there is no training
for this but but what kinds were there? How did you guys get ahold of the
medicine that you had? Did you haft to were the helmets after you did your business
in them. I think that if there were more people in the world like you it would
be a better place.
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear Pueblo Crew Member, My Name is Jenn Iler, and I am a
student at North Pole High School. It is very shocking, all the horrible things
that the North Koreans out you through. I do not think I could have made it
through 11 months of torture. You are very brave. What was your first reaction
when you were being fired upon? How did you feel? I would have been very scared.
It is sad, all the stuff you were put through.I think you should have been
given the chance to explain. Sincerly, Jenn Iler
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
2000 -0800 (PST)
crewmember(s), My name is Charles Knapton. I'm 16 and i live in north pole Alaska.
this letter is an assignment for my world history class on the Korean war. When
i first got this assignment i didn't really want to do it, but after reading a
few of your stories I'm glad I'm doing it and I'm glad you and the other
veterans set up this site, so others could see what you went through. After
reading some of the stories on the site i feel so out raged at the way the
north Koreans treated you. you were just following orders. they had no right to
treat you as spys. even though you weren't at war thats the way they should
have treated you, as p.o.w.. to say the least it was .... rude! i know the
official position of the united states
is that you broke no laws, Korean or international. but i would like to know,
in your opinion and your understanding of your orders, were you spying on the
Koreans? i would also like to ask you what is your understanding of the mission
for the U.S.S. Pueblo? Cencerly, Charles knapton
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear Pueblo Crewmember, My name is Scott Georgell. I live in
North Pole, AK. I am a sophmore at North Pole High School. I have read about
the Pueblo incident on the website.
The anecdotes that I have read on the website were just shocking. I dont see
how all 82 of you managed to survive the horrable conditions. While you were
captive, what did you think about every night while you were lying there trying
to go to sleep? At times durring the eleven months that you were captive did
you ever just want to give up? I am realy interested in this incident, so I
would be realy happy to get a reasponse.
Sincerly, Scott Georgell
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
2000 -0800 (PST)
Veterans of USS Pueblo After reading some anedotes from your
experiences in Korea,
I've had a couple of questions to ask some crew members. In retrospect, what is
something you did while you were prisoner that you would go back in time and do
over again? I know this was a bad experience for you, and probably something
you will never forget. Ever since, have you had a hatred for Koreans and ever
thought malice towards them? If it were the other way around, that we caught
the Koreans as prisoners, would you have treated them differently than you were
treated? If so, then what would you have differently.
Thanks for your time.
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear Veterans of Pueblo, My class and I are learning about
the Pueblo Incident and I wanted to ask a couple questions. Since eveyone was beat
a lot, how did anyone kept their sanity while being held prisoner? Second, who
thought of the idea to stick your middle finger out at the camera? Thank you
for reading this letter and I hope to hear from someone soon.
Sincerely, Yvonne Bifelt
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
To the Veterans of the USS Pueblo It amazes me reading about
this incident and wondering that this actually happened. Many people don't get
the credit that they deserve that suffered in Korea
for so long. It suprizes me that the Koreans actually kept the crew members
captive for so long before releasing them. I was wondering when they initially
took the crew captive from their spy ship if the crew tried to struggle or run
or anything. And also if the U.S.
ever did take actions against the Koreans for doing these awfull actions to
these inocent american people. It's sad how many people havn't ever even heard
of this incident because this is truly a great historical event which needs to
be honored and respected. Scincerely, Tim Henry
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear veterans of the Pueblo,
Hi my name is Andrew M. Behner and I'm in my mom's class and we are studying
the cold war and the Pueblo
incident. This was a very important event because it was after the war and so
it was brought up in our class. i have some questions because i think we might
have a test on it and would like to know as much as i could on the subject. I
would like to ask you some questions that I'm not clear on. My first might be
based on false information so correct me if I'm wrong. I was told that your
ship had been warned about being in Korean waters and that they would become
aggresive if you came any nearer to shore. If this is true then what actions
were taken to avoid confrontation? I was wondering how big the impact of the
blast was. Were you immediately aware that your ship had been hit and was
sinking? What was used to sink it? After the ship had sunk how long did it take
for the Koreans to come to pick you up and in what did they pick you up in?
What kind of treatment was given to you? I read that you were denied medical
treatment for a period of time, were you also denied food? I have read the
anecdote at your website called Hell Week and thought that it was a really cool
thing to flick off all the cameras but those are the words of a high school
student. i would completely understand if you didnt want to answer any of these
questions. Sincerely, Andy M. Behner
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Veterans of USS Pueblo, Hi my name is Carl Gebhardt and my
history class has been studying the Pueblo
incident. I read that you guys were captured by the Koreans and beat on a
regular basis. That must have really sucked.I can't even imagine the pain that
you guys went through.Hell week sounds like the worst part of it all.Being
beaten until you told who's idea the flipping off was.Was there anything that
particularly happened there that left longterm scarring or effected your
life?How did you deal with all the pain without breaking during hell week?I
feel sorry for anybody that had to go through that and I hope it never happens
again. Sincerely, Carl Gebhardt
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear:Veterans of the uss pueblo Hi, my name is Zack Hansen
and I live in North Pole, Alaska.
My dad was in the end of the Korean War, He never fought although he did serve
a few months in Korea.
He also served 2 tours in Vietnam
as a lerp in live combat. Although he was never captured he was wounded. I can
never know the full feelings of the torture you went through. The attack on
your ship must have been more terrifying then I could ever dream. Was this the
first time your ship had ever been attacked? what were the thoughts running
through your head, were they I must get off this ship, we have to get out of
here, or maybe something completely different? when your ship was attacked how
did the men of the U.S.S. Pueblo get of the ship, how long did you wait in the
water, and was the water of freezing temperature? The food you were fed, was it
the type that would just barely keep you alive? How were you treated for
sleeping conditions? It would be very interesting to hear what my dad might
have gone through if he was in live combat and was captured. Sincerely, Zack D.
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
My name is Matt mccoy and first of all I just want to say
that you are very brave and you have a lot of courage to do what you did. I
have a few questions to ask you guys. It sounded like you guys were torchered.
What did you guys eat over there. Did they make you eat bugs while you were
over there? Did they beat you or hit you alot? I just want'ed to say that I
think you guys were and are very brave because I could have never gone through
what you guys went through. You guys were all Alone in north
korea with No body else to help you guys.
Thank you for your Time Matt Mccoy
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Crew members of the USS Pueblo, From what I have read at the
USS Pueblo website, I have realized you are real suvivors. I don't think I
could have lived in the conditions you did. How did this experience change your
life? Do you have any regrets of joining the military afterthe experiences you
had in North Korea?
I'm sorry you had to go through that. Sincerely, Reynold Udarbe
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear Veterans of the USS Pueblo, From the literature found
on the Pueblo website you are real
survivors. It must have been hard to have endured the circumstances you and
your crew members exprienced from the North Koreans. I don't think I could have
endured the circumstances that you and your crew members had. How has your
experience in North Korea
changed your life and your opinion toword the Koreans, the millitary, and life
in general. I'm sorry you had to go through that. Sincerely, Greg Wood
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear Veterans of the Uss Pueblo, My name is David Gillitzer,
and I go to school at North Pole High School. I have just finished reading
"HELL WEEK BEGINS" by Stu Russell. It sounds like the North Koreans
were very strict and mean. How many times a day did the North Koreans beat you?
After the second man in charge told "Robot" that giving the finger in
your pictures was organized, and Stu Russell said that if he did something like
that again he was going to be killed, did he act up again? What were the rooms
that the North Koreans cept you in like? What did they make you do during the
daytime? How do you think this incident changed your life? I'm sorry about what
happened. Sincerly, David Gillitzer
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear Veterans of the USS Pueblo, Thank you for posting that
information on the internet. Every one should know the bad things that happened
to you. Some of the things you wrote on the site were not only shocking but it
seems strange that people could actually so that kind of thing just to get your
captain to sign a paper saying that you were spies. Although it didn't seem
like is was all that terrifying of an experience because of the way it was
written. It seemed so nonchalant. But it may just be because you had to tell
the story so many times. That was truly a bad thing that happened to you. Did
you get any kind of medals for being able to survive this kind of thing? Do you
think your captain felt any shame for signing the confession? Or how do you
feel about it? Thank you for reading this letter. LoganDavis
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear veterans of the uss Pueblo
The things done to you were unthinkable. I was appalled by the atrocities that
were done against you. One of the most intriguing incidents was hell week. The
most interesting part was the incident when you gave the middle finger in the
picture. That was some thing I never would have thought of. And even if I had I
never would have fessed up to it. I have two questions for you. First is, what
gave you the Idea to flip off the camera. And last is, Im going to the military
academy after high school and I'd like to know if you have any advice for me.
Sincerely, Terry Wubbold
Date: Tue, 21 Nov
hello, i think what has happened to you was very disgusting
and uncalled for.i think that what they did was not cool. and i think that you
guys are real heros.i think that it was very stupid that the president had the
captain of your boat go to court because he signed a note for what we were
doing. why did the people of usa
have you go to court? what do you think of what happened when you were captured
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Veterans of the USS Pueblo Wow! that is an incredible
experience to go through. After reading these stories I have to ask how did you
survive all the torture that you went through? I don't think that I could have
survived all of the beatings. How has these experience changed your life for
the better? and for the worst? I think you men have really inspired a lot of
people including me. Thank you for sharing your experience,
Jessica Herpst of NorthPoleHigh School
Date: Mon, 20 Nov
Dear Veterans, My name is Christopher Ballek, I'm 15 almost
16 and I go to North Pole High School. I do not know how you surveyed such an
ordeal. It must have been very painful. I respect all of you for your strength
and courage. You must have got pritty use to all the pain from being beat
constantly. How could you stand all that pain? What did you do in your offtime?
what did you think of in your offtime? What happend to the ship? I think you
are the real men of honor. P.S. Good Bye and I look forward to your replay.
Date: Tue, 21 Nov
Greetings from North Pole, Alaska Hi my name is Jeanette and
I am 16 years old. I would just like to say that I am just so glad that so many
of you made it back. I heard that one person died, could you tell me how? I
cant imagine what that must of been like for you. What were the living
conditions while you were held prisoner? Thank you for taking the time to read
and answer my letter. Sincerely, Jeanette
Date: Tue, 21 Nov
Dear Mr. Stu Russell, My name is Jessica. I'm a student at
North Pole High School in North Pole, Alaska.
I was looking at uss pueblo web site when I came across this anecdote that
caught my eye,"A Transition: From Sailor to Captive." Which talks
about the first week or so in Korea.
A question I have is how did life in the prison camp change your life? Another
question I have is do you believe that the Koreans are justified in what the
done to you and your crew mates? Sincerely, Jessica
Date: Tue, 21 Nov
Dear crewmembers, I read everything on your web site and
thought it was all unbelieveable. Not to many people can go throught that kind
of beating and not talk. How did you guys do that? You guys were there for six
months, was it always like that over did they start the beating later? I
would've talk after two months maybe depends on what info they wanted. When you
guys were attack were you in Korean waters or Internation water? Don't worry about
this question if you have answered it already to my friends. Your friend,
Date: Tue, 21 Nov
Dear USS Pueblo Crew members, WOW what an experience you all
have gone through just to serve the United
States of America. As you know your efforts
are greatly appreciated. In World History we are studing the Cold War and how
we9Ak and US) took part in these extrodinary events such as yours. THe Pueblo
Incident was one of the studies. Upon visiting you wonderful website I not only
learned hoe you were captured but how horribly mistreated you were as
Prisioners of War. I aslo got an indepth feeling some of your personal
experiecnes. I still have some questions lingering in my mind though. I read
that one crew memeber was faced with preduiceness for the first time. I was
raised not to hate a person for their background or the color of their outwars
apperence. Being very strong and sensitve about this subject what were your
emotions and reactions when faced with predudice Korth Koreans? I know that
when I'm hungry I want food and don't care about the others around me somtimes.
WHen your food was rationed to the crew how did they reat. Was there comotion
over who gets what or did you share with the weaker ones. Or was it doled out
evenly? THank you for listening to me. HOpe to hear from you soon. Thanks
again, Jadelin Craig (A North Pole High School Student.)
Date: Wed, 22 Nov
To the members of the uss pueblo- My name is Tara Powalski,
and I am a student a sophmore at North Pole High School.I am very sorry for the
way you had been treated. Exspecially your medical treatment. Hou could you
have survived such horrible pain? I know if I was you I probalbly would have
killed myself. I read in one of the articels about how many layers of clothes
you had to wear, why was that? What kind of things did you think about when you
were there? I think it is incredably gross and cruel how they treated you, dont
they have human rights? Or was it just because you were American? Please
respond soon, and have a happy thanksgiving, im sure you have alot to be
thankful for thesedays. sincerely Tara Powalski
Date: Wed, 22 Nov
Dear crew members, My name is Savannah
and I am a sophomore at North Pole High School. In my world history class we
read some of the anecdotes about your experiences with the Koreans. I would
like to know what your personal idea of the Koreans is. Do you fear them? Do
you think that if the Koreans were in our waters then do you think that we
would have treated them any different then they treated you? I personally could
not have done what you went through. I believe what you went through is
probably the hardest thing you would have to go through. Was it? I would
appreciate your response the letter. Thank you. Sincerely, Savannah
Date: Wed, 22 Nov
Crewmembers form USS Pueblo- From what I have read it sounds
like you guys went through a lot. I can't imagine how something that dramatic
would impact my life. Has it changed your feelings towards the Koreans? Do you
feel uncomfortable around them? I think all of you guys were very brave and
smart to think of flicking off the cameras like that. I just can't believe
"Time" magazine printed a story on it. That was stupid on their part.
Do you have nightmares, flash backs, or anything like that? Do you have any
medical conditions or scars resulting from those 11 months of being prisoner?
Thank you. Sincerely, Amanda Kerr
Date: Wed, 22 Nov
Hello, my name is Paul and I am in Mrs. Behners world
history class. We're doin this project thingy and to make a long story short I
am e-mailing you guys. I've learned quite a bit about the USS Pueblo, and I've
read parts of some of the anecdotes that were posted on your website. Today in
someones letter that was read aloud, it was mentioned that one of you that was
held prisoner had to hold up your arms horizantally for a long time or they
would be punched in the kidney. Well when this was read it sparked a kind of
competion amoung some of the students to see who could hold up their arms the
longest, not to gloat or anything but I won. I was curious, how long did you
guy(s) have to hold your arms? And my second question was, since you guys
worked in intelligence did you ever hear about a aircraft called the LRV? I'm
pretty sure thats the name and I think it was being developed at around that
time. Since that question Isn't really tied into the USS Pueblo I have a third
question (sorry bout all the questions im sure all you guys are gettin carpel
tunnel from typing so much, ouch, I think i am too). Why did it take 11 monthes
for you to be freed? Well those are all of my questions I got, thank you for
your time. -Paul
Date: Wed, 22 Nov
Hi Don and to all of the other crew members of the USS
Pueblo who have so graciously responded to "my kids," You have made
Thanksgiving real. What else can I say. Something powerful has to happen in
order for 15 and 16 year old kids to understand how much they have to be
grateful for. You guys did it. Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving. I'm leaving in the
am to see my daughter in Anchorage,
where she is a freshman at University
of Alaska Anchorage. Won't be
online again until Monday. Your responses to my world history students are
absolutely priceless. Class discussions have been unbelievable. Ultimately, my
kids think you are all heroes of the highest degree. Pretty cool. Thanks again
and again and again.
Date: Fri, 24 Nov
Gentlemen: My name is Frank I. Adkins. I was a radarman
third class onboard the USS Constellation (CVA -64) and involved in the Gulf
of Tonkin incident. As you know
there are many stories as to what happened there. We, who were involved and on
site, have our story, the Washington Brass have their version. We were there,
they weren't. Washington makes
the policy decisions, we just do what they direct. That is what the
Constitution states and we do our job. History, on the other hand cannot be
denied. The truth must be brought to the foreground so that the strength of our
country, The children, can be taught the truth, or at least be given both sides
of the story. You have done a great job to bring out the truth. You should be
proud. Commander Bucher, I wrote you a letter while you were in the Court of
inquiry in San Diego,CA.
I was a sergeant in the Air Force then. I still have your reply on Pueblo
stationary. I have never forgotten the Pueblo
nor the Gulf of Tonkin
incidents. I want to send you my thanks for remaining true to your hearts and
keep the truth flowing. I hope someday this great country of ours will make an
effort to get the Pueblo back. I
noticed that on the official registry of the Navy she, the USS Pueblo (AGER2)
is still on active duty. I thank you again, and I remain a true friend and
brother veteran. Frank Irle Adkins
Date: Tue, 05 Dec
Hi, I would like to thank you for all the information you
have provided on this web site. It is very informative and useful. How can I
get copies of new paper articles concerning this incident? Although I was only
nine years old at the time, I still remember it well. My family was stationed
at Naha, Okinawa
at the time. I would like to pass on any information I can to my own kids. My
name is Robert M. Hagenson Jr., my uncle Jerry was a crewmen on board the
U.S.S. Pueblo. Thank You R.M. Hagenson
Date: Thu, 7 Dec
Greetings: My name is Charles Nothe. I would like to share
my story about the support role my unit played in the Pueblo
hijacking. I was stationed at KimpoAB,
Korea for thirteen months
from May 1967, until June of 1968. I was an airman who worked in air cargo at
the time in Det 5, 65th Military Airlift Wing. Once the Pueblo was taken by the
North Koreans, our lives changed dramatically. As you are aware, a massive
military buildup occurred. Our two flights on average per day increased to one
C-141 landing every twenty minutes twenty-four hours a day. At the time, we had
only five air cargo specialists assigned to Kimpo, yet for the first three
weeks of the buildup, we received no additional help. All the air cargo airmen
remained on duty twenty-four hours a day sleeping in the office and having box
lunches delivered on the flight line until we received TDY help from air force
bases around the world. The airmen unloading the aircraft volunteered to stay
on duty and to sleep in the air cargo office for two reasons. 1. We were going
to do whatever we could to help our fellow military men on the Pueblo,
and 2. Our pride would not allow an aircraft to have an offload delay due to
lack of personnel. No one at Kimpo expected anything in return except to
complete the job professionally which we did. Upon my return to the States and
an assignment at McGuire AFB, in New Jersey,
I later learned that our unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for
our efforts in support of the taking of the Pueblo.
I was proud to play
an important part in the buildup in support of our men on the Pueblo Charles
Date: Fri, 8 Dec
Good evening.. I was a journalist for Pacific Stars and
Stripes in Korea,
arriving there just after the seizure of the USS Pueblo. I was immediately
assigned to cover talks between the United
States and North
Korea and continued that coverage until my
departure from Korea
in October 1968. I am looking for copies of my news coverage. It was a period
of my journalistic life that I will always cherish. Can you help? Thank you.
Date: Sun, 10 Dec
Good evening, In 1966/67, I was a young electronics engineer
working for the Naval Ship Engineering Center (now SPAWAR) and assigned to
support outfitting the USS PUEBLO and PALM BEACH with cryptologic and
communications equipment. Our lead engineer was Mr. Joe Hull (he later held
high level positions with NSA and OSD). Other NAVSEC engineers were Dan Preece
and Paul Freund. We worked very close with COMNAVSECGRU (I don't remember their
lead but my guess would be CDR John Pope or CDR Steve Jauregui). I visited Bremerton
a number of times and had the opportunity to go to dinner once with CDR Bucher.
My primary responsibility was installation and checkout of the HF Radio Direction
Finder (If memory serves me, I believe that it was a Warner Lambert built and
Sanders Associates modified AN/SDR-7 or derivative – later Sanders Associates
converted the SRD –7s to AN/BRD-5s and BRD-6s for submarines). At one time, I
had a number of pictures of the USS PUEBLO but I haven't been able to locate
them. I am proud to have worked on the USS PUEBLO and for having met some of
the heroic men who served on her. V/R Ray LeSage
To : USS PUEBLO Veteran's Association
Chae Hoon YI , Chief Producer Munhwa Broadcasting
Corporation (MBC) 31, Yoido-dong, Youngdungpo-gu, Seoul, 150-728, Korea Tel:
82-2-789-1553 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com Dec 14,
2000 Warm greetings to you all from Seoul, Korea. My name is Chae Hoon YI, the
chief producer of one of the most influencial and renowned media, Munhwa
Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) in Seoul, Korea.
I am currently directing a 55-minute-documentary series called which has been
broadcasted since last year and gained a good reputation. It is an interesting
documentary program addressing historic issues which have been under the veil
due to the degree of sensitivity and limited amount of information on the basis
of testimonies of the people concerned with the issues. I am planning to
broadcast a documentary on in May, 2001. This program intends to provide a
creative perspective on the Incident by reapproaching the whole story with the
testimonies of Captain Bucher and the surviving crew and evaluating their
honorable activities. The most important part of all are the testimonies that
you and Captain Bucher will offer. If you kindly allow us to interview veterans
then I would like to visit your association with a production team during some
time in February next year. Along with the interviews I would like to take
pictures of the valuable documents, photographs and newspaper articles related
to the Incident. I hope that you would testify your 11-month experience under
detention in the North clearly and vividly. Also, I kindly request for the
supporting materials which can prove that the Pueblo was not operating within
North Korean territorial waters but within high seas on the point of seizure.
1. If the association have some people to recommend other than the six listed
below I would also like to interview them. The production team will visit their
homes to interview them. If the association can arrange a meeting place,
perhaps at your office, it is more than welcome and MBC will cover the costs
required (for interviews, travel expenses, accomodation). However, in that case
it is necessaryfor the interviewees to bring their photographs and documents or
any material related to the Incident from their place of residence. * Lloyd
Bucher (Captain, live in L.A.,
artist) & Rose Bucher * Don McClarren (President, Board of Directors) *
Stewart Russel (Chef of Pueblo,
living in EurekaCA)
* Lt Edward R. Murphy (Executive Officer, Navigator, living in La
MesaCA) * Lt Stephen Robert
Harris (Research Operations, residential area unknown) 2. We would like to pay
a visit to Duan Hodges family (living in Oregon Creswell) and hear their story,
about the pains, sorrows and their thoughts toward North
Korea. We would be grateful if you let us
know their contact details so that we can discuss beforehand. 3.Also, if you
have any suggestions on the topic please do not hesitate to tell me. I would
appreciate them. 4. Among the US
officials who were in the cease-fire committee and the people who negotiated
with the North for the deportation of the crew, we will contact the 5 people
listed below.If the association have some people to recommend other than the
six people we would also like to interview them. * John V. Smith (Chairman of
the cease-fire committee) * Daniel V. Gallery (published (1970), Rear Admiral
at that time) * Arthur Goldberg (US Ambassador to Korea
at that time) * James R. Lilley (US Ambassador to Korea)
5. As soon as I receive your affirmative reply I will hire a coordinator who
will contact you and set up every meeting details with you and guide our
production team in US. 6. Members of the production team: Director-Chae Hoon
YI, Assistant Director, Camera Man, Audio Man and Coordinator (5 people) 7.
Desired Interview Period: 3-4 days in February, 2001 8. Broadcasting Release and
Region: May, 2001, South Korea
and maybe US if exported I hope to hear from you soon.
With best regards, Yi Chae Hoon Chief Producer , MBC, Seoul,
Date: Fri, 15 Dec
My name is Dan Sturman. I am a journalist and documentary filmmaker
based in Los Angeles, and I've just
spent some time reading through your informative and impressive website. I'm
fascinated by the story of the USS Pueblo, and I'd like to explore the
possibility of producing a documentary film which would tell that story. I'm
curious if there have already been any documentaries made on the subject. And
I'd like to know how I might get in touch with some of the members of your
organization to see if there might interest in participating in a documentary.
Please let me know what you think ...
Date: Mon, 18 Dec
Hello I am Gary Tegel and I have been in and out of the Navy
for the Past 20 years and never heard the full story of the Pueblo.
I just finished reading Bucher: My Story. It was an eye opener. Then I decided
to check for a web site that had more current info. Thanks to your site I found
alot more. Just wanted to thank all of the men and crew of the Pueblo
for what you all endured. I am truly greatful for the example of all of you.
This will be passed on to my children as a famous story of curagious men and
families that had to endure much. I wish I could salute Commander Bucher and
tell him thank you. Maybe you could see that he gets a copy of this e-mail and
just let him know I respect him as a Naval Officer and enjoyed his book
tremedously. Also to his wife who was a true supporter from many miles away.
She is also a true american hero. Thank you for your site and keep the Pueblo
memory alive forever.
V/R HT2(SW) Tegel
Date: Sat, 23 Dec
Dear Sirs; As a career Army/Navy vet stationed in South
Korea during the entire Pueblo
incident I'm always researching this subject. In reading Robert Liston's book
"The Pueblo Surrender" Mr. Liston mentions a "movie" made
about the incident. Do you happen to know the name of the movie? I'd love to
see it. Thanks! /Roger Torbett, San Diego, CA
Date: Fri, 22 Dec
Sir, My name is Bill Lathim I was a CTO3 stationed in Bremerhaven,
Germany during the
capture of the Pueblo. I happened
to be on duty the night a FLASH message came accross the Teletype. I will never
forget how stunned I was to see this message that was being written as the ship
was being boarded. I will tell you the message was busted, and ended in E E E E
E, just so you will know I am for real. I along with I assume many other CT's
relayed this transmission to DIRNSA. I have always wondered who the brave sole
was that sent this message as bullets were flying. If you can find out who this
sailor was I would very much like to hear from him at the e-mail address above.
That message has always haunted me, especially since I received orders out of A
school in 1967 to be assigned temporary duty aboard the Pueblo.
Some how the next day my orders were changed to Germany.
Only because of a Government screw up was I not on the Pueblo.
I am now 52 years old living in the Boise, ID
Date: Sat, 23 Dec
Dear USS Pueblo webmaster, I am a recently retired Navy
Korean linguist. A friend of mine told me about your site. I visited there and
was impressed by the information and pictures displayed. I run an unofficial
site for the benefit of active duty and retired Navy and Marine Corp Korean
linguists. As intelligence professionals and Korean linguists, we are all
keenly aware of the Pueblo incident
and it's aftermath. As a matter of fact, the Pueblo
incident is sort of the reason we, as Korean linguists, exist. I was wondering
if it would be alright if I put a link to your site from mine? I already have a
picture of the Pueblo and it's logo
on the page. The page is located at:
http://www.geocities.com/exkorling/index.html I believe that all Korean
linguists should know and study the Pueblo
incident and it's aftermath so that it NEVER happens again. Thank you for your
time. I await your decision.
Sincerely, ===== Tim Miller
Date: Tue, 26 Dec
Howdy From Wyoming:
I was reading the USS Liberty page and came upon your link. I maintain a page
called G. I. Memories at http://www.gimemories.com and invite you to take a
look at it. If you so desire I would be more than happy to provide a link to
your page. Harry Meekins USAF Retired On my honor I will do my best to do my
duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at
all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally
straight. The Boy Scout Oath.
Date: Tue, 26 Dec
From: Christopher Czura
To whom it may concern: I would like to thank you for
creating a website to tell the story of the USS Pueblo. I have recently
inherited an autograph collection from my late grandmother, in which I found an
autograph of a crew member of the Pueblo.
Though the signature is illegible, the last name clearly begins with the letter
"B" and the letters "CDR. USN" appear beneath the
signature. I therefore believe that this is an autographed photo of the
Commander of the USS Pueblo, Peter Bucher, dated "12 Sept 1970". I would be more than happy
to scan this photograph and e-mail it to you, if you feel that it would be an
important and interesting addition to your site. With best wishes for the
holiday season and the new year, Chris
****************************************** Christopher J. Czura, M.S. President
Wordsmith for the Life Sciences, Inc.
Date: Fri, 29 Dec
I WAS ON THE DESTROYER HERBERT J. THOMAS DD-833 -- WE WERE ENROUTE TO YOKO WHEN
WE WERE ORDERED FLANK SPEED TO KOREA---
WE WERE THERE WITH A CARRIER, I DON'T REMEMBER FOR SURE WHICH ONE , I BELIEVE
IT WAS THE ENTERPRISE---- THERE WAS
PRACTICE FOR ATTEMPTING
A RESCUE OR RECOVERY OF THE PUEBLO---I
WAS A MACHINIST MATE IN FORWARD ENGINE ROOM---WE WERE OFF THE COAST FOR 3
MONTHS BEFORE LEAVING.
IT SEEMS LIKE THIS WAS HANDLED LIKE THE REST OF THE WAR WAS BEING