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January - December 2001

 

Date: Mon, 01 Jan 2001 23:02:44 -0500

I was a member of the Palm Beach commissioning crew. I came aboard as the senior Mat Man as a CTM1 but made chief on board in may 1968. Dave Maberry


Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 21:48:54 -0800

I enjoyed your web site in reference to the USS Pueblo very much. I too am a vet. I was very young when the event happened.. What has happened to the USS Pueblo. Is it still under North Korean control..? Was it ever returned to the U.S.? A comment at the end of the web site would be very nice. Thanks fellow veterans. RSVP VanVacas


Date: Tues, 09 Jan 200117:58:53 MST

I was a radioman stationed in Yokosuka, Japan during the seizure of the USS Pueblo. My job was in the ship-to-shore (CW) comms center and we relayed radio circuit activation info to the CT site at Kamiseya for both the Banner and Pueblo (along with other comms duties). I was not on duty the day the Pueblo was seized but did have comms with her a few days prior. I found out about the seizure of the Pueblo when I was on liberty and a fellow radioman came running into my room with the morning "Stars and Stripes" with the photo and headline telling of the capture. I can remember being extremly pissed off, at the time. Upon hearing the news we were all ordered back to base and remained there on comms watch for sleepless days and convienced by our watch officers that war with North Korea was just hours away. I do not have perfect recall of the days prior to the seizure, but I do remember the problems Pueblo radiomen had in being able to attain consistant comms with us. They would contact us, by not using the Pueblo's usual 4 letter radio call sign, but used a 2 letter 4 digit call sign. However, I was a relatively experienced comms operator and could identify the tone of the Pueblo's radio transmitter and felt resonably certain about the ship identity when they attempted to contact us. We were only a relay point for the ultimate comms with the CT's at Kamiseya. We always gave their message traffic the highest priority. Sometimes the radioman aboard the Banner and Pueblo would try to contact us on several of our primary frequency's before we were able to pick up their signal. I can remember that a few days prior to the seizure it took! us some time to finally get the correct "circuit activation codes" to relay to K! amiseya, so they could actually activate a network to pass messages. It was frustrating at times and I believe that this issue may have been a problem during the Pueblo's seizure. The only one that would know for sure, would be the radioman aboard the Pueblo that was "working" the circuit activation on that date. I have some fague memories of "suits" with shoulder holsters coming into our comms room and taking a large 8 track reel-to-reel tape that monitored our radio traffic. They shuffled in and out of the crypto room for days. I was never interviewed. I thought a little strange at the time the the investigators never talked with any radiomen at Yokosuaka to ask us any questions about our radio routines with the Pueblo or Banner. Maybe they had good reasons. I have no idea. I wish I had more info to pass along. I just remember being very frustrated and saddened at that event. Being one of the lead radiomen in my section, I have often felt that if I had been on duty that day, maybe I could have been of some help with my experience at helping establish a quicker comms net for the crew. After the insodent, I volunteered to go to the Naval Command site on the Korean DMZ, I nearly went, but they wanted to keep me at the comms site in Yokosuka and train new CW operators being assigned there. In June 1968 the CW room was transfered from Yokosuka to Kamiseya. I was the radio operator to officially receive the last CW radio transmittion from a ship, before transfer. I was in Kamiseya until July 1969. From there I received orders to the Brown Water Navy in South Vietnam. I spent most of my time on the Mekong Delta as comms support for River Patrol Boat Division 572 and made several patrols with units and was involved in a number of fire fights. In Sept 1970, I left the Navy and returned to civilian life. Today I live with my wife in Orange County, Calif and work in the design of cellular telephones. I would like to pass along my kindest regards to all the survivors of the Pueblo and their families. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Regards, Dennis J. Walker (RM3 - Navcommsta Japan, 1967-1969)


Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 21:03:21 -0500

Has the USS Pueblo been recovered? Is still on 'active' status in the Navy? Thanks, Mark Bellis

Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 23:15:46 EST

I was a yeoman in the Armistice Affairs Division, United Nations Command from the beginning of the incident until June of 1968. I signed for the SECRET message coming in to our office that had the title "U.S. ship taken by North Koreans." I brought the message into Colonel John Lucas' office. He told me to leave and close the door. Within about an hour the entire AAD staff came in for the first meeting . I was driven to the DMZ by an MP that night to deliver the first message from the United Nations to the North Koreans to be presented at a Military Armistice Committee meeting demanding the return of the Pueblo and its crew. Colonel Lucas gave me a .45 for protection on the drive up since the North Koreans had attacked the Blue House just days before. Like I would have known what to do with a .45! I don't know to this day why it took so long to free the crew since the precedent of apologizing and denying the apology had been established in an earlier case called "Stutz and Volts". Two army helicopter crewmen who strayed over North Korea and were shot down. One was killed and the other was returned after we apologized. I remember at Xmas of '68 in Sasebo reading in Stars and Stripes when my carrier, the Hornet pulled in that the crew had been released. I was sorry I wasn't in Korea when it happened. I'm glad I stumbled on to your website. I didn't think anyone remembered this event which is so memorable to me. Terry McGinn YN3, USNR COMNAVFORKOREA AAD/UNC 14 MAY 67-15 JUN 68


Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 17:01:35 -0500

To whom it may concern, My name is Robert Jackson and I'm a First Class Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy. I have a question concerning the famous picture of the crew where they were suppose to be inconspicuously sticking out their middle fingers to "Give the Bird or Hawaiian Good Luck Symbol" to the North Koreans. I recently read a conflicting story while looking through a book on photo analysis. I'm sorry I don't recall the title and author but according to the passage he wrote concerning the subject picture, he stated he made an incorrect analysis of the crew's intent and after receiving a letter from a relative of one of the crew (didn't state the name) informing him that they were actually spelling out help in sign language. Could you please, if possible, tell me if they were actually giving the bird to the North Koreans or signing of help? I have many an occasion to relate naval history to juniors and don't want to give them bad gouge. I'd greatly appreciate any help you can provide. Respectfully, Robert A. Jackson PO1 USN


Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 18:37:47 -0500

Dad - I sent you a copy of this because I wanted to be sure you knew I finally went to the website. Only problem was I spent about 3 hours there and now I have to study.... Gentlemen, I just wanted to say "Bravo Zulu" My father, Norm Spear, told me to visit this website before I left the Navy's Submarine force to pursue a civilian career, but my computer fell on hard times and decided it didn't want to be online in the State of Georgia anymore. My interest in the Pueblo and her crew, although it started when I was much younger, become even more of an issue during my time on the boat. I used your experiences (and still do) as a guideline when guys thought they were getting "screwed" by whatever the Navy was throwing them at the time. It still amazes me to this day that such a horrible thing could have happened to any member of the world's "Finest Navy." The "forced sacrifice" that was given by the crew will always make me consider myself not only lucky, but humbled that such a thing never happened to me. I regret however that I am not so sure that had my father not been onboard, I would even know about this since it happened before I was born and was never covered in my history classes or in any of my naval training. This website will hopefully maintain the record that this did happen and that the United States should never allow such a thing to happen ever again. Thank you for your time and effort. Bill Spear


Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 20:26:23 EST

My father was a part of the task force which was sent to rescue the U. S. S. Pueblo in 68. But, to navel records they were in Yokosuka, Japan. The task force include the U. S. S. Ticonderoga (CV-14), the U.S.S. Preble (DLG-15) her call sign was bonecrusher angle, the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVAN-65), the U.S.S. Jouett (DLGN-29), U.S.S. Truxtin, and the U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), the U.S.S. Oriskany (also refered to as the Smokey "O") where some of the ships that were sent to rescue the U.S.S. Pueblo in 68. Sincerely, Thomas Eddleman


Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 21:29:42 EST

To the Honorable crew of the USS Pueblo; I served on the USS Banner AGER-1 from December 1, 1967 until her de-comission in November 1969. As a young 19 year old fireman apprentice I will never forget coming back from liberty to see The USS Pueblo tied inboard, and The USS Banner tied outboard at pier eight south. I guess I never thought about the navy having two ships that looked alike. All these years I have felt guilty because you had to come to Japan and take our place. As I remember, we were supposed to set sail on that mission. Our skipper wanted us to have additional liberty. We were having to go out for 3-4 weeks at a time and only be in port 3-5 days. I remember being glad that another ship was there to share the duty. I do not know why anyone had to be subjected to the torture and mistreatment that the crew of the Pueblo was. I'll never know if I could have been as strong or brave as you were. Being an American has always made me proud. But I will never understand or be able to justify the lack of response our government showed you. Know ye crew of the USS Pueblo that God has a special place for you. You were spared for a reason. You will forever be in my memory and my prayers. Thank you for giving service above and beyond the call of duty. If your travels ever take you through Fort Worth, Texas, feel free to call on a friend. I'll be there. Respectfully Yours, George Ellerbee Engineman 2nd class (once upon a time)


Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 11:32:12 -0500

Sir: As this is the month, which is the aniversary of your crew's capture and internment, I'm writing an article for our publication, Surface Warfare about the "Pueblo incident." This official magazine is produced by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs' Surface Warfare Directorate, and serves as a historical and professional journal for enlisted and officer personnel serving in today's surface fleet. I. therefore, request permission to publish some of the crewmembers' anicdotes posted to your website as part of the article. You can see past electronic versions of the publication at http://surfacewarfare.nswc.navy.mil. A link exists at the bottom of the page, which will take you to the magazine. We are currently finishing the January/February issue for release in early February, and would like to include this story while it remains timely. Your swift reply would be appreciated. We would also be pleased to provide copies of the published magazine containing the article to your association. Respectfully, Dick Cole Editor in Chief Surface Warfare (OPNAV N76) Crystal Plaza Arlington, VA


Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 22:01:46 +0900

First off, let me compliment you for a very educational website. I am a SERE Instructor in the US Air Force, providing training to aircrew members on how to deal with captivity. Your site has proved to be treasure trove of information on North Korean captivity, and with your written permission I would like to use some of the prepared articles on the site in a newletter-type distribution I am designing for study by our aircrew. This would be a newletter designed to prepare them for captivity and to familiarize them with past POW incidents. I look forward to your reply. Thank you, Jim Kysar USAF SERE Instructor


Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 9:20:1 -0500

On this the 33rd anniversary of the taking of AGER-2, I'd like to pass on my support to the survivors of the Pueblo Incident. I believe that we may someday bring her home. In fact, I think we should demand that our property be returned to us. I am also know as exkorling@yahoo.com. The guy who runs the Korling HQ website (www.geocities.com/exkorling/index.html). Korean linguists around the world send our thanks for your sacrifices. --- Timothy Miller


Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 16:31:06 -0500

Dear Crew Members of the Pueblo, Today belongs to you the crew of the USS Pueblo (AGER-2) . I wish you all good health and safety for today and the rest of your lives. You are all in my prayers. John Hrankowski Rochester, New York USS Liberty Survivor http://www.ussliberty.com


Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 21:52:23 -0000

My congratulations on a most comprehensive and interesting account of this incident. Capt. A.K. Erskine CD (Ret) Royal Winnipeg Rifles


Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 12:25:00 -0800

Just wanted to let you know I remembered you guys today, as I do especially every january 23rd. God Bless each of you. Earl Cooley Former Yeoman for RADM Frank L. Johnson


Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 06:32:39 -0800

I don't know if you were aware of this, but the USS Truxtun and USS Enterprise were tasked to be prepared for an attack on Korea. We departed our position off the coast of Viet Nam to arrive at coordinates off the coast of Korea and "steam." The admiral on the Enterprise felt the directive to "steam" was not clear and chose to steam directly toward Wonson harbor. We of course followed. When an Air Force overflight noticed the direction of our path, they radioed back a query asking if an attack order had been given. We received new orders to return to those same coordinates and "steam in circles." While steaming in circles, a boatswains mate was polishing brass on the bridge and inadvertently triggered the general quarters alarm. Everyone paused for a second looking at each other and lurched into action. That was the shortest time that we manned stations and set zebra on the Truxtun. Jerry in Little Rock Ltjg, USN Retired


Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 21:02:04 -0600

My name is Ron Stevenson, and I am an active duty CTIC(SS/NAC). I know that the anniversary is not a time for congratulations, but I do feel that it is a time for thanks to you all as well as those shipmates that have departed. I have been a KORLING my entire career and have studied much of the incident itself, as well as the aftermath. God bless you all as I feel that you gentleman are a fine representation of the U.S. Navy. Very respectfully, Ron Stevenson


Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 13:07:46 -0500

Here's a well wishing e-mail to say I didn't forget the anniversary. God Bless. Dick Carlson USS Liberty AGTR-5 survivor USN Retired


Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 17:06:51

As a wounded survivor of the attack on the USS Liberty all of you have my greatest sympathy and admiration for the ordeal you suffered 33 years ago and in your minds every day. Although we aboard the Liberty did not suffer the pain and tribulations of captivity, we certainly can share in the horror of unexpected and uncalled for attack by a foreign power. The greatest indignity to me then and now was the utter sense of abandonment by our government in the time of our greatest need. I can never condone nor forgive this injustice to the Liberty or the Pueblo. I personally was wounded by an armor-piercing anti-personnel rocket to the left side of my body after assisting Lt. James Ennes, the author of "The Assualt on the Liberty" following his wounds sustained while on the bridge during the 3rd strafing run by Isaerli aircraft. Following three surgeries and a month leave at home, I was re-assigned to the U.S. Naval Communications Station, Honolulu where I was on duty the night of the attack on your ship. Our entire group unsuccessfully tuned into the distress frequency given to us by CINCPAC for a number of hours before being told to mention nothing of this incident to anyone. It was approximately 12-16 hours later that the news of the attack on your ship was made public. I only hope that some day both stories will be fully and openly revealed to the American public and the world. All of us have suffered through no fault of our own and hopefully we can put the bad memories to rest.

Thank you and God bless you all. Kenneth P. Ecker CTR 3 USS Liberty survivor dahma@localline.com


Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 12:17:16

I would like to take a few minutes to send a note of thanks for your service and sacrifices. As a Korean Linguist in the Navy, I want you to know that your service hasn't been forgotten and the memory of the USS Pueblo remains as a core motivating factor in the Korean Linguist community to this day. We train so that it will never happen again. We look forward to the day that the USS Pueblo is returned to where it belongs. Respectfully Phillip C. Lee CTI1 USN


Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 11:27:26 EST

Pueblo Crew Members - Just a short note to let you know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as your 33 year anniversary came and went. It seems that we are all a forgotten bit of "official" history. I sincerely wish all of you the best that life can bring. Lt Lloyd C. Painter (USNR) USS Liberty AGTR-5


Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 19:25:34 -0600 T

On behalf of the crew and families of the USS Liberty I just wanted to drop a note to our brothers on the USS Pueblo and their families that we remember you during this time of the year that brings back memories of what seems to be just yesterday. Warmest regards, Joe Meadors Vice President USS Liberty Veterans Association http://www.ussliberty.com


Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 17:34:39 -0500

After a crewmember contacted the buyer of a bogus Pueblo ashtray sold online, buyers response follows: Hi Sir! well youre not the bearer of bad news-youre the bearer of the truth and for that i am very thankful! The seller could not provide me with background info and has thus far failed to contact me! Bless you for telling me about the official site -I will go there to see items I know I can trust! Well, my father was a civilian Puget Sound Naval Shipyard worker here in Bremerton and worked on your ship here. And I myself am a Bremerton City Councilmember whos trying to find some Pueblo items for our city"s 100th. ann. thats why my interest in this ashtray-were going to have a photo display on you guys that im putting togehter by March..thousands will see this display and learn again about your voyage/bravery! I have been in contact with your then CMDR. Bucher and I even gave him some items from his old home here in Bremerton-Im very aware of both your voyage,N.Koreas real mission-kw-7, and the extreme bravery all of you went thru in the face of an enemy using extermley sadist torture-Im proud of every member of your crew-especially Bucher and the marines the KORCOMS singled out for even harsher treatment.And Im going to stress your bravery again!Never forget! a good motto to remeber your mission by.My research also showed that Duane Hodges was Brem. police chief for a day in May,1967! You are all amazing heros! Thank you for setting me straight! Ed


Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 13:52:17

My Name is Dave Burpee and I'm the webmaster for The Department Of Maine VFW. Our Voice Of Democracy contest winner this year was written by a POW's (USS Pueblo)Daughter. I'm Posting it on our internet site and would like to use the pic and patch from your site. I will of course give a link back to your site. Attached you will find the essay. Thank You In advance Dave Burpee Sr Vice VFW Post 2744 Navy Sea Bees RVN 70/71 www.MaineVFW.homestead.com


Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 19:28:06 -0500

Hello, As the last "O" brancher to serve on the USS Banner, I was pleased to find this Web Site. I served on the Banner after the Pueblo's capture. In fact, I received early orders while serving on Section 1 at USNSGA Kamiseya, Japan, to the Banner. However, prior to reporting aboard on 4 July 1969 at Pier 8-south in Yokosuka, I was sent to S.E.R.E. school in San Diego. Most all Banner crew, evidently, were sent through S.E.R.E. after the Pueblo experience. I surmise this is a way the higher ups in the chain of command were attempting to cover their butts. In any event, after I reported aboard on Independence Day, we never left the pier again save for one evening in Tokyo Bay to shoot skeet and run up the communications link with Kami. The only other thing we spent any time on, and it was a lot, was on port side repel boarder drills and working on system destruct drills with the large thermite slabs that the gunners mate would bring up from their spaces and wire to our open equipment. Of course, this system was retrofitted after the Pueblo capture. By the way, my first day watch as an "O" brancher at Kamieya was on January 23, 1968. I had just started on Section 1 with a first eve watch the preceding Sunday. Therefore, I was in the comm. center working the receive bank with another new watch-stander when all hell broke loose. J.C. Cone, our section's asst. communications chief was the individual who chatted point-to-point with Don McClarren on the KW-7 link before the circuit was lost upon the Pueblo being boarded. The following year, April 1969, I was the tech controller responsible for maintaining contact with "Peter Rabbit", the recon flight out of Atsugi which was flying off the Korean coast snooping. As you may recall, the Koreans shot down the plane and I lost several friends, including an "O" branch colleage, Steve Tesmer, in that incident. I was moved to try to find your Web site after seeing a recent History Channel documentary on the Pueblo incident. Just wanted to share my own experiences and tell the Pueblo crew how proud I am of all of them, especially Cmdr. Bucher.

God bless you all. John McQuaid CTO

 


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Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 11:49:59 -

Hello, my name is Jack Cramer, I'm trying to find out what U.S. Navy ships participated in the task force sent to the Sea of Japan, off Wonsan, North Korea, to aid in the release or rescue of the PUEBLO during her attack or capture ? Apparently, or I was told by a former ship mate who remained in the U.S. Navy a few years after my honorable discharge, that our ship, USS UHLMANN DD-687 participated in the rescue as a support vessel for one of the carriers, in addition, we were to receive a service ribbon or medals (Korean Expedition and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross) which I never received due to an early out to play college football. If you have any information on the USS UHLMANN DD-687 and it's participation in the PUEBLO rescue/task force or citations, medals issued to her crew, please let me know as my service to my country during the Vietnam War means a great deal to me. . . Thank You, Sincerely, Jack B. Cramer


Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2001 08:28:49 -0800

May no one ever forget. As a survivor from the USS Liberty I wish you well and regret I missed, your anniversery. I have been so busy I have had a hard time keeping up with work and Liberty issues. As our coutry seems to pay less and less attention to veterans, I hope your service is never forgotten. Donald W Pageler


Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 15:23:37 -

My name when I served in the US Navy as a CT was Leon Ivery. I was aboard the USS Liberty, and subsequently received orders to serve at CINCPAC. I was on watch when the Pueblo's messages (Flash) were being relayed to DIRNSA, etc. After that I was ordered to NAVCOMSTAWASH, where I transcribed notes at Commander Bucher's trials. Over the past 30 years, I finally was able to contact an old shipmate from the Liberty, through their website. What a reunion! I saw recent photos of Commander Bucher and his family, as well as those of the late Captain McGonagle. I will be visiting down in Virginia in a couple of weeks in hopes of meeting Commander Bucher, and survivors of the Liberty assault. I am in the process of becoming a USS Liberty Veteran Association member. I also have special ties to the USS Pueblo as well. Let me know how I can help.


Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 22:20:36

Dear USS Pueblo Veterans Association, My name is Christos Frentzos and I am currently working on a Ph.D. in History at the University of Houston. I received my Master's degree in History from the University of New Orleans in 1996 and wrote my thesis on the Pueblo Incident. I am planning on continuing my analysis of the Pueblo incident for my doctoral dissertation. As significant as the seizure was, it is amazing how little attention the incident has received from historians during the last 30 years. This is just one of the problems I hope to address with my research which will eventually be published as a full length book once completed. One of the problems I have experienced is that it is very difficult to get good primary documents from the intelligence agencies, especially NSA. Nevertheless, with the end of the Cold War and the availability of new archives, I am convinced that the time has come for a new examination of the incident to help place it into the larger context of U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War. I am about six months away from pursuing this objective full time, as I am currently finishing up course work. However, I would eventually like to talk to any member of the crew who may be interested in granting an interview. I am also interested in learning if you are aware of any other historians who are planning or have recently published any new accounts of the incident. Any assistance or advice that you feel would benefit my research would be greatly appreciated. Also if there is anything I can do to help you please let me know. I would be more than happy to send you a copy of my thesis if you would like.

I can be reached via e-mail at cgjw@earthlink.net Sincerely, Christos Frentzos


Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 21:13:08

Hello, You have a good and informative site. I have an intrest in the USS Pueblo and was able to find more information at this site than any place else. You may not be interested in my little tidbit, but I thought I would share my very small story. The USS Pueblo was the reason that I served duty in Korea from January 1968 to January 1969. At he time I was a 18 year old PFC in the US Army, B Btry., 6th Bn., 37th Arty. On day I was in a guard shack and the radio was on a Korean (propaganda station I suppose) radio station. I was a soldier and did not know the Navy ranks very well, so I am not sure who I was listening to at the time, but I suppose it was the XO or the CO of the USS Pueblo. Some of the crew was being interviewed by the North Koreans and questions were asked to some person of the Pueblo crew. I can't remember all of the questions or exactly how they were asked. I remember two statements or questions. The North Korean (in English) said that they were providing certain needs to the Pueblo crew. If I remember right he asked the Pueblo spokesman to comment. The crew member, who I suppose may have been the XO or CO replied that they were allowed to play volly ball and that (eye) glasses had been provided to a crew member. I don't think that the glasses really were provided and after serving there for a year I imagine what the Pueblo crew's diet may have been like. I know it was bad for them. I only served in the country and it was no cake walk. I know it was bad for them. The soldiers were ready to do whatever may have been called for, but of course, we never had any order given. Anyway, the story is very insignificant. I think of those days from time to time and I think of that day listening to that propaganda. When I saw this site, I thought I would tell my small story. Who ever gave that interview; he might say to himself, "Oh, yeah, I had forgotten about that, but now it's interesting to remember. And I'm glad that there were those that listened, cared and were ready to come and get us....if the could have." I was a Spec. 4 when I got out of the Army, went into the city of Houston Fire Department and simultaneously served in the US Coast Guard Reserve and retired as a CWO-4. I appreciate reading your site and I appreciate the contribution given of the crew of the US Pueblo. James Holden


Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 15:58:55

The DMZ Vets group will be having a reunion in Washington, DC June 8,9,10,2001. There will be a special memorial service June 9,2001 at 11 am at Arlington National Cemetary,sponsored by No Greater Love, a national organization which recognizes families and friends of soldiers, sailors and airmen killed in "lesser conflicts", such as the Korean conflict after the war "ended". It is a way to remember Dwayne Hodges. I will see that he is included in this ceremony, along with my buddy, Michael Rymarczuk who was killed July 30,1968 in an ambush in the DMZ. If any of you want to come to the reunion, you will be welcomed with open arms. If the family of Dwayne Hodges wants to come, that would be fine. No Greater Love has annual ceremonies for Desert Storm vets and families, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, and the Beruit bombing, among others. We will be staying at the Holiday Inn at Rosslyn at Arlington, Va. Contact me if you want information about our reunion or the memorial service. David Benbow DMZ Vets


Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 00:39:31

I am writing a history paper for a Cold War history class and have chosen the USS Pueblo Incident - mainly Commander Pete Bucher. This paper will be written as a museum script with museum articles. I want it to be a nice as possibl - a real tribute to a man who I think is a hero in every sense. If there is a way I can contact Commander Bucher, I would like to be able to get the highlights of his life - mainly what made him decide to join the Navy in the first place and some of this adventures and how life has been since the Pueblo Incident. The USS Pueblo Incident is one of those memories I have not forgotten, mainly because I met Pueblo survivor Michael Alexander when I was a Senior in High School as he lived in the same area I did. He had only been released as a detainee for a short time. I was very sorry to see is deceased. If you can or will help me I would appreciate it! Thank you! Phyllis L. Tompkins


Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 19:01:17

Dear Pueblo Site - I remember the weeks and months of hearing the Pueblo story in my girlhood. It seemed constantly on the radio - coming out on the news. Yet though ignorant of so much, I recall wondering why the Captain and crew were being persecuted afterwards by the Navy? They were the victims - why were they being accused? Some years ago I was able to read C. Bucher's story, and my anger at our Navy and our Government's incompetence - not to mention complicity or traitorism - knew no bounds. Indeed, what could be done when the boat was so entirely and overwhelmingly overpowered. It happened again with the deliberate downing of the Korean Air flight in the '80's - which had an American Congressman on board. Not a thing was done about it. As Sen. Joe McCarthy discovered in the '50's, there were at least 3 spy rings in the State Department. Nothing was done about that either - so, it figures that the Pentagon, too, may be infiltrated. How disgusting for America - how disheartening for the enlisted man. The true story of the USS Liberty is getting out and about now. May the Pueblo story have it's day too. Having just started to surf this subject today, and just found your site, I also only just discovered that Bowen died on my birthday. May God bless the men of the USS Pueblo. Mary McHugh


Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 15:12:32

thanks for the info. my son needs on his school report. douglas brittain hempfarm


Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 15:42:59

Gentlemen: I contacted you some weeks ago and requested permission to utilize some of the information from your phenomenal web site in the preparation of an article for the Navy's Surface Warfare magazine of which I am the Editor in Chief, and you were kind enough to grant that permission. Since writing you, I have read LTJG Schumacher's book, Mr. Armbrister's book, Mr. Brandt's book, CDR Bucher's book and studied the material on your site. I am preparing to write the article for our March/April issue of the magazine. I'm writing again to request your assistance. I did a comprehensive search of the web resources of the Defense Visual Information Center for Pueblo-related photography, only to discover that all photos of the ship and crew had been turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). When I submitted a research request for them to find photos for us, they were only able to find four, and none of them were in color. I don't mind using black and white photos, if necessary, but I would prefer to use color pictures if I can obtain them. Would it be possible for you to loan us a color photo of AGER-2 which we can scan and return? Would it be possible to get your assistance also in obtaining a copy of the photo of the Pueblo with Pyongyang in the background taken by Joseph O'Brien which appears on your site? I want to do you folks justice in the article I am preparing. I feel it is time that an official Navy publication gives you a fair shake. The article will appear as part of a new feature called "Honor, Courage and Commitment" -- the Navy's core values. The first article to be published as part of this recurring feature is about Sen. J. Robert Kerrey -- a former Navy SEAL who lost his leg in Vietnam and was awarded the Medal of Honor. It is part of the magazine presently at our printer and will be posted to our website shortly. Our young Sailors need to be aware of the things that happened to the crew of Pueblo and how well you represented us all during your difficult internment. That's the story I want to tell. I am also trying to contact the CBS Archives to attempt to get some of the photos of you folks giving the "Hawaiian Good Luck Sign" to use as part of the story. In closing, thanks for the fabulous website your organization has put together, and for your permission in being permitted to use material from it in my article. If you will provide me with an address where hard copies of the magazine should be mailed, I'd be happy to provide you several copies for you to distribute to your members. I'll also advise you when it has been posted to our website where you will be able to access it.

Very Respectfully, Dick Cole Editor in Chief Surface Warfare magazine (OPNAV N76)


Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 11:29:34

I looked up your web page for the first time today. I am impressed. The USS Pueblo Veterans' Association has done a very nice job. Congratulations. I am speaking to a Kiwanis group here in Arizona Tuesday and looked up some background information for my talk. I had in involvement with the incident that may be buried in NSA materials. I was aboard the submarine that left Yokosuka Harbor three days before the USS Pueblo. I remember standing on the deck of the sub (I'm sorry but I can't for the life of me remember the name of the sub as I did four sub trips and it WAS almost thirty years ago) and saluting the Pueblo as we steamed out. I knew that there were probably people I knew from Language School in Monterey aboard the Pueblo as you were on the same kind of mission we were. Indeed, I later found out that Bob Chicca was aboard and one of those captured. I knew Bob when we were in language school. He was a Korean language student while I was a Chinese language student. I'm pretty sure we were on the same floor and wing of the barracks there in Monterey. Anyway, I distinctly remember be awakened in the middle of the night and being told that our mission had received a radio message from Japan that was very important and they couldn't break it out. I was the one who usually decrypted our messages in the radio shack. So I got up and reworked the basket on the crypto gear and put the paper tape back through. It was the announcement that the USS Pueblo had been fired upon by North Koreans and our mission orders suddenly were changed. That was one weird mission from then on. I didn't find Bob Chicca's address in your Web page other than the fact that he lives in Bonita, California. I remember a newspaper article on the tenth (?) anniversary of the release of the crew from North Korea. If memory serves, Bob was mentioned in the article and was not a happy camper (or exprisoner as the case was) and many in the crew were unhappy over the U.S. response to the whole incident. If you could get a message to Bob Chicca and have him email me, I'd like to correspond with him and see how he is doing. Thanks. Harvey L. Lee, USN honorably discharged. 1964-68 I got out of the Navy in August of 1968 and was a civilian when the crew was released.


Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2001 23:10:16

Hello, my name is Walter Wilson. I work as an intern for constituent correspondence with Senator Tom Daschle in Washington D.C. I recently recieved a letter expressing concern over the current status of the USS Pueblo. I would appreciate your help in locating documents which contain the terms to which the Pueblo was abandoned in North Korea. I am also curious to know if any effort is being put forth by your organization or another organization to get the Pueblo returned to the United States. Thank you for your help. Walter Wilson


Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2001 21:22:35

To whom it may concern, Hello, my name is Kendall Cripe and I am a sophmore at the university of clorado at boulder. For my International Behaviors class, I am to do a 30-50 page research paper, and i have chosen the USS Pueblo incident as my topic. I would greatly appreciate it. if you could guide me to some places that would be good to do research in. my e-mail is Kendall.Cripe@colorado.edu Thanks, kendall Cripe


Date:Tue,6Mar200105:24:23 EST

I was thinking it's about time the Pueblo had it's own poem. Feel free to
use it or not. Let me know if you would like some changes in it.

Remember The Pueblo

THE U.S.S. PUEBLO'S FATE WAS NOT KIND HER OFFICERS AND CREW WERE READY TO ALIGN. WITH MISINFORMATION AND NO FEAR TO TREAD
SHE SAILED ON HER MISSION FULL SPEED AHEAD. WHO COULD HAVE KNOWN WHAT WAS IN STORE SHE WAS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS, NOT CLOSE TO SHORE. AS THE NORTH KOREANS APPROACHED THAT DAY THE PUEBLO KNEW SHE WAS IN HARM'S WAY. WITHOUT ANY GUIDELINES OF WHAT WAS EXPECTED
IT WAS CLEAR THAT THE PUEBLO HAD BEEN NEGLECTED. THE AIRWAYS WERE BUZZIN', "WHAT SHOULD WE DO? REPEL BOARDERS, OR TRY TO HEAVE TO?"

AS THE SHELLS TORE THE METAL OF HER SKIN IT WAS APPARENT HOW VULNERABLE SHE HAD BEEN. OUT MANNED,OUT GUNNED AND OVER POWERED
THE PUEBLO WAS UPON HER DARKEST HOUR. FIREMAN DUANE HODGES LOST HIS LIFE THAT DAY "JUST A CASUALTY OF WAR", SOME MIGHT SAY.
COMMANDER BUCHER AND EIGHTY ONE [sic] MORE WOULD LIKE TO RETURN AND SETTLE THE SCORE. TO THE U.S.S. PUEBLO AND THE SHIP'S CREW
FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM, WE'RE ALL PROUD OF YOU. FURTHER WORDS OF WISDOM ARE NOT MINE TO GIVE BUT AS LONG AS I BREATHE YOUR STORY WILL LIVE.

 

GEORGE ELLERBEE
U.S.S. BANNER
AGER-1


Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 22:57:27 EST

Dear Sirs,
I am the webmaster for the USS Halsey veterans association. Come see our new home at USSHalsey.org. I read that the Halsey was part of the actions to get the Pueblo free. Some of the men that were on the Halsey in 68 will find the Halsey's new site soon and one of them might want to write about those days. I would like to put a link up on the Halsey's site to the Pueblo just in case we find that person to write that story. I would like your permission for the link and if you would be so kind, place a link to the
Halsey's home page on yours.

Sincerely,
Larry W. Wells
USS Halsey DLG/CG-23
FTM2 1976 to 1979


Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001

Hello. My name is Min-Young Kim, working at Washington D.C. I have been doing research on Pueblo affair for MBC, Korean TV broadcast, which is making documentary on it. I would like to talk somebody there to get some help. Could you let me know phone number, please? Thank you so much.


Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 09:47:39

Intelligence Officers and Analysts 14 March, 2001

We have many stories about the US Navy bouncing about in the media and just as many suggested scenarios from authors who have probed and analyzed and given us new perspectives to ponder. Far back was the attack on the US Liberty by Israeli military forces. Then there was the USS Pueblo and our abandonment of that ship to the North Korean government. Recently, we have been exposed to the USS Greeneville submarine and its collision with the Ehime Maru in Hawaiian waters. While we're so focused on the United States Navy, we might also consider the plight of another vessel that preceded the USS Pueblo as the first American warship to be surrendered to an enemy.

- - - - - - - CAPTAIN BAINBRIDGE HAD HIS ORDERS TO BLOCKADE THE HARBOR - - INCOMING INTELLIGENCE LED HIM TO DIVIDE HIS FORCES AND HIS UNITED STATES WARSHIP WAS CAPTURED BY THE ENEMY After only four hours of battle the Captain of the American frigate USS Philadelphia lowered the American flag and surrendered to the Pasha's men inside Tripoli Harbor - - - - - - - - BEST VIEWED ON EXPLORER BROWSERS http://www.thepalmerpress.com/tripoli.html
JACK MORRIS


Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 09:36:47

Your site is very impressive in its comprehensive coverage of the "legal" aspects of the Pueblo incident. I would like to pass along some of the ripple effects of the Pueblo ordeal. I was a CTT1 aboard the USNS Muller (1967-68). The crew of the Muller was spared the fate suffered by the crew of the Pueblo only because we had an armed US destroyer as an escort. The only reason we had that escort was because of the Pueblo. During a spring storm, the Muller suffered an engine failure, while on her track about 7 miles north of Havana. The winds were out of the north and threatened to beach us. We took a tow from the destroyer and were able to keep off the beach until emergency repairs could be made to our engine. Just like the Pueblo, we were unprepared to contend with a determined boarding party. Our weapons were only small arms and grenades. The Cubans had made many practice torpedo runs at us, so we knew we would face 50Cal machine guns and torpedoes. If we had to take to the lifeboats, I'm convinced there would have been loss of life, due to the heavy seas. Throughout my tour on the Muller, we were all inspired by the Pueblo crew and disgusted with the lack of retaliation from our government. One Pueblo article provided particular inspiration and a feeling of kinship with her crew. During our days at CT school in Pensacola, Florida, each Plan of the Day contained a "supposedly" random article from the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The young sailor(s) who composed this POD always found an article that had something to do with SEX. In each case, the article concluded with the phrase, "penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the act." As we stood each day in formation, the entire assembly would mouth those words as they were read aloud by the officer or petty officer in charge. Every CT in the world knew that the Pueblo crew was putting the North Koreans on, when the crew's "confession" was published. The article said that the crew admitted that they did, indeed, intrude slightly into North Korean territorial waters, and they were aware that ... "penetration, however slight, was sufficient to complete the act." It was BEAUTIFUL! William (Skip) Hard (CTT1)


Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2001 17:02:47

I stumbled upon your site today and was fascinated. I am an Army Korean linguist x 17 years and as a member of a remains repatriation team spent 26 days in the DPRK last summer. Most of the time in the DPRK we were in the countryside working but prior to flying out we spent a day in Pyongyang and were taken siteseeing. After our tour of the Fatherland Liberation War Victory Museum we were bussed to the USS Sherman monument and walked down the stairs to the wharf and boarded the USS Pueblo. We were given a tour by the NKN folks who "man" the Pueblo today. After 13+ years in Korea I never expected to visit the DPRK, ever. To go there and see the Pueblo was stunning. Brad Roberson


Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 13:55:40

Hello, I was a CT O branch and on watch at Naval Security Group Headquarters, Nebraska Ave, Washington D.C. when messages were coming in about the boarding of the Pueblo. I don't remember what time it was, but it was late at night. It was my job to carry urgent, high priority incoming messages to the night duty officer. That night I took him 2 or 3 messages that had quotes from the Pueblo transmissions about being boarded, and "these guys mean business". The messages I handled had already been sent to the White House and were being sent on down the line to offices that needed to be informed. I was outraged when we were not at war, or at least trying to help those sailor on the Pueblo the next days and weeks. I blame the president and his advisers for not trying to help that night, because I know that they knew what was happening and had knowledge of what was going on when there should have been time to do something. I would guess that the messages I saw than night are still classified, but I will never forget that night. I found your site on the USS Pueblo on the internet today and it brought back a lot of memories, thanks for the good work. I salute the men on the Pueblo! John Lashbrook


Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 13:38:38

Dear Sir, Let me introduce myself. I am a lecturer at the Polish Naval Academy, my main field is history of naval wars. At present I am writing an article about the "Pueblo incident". It is to be published at the magazine which is colled "Seas, ships and warships". The title is addressed mainly to you shiplovers. According to this situation I want to ask you for permission to publish photos from your page. I must underline that the incident is hardly known in my country, for many years people knew only the one version of events which had been presented by communist - controlled media. At present we have excellent opportunity to show an incident not only as a an interesting episode of modern history but also as a real tragedy of the skipper and his crew. Thanks in advance. Very respectfully,
Krzysztof Kubiak


Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 02:06:37 -0400

Commander Bucher came to my High school sometime in the early 70's. He gave a very moving presentation, and told us what you men were subjected to, and how your faith in God helped you cope and persevere. I know many of us definitely went home that day with a much deeper appreciation of the price of freedom! Thank you all! Bill Rice


Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 10:17:57 +0200

Thank you for your e-mail and the permission for publishing materials from your web site. It is a very generous gesture and I my sure that Polish readers will appreciate it. I have a proposal for your organisation. If you send me a piece of information about the USS Pueblo Veterans Association I will add it to my article. But I must warn you that the magazine is published six times a year so it will take some time to print my paper. The story about Polish participation in Pueblos's moving from the east to the west coast of the North Korea started existing among sailors of Polish Merchant Fleet about 1978 - 1979. Two my friend and I have taken measures to find true but we have not been able to meet any man who personally had taken part in the operations. We told with many sailors but finally they usually said; "I was not in North Korean but my friend have a colleague who knew ...,etc". At present we assume that it is possible that Polish sailors manned in 1978 - 1979 North Korean's ships during her way from the east to the west but it is hardly possible that it was Pueblo. According to my knowledge Polish participation in moving Pueblo in 1999 or 2000 is impossible. When the communism collapsed in my country relationship between North Korea and Poland became very official and rather cool. We are not interested in secret co-operation with Kim's regime. If North Korea have used Polish flag during moving Pueblo they would have committed illegal act and abused international low. On the second hand many Polish sailors work as a "free lancers" at the international job's trade and in theory it is possible that some people signed contracts with North Korea but I personally can not believe that it happened. As you see my help is not especially worthy but I have to assure you that we will follow the "Polish trace" and I will inform you about results of our researches. Very respectfully, Krzysztof Kubiak


Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2001 13:14:32 -0400

Pueblo folks - I'm the news editor for Navy Times newspaper. We're working on a story about being taken prisoner in "less-than-war" situations, and would like to contact Lloyd Pete Bucher and Ed Murphy Jr. Would you be able to put us in touch with them? And - - is there anyone else from the PUEBLO crew you think would be good for us to talk to? Many thanks for any help you can give. Chris Cavas News Editor Navy Times703-750-8644


Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 10:21:06 -0700

My name is Kate Casey and I work at the 24 hour News Cable Network MSNBC. Right now we are devoting almost all of our coverage to the story of the U.S. surveillane plane being held by China. We are keeping a close eye on the White House, the Pentagon and of course the actions of the Chinese government. We would like to include in our coverage the story of the USS Pueblo. You and your fellow crew members have a unique perspective of what happens when a crew and the surveillance equipment the crew operates come under the control of a foreign nation. I am writing to ask for your help in locating veterans from the USS Pueblo who were captured and held prisoner for eleven months. I would like to request an interview with these veterans to be broadcast live on MSNBC. We would like to ask them about their experience thirty-four years ago and their reaction to todays events. I can be reached at 1-800-813-8255 extension 5294. I look forward to speaking with you and your fellow veterans. Sincerely, Kate Casey


Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2001 23:22:14 -0700

With the Chinese detention and capture of our EP-3 aircraft on Hainan, I immediately thought of the North Korean capture of your ship. In an E-mail to President Bush I mentioned how eerily this detention and capture reminded me of your fate. Congratulation on having this web site out there so that the Pueblo's story and the story of her men will not be lost. Fair winds and following seas to you all, CDR A. Eric Bergstrom, USNR Retired Morgan Hill, California Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 19:06:10 -0700 With the Chinese piracy of one of our planes, it called to attention another time one of our vessels was hijacked-- the USS Pueblo. I have added a link to your site on the USS Starr (AKA-67) web site. Maybe, someday, we can get your ship back, too. Respectfully, Thomas Duvernay http://www.ussstarr.org http://www.shinmiyangyo.org


Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 23:26:53 EDT

I find it very interesting and curious that there is no mention of a USAF RF-4C with two crewmembers aboard that went down over Seoul during a reconnaissance flight as a result of the capture of the Pueblo. This accident happened on the 8th of February 1968. DSueHanneken


Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 12:26:35 -0500

Dear USS Pueblo Veterans,

This recent China incident led me to explore your web site. I would just like to thank each of you for your service to our country. I too often take for granted the brave service that men like you have given for us. I was seven years old when your captivity began. Thank you and God bless each of you. Sincerely,Ben Endres


Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 15:44:58 EDT

Was the USS Pueblo ever returned to the US? I actually heard this question on TV during the current situation with the "Intelligence gathering plane". Any help? BARPHIE


Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001 14:40:23 -0700

Excellent web site. Congratulations! My cursory review of its contents failed to reveal the fate of the ship itself. I probably overlooked it, but could you advise if the U. S. Government was ever told of the ship's final disposition? Thank you. Lee Hall


Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 12:58:28 -0700

Well here we go again! I do hope the crew in this incident will be treated better than you were and that they will be returned home safe and soon. My name is (SSGT USAFSS) Wesley L. Kessel and I attended Korean language training at DLI with Hammond & Chicca. Robert Hammond and I were friends. I was stationed at Osan AFB and rotated to Offutt AFB just prior to the 'incident'. I was sent back to Osan immediately and we worked as close to 24 hour days as was humanly possible in the hope that we might facilitate your return. I'm sorry that our efforts did not bear fruit to that end. This latest 'incident' opened the old wounds & feelings for my friends and fellow 'comint community members'. I have often wondered how Hammond was doing. Not only were we friends and drinking buddies at DLI but my wife was also from (Nashua) New Hampshire. I tried to follow reports of the crew members and prayed that they were able to recover from the scars I know they must have carried. An interesting sidebar: While I was in Osan on the midnight shift I wrote a book of all the coverterms used by the N.K. that I could find. I cross referenced the older terms with the new terms. I did it because the N.K. usually recycled old coverterms and also because mids were usually boring since the N.K. rarely flew at night. You are all a credit to our country and you deserved better from our government. Wes


Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 21:37:04 EDT Read a transcript of today's interview, fielded e-mail questions, with CDR Bucher on the EP-3; I think he did a great job. Not that one should speculate, but the damn EP-3 mess looks like a bushwack -- shades of Pueblo in the sky. Finally, I was sorry not to see the kind of reporting on the 30th anniversary of the incident that it deserved, how conveniently forgetful folks are -- until something like this surfaces. Best of luck to all the USS Pueblo crew -- and our people on Hainan! Regards, Bryan Niemiec, Major (USAF, Ret.)


Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001

Gentlemen: I remember the incident, I was 20 years old in Hong kong. working my way to US. Even then it made my blood boil even though I had not lived in this country, especially since I had been in Hong Kong almost a year, and I had had a chance to study the mentality of the people. The incident was nothing but an escuse to provocate or escalate the incident into an all out confrontation. Had the incident been handled correctly we would not have the trouble today. especially, what went on with the previous administration, and now the airplane incident. Sincerely, Peter Navin


Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 10:44:23 -0500

Hello, As a former USASA Elint analyst working North Korean and Chinese sites during 1969-1970, I am interested in your reaction to the current Sino-American confrontation. Upon visiting http://www.usspueblo.org/v2f/incident/incidentframe.html I was struck by Skip Schumacher's introductory remark, "All mostly unanswered questions, but well worthy of further research and study, lest it happen again (which it has!). I do have a question that you or the USS Pueblo Veterans' Association membership might assist me in answering. While working as a Elint analyst (MOS 98J30), with USASAOC Kanghwa Do, Korea, I heard about an audio recording of requests for help from USS Pueblo (indeed, pleadings for help!), but never actually hear such a recording. Could your organization's members help me research and address my interest in this question? Thank you for your good work! Sincerely, Roy Lewis


Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 19:17:57 -0400

Gentlemen;

In light of the current situation in China, I am moved to "touch base" and am reminded of your epic sacrifice, courageous behavior, and genuine heroism during the attack, and it's 11 month aftermath. Regardless of how this incident is handled, (one can only hope our current leadership gets them out now!!), the men of Pueblo are heroes who cannot be adequately thanked or rewarded (would that you could). Fair winds and following seas, shipmates, Roy Mantei USN 1967-1971


Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2001 00:28:47 -0700

Gentlemen, I am 46 years old, have never been in the service, and I suppose have led a sheltered life. Bravery seems to be the product of surviving intense fear. I have never felt the fear that you and your shipmates felt every moment of your time in captivity. I feel fortunate to have read every word in every nook of your site. I am saddened that not all of you survived. My heart is lifted to know that as long as this medium exists, there will be a record of the way it really happened. Because of the current incident in China, thanks to this site, my children can now study the USS Pueblo and will hopefully be able to see this new "incident" through more educated eyes. Let me say that I am proud of the way you conducted yourselves and I, for one, will never forget what I have learned from you telling your story. May the wind always be at your back. God be with you and yours. Brian Smith Burbank, CA Gosh.....I truly can't express my feelings......Thank you!!!


Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2001 07:52:15 -0600

Dear Sirs:

I like your web site and found it very informative. Many, many years ago, Lee Hays came thru Cody, Wyoming, on a speaking tour. My wife and I were fortunate enough to have him stay at our house. Though I was separated from active USN service in 1962, I had, and have strong feelings for what happened to the USS Pueblo, both as an ex-Navy guy and as a patriot. All vets and most others, knew that our military and/or political brains handled the Pueblo's day of capture very poorly. I was attending Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming at this time. US Senator Gale McGee (D-WY) came to speak at an all-student assembly. A vet (there were quit a bunch of us in school) in the audience asked the Senator why our government and military were moving so slowly against North Korea in the matter of getting the Pueblo and its crew our of the hands of communist North Korea. Senator McGee said military personnel should expect to end up in situations like what the Pueblo's crew was in - that that was their job (as though it were a normal peace time event, for ships to be hi-jacked on the high-seas and crews held prisoner!)! Gale McGee was not reelected. Now we have a strikingly similar peace time situation in China. One of our US Navy surveillance aircraft was attacked (or in some way damaged by Chinese jet fighter aircraft) in international waters and was forced to make an emergency landing at the closest available point, an air base on Hainan Island, China. Undoubtedly, the Chinese are seeing the arrival of this aircraft and its crew, as one great big intelligence gift package, and like a Thanksgiving turkey, will gleefully pick it clean, even while screaming "injured party!". Will we, once again, let our peace-time service men and women remain in captivity for 11 months? Let's hope we have the backbone, resolve, and loyalty to stick up for our "captured" military personnel. After all, we are the injured party. Sincerely, Jason Long


Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2001 23:33:04 -0500

Did the crew feel that at any time during the attack that US forces would come to your aid?And during your time as a POW how did the crew feel about the US not sending any fighter jets in?These are questions I would have had if I would have been in your situation.And lastly I Salute the crew of the Pueblo for their service to their country!!!! Thank You Rick Zim


Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 12:52:43 -0500

A history channel episode implied that the Commies were able to use this machine for years because it had not been destroyed and the Navy concealed even its existence on the Pueblo for years. In May of 1957, I reported to the 24th Divisions combat outpost on the Korean DMZ as a new Infantry 2nd Lt. and discovered that the unit's weapons were locked in theCompany supply room in order to prevent firearms accidents in barracks. The troops had claimchecks and lined up at the supply room door when Alerts were called. It's not just the Navy. In peace-time civilians are not interested in the military or its problems. WAS THERE SUCH A CODE MACHINE? If we had one on the DMZ in 1957, Charlie would have easily gotten it.Jim Mulvaney, Park Ridge, Il


Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 10:01:14 -0700

Dear Crew Members (military & civilian alike)...I just finished watching your interview on C-SPAN and I remember the capture of the USS Pueblo VERY WELL! My own husband was in the Navy at the time and we were stationed at Treasure Island, where I worked. I worked in the computer room on base. It was during the time that Lyndon Johnson was sending thousands and thousands of our boys to Vietnam. I was livid about the "Pueblo Incident." In fact, when we took our jobs as civil servants we had to sign an agreement that we would not participate in any political action groups or protests but I was sooooo angry about the Pueblo that I defied that agreement. If you remember, Goldwater...the man I voted for...had just lost the election. I made my own bumper sticker that said, "IF GOLDWATER WERE PRESIDENT WE WOULD HAVE THE PUEBLO BACK BY NOW!!!" I remember that time like it was yesterday. I also remember what a great president Goldwater would have made!!! Sharolyn K Gemmell, Pendleton, Oregon


Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 00:02:21 -0400

You may be interested in this new site on human rights for North Korea. www.chosunjournal.com


Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 21:16:56 -0600

Dear Sir, I just found your website tonight. I am the secretary for the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo Colorado. Our museum is expanding into a new 30,000 square foot hangar that will display approximately half of the aircraft in our inventory. In addition to the aircraft, we are developing displays related to key events in US military history. The capture of the USS Pueblo was a key event in the Cold War. I am writing your association to seek its help in developing a display to tell the story of the USS Pueblo. If any of the members of your association would like to donate stories, photographs, or any other artifacts related to the USS Pueblo for display it would be greatly appreciated. Persons wishing to donate items to the museum for future display should contact the museum at: Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum ATTN: Dr. Ray Sisson Pueblo, CO Also I see from your webpage that you are planning to have a reunion in Pueblo in 2001. Please consider visiting our museum as part of any activities you may have planned during the reunion. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Jason Unwin Secretary Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum Pueblo


Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 04:30:26 -0400

Greetings: In January/February 1967 I did a tour on the Banner. While off Wonson, but out of sight of land, I recall that we were approached by North Korean patrol boats. No visual contact was made but we knew they were scanning us with their radar. I do not know how far out we were at the time. We were almost certainly in international waters, but as you well know this would not have been a deterrent to them engaging us. I have no idea why we were not approached for visual contact but we were expecting it. Being the only Korean linguist aboard I was summoned to the bridge of the ship, to act as interpreter should it have become necessary. In January 1968 I was serving in Vietnam. At the time I was at the Khe Sahn combat base, where we were being shelled daily and a ground attack was believed to be imminent. Within a day or so of the Pueblo's capture I was ordered to immediately proceed to Kami Seya, Japan. It took several days for me to arrive there. After a short briefing on the situation I was flown to the Sea of Japan, where I landed on the U.S.S. Ranger. This was probably about 1 February or so, 1968. I believe the Ranger stayed on station in the Sea of Japan for all of February and into March. Towards the end of March or maybe early April the Ranger left station and I was flown back to Kami Seya. I was on Okinawa in April 1968, awaiting a flight back to Vietnam, when Martin Luther King was murdered. After finishing my tour in Vietnam, in September 1968, I was assigned to Fort Meade for duty. I retired from military service there in September 1972. Hope this helps you in some way. Charles Vidsens GySgt USMC Retired


Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 17:49:15 -0400

I just visited your web site. I was looking for information on the Pueblo. All I remember is that it happened when I was in grade school. My dad was in the Army and we were in Germany. Also we had only access to Armed Forces Radio; when we were not out playing. In light of the current situation with China, I wanted to see how the two compared. Apperently they are both very similar. We will just have to see how long it takes for these crew members to come home. It was very eye opening to read the account of what you men went through during that time. It is good that everyone remember that there are many things that happen in the world that may not affect you now, but just wait a few years and then they will. You site is great I will pass along your site. I will be looking in from time to time to see what new things you have added and to finish reading thing I missed. Sincerely Sharon Army Brat 1954-1971


Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 09:11:12 -0400

I think of you guys with this crew in china. I hope we can do things different, so we don't hurt ourselves so much. Tom Petrie ETN3R-R USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2


Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2001 13:45:40 -0400

Hi, My name is Tom Williams, a retired Chief Warrant Machinist that was aboard the USS Atakapa (ATF 149) also an intelligence gathering vessel. In the summer of 1968 the Atakapa operated in the Med and the Palm Beach the North Atlantic, I didn't go aboard the Atakapa until October of 1968, which was after the capture of the Pueblo. That winter much of the time in installing destruction devices ranging from magnesium plates above all the files and electronic equipment, some explosive devices attached to the hull in all the sections of the ship, but heavily in the engine room and motor room. The crew also went to survival training. We did get some maintenance work done including a yard job to repair the evaporators which was a failure, we could make some water but not the way they should have worked, In April, 1969 we departed for Europe accompanied by the Palm Beach, at the Azores the Palm Beach continued into the Med and we headed for Rothsyth, Scotland for a few days of liberty and have the dockyard look at our evaps, look was all they did because the Badgers were strangers to them. From there we steamed northward to the northern areas of Norway and spent a couple weeks looking for Russians to make their annual trek to the Med. They didn't come out of Murmansk then nor all the summer of 69. We made a few northern ports but the NSG pulled us back and we sat in Portsmouth, England for about six weeks before heading to Spain and a rendezvous with the Palm Beach and headed for home. That summer was quite unproductive for both of us. When we got back to Little Creek the word came to decommission the Palm Beach and convert the Atakapa back to a fleet tug. While I was there we never did get all our salvage and diving gear. A couple years later the Atakapa was taken over by USNS as a tug. About 1978 it was mothballed in the James River fleet and later taken out to sea as a target ship for the Harry S. Truman. The USS Atakapa has a web site, but nothing in it about her stint as a spy ship, and in your site you mention the Banner, Palm Beach and Pueblo, along with the Liberty, but no word of the Atakapa. Tom


Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 14:29:49 -0500

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Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 08:27:58 -0400

It is a privilege to communicate with you and your fellow crew members. I agree that we are a special breed, and that we did share special times. I have forwarded your email to my entire listing of former shipmates. Also, my fellow organizers of our reunion have agreed that our agenda will include a "moment of Silence" in memory of all deceased former crew members of USS Pueblo and USS Liberty, and we will conduct this memorium during the opening Benediction, when we meet in reunion next year. Please keep in touch, and all the best. JJ Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 23:40:22 -0400 Sirs, The recent incident in China made me remember the USS Pueblo Incident back in 1968 when I was 9 years old. I was proud of the way that our servicemen - the members of the Pueblo conducted themselves back in 1968 and how similar it seemed this recent incident was/is. Our nation would be wise to consider the sacrifices that our people make when they choose to dedicate a portion of their lives to defend our country and it's interests. I would like to offer my thanks to all those who put their lives at risk every day for our freedom and to let them know in my own small way that I do consider them to be the finest people we have and how lucky all Americans are that those people are ot there. My best to the crew members of the Pueblo and to the crew members involved in the recent incident with China. As a grateful citizen my thanks to you for the job you have done and continue to do! John Schaefer Charlotte,NC "A slick way to outfigure a person is to get him figuring you figure he's figuring you're figuring he'll figure you aren't really figuring what you want him to figure you figure." ..... Whitey Herzog


Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 18:34:14 -0500

Sir: I do need to point out that the Navy Cross is the second highest award. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest, Great site! I'm sure that you will have lots of visitors!

Regards John Folsom

[Editor's Note: Navy Cross is the highest Naval award]


Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 09:44:47 -0600 (MDT)

I am sure that this recent encounter with the Chinese over US intelligence operations must have brought back haunting memories to the crew of the USS Pueblo. The Pueblo "incident" happened shortly after we, on the Banner had a threatening contact with the Chi Coms. This is what I remember. I was the standing quartermaster of the midwatch one night/morning when we spotted two lights on the horizon dead ahead about 7 miles. The lights separated to port and starboard, and then there were more - 6 distinguishable in all. As our courses came closer we could distinguish their navigational lights and with the coming dawn we could see that they were Chinese communist gun boats. In the following hours they surrounded us, moving about to within 20 yards range. It was a strange and threatening setting. These boats were probably part of their national guard. About 60 feet long - designed for fishing. I remember that there were lines running from the masts with fish drying on them. Each of these boats had a machine gun mounted on the forward deck - about the size of a 50 calibre or somewhat larger. And they were all manned and pointed at us - one gunner and another person holding the ammo belt. There was a portrait on Chairman Mao on the pilothouse bulkhead of each of these boats. An inscription read : (as interpreted from one of our foreign language guys) "Chairman Mao is the envy of our hearts". Isn't this a comfortable situation? Our total armament at the time consisted of 4 M-1 rifles, 6 45 cal. pistols, 2 Thomson submachine guns on the bridge, 2 22 cal. rifles and 50 percussion hand grenades. Not quite a match. We had put out a distress call for help. And we got the same response that the Pueblo got some weeks later - nothing! I personally figured that we were doomed. So, In my own way I fucked with them. When I was relieved from watch I went up on the signal bridge. The Chinese were keenly observing us. Assuming that tobacco was a luxury to them, I would light a cigarette, take a couple of puffs - and throw it into the sea. I did this several times and I could see that it was pissing them off. It was a great laugh for me although I knew that it might be my last. It was my way of saying FUCK YOU !!! I can't recall if we raised the stars and stripes during this encounter (we never flew the flag while on missions) , which is interesting because it is hard to say in which way this influenced them. The outcome was that we went to all ahead full - a whopping 12 knots - and they grouped together in our wake and let us be. I have no idea why. We returned to Yokosuka, Japan. The powers evaluated everything. We were given more armament - 3 50 cal. machine guns. The Pueblo came to Japan. Went on her first mission. And the rest is history. Ralph


Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 14:17:40 EDT

hello sir:

I discovered this website after reading some material about the pueblo. I read every word and am amazed that this incident does not get more attention. Is there any way I could get a "remember the pueblo" button to wear as a way of reminding people about the whole history? Morris Mercury


Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 18:58:32 -0400

Dear Veterans:

Thank you for having this sight on the web. I am a historian of many types of military things and I only briefly heard about the Pueblo beeing captured when I was in grade school oh about 20 years ago. I as at a private school. I am currenlty a PC2 in the Reserves. I served on the USS Constellation (CV-64) in the eighties. I just wanted you to know thank you for all that you have been through. PC2 Robert Legnaioli


Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 10:24:28 EDT

Hello! My name is Mark Greene. I have, over the course of the last 5 years, read most of the books (8 of the 12 I know about) about the USS Pueblo and the trials her crew endured. I would like to first offer my thanks to you for your service to your country. I cannot imagine what these last two weeks have been like with the crew of the naval plan being held by the Chinese, and the pubilicity and support that has been given them when compared to your ordeal. I have a small request. I would like to use the gif of the patch from the title page on a new web page I'm working on with a link to this one. I would also like to post it on my ebay page (http://members.ebay.com/aboutme/coin3/) where I currrenly have a link to your page. Please note that I would most definitely *not* be selling any Pueblo related items on eBay or otherwise using this for any commercial purposes. My sole intention is to be able to share with others the link to your site so that they may learn about the Pueblo and her crew. Thank you for your time, Mark Greene


Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 17:12:38 -0600 (MDT)

got a letter from my Pueblo friend and he said that he is going to share my story with the rest of the crew. He said "you sure knew how to piss um off. Sure gives you a little fuzzy feeling when you know you have pulled one off on them". You might remember that either Time or Life magazine had a cover picture of Pueblo crewmen with their hands on their laps, and all giving the finger. These were some ballsy guys. They frequently gave the Koreans the finger (told them that it was the Hawaiian good luck sign) When the Koreans found out what it really meant the severely beat many of the crew. These guys were in as ugly an environment as is imaginable and the still kept the spirit. Makes me proud to be an American Veteran! Ralph


Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 09:16:23 EDT

If I could remember James last name It would be great. In December 1967 I spent a few great days with 2 good buddies while on leave from Ft.Dix NJ. All three of us were named "James" . James from " USS Pueblo" James from "USS Forrestall" and James "Ft Dix NJ." We all met at a USO club in Philadelphia and became instant friends. I remember , especially that time, being very special. As we said goodbye, Little Jimmy was headed back to his ship in San Diego, and Big Jimmy to the Forrestal heading out to Viet Nam. And Army Jimmy was headed for Germany. The next month I had learned of the Capture in Korea. I was wondering how Little Jimmy was doing. Since he was a fighter by nature, I figured he was giving the Koreans a handfull. I also worried about big Jimmy, The Forrestal had had that large fire on board the Aircraft Carrier. I wish them well! Jim Meade


Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 10:19:46 -0400

Good morning, my name is Christopher Munsey. I am a newspaper reporter with Navy Times newspaper, and I am writing a story about the current status of the USS Pueblo. I have interviewed two people by telephone who visited the ship in 1999. Please contact me if you have also visited the ship. My toll-free number is 800-424-9335, ext. 8674. Thank you, Chris Munsey, Navy Times.


Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 20:28:10 -0400

I was on the Ticonderoga(CVA-14) when it was tied up alongside you all in Bremerton. What are those two little things with a Marine out front? That was a question that was really being asked a lot at the time. I was on the Ticonderoga when you were captured and we left the Tonkin Gulf to be a part of the largest armada since WWII, or so they told us. I was a Radarman and you could see the big ship in the middle with and then the ships on down in size, making that circle on the radar. Somebody said the weather had turned sour and they couldn't get good pictures so the huge circle was never perfected but just the initial grouping was quite impressive . I was in San Diego when you guys came home. As a matter of fact I was downtown. I have always admired you all and have been supportive when the matter is discussed. I had a friend and high school classmate who died on the Liberty. Maybe it's because of Jack Raper's death and my having crossed paths with your ship that I'm always a bit troubled when I hear or read lists of those we should remember and thank for our freedom and I don't find the Pueblo, Liberty, and others mentioned. You all have my lifelong thanks and admiration. Wayne Beck


Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 16:15:25 EDT

I was on the Yorktown during the time you were seized. A newspaper reporter wrote about what it was like on the Yorktown. I took the article and put some pictures to it.<A HREF="http://aspecialdayguide.com/artistexchange/pueblo.htm"> http://aspecialdayguide.com/artistexchange/pueblo.htm</A> the web address is just a temporary address. I hope to take command of the www.ussyorktown.com website in a few weeks and then perhaps you could link to us once this article gets a permanent address? I've already decided that we should link to your website. As you can see it got hairy for us too. Russian bombers buzzing us and Russian frigate getting inside our screen. Almost lost a chopper (with a pilot who ended up making full admiral and presidential advisor later in life) Nothing, of course, compared to what you guys went through. I know that nobody can repay you for your sacrifice and service to your Navy and country. I appreciate it as a fellow sailor and as an American. As the Marines say "semper fi". Daniel A. Bernath PH2 USN 1966 to 1970


Date: 4/24/2001 9:26:27 Mountain Daylight Time

Sir,

As yours was the only e-mail address that I found on the USS Pueblo web site, please share with your ship mates our great pleasure to see in this mornings Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the crew is to be honored this week at the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville. Georgia. Although the recognition's that you have and will receive are long overdue. In light of you heroic service, under the most difficult of circumstances, to a nation that often overlooks and forgets it's heroes, your endurance has been a source of great pride to those of us that understand how the game of politics is played. You fine gentlemen were caught in that web of politics and thus abandon by the very nation you all served with such honor! Another sad example of that political game is the abandonment of Americas POWs and MIAs from the Vietnam war who are expendable for economic and political reasons. What a sad commentary of our nations honor! May we congratulated each of you on your inclusion at the Andersonville Memorial, it is long over due? And may thank each of you for your fine and heroic service to our country, and add a ringing, "well done." Will you be so kind as to say hello for us to Lt. Harris, who was an overnight guest at our home in Bakersfield, CA. many years ago, on an evening that he was guest speaker at a Christian Women's Club banquet. We again thank each of you for being an example of American servicemen and civilians that make us extremely proud to be Americans, and those kinds of individuals are getting harder to find every day!! With our sincere appreciation, Jack and Peg Treadway N. Richland Hills, TX.


Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 22:46:48 -0400

Gentlemen:

The following link will take you the story I wrote on Wednesday's event at the National POW Museum in Andersonville. Yesterday, I had the honor of meeting and talking to Cmdr. Bucher, Bob Hill, Skip Schumacher, and Steven Woelk. It was truly a rare privelege to do so. You, the skipper and the crew of the USS Pueblo, prevailed against the most difficult of circumstances, and you acquited yourselves well in the highest traditions of our country's military service. You deserve the all of the admiration and recognition your countrymen can give. Few people meet the definition of hero in my book. But I would say that each of you exceed the standard. May you find the recognition and honor you deserve. Respectfully, Drew Brown -- Staff Writer The Macon Telegraph http://www.macontelegraph.com/content/macon/2001/04/26/local/pueblo.htm


Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 13:30:06 -0400

I was in the same class at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California as CT3 Grant. We were also in security school together at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. It was my understanding at the time that Grant, CT3 Davis and myself (CT3 Bolz) were all slated for the Pueblo. Delays in outfitting the ship at Bremerton, however, led to changes in the orders. Davis and myself fortunately wound up at the Naval Communications Station in Adak, Alaska while Grant unfortunately proceeded on to Bremerton and the Pueblo. I never was able to learn if the rumors concerning our orders was true or not, but I have always felt grateful that I headed north to Alaska instead of west to Korea. I enjoyed reading your wonderful website and am pleased at seeing the crew of the USS Pueblo receiving the honors which they so richly deserve. George Bolz


Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 20:05:59 EDT Danny It was nice to see you in Texas last week. As we discussed, I have prepared some comments to pass on to the Pueblo crew.

To the Pueblo crew: The recent detention of our EP3 crew on Hainan Island reminded us again of the detention of the Pueblo crew. But the differences were more pronounced than the similarities. The Pueblo crew was captured at gunpoint; the Pueblo crew was treated brutally, and they were detained for months, not days. But just as the American public rallied to the support of the EP3 crew, so we should reaffirm our gratitude for the courage and patriotism of the Pueblo crew. Even in the face of beatings, they retained their spirit and sense of humor. Who can forget their famous "Hawaiian good luck" sign? It was at once a signal of defiance to their captors and a signal of hope to their loved ones. Om the occasion of this reunion, I send my warmest regards to the Pueblo crew. You kept the faith for all of us! William J. Perry, Stanford University, Former Secretary of Defense


Date: April 24, 2001

To: Commander Bucher & the Pueblo crew, As a long and proud member of our military, I wanted to tell you all how how proud I am of the contribution you made to our Nation. To many of us who remember well the Pueblo & your sacrifices, you stand as as an example of the best America has to offer. The EP3 incident of the last few days has reminded us of the important contributions of the Pueblo & it's crew. And I hope all of you know, how valued you are by us all. Bill Owens Admiral USN (ret) Ex-Vice Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff


Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 17:12:50 +0900

Hi, I'm stationed in Northern Japan, at Misawa Air Base. I was just watching AFN and there was a movie on about the USS Pueblo. As with anything that interests me, I looked it up on the World Wide Web. Anytime there is some first person commentary by people that really participated in an event, it makes it all more real. All the men of the Pueblo are heros I think. You run a great site. Todd Lopez Misawa Air Base, Japan


Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 22:28:47 -0500

Hi Pueblo friends,

Sure appreciate your service to the flag! I followed your story like a hawk as a kid, age 13 at the time. Thanks for the freedom you helped us keep, that I am enjoying. God bless you all! Today I drove past Pueblo's birthplace, the harbor at Kewaunee, Wisconsin. I live in Green Bay, about 20 miles away. We go to Kewaunee often. I am a Lutheran pastor. One of my members was a worker on the Pueblo, as she was being built [as a Liberty ship???] during the big war. He is still sharp in the mind, but now weak in the knees. He's in a nursing home. He cannot recall which keel was hers, as they built so many, but he helped lay hers for sure. We speak of that often. Also many Rivot Annies around here, as WWII subs were built just South of Kewaunee in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Also, Navy wooden hulled minesweepers are built just North of Kewaunee in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Our contribution, eh? More info, should you want it. David H. Hatch Green Bay, Wisconson [Wisconsin also being the birthplace of that faulty elevator contraption that ran your rudder]


Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 15:03:51 -0500

Dear Sirs,

Although I never knew my husbands uncle...my father-in-laws brother the thought of having a former prisoner of war in the family always intigued me. My husband and I have 2 sons and recently told them of the feat of their great uncle. Our 15 year old said that he thought that this could make a good term paper subject one day...perhaps for college. We agreed. I used the internet at work one day and came across your web page. I felt that this would be as good of opportunity as any to obtain some information. Thank you ! I would like to know if there are any videos or books you could direct me too. They could help out a lot. I am sure other members of the Hagenson family may enjoy these as well. I'll be waiting for your reply. Ken and Barb Hagenson


Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 23:09:02 EDT

John, Pete:

As quoted in George C. Wilson's article in the National Journal of May 5, 2001 (http://nationaljournal.com/about/njweekly/stories/2001/0505nj2.htm), Carl Schumacher was exactly right in pointing out that US military leaders have yet to learn from the Pueblo incident the absolute necessity to plan and prepare carefully for such contingencies. He is right, too, that they should be very sensitive in considering what they are asking their people to do. The same is true of the Israeli attack on USS Liberty. There were many "Monday morning quarterbacks" in the US Navy who harshly criticized CDR Bucher after the event, but almost none who would acknowledge their part in what went wrong. Few could have performed as effectively as Lloyd Bucher and Carl Schumacher in the circumstances as they developed. Who sent a marginally seaworthy, minuscule ship on a shakedown cruise into the harsh Sea of Japan in winter and into the face of our enemies (the Soviets as well as North Korea)? Why was CDR Bucher criticized for not trying to fight back with the ship's two ice-covered and secured 50 cal machine guns when there would have been virtually no chance of getting off a shot from their exposed positions? He had warned before the guns were added that there would be virtually no chance of employing them given the harsh conditions and superior firepower of all his potential adversaries. Who was responsible for USS Pueblo not being equipped with demolition charges to permit rapid scuttling (despite CDR Bucher's insistence on the need for them)? CDR Bucher and his operational commander had been assured that fighter aircraft were on strip alert in Korea to support USS Pueblo should it be harassed or attacked. While he was holding the North Koreans off, he was again assured that help was on the way. Why didn't this support appear and who was responsible? Why weren't the North Korean radioed warnings (reported by FBIS) and North Korea's recent aggressive actions factored into reassessment of the risk of USS Pueblo's mission (resulting in cancellation or close support)? Why were the North Korean warnings not reported to USS Pueblo's immediate operational commander? What individuals were responsible for not taking those actions? What intelligence potentially collectable by USS Pueblo on this mission could have justified the risks? Why were US military resources so overextended that the US could not carry out effective military responses to the attack on USS Pueblo and the subsequent North Korean shootdown of a Navy RC-121? Which of the US military leaders had failed to identify our lack of capacity to act, and why did they let such overextended activities proceed without real support (which had been promised) being provided? Or, was this a purely political decision made after due consideration of these problems? Why was North Korea permitted to transfer the captured USS Pueblo from the West Coast around the Korean Peninsula and through Tsushima Strait to where it is now located on North Korea's East Coast? Fact is, CDR Bucher and most of his crew performed superbly under the most adverse conditions while their Navy and their country did not. Perhaps most of all, where was the honor of those all the way up the chain to the top who evaded any personal responsibility for the catastrophe? Would we do better tomorrow?? Best regards, Bill Horn Date: Wed, 09 May 2001 16:06:03 -0400 One other tidbit on the USS Pueblo of which I am aware. At the time, there were two USAF fighter bases in Korea, both of them operating F-100's, Kunsan and Osan. Both had a small number of F-100's on 10 minute alert, but they were armed with nukes (headed for the USSR or PRC for "the big one"). It would have theoretically been possible to quickly download the nukes and scramble those F-100's armed only with 20mm cannon, which would have easily handled the situation. The F-100's could have been on the scene and overhead the Pueblo easily within 30 minutes of being notified. But no one, I'm sure, would have touched that option with a 10 foot pole -- only the White House had authority to do that, I suspect (because of all the rules and restrictions on nuclear matters.) What they did do, was get a flight of (non-alert) F-105's loaded up with ordnance and launched from Okinawa. That probably took at least an hour, probably two hours. Then, after 30-40 minutes of flight, the 105's had to land at Kunsan to refuel -- there were no tankers available. By then, the Pueblo had been in Wonsan harbor for a couple hours. So ultimately nothing was done. Also, as far as I know, nothing was ever done afterwards to change procedures in order to have conventionally armed a/c ready for future emergencies. John Macartney


Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 15:39:42 EDT Shipmates:

I spent twenty years in the Navy (Aug. 1947 -- Jul. 1967), all of it
as a CT (after the rating was established in 1949) and all of it under the
command of the U.S. Naval Security Group (after it was established, also in
1949). Upon retirement as a CTR1 on 7 July 1967, I was fortunate to be able
to continue in my cryptologic profession by accepting employment with the
National Security Agency at Ft. Meade, MD. Having travelled extensively and
served at remote intercept sites around the world while in the Navy, the NSA
decided not to disappoint me with a stagnant assignment at Ft. Meade, & I
continued my vagabond ways, with family in tow. The date of my entry on duty
with NSA was 29 April 1968, some three months subsequent to the brazen &
illegal boarding of the USS Pueblo.

I again retired from Federal employment, this time from NSA, on 4
April 1993, having completed 45 years with the Federal Government, all of it
in the field of cryptology. After a short recall by the Agency to assist
with a project for which I was uniquely qualified, I remained in retirement
until the Agency opened the National Cryptologic Museum to the public in
December 1993. In February 1994, I went to the museum out of curiosity to
see what such a highly classified Agency with little to reveal to the general
public could possibly have on display. When the curator learned of my 45
years of cryptologic service, he immediately stated that I had just
volunteered to be a docent in the museum! I didn't even know what a "docent"
was, but he sure taught me the meaning of the word! I have been enlightening
the public about the roles of NSA and the SCEs ever since.

But, to come to the point of this communique, we are proud to host a
permanent display in the National Cryptologic Museum of the infamous story
of the USS Pueblo, in addition to the story of her sister ship, USS Liberty,
which sufferred an unprovoked bloody attack in International waters off of
Egypt by Israeli air & naval forces, leaving 34 men dead in the wake of the
murderous onslaught. We also have an exhibit describing another
slaughterous attack against a U.S. Reconnaisance C-130 by Soviet MIG aircraft
over Soviet Armenia on 2 September 1958, which resulted in the death of
another 14 brave military men (USAF) in time of peace. You can be assured
that in my role as a docent in this unique museum, I describe to the general
public visiting our musem to the best of my ability these wrongful &
unprovoked attacks against our reconnaisance forces. Most of our museum
guests are outraged when they learn the truth about these events.

I wish to extend my own Bravo Zulu to the crew of USS Pueblo & ask
that you look me up when (not "if") you visit the museum, which is next door
to the NSA at Ft. Meade, MD, on the corner of Routes 32 & 295. Hours of
operation are M - F 0900-1600, Sat. 1000 - 1400, closed Sun. & government
holidays. Admission is free!

Richard D. Sylvester


Date: Sat, 19 May 2001 18:42:08 EDT

Hello, I wrote to you earlier about our coverage of the USS Yorktown's task force as we raced to the Sea of Japan after your capture. I have finally put up the new website with the story of the Yorktown and the Pueblo capture. You can view it at ussyorktown.com I have added two links to your website from the ussyorktown.com website. The first is at the end of the story about the Yorktown and Pueblo. The second link is in the US Navy/related websites page. When we wrote last you said that you would be agreeable to putting a link to ussyorktown.com on your usspueblo.org website. I would appreciate it if you could see your way clear to doing so. semper fi shipmates, daniel a. bernath ph2 usn 1966-1970 ussyorktown.com uss Yorktown 1968 to 1970


Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 22:14:23 -0700 (PDT)

I just found this site about the Pueblo on the "Naval Historical Center home page." It's loaded with information about it's origin and present location. You might want to link it to your website. Still remembering the "Pueblo" and searching for the truth about your capture, Richard L. Skinner. http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-p/ager2.htm


Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 15:20:54 -0400

To All: Hope all is well with you and your families this Memorial Day. It is people like you that make this a great country. God Bless each and everyone of you J. Scarborough


Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 20:16:54 -0700 (PDT)

I was a shipfitter mechanic at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard during the U.S.S. Pueblo's conversion. I reconstructed the pilot house - extending the sides, installing new water-tight doors, installing new decking and foundations for the equipment. From there I went below decks to the crypto room where I installed all the foundations, structural ventilation and deck plates. I also did a couple other jobs, including the installation of the mast. As is the custom, we put some money under it for good luck - didn't seem to work! Anyway, the N. Koreans have a couple quarters of mine as well as some money from the riggers who helped set the mast. My name - Wesley L. Swanson


Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 22:25:49 -0500

U.S.Navy ships and planes have been by design, stupidity or coincidence been the victims of surprise attacks throughout the Navy's history. Is your association aware of any list of these on-going surprise attacks? They seem to be becoming more frequent and taken for granted as Navy S.O.P.. Jim Mulvaney


Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001 23:22:53 -0400
Hi, My name is Al Pelletier I was aboard the Providence CLG-6 with COM7THFLT when the Pueplo was taken under seige. I was in the War roon off the DMZ in Vietnam when the crypted message came in and delivered the message to Vice Admiral Bringle Commander of the 7th Fleet. That night we formed the task forcre 77 and along with the USS Providence(the flag ship) we headed for Korea. We stayed off the coast of Korea for two months while negotiations were taking place. After all these years I still have lots of stories, pictures and documentation about how the USS PROVIDENCE CLG-6 and the Commander of the 7th Fleet took part in the attenpted recovery of the USS PUEBLO. God bless all you survivors and your families.

Al Pelletier sfern@megalink.com


Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 17:01:47 -0700

Hello, I am doing a project on the Korean War and DMZ post war. Could you help me with some figures? I know one man was killed did he get KIA status? How many were wounded (WIA)? Was the total number of POWs 83? I would appreciate a reply. My project has to do with divisions, corps, armies, etc., each patch or ribbon or medal will have the number of recipients etched on a brass placque. It's quite a bit of research, and your help will make it a little easier. Thanks, Charlie Davis Korea DMZ Vet. 1955-56


Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 11:36:59 -0400
Is there an on-going program to Recover Pueblo? Robert Boyd US Navy 1963-1969



Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 11:30:55 -0400

As a retired CPO who was on active duty at the time of your ordeal, I remain perplexed and disgusted at the non-action of our government during the attack on your ship and at the attack on Cdr. Bucher after your return. I was on SSBN patrol in the North Atlantic when your capture occured. When I read the different accounts of your capture, the attack on the Liberty and the recent plane capture, I continue to wonder why we purchase and field such great weapons if we do not intend to protect the men and women who go in harms way. The strongest country on earth is too concerned about world opininion and the world too readily forgets who saved it and them from the abyss. I continue to salute the crew and CDR. Bucher!

Bravo Zulu! TMC(SS) A.I. Suman USN (Ret)


Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 13:36:32 -0400

I am RADM Edwin M. Rosenberg's son and wanted to pass on to the Association that he passed away in March 1982. I hoped his name could be added to the In Memory section of your web page. My father always placed honor and duty above politics. He had the highest regard for the PUEBLO crew and felt each was a "hero" for what they endured while in captivity.

Edwin L. Rosenberg


Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 15:15:34 -0400

Dear Sir:

I am currently working on an article on the Pueblo incident for publication in our July issue. First, let me thank you for all the wonderful and extremely useful information available on your web site. The one thing I am lacking, however, is artwork to accompany the article, so I was hoping you might be able to provide me with some photographs -- of the ship, her crew, or any others you might have that could work with an article on the incident. Also, if possible, I would like to run the article past you prior to publication to ensure the accuracy of what I write. Could you please give me a call at 800.225.9977 or drop me an email so that we might work something out on these two fronts? I would appreciate any help you could provide. Thank you very much.

Cheers, Brendan P. Rivers Senior Editor JED, The Journal of Electronic Defense


Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 10:40:30 -1000

What, if anything is the U.S. Govt doing to retrieve the Pueblo. After all, it is still a commissioned vessel and the property of the U.S. Allen LT Michael E

 


Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 20:41:00 EDT
Excuse me as I am rather new to this internet. I searched for sites concerning events that acted as catalysts in my life and stumbled across this one. Back then I worked in the ASA at Camp Drake Japan, PCRS, I was only 20 years old and rather naive. I am still not sure what I can talk about (you know) but as soon as the situation in my com center got critical I verified the flow of traffic, then read it, then took steps to insure no backlog of traffic would occur, not on my shift! To this day I understand the excuses but not the reason timely suport was not sent ! Thinking about it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth ! I have nothing but sadness and respect for the entire crew. I SALUTE YOU ALL ! ! ! ! S. Patterson


Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001 15:08:02 -0700

1. When I was attached to CNSGHQ, WDC to G-51, I made a trip report to G-50 regarding my trip to Pueblo at Bremerton. The report was at least 3 pages long and included my observations of deficiencies and recommendations. One vivid memory was of the Signal Bridge exposed incinerator for the destruction of classified papers. I recommended an inside, oil fueled, forced draft unit be installed above the ladder leading to the engine room and vent thru a separate flue up the existing stack. I would think that under the Freedom of Information Act, you could get a copy of that trip report plus other documents re Pueblo/Palm Beach.

2. Enjoyed your Web site. Would suggest that for accuracy you consider a few changes on <<http://www.usspueblo.org/v2f/background/agerback.html>> page as follows:

line 4: change from "signal(SIGINT)" to "communications(COMINT)";

line 5: delete last word "electronic";

line 8/9: replace "electronic communications" with "and observing";

line 13: replace "ELINT" with "intelligence";

line 17: delete "electronic and";

line 28: replace "ELINT/SIGINT" with "intelligence".

3. Add another book on page <<http://www.usspueblo.org/v2f/aftermath/booksother.html>>:

John P Arnold


Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 11:31:17 -0600

Dear Fellow Veterans:

You are receiving this message because we have either traded reciprocal links (for which I am grateful) or I have posted a link on my page to your fine historical or veteran's site. I wanted to write and let you know that I have placed a new feature on my 'G. I. Memories' page that should be of interest to many G.I.'s. It is called 'G. I. Memories Classifieds Online'. It is free, of course, and strictly going to be limited to items of interest to military, veterans, and retirees, such as military memorabilia and military items for sale or trade, looking for items, collectors' notices, upcoming reunions, and so forth. For the most part I want to keep the historical aspect of the page intact and thought that a place to post information about artifacts and other useful information would be of great benefit to all. I am NOT going to permit 'business offers' or anything that does not pertain to veterans and the history of US armed forces. Please try it out. All classifieds will be kept for 30 to 90 days (I haven't decided yet how long); for now it is 90 days. I will be monitoring it daily to edit out the garbage so in time you should be able to get good exposure. Thanks for your time. Harry Meekins USAF Retired G. I. Memories Webmaster


Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 16:48:25 -0700

My father was on the Pueblo, and I was just wondering if anyone who knew him during and before the incident could tell me what he was like before it all happened, and if you could tell me what he himself went through during the Pueblo incident. I appreciate it. My father was Howard E. Bland If Mr. Scarborough, Mr. Berens or anyone else could tell me about him, I would be completely grateful. Tammy A Ross


 

Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 20:38:30 -0700

Hi:

I was stationed at MCAS Iwakuni when the Pueblo was taken. Spent some time sitting on my seabag waiting for the mount out order that never came. I noticed that in your list of books there is a disclaimer showing some disagreement with the book THE PUEBLO SURRENDER by Robert Liston.

Can you tell me what parts are in question? -- Jerry West Editor/publisher/janitor


Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 11:40:55 -0700

So many times I have waited and dreamed for this moment, and now it has come true and I am at a total loss of words! Thank you so much for sending me that letter, it makes me feel so much closer to him just to even think that there might be someone out there who could talk to me about him. I have wished and dreamed so many times, just to go back in time and see him in his youth, to tell him not to go on that voyage, to warn the whole crew. But unfortunately that couldn't happen. Since he passed away, there isn't hardly anyone who I can talk to about this. I was always too afraid to talk to him about it, because I was afraid to hurt him. I know there are things in my life that I just can't talk about, but even all of them added up couldn't even compare to what all you brave men went through. My heart goes out to each and every one of you for what you had to do and put up with just to save your own lives and sanity. And I'll tell you, that thing with the middle finger, that is one of the best and funniest things I have ever heard. I don't know exactly where I am going with this, but I just want you to know just how much you have touched me just by sending me a reply. I wasn't around when my father died, I was pregnant in Hawaii, the news sent me into labor and I delivered the very next day, but I could swear I saw him in the labor room with me. I didn't get to go to the funeral, or anything, but two years later, I introduced him to my two oldest daughters and brought him a ceramic angel. Tucked inside the back of the angel is a poem I wrote for my dad, and the entire crew of the USS Pueblo. It was wrapped in plastic, so the weather shouldn't have hurt it. If you ever get a chance to go to Willits, Ca. go see his grave, I would like you to have that poem, and hopefully, you will be able to read it, and send copies to all the crew members. This is the closest I have come to getting to know my dad (see, he is my stepdad, but treated me, and loved me like his own, I was the only one he got to give away at a wedding, and my daughter is his first granddaughter) I just want to know what he was like before all that happened, I want to be able to know that he did have happiness. He hurt for so long, as do many of you, and it changed him I know, he didn't mean to be like that, just when something like that happens, it does permanent damage. Please excuse my jabbering on like this, it's just I am trying to type through tears, and I don't know if it's from joy or sadness, but I know that I sure do hope that someone out there who knew him could talk to me. Tammy A Ross


Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 07:53:14 -0400

Dear Crew Members of the USS Pueblo,

I talked with CDR Bucher last night and he suggested that I email you the attached info on the creation of the Cold War Museum. We are working with the survivors of the USS Liberty and they have been very supportive of our efforts. I would like to start an official dialog with your organization to help the Cold War Museum create a display about the USS Pueblo. In addition, I would like to request that you send the attachments out to your members and add what you can in your next newsletter. Look forward to talking with you soon,

Very truly yours, Francis Gary Powers, Jr.

Founder The Cold War Museum P.O. Box 178 Fairfax, VA 22030

(703) 273-2381 (703) 273-4903 FAX


Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 11:34:33 -0400

Dear Pueblo Crew,

My name is LCDR Chris Chrislip and I wanted to thank you for your help in providing first hand information to me on the Pueblo seizure. I presented your story -with the help of Mr Earl Kisler and Mr Ralph McClintock to the CTs and ISs aboard USS CARL VINSON. Your story made a big difference in how we see things now and how we trained for cruise. I am writing back now to ask if anyone would like to attend an informal gathering of the DC Chapter of the Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP). The Chapter president asked me if I could ask you as they would love to meet some honest-to-goodness heroes. I told them I would see what you thought. Hope to hear from you! Thanks again, Chris Chrislip LCDR Chris Chrislip NIWA


Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 23:33:33 -0700

Dear Crew;

I just had to write and tell you how touched I am over the web site. I know you all know full well all the heartaches and nightmares that Ed, (Howard E. Bland) went through for you all are still going through them. I cannot say how my heart aches for each and everyone of you. I wrote a poem about the Pueblo and when Ed and I were in San Diego for the one and only reunion we were able to attend, I gave a copy to Commander Bucher. In the poem I told of how I respected each and every one of you and if I had to be in a similar situation as you all were I would want you on my side. With little more than your minds you showed great ingenuity and was able to overcome all the trials the North Koreans put you through. You all have been and will continue to be my hero's. I found the tribute to your fallen comrades very comforting, having lost Ed I lost touch with all of you. I hope that we will be able to keep in contact now. I want to thank you for all your donations to his service when he passed away, without your help I would have been a long time paying for the services of his death. I didn't realize just how much help you all were until a few weeks ago when I came across some of the things from the funeral. I wasn't able to look at any of that until then as the pain was to great to bear. If anyone knows where I can get a copy of the service ring that you all received when you were released I would be forever grateful, the family took possession of it and I was not allowed to keep it. Of course it won't be the same but I would wear it with pride and a great honor. Also if possible I would appreciate all emails from anyone that was on the ship. I guess it is a way for me to remain close to Ed in a special way. I will write some letters from the list of addresses that you posted, that alone is a great help to me. I wasn't around when the Pueblo incident occurred I was still in high school. However I did live the aftermath, and there were times it wasn't very pretty. Ed had a rough time especially when my son was in the Gulf war. I don't think he ever got over the stress from that combined with the stress he was already under from Korea. I cannot say enough how proud I am to have met some of you, or how proud I am of Ed. He will remain always my hero, my love, and my life.

Sincerely, Mary Bland Kaser


Date: 08/02/2001 6:12:08 PM Mountain Daylight Time

Like your page. Did Ed Murphy put it all together? You guys have done so much to gather and document The PUEBLO Incident. It's the best "not politically correct" version and the best historical account of all the events before, during, and after I have come across. I have always had a very keen interest in the seizure and the utmost respect for those of you who endured the merciless acts done by the North Koreans, and how you were excused by our own government. It's to bad that those who made those decisions are no longer able to feel the shame they brought upon themselves. Only those of us who who have no shame can keep the historical significance of the PUEBLO and her crew alive. I had the honor of spending an evening with Pete and Rose Bucher in 1995. We became instant friends and have kept in touch since. They mentioned the upcoming reunion in Pueblo, CO, and that you have people other than the crew come to your reunions. I would like to be one of those persons as it would be nice to again see and spend time with the Buchers and this time with members of the crew. I would arrive late Friday, the 7th, be there all day Saturday the 8th and attend your banquet that evening (which I would pay for and all other reunion functions), and leave early Sunday morning. Following two (2) e-mails forwarded by Don Peppard at the request of Association President Don Mac . . . Additionally, I understand there are efforts underway by the PUEBLO group which the U.S.S. OKLAHOMA CITY ASSOCIATION can provide participation and support. These we could talk about in Pueblo too. I look forward to your response and being with you in Pueblo.

Best Regards,

U.S.S. OKLAHOMA CITY ASSOCIATION John F. Baker, President


Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2001 10:22:32 -0700

Fox News contacted me via telephone this morning stating that they were doing a story on Duane Hodges and wanted to know if I had any amplifying information. I think they called me because there is a picture of my wife at a memorial site for Petty Officer Hodges in Creswell, Oregon, not far from our home. I referred them to Don McClarren and/or the Commanding Officer, Commander Bucher. It if gratifying to learn that there is still interest about the ship and her crew.

God bless one and all, Jim H Holman, CTO1(E-6), USN(Ret).


Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 14:30:40 -0400

Shipmates:

I'm a survivor of the USS Liberty AGTR-5. I've been attempting to find some of the books written about your ship. Everything seems out of print. Do you stock any of them and are they for sale? BUCHER: MY STORY SECOND IN COMMAND THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE USS PUEBLO by Ed Brandt with 15 crew members BRIDGE OF NO RETURN MY ANCHOR HELD PUEBLO INTRIGUE A MATTER OF ACCOUNTABILITY, by Trevor Armbrister THE PUEBLO SURRENDER; A Covert Action by the NSA. THE SHIP THAT NEVER RETURNED, Eleanor Van Buskirk Harris THE PUEBLO INCIDENT; Rear Admiral Daniel V Gallery You have a good, informative, and easy to look at, site dedicated to you and your ship.

Smooth sailing forever. Richard C. Carlson USN Retired CTR1


Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 07:54:44 -0700

I have taped the History channel's rendition of "Blind Man's Bluff". Last evening, as we were watching it, they were discussing the first nuke boat, they showed Admiral Rickhover and along side of him was Commander Bucher! I stopped the tape, retrieved the book he wrote "Bucher: My Story" and compared the pictures. I am absolutely sure that they are the same. I also was a CT who served earlier TAD on subs and then the USS Rehoboth, a hydrographical ship that may have been the forerunner to the Pueblo type ships.

Thank you for your time, Paul Lake CTR2 Sun City, AZ 85351-1048


Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 14:32:10 EDT

Hi, As a former CTR and supporter of the great guys aboard the Pueblo I'm wondering if a date has been set for this year's reunion yet.

Since I live near Pueblo, I'd like to attend. Thanks, Bill Hildebrand


Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 01:47:31 EDT

I sent the Pueblo's Veterans Association a letter a few years ago and received a letter from Commander Bucher. The skipper mention in his book that you guys got in a bad typhoon. I am pretty sure we were in that same typhoon with the USS Westchester County. The VC blew a hole in the Westchester killing about 25 guys. I think they were pretty close to going down on their way to Japan. My ship the USS Chipola was tied up by the USS Pueblo in Japan. I had a mid watch on the fantail just a few feet from your forecastle. I did not see a watch on the forecastle or the quarter deck. No weapons were visible. The next night I went over on the beach. I drank a beer with a CT from Washington State and he told me that the Pueblo was a communication ship. Could the CT be Elton Wood? I remember the fellow had glasses. We shoved off for Pearl and you guys went to Korea. When we were in Pearl the Enterprise came through on its way to Korea. We spent a few months in Pearl then started the WestPac tour in Japan and operated off Korea. The Russians were there and had their guns and missiles pointed at us. I am proud to have served in the Navy. However, I do not have any respect for the scoundrels over us like LBJ and McNamara. Portland, Oregon has a real nice veterans memorial and your sailor Duane Hodges is on it. Gary Smith


Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 17:51:19 -0500

Hello again, I found your page and signed the guestbook a long time ago. I was in Taiwan at the time of your capture and was immediately sent to Camp Humphrey 177th ASA company to "help out" the intelligence mission there. I had the pleasure of getting to meet one of your crew members - Joe Stirling a few weeks back. He is now living in Lincoln, NE says he doesn't compute much and doesn't attend your reunions and such and not looking for any publicity. Did get to talk to him for about 2 hours though and he filled me in on a lot of things that I had wondered about. Left his place with half a book in my head unfortunately it was all off the record! ;-) At least i got to finally shake the hand of a crew member of your ship ... an honor indeed! When I left Taiwan (in a hurry) i packed light, and jotted off a note to my folks about heading for korea. Didn't take any stationary along and didn't write them while I was there.... SO ... when I got back to Taiwan after a month I had the RED CROSS looking for me to WRITE HOME!!!! As they knew I was "in the business" similar to your ship's mission. and might somehow have gotten tangled into the mess too. I also had been able to borrow a copy of the made for TV movie from CT3 Anthony A. Lamantia, Tony said he was held in same room with Joe Stirling and to say "hi" from him when I met Joe. Unfortunatly I lost Tony's email address and Mailing address so if you can pass the message on .... "Joe's doing okay" .. .some health issues .. but in good spirits and helping out at the Vets Center and Hospital in Lincoln, twice a week I think. Would have called Tony myself but forgot which state he lived in .... I see now it's Maryland. Might try to give him a jingle on phone yet .... I currently maintain a database for Army Security Agency Veterans .... very close to 23,000 records of just ASA vets. If anyone is looking for an ASA'er ... just point em my way.

Thanks! vern greunke


Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 07:51:53 +1000

Hello, Thanks for your site... One point puzzles me. Here: http://www.usspueblo.org/v2f/captivity/goodluck.html You quote... "As the bus drove down the street one proper English gentlemen (sic) complete with derby and umbrella spotted the bus and flipped it off. " This does not ring true. In Britain the gesture used by the people would be the time honoured "two fingered salute" Which has been in use since Agincourt. I suspect that nowadays people would recognize the American version due to the proliferation of your culture via television and movies, but in 1968 things would have been very different. Especially by a "proper English gentlemen" (sic). Regards Paul Hannah


Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 13:09:50 -0700

My name is Ven Griva and I am an editor for Copley News Service in San Diego, Calif. I am also a free-lance writer. Recently while working on a story for a San Diego County newspaper about a museum exhibit in Poway, Calif., dedicated to the Pueblo. I met Bob Chicca there. He told me your organization is planning a reunion in Pueblo, Colo., in September. Copley News Service is interested in doing a feature story in advance to the Pueblo reunion. In fact we are interested in doing a package of stories, if that is possible. Will you please give me some details about your reunion? Where and when it will be held. Who you expect to be there. If there will any special speakers, etc. Also, if it is possible, I would like to speak with you about the Pueblo Veterans Association and your experience. I can be contacted at Copley News Service at ven.griva@copleynews.com Sincerely, Ven Griva


Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 23:14:42 -0400

I was on the Canberra in the Sea of Japan. We got really frustrated sailing around doing nothing, and wanting to do something. Go to www.cag2.com for some discussions about the events we were involved in there. You guys did well - all of us on the Canberra were proud of you, and felt that some action should have been taken by the Navy to get you out.


Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 14:00:36 EDT

I will NEVER forget USS Pueblo. I've read everything I could get my hands on about the boat and your mission. I have 15 years experience in the same field and identify greatly with all of you. One question: Where is Pueblo now? Is she still in Wonson harbor? Thanks Paul Penta former MSgt, Massachusetts Air National Guard 1968-1974, 1983-1992 NCOIC Wing Intel Shop


Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 08:01:14 -0600

Greetings;

I have just read the article of September 08, 2001, (in the Pueblo Chieftain), and among other things, I wish to thank the entire crew of the Pueblo, for their service to our country. I am a retired, air Force Veteran, having retired in March 1966, after a long career, involved since WW2, in Strategic Reconnaissance Squadrons. My heart and my prayers were with you guys, during the long months you were held in "cold" Korea. This is because, many of my friends are still "missing", on reconnaissance flights, with no resolution as to their fate. I often visit Pueblo, where I am hoping we can build an epic Monument to honor all the KIA / MIA from the Korean War, including all those who are still missing, those who died on the DMZ, and the sailor from your ship, who never again saw home As conceived, the Monument will be on the 38th parallel, where it crosses Interstate 25, just north of exit 77, and pretty close to Colorado City. The monument to be built with private funds, and as little "political" involvement as possible. It is meant to honor those those who died or disappeared, as a consequence of the Korean War, and by so doing, honor all who fought there, as well as there families. Pueblo is almost exactly half way between Seattle Washington, and Atlanta Georgia, and we think a much better place for a monument to the ( still not resolved) Korean War, than is, Washington DC. If you are interested, I will be glad to share further information with you.

Stay Warm; Bruce L Salisbury Msgt USAF Retired Aztec, New Mexico


Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 11:57:51 -0400

I'm the editor of a site advocating for human rights in North Korea. I would like to do an interview with one of the veterans of the USS Pueblo. Thank you. Sincerely, Edward Kim Editor, The Chosun Journal www.chosunjournal.com "informing, provoking, mobilizing consciences for the sake of human rights in North Korea"


Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001

I realized, when I saw this morning's article at The Pueblo Chieftain, online, that I had no recall of the date. The article stated: January 23, 1968. Suddenly I understood why I didn't know, and went searching for the date of the onset of the Tet Offensive. Within an octave?! This, if true, sheds considerable light on the events which were such a formative part of my young adulthood. Now, I will remember the relationship I have just learned. Thank you for making it so, at Pueblo, Colorado, virtually.

Sincerely, Marta Laux


Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2001 12:27:42 -0500

Sir,

Just was visiting your web site. Fantastic!! Will be linking onto mine ("The Willy Victor Page" http://www.willyvictor.com ) in a day or two. You have my site "Willy Victors" on your links page but apparently you have not been made aware of the new URL. I'm not sure if you were linked to the EC-121 shoot down by the North Koreans that I have on the site. That URL will be different also. I have another article from the Washington Post (not yet posted) that will go on the record of the shoot down. Hopefully, I will get this work done within the next week or so. Wes Mortensen Web Master, "The Willy Victor Page"


Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2001 11:43:50 -0700

I have been reading about your convention in Pueblo, Co and have decided to share my Pueblo story with you. Small in comparison to what you guys went through, but I thought it might be of interest. If not, nothing ventured, nothing gained. To begin my story, you need to know that I was born and raised on a working cattle ranch in Pueblo County and have always considered Pueblo to be my home. I enlisted in the US Air Force in 1966 and was a aircraft radio repairman, stationed at Cannon AFB, New Mexico at the time of the loss of the USS Pueblo and its crew. At Cannon, I was the "mobility" person assigned from the comm shop and as such kept a tool box and a shaving kit in the hanger, in case of an emergency. We experienced several "recall" drills during this time, but on one particular night as the sirens were sounding, my First Sergeant came into my room and said, "This is no drill. Get yourself and gear to the hanger, the Koreans have taken [the] Pueblo!" Of course, the thought that went through my mind was, "What in the world does the Koreans want with my home town?" I spent the morning sitting on the tail gate of a C-130 while we had 4 flights of f-100's sitting on the runway, with engines running, waiting for the word to go. As one flight would run low on fuel, they would taxi back to the maintenance ramp, refuel, and allow the second flight to take their place at the end of the runway. All the while, I'm still trying to justify, in my mind, why Korea wanted the town of Pueblo. Must be the steel mill, or the ordenance depot possibly, but why not Colorado Springs where NORAD is headquartered? Just didn't make sense to me and then I overheard someone saying that the Korean Navy had taken Pueblo! Now, I'm really confused as the Arkansas River rarely has enough water to support a Naval action. This probably all sounds pretty silly to you guys, but I was really concerned for family and friends and such. Finally, at mid afternoon, we were released and all the air planes were parked. It was then that I was able to find a newspaper and read that the Korean navy had boarded and captured a ship, and it's crew, named after my home town and that it wasn't the city of Pueblo that was in harm's way. I never understood why we did not come after you guys, and still don't. We were ready and had the fire power sitting on the runway. Why our government let things go the way it did is still a mystery to me. The fact that you were kept against your will, while we had the machinery to bring you home, in my mind is still a travesty. However, I have always followed the story and just want you to know that I appreciate your sacrifices and just wanted to say that I hope you enjoyed your stay in my hometown, Pueblo. To all of the crew of the USS Pueblo, I want you also to know that you were always in my thoughts and prayers, and still are, but most of all I just wanted to say, "Welcome Home." Jack Rudder Formerly SSGT, US Air Force Spirit of the Beaver be with you!


Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 20:11:28 -0700

All,

We only have one word to say to everyone...THANKS! Karen and I want to say thanks to everyone for your hospitality and warmth to us at last weeks reunion. We were honored to be with you and enjoyed every minute. We hope all made it home safe and will remain in touch with some of you. God willing and the creek don't rise, we would love to visit with you again in Branson. If their is ever anything I can do in my capacity as POW/MIA Advocate here in Colorado, please let me know.

Thanks again, Rod and Karen Utech CTM2, NSGA Midway Is., CinCPACFLT


Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 21:48:54 EDT

PAX: I had been released from the Navy 8 months prior to your ship being attacked and you imprisonment. I was raised in Pueblo, Colorado. I have just finished watching a documentary about the USS Pueblo and I just wanted to add my thank you, to a long list of people, for all the pain and torture that you had to endure. For the freedom of the USA. Paul Stacy


Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 7:59:56 PM Mountain Daylight Time

I just finished watching the Pueblo story with Oliver North on FOX News. I recall the incident clearly when it happened. I was a E-2 (private) in the army at the time. I just completed a cryptic course in teletype at Ft. Gordon, GA. I recall one of the instructors telling us how vital it was for us to destroy all encrypted messages. We were all told how the crew of the Pueblo screwed up. It was years later I found out how false that statement was, and I am sure the instructor later realized it also. It was not until many years later that I began to realize just how little our military cared about us. I am not anti-American. In fact I am proud to be a part of this wonderful country of ours. But as I grew from a green soldier to one that served his country and served it well, I learned that not everything I did was appreciated. The way CDR. Bucher was treated by the Navy during and after the incident with N. Korea is a travesty to all Americans. The idea of a military court of inquiry convening after your release caused shame upon all men in uniform. I would merely like to welcome you back and congratulate you for the duty and honor that you gave to our country. My sincere and highest respect to you and the remainder of your ship mates.

Regards, Thom La Barbera Brookfield, CT

 


  Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 12:51:56 EDT

I was serving in USAF in Kimpo when the Pueblo crew was returned - Com. Bucher used my desk while there - What is being done to get the ship back - anything I can do to help?

RD Link USAF (ret) Abydrive


Date 10/1/2001 11:29:28 AM Mountain Daylight Time

Congrats on the excellent show with Ollie North last night! Hope and pray this report brings the Pueblo crew the honor they deserve! You all served your country above and beyond and as with my shipmates and myself, when the chips were down, President Johnson and our country let us down. You've hung there all these years, don't give up the ship, keep on plugging your battle is worth it! My best to Captain Bucher, Jim Kell, Ralph Bouden and the rest of your crew, Stan White (USS LIBERTY survivor) MCPO USN (RET)


Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 14:06:27 -0400

To the USS Pueblo crew:

I saw the USS Pueblo event last night from the fox network. Ollie North did a great job. I'm grateful that the public got a chance to see what truly American Heros you are. Please pass this to the crew that have email addresses, you all deserve to be praised for they bravery. God Bless John Hrankowski USS Liberty Survivor President/USS Liberty Veterans Association http://www.ussliberty.com


Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 12:25:23 -0400

I communicated with Don McClarren lastly in January regarding locating the tape done by the History Channel.My sister found it & if anyone wants to order the tape ($19) call & ask for "Betrayal-The Story of the USS Pueblo Debacle". To refresh your memory, my father Lt Gen. "Woody" Woodward, negotiated the release of the Pueblo for the US at Panmunjom in 1969. With renewed appreciation in the military these days, I hope the crewmembers of the Pueblo are healthy & happy & know that this video reinforces what a difficult & patriotic journey you all took in 1968 on behalf of our country. We still appreciate your sacrifices today. Best Regards, Bruce Woodward


Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 16:42:29 EST

Hello, I came across your web site as a link from the Silent Warriors Web Site. I am a USAF veteran having served two overseas tours in the late 60's with the Air Forc Security Service Command as a Morse Intercept Operator. At the time of the high seas hijacking of the USS Pueblo (AGER-2) I was stationed in England at RAF Chicksands. I recall vividly reading of the peril of these valiant sailors and the absolute horrible way they were treated. Being in the intelligence gathering business like all the crew of USS Pueblo I felt a sort of special kinship with all of you. Your web site is an absolute tribute to the stamina and decency and honor with each crew man aboard Pueblo served. At my age now there is little for me to do as a veteran but to stay in contact with some of my buddies. As a active member of a couple of veterans groups, I began collecting patches from various units I served in and would consider it a special feature If I could obtain the official patch of USS Pueblo (AGER-2) for my personal collection. If they are available I would like some information on how to obtain one. I am willing to pay for one if they are available at this time. Would sincerely appreciate any information you could provide in obtaining the patch.

Sincerely, Vince Wuwert USAF/Security Service Morse Intercept Operator 1965-69 Service in England 66-68 Thailand 68-


Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 18:23:15 -0800

For all that you endured there for all of us here. I finished reading Captain Bucher's account of Pueblo's capture just recently, so many years after the fact and I am so glad for the Pueblo's internet site (I am a hound for 20th century historical books wherever I happen to be. At the moment that's all I have time to absorb as I read them). Sometimes when huge events take place in history, our own lives are so enmeshed with challenges that years pass by before own finds a chance to express gratitude. But I am always reading historical accounts and books and now I can add valuable knowledge to my Pueblo "database" via your fine organization and support of each other. If ever you come to Seattle for a reunion, I would be honored to attend, shake some hands, and hear the crewmen's accounts of that devastating world they were thrown into. I am glad that so many of you seem well and obviously productive in your continued quest to keep the story of the Pueblo alive! Respectfully, Martha Thiry


Dte: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 14:00:36 -0800

Nice website. First time in history the USN struck the Colors. No shots fired. Look up Torpedo Squadron Eight. Battle of Midway. archie caldwell


Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2001 2:02:34 PM Mountain Standard Time

I found your site, while surfing the net. Well done! I was at the DMZ with the 1/79 FA, 7 ID when your ship was captured. We all got extended an additional 30 days to our tour of duty because of the incident. We also, felt sure that we were going to get the word to go North to get you guys, but it never came. I am deeply sorry that it did not. We all felt very badly for you guys and wanted you all returned. I hope all is well with your life Don. You guys are all heroes in my book. Welcome home Don! Mike


Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2001 06:02:59 -0800

Ienjoyed you web site very much. Earl Bolam (USS BELMONT -AGTR4)


Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2001 09:59:42 -0500

Hello, I heard on the TV Program "West Wing" a comment that North Korea NEVER returned the USS Pueblo to America. Is the Pueblo still in North Korea? Thank you. God Bless America and all the men and women who have served our country throughout our history. Sincerely, Jeanette V. Tully of Newburgh, NY


Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2001 16:26:01 -0800

Looking for the picture of the crew giving the "Hawaiin Good Luck Sign"... Can you assist? Regards, Brad

 

Date: 12/12/2001 3:50:57 PM Mountain Standard Time

CTAC Peppard,

I came acros your website today and just wanted to send a little note to tell you how much I appreciated it. I was first introduced to the 'Pueblo Incident" as a child, through the Hallmark Hall of Fame special of the same name. I was facinated by the whole episode and immediately read as many of the books on the subject as were available. Later, I became a CTI (both active and reserve service) and eventually a Cryptologic Officer (reserve). The ordeal that you are your shipmates endured was always on the minds of those with whom I served. I just wanted to take a moment to say, "thank you" for your service and to tell you how much I admire you and your shipmates and how much I appreciate the trials that you endured. LCDR Donald G. Berg, USNR


Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 15:54:40 EST

As a friend of one of your crewmembers and as a Veteran myself, I salute every one of you! Mike O'Bannon, one of your crewmembers is a class act. Your hijacking deserved the same response as what we are witnessing after the Sept.11 attacks. Pete Renfrow Dundee, Oregon


Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 21:23:15 EST

I just saw this stunning program hosted by OLIVER NORTH on FOX TV. I was in the 7th grade when this incident took place, I remember it well. I had never heard the TRUE STORY surrounding the circumstances that the crew of USS PUEBLO had encountered. I was awestruck at the Courage and Bravery of each and every one of the Crew. Captain Bucher did not in any way deserve the harrassment and intimidation brought onto him by the U.S. NAVY inquiry. Our Country was wrong in this regard and must make amends to correct this act of travesty towards its own people. The North Koreans were totally baseless in their claims and actions. I am a former Navy Enlisted Man, I would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly THANK the Captain and Crew of USS PUEBLO for doing the "Best they could do given the circumstances facing them". Sincerely, Mark Casillas Memphis,TN

Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 21:30:40 EST Hi, my name is Paige Hammond and just happened to get the chance to watch the show War Stories w/ Oliver North. Tonight it featured a piece of history that I never knew existed or learned in school..... the U.S.S. Pueblo incident. I am a 27 year old, mother of 2 small children, proud wife of a Navy CM1 and proud daughter of a late Navy AE1. I just wanted to write and tell you all that I'm very very proud of everyone of the crew members for hanging in there through out all they went through and that I feel for the family of the one who died. I was living in Oak Harbor, Wa. when the plane went down in China and history was made with the Whidbey 24..... but I am honestly disgusted with all the awards, ceremonies and excuse me but all the b.s. they received. When everyone on the U.S.S. Pueblo and our guys returning home from Vietnam were treated so badly. My father dropped out of high school to join the Navy during the Korean War and did serve during the Vietnam War retiring in July 1970. So maybe that is why I feel so strongly..... I may be one just person out of millions.... but please pass on my note to all that you can from the crew of the U.S.S. Pueblo..... and this way they know someone else cares bout them and what happened. And I feel strongly that history should be corrected and all the crew needs to be rewarded.... with at least the truth. Well, I better go for now.

Sincerely, Paige Dawn Hammond

P.S. And a special note for Mrs. Bucher....... GREAT JOB of standing up for your husband! You are a great role model for us Navy wives.


Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 19:41:18 -0800

I just arrived in so Korea the month you were captured by the no Koreans. it is something I will never forget. I was close to the DMZ with a 155 artillery section. we camped on our howitzers over a week waiting for a war. We had heard that President Johnson rerouted a carrier. for your defense, every day while we waiting, jets and choppers with 50 calibers would fly over. We thought that you would be rescued! it never happened. I was 20 years old. I came home from so Korea a month after you were released. While I was there we were close enough to the border that we heard there loud speakers. We had pamphlets dropped on us by balloons, pictures of you guys. I want to tell you as an American, how sorry I am that we did nothing to help you out of that crisis, you should have never been put in a situation where you had little to defend yourself, and to me you are all heroes. You all deserve the highest honors America can bestow on you. Again I am so sorry we did nothing but sit on our guns and not help you, we needed a real president at that time. like Ronald Regan. Never feel, you did anything wrong, we failed you, it is not the other way around. God Bless your whole Crew and Captain, I know what you did!

Glenn Holmes Lakewood Calif.


Date: 12/18/2001 8:38:58 AM Pacific Standard Time

We re-aired the Pueblo show again this past weekend and got a lot of very positive e-mail. Several people wanted to get in touch with Cmdr Bucher and we are forwarding some email to him. We thought we'd send this one to you to decide whether you'd like to respond to it. By the way lots of people have been asking us about VHS copies of the show, including some people who said they were friends of yours. We will be making those available soon via our website www.foxnews.com/warstories. Thanks for all your help. Jim Gaffey Producer WAR STORIES

Date not available in forwarded message. I have just finished watching the 16 December 2001 issue of "War Stories" relating the USS Pueblo incident.. My thanks to Fox for showing this excellent series. A special thanks to Col. Oliver North for his participation. Your reporting that the USS Pueblo crew gather on occasion caught my attention. Especially the part where they keep in contact by Email. If you know them, and if it is permissible, please send me the Email addresses of some or all of the crew. I would like to communicate with each of them personally to relay my thanks. If some security or privacy protocol prevents you from sharing these addresses with me, I will understand. I have a son who is now in the Arabian Gulf aboard the USS Carl Vinson. They receive hate mail Emails on a regular basis aboard his ship; and so I would respect your affording privacy to the Pueblo crew. However, if you cannot give me any addresses, please forward this Email to them so that any of them who wish may write to me. Thank you very much. Bernard E. Wooley, Physician Assistant CWO4, USN, Retired


Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 06:38:24 EST

Hello, I just watched the segment on War Stories telling about the USS Pueblo Incident. I was amazed that this had taken place and nothing had been done about it. As a high school student at the time this happened I had other things on my mind. I had no idea this was going on. Now, as a 52 year old woman I am appalled that our servicemen had to endure such horrible acts as was purportrated by the Koreans. The purpose of this email is, I would like to write a few of the surviving members of the Pueblo and ask them what I can do to help bring the USS Pueblo home. I think their records should show them as heroes for living through that ordeal. Could you please forward this to those that have email address. I will be looking forward to hearing from them.

Thank you, Pamela Carter Jacksonville, Fl


Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 15:33:11 -0300

Feliz Navidad y paz para el mundo Merry Christmas and peace for the world Alberto Diaz


Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 12:44:04 -0600

You don't know me. I was your Air Force counter-part in 1968. I had just arrived at a tri-service base in Japan when your ship was captured. (Hakata, Japan - aka Brady Air Station). Tri-service - Army Security Agency, Navy Security Group, and USAF Security Service. Recently, I watched the story again of the Pueblo incident on Fox News' "War Stories" with Oliver North. Always felt that something wasn't quite right about the whole thing, and that show makes me feel even more so. Just wanted to tell you, that just as Oliver North told 'Pete' Bucher on that show how all the people he was with in Viet Nam cheered your return - so did we in Japan. By the way, I am from (and live in) Pueblo, Colorado (the city your ship is named after) so in my own mind, I always felt a special kin-ship with all of you, even more than being in a similar career field. Saw some of your reunion here earlier this year, and especially enjoyed the photos that was printed in our local newspaper. I'm just a retired enlisted guy, and I wish the best for the entire USS Pueblo crew, and I hope and pray we get her back someday. George Williams


Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 13:10:26 -0800

Hello, I came about your website after seeing a report on CNN. I appreciate you associations care and dedication to keeping the memory of the USS Pueblo alive. My father, Robert Joseph Hanneken, CPT USAF, died while in an operation associated with the Pueblo. I am writing in the hopes a gaining additional information, as there maybe someone on your staff having knowledge about US Air Forces recon missions at the time of this event. Again, I thank you for your efforts in providing information to the public and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely, Michael Hanneken Richmond, CA


Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2001 08:13:41 -0500 My logbook from JAN '68 reveals a flight from Naha, Okinawa to Iwakuni, Japan to a point offshore from Wonsan Harbor. My P3A crew was alerted that Sunday morning to proceed to Iwakuni at best speed and report to the Wing Commander for operational briefing. We had no idea of the situation you were in at that point in time. Once we were briefed by the Commodore's staff and armed with a typical surface threat suite, we launched for 'a point off Wonsan' to observe and report. We were not briefed on rules of engagement, had no USS Pueblo communication frequencies, and were told that USAF protection was enroute ASAP. Words cannot express the shock of VP-6's Crew 8 as we came into a position to visually observe what was transpiring. We felt so utterly helpless as we received orders to stand off and await further instructions. We were not briefed on potential air engagement, and would have been sitting ducks if any had appeared. The promised USAF escorts never appeared and we watched in horror as the USS Pueblo and her brave crew turned westbound for Wonson. I observed tears on the cheeks of several crew members as we all shared in that unthinkable event. Crew 8 was joined by several squadron crews the next day and we flew many missions in support of the fleet, once it arrived in position. Our control ship was always the USS Truxton and we shared long, lonely hours on the red phone, talking mainly about our concern for the Pueblo crew. I had the pleasure of meeting CDR Bucher when we shared duty at the Naval Postgraduate School. I remember how the Monday morning quarterbacks seemed to take the position that the Captain should have scuttled the ship, fighting to the death to protect her from being taken from the high seas. I remember walking up to your Skipper and telling him how sorry I was that my crew couldn't have done more that Sunday. Even though your hijacking happened almost 34 years ago, please accept, on behalf of the Blue Shark's Crew 8, our sincere appreciation for what you did and you are heroes to us. It's a tragedy that your country has failed to do the same! God bless each of Pueblo's brave crew and may you and your families enjoy health and happiness in 2002.

Warmest regards, Fred C. Holt CDR USN(Ret.)


Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2001 19:26:13 -0500

I am a Navy Veteran, though at an era later than the capture of your vessel. I have, however made several trips to North Korea, and on my last trip in July, 2001, I boarded the U.S.S. Pueblo which is located in Pyongyang. She is still proudly afloat, as if waiting for her crew to return. I toured her interior, and had to maintain composure as I witnessed torn metal and holes from the assault upon her in 68. I sat in her galley and stood in her bridge. Though your ship is now a trophy of your enemy, she is well cared for. Your crew is spoken of with the respect of a worthy opponent, and an almost reverent silence prevaded the decks. One of those who took your ship from you, is now care-taker of the U.S.S. Pueblo, and he is by her side every day in full uniform. I spoke with him, as sailor to sailor, and he asked me to extend his respects to the crew. He promised to care for your ship until he dies. I think it noteworthy that your ship has been preserved this long, and appears ready to get underway when her crew returns. If she were stateside now, Pueblo would be in mothballs. But now she lives, a floating memorial to both friend and foe.

My Highest Respect to Her Crew David Witt, HM1 1971-1982


Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 15:47:28 EST

Hello, I recognize two names on the List of Crew Members and have in fact written to one back in the 1978-79 time frame. His name is Wayne Anderson of Blackshear, GA. The other crew member is Anthony Lamantia who I may have gone to school with in Pensacola back in 1965. His it possible to get current email or postal addresses of these men?

Larry Steinfeldt NCVA Member


Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 17:10:09 -0800

I recently watched a TV program about the USS Pueblo Incident and was surprised to note no mention of the fact that we (the DIA) knew of the North Korean's plans to capture her. In 1968, I was a US Army Intelligence Case Officer (MOS 97C40) stationed in Saigon, working under shallow cover as a GS-9 civilian auditor. My assignment was as advisor to an ARVN Intelligence collection team with target responsibility in North Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. After the Pueblo incident, another US Army Case Officer was pulled out of his deep cover assignment in Japan and sent to live with me in my Saigon safehouse for the sole purpose of hiding him. A highly rated source in his net operating into North Korea from Japan had compromised the plans of the North Koreans to grab the Pueblo and he sent it up the line well before the incident. After the Pueblo was taken, someone wanted to be sure that nobody could find him, including his own agents. If this is all old news, sorry to bother you. If anyone wants more details, write back. I assume all this has been long declassified. Bob Humphrey Coronado, CA

 

 

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