Guests' Comments

January - December 2002


We regret that do to an unfortunate hard disk failure all messages prior to March 25th were lost.


 Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 21:36:52 -0500

I'm trying to find the picture of the Pueblo that I have in it's new place in Pyongyang. Do you have one? I know I did but I can't find it now and I sure can't find it again even if I go to the most horrid communist sites.... Ralph Reagan

Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 19:09:08 EST

Great website. I'm glad the memory of the Pueblo and your heroic sacrifices is being kept alive. I was a US Air Force officer stationed at Osan Air Base at the time of the capture, having arrived there in November, 1967 (I was on the way home on the day you were released). In January, 1968, I was a First Lieutenant and Personnel Officer assigned to the 6314th Support Wing, 14th Air Division. For the next six months, I headed up the Personnel Readiness Center, which handled all the Air Force TDY staffing in-country. A couple of weeks ago, while exploring Pueblo related websites, I came across a 1999 e-mail from Stu Russell in which he asks for any knowledge of the US Air Force blocking the runways to prevent ROKAF from taking off. Here are some thoughts if you are still interested in that subject: ROKAF was charged with air defense in Korea, so it may have been thought appropriate for them to do something. Of course, they were still plenty upset at the North Koreans for the Blue House incident a few days before. I was very friendly with a number of air controllers and feel I would have heard about us blocking the runways, but I know I definitely did not hear of any such thing happening. Nor, conversely, was there ever any word of them scrambling from any air base. Our thinking (among my friends) was that if the ROKAF had scrambled, they surely would have blown the North Koreans out of the water. Our basis for that was about a month before, a NK gunboat was harassing a ROK fishing boat (may have been spying, nothing really said, who knows) up near Cheju-do. ROKAF scrambled and did blow them out of the water. The USAF was responsible for all offensive air operations. In January, there were about a half dozen aircraft each at Osan and Kunsan. They were TDY from Japan and were "specially configured." It would have taken too long for them to be reconfigured in time to aid the Pueblo. As it was, they were downloaded and uploaded several times over the next day or so until other aircraft could be flown in from Japan. Also, I recall it did not take too long (seems now like only a day or two, but I could be wrong on that point) for a carrier to be nearby. Here is the most interesting and telling part. Between 1:00 and 1:30 local time, I was meeting with the Deputy Director of Operations, Lt Col (later Col) Paul Taylor, in his office. At about 1:15, the Director of Operation, Col Fishell (as I recall) came into the office and said, "Paul, I understand there's a Navy ship in trouble off the coast." Col Taylor responded, "We've heard that, too, and have been in touch with the Navy. They say thay can handle it." Those were the exact words (or 99%), especially that last sentence. In view of all that happened immediately subsequent, I will never forget them. A very short discussion, less than five minutes, took place in which they agreed we (USAF Korea) would do nothing, nor was there any indication of anything being done or to be done by ROKAF. These were the two officers who would have been the most involved with any USAF action to be taken and would have also been the most knowledgeable of any ROKAF action. I was in Col Taylor's office for another ten minutes or so after that. Again, it's been 34 years, but that conversation is one I will never forget. Hope this helps and adds to your "storehouse" of information. Is there anything that can be done to provide a special commemoration next year for the 35th anniversary?? TV special, etc. This would be the time to start planning it. God bless you all. Edward A. Lewis 29 Matthias Street Salem, New Hampshire 03079

Date : Thu, 28 Mar 2002 08:56:38

My name is Ray Clarke Sr. I first heard about the USS Pueblo on war stories with Oliver North. I spent 7 years in the Navy (VA-65-USS Eisenhower-NAS Oceana 80-86) The courage and resolve of the Pueblo's crew are an inspiration. I am considering doing a report on the Pueblo for my western civ- here. I think each sailor should get a bronse star!

And North Korea RETURN OUR SHIP!!!

Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 04:10:27

I feel a but strange and awkard even broaching this subject. If the subject is personally too difficult to talk about I'll understand. My father was a German prisoner of war in 1944-45. I served in Vietnam as a ground troop. I came across a reference to the USS Pueblo in book called the Blond Knight of Germany (a German fighter pilot, Ace kept prison for 11 years AFTER WW II had ended. I am interested in how the Pueblo crew endured the 11 months of captivity and what and how they are doing now. There are a couple of movies out now about the "brotherhood of war" (Blackhawk Down and We were soldiers...) which suggest a high level of personal commitment but also demonstrate less commitment by upper echelons. Are there any books written by the Pueblo crew about there experience? What are they doing now? How are they getting along? How many are still in the service? Thank you for your service to me and your country.

Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 17:26:28

- From: Peter and Kelly Richards

I am the third cousin of Peter Langenberg and I wish to get in touch with him. Can you help me? Peter Richards

Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2002 20:32:

To whom this may concern: I believe that I sent an email regarding research of the Pueblo Incident. I am currently doing a paper regarding this subject. I was wondering if some information can be sent to me about how the incident affected the lives of americans. Did it cause a riot? Was there an increase of patriotism? Please send me some information. Thank you Hannah

 Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 17:29:13

There is a new book coming out this month (April 2002) by Mitchell B. Lerner. Title: The Pueblo Incident. I received notice via Just wanted to pass this information along.

Sincerely Frank Bullard

Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 07:25:44

To Whom It May Concern: I am creating a web site on the USS PUEBLO for a college Diplomatic History course. Your site is great and I was able to learn a great deal more than I already knew. Furthermore, I am requesting your permission to use various images and facts about the incident that I got from your site. I understand that your site is copyrighted and I will certainly cite my source appropriately. I would appreciate your cooperation and authorization on this matter. Additionally, I have noticed the link to the Tourist Attraction site. Do you have any detailed information on how they transported the PUEBLO around the peninsula and a specific time that they did it? Everywhere I have looked has pretty vague and sometimes conflicting information.

Thanks in advance, Scott Greer

Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 18:11:31

I recently made a trip to North Korea with the Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii(CILHI) to recover the remains of US service members lost during the Korea War. While I was there, I was able to visit the National War Museum in Pyongyang. They had the Pueblo's SOP and other various logs and instructions on display in a glass case. I got a couple pictures of them, along with a semi-blurry picture of the Pueblo docked in the river in the heart of Pyongyang. The picture of the Pueblo you have on your site is much better than the one I have, but I took if from a bridge on the river, so you can get a different angle on it. Please reply if you would like me to scan them and send them to you. Thanks you. Respectfully, David Jennings Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2002 16:01:34

Hi, I just discovered your web site and it really brings back memories. I was stationed in Kamiseya, Japan during the capture of our ship. I was a "A" brancher and worked in the "R" branch division. I was in the office when a R brancher ran in and screamed that there was a SOS coming in. It was the ship transmitting on voice. I guess they secured the transmitt button down as I could listen to the shells coming into the ship. I listened as they were screaming and destroying the equipment. I believe I was the second person to hear the SOS. SGT Chicca and Hammond were assigned to my division. During the time of the capture I also went to DF to get a positive fix on there location and they were indeed in international waters. If you have the oppurtunity please say Hi to CT1 Peppard for me as I spent two weeks with him at Sand Point, Seattle. Michael J. Whitman Coupeville, WA

Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 09:04:

I greatly appreciate your reply and the information you have sent me. Your website has been a great help to my research. I understand that emails are not the easiest to keep up with and reply to. I also thank you for forwarding my letter to the crew. I am looking forward to receiving the different replies. I wish you luck with your exchange student. Thank you very much, Hannah Clemons

Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 16:26:47

My name is Donald Witmer (joltjocky) CTO2 I was stationed on Adak Alaska when the Pueblo was taken. Will never forget the night someone waking me up and telling me to get over to the comm space now. I was the watch petty officer 2nd class in charge of one of the sections. (I was the only section senior petty officer in our dorm at the time). I went over to the comm space and everyone there was watching the teletype for messages patched through Kami Seya Japan. I remember someone was typing from the Pueblo comm room and asking where help was. I guess the North Koreans tore down the antennas or killed power to cut them off. It would have taken them some time to get into the comm rooms. I will never understand why the Navy did not do anything while they were towing the ship into port. I think that was when the "war" in South Vietnam was lost also. If our government would not fight for one of our own ships then how could we ever win a "war" in a foreign country? Our division officer was saying at the time we will probably be going to war with North Korea. I was due to get out soon and did not want to spend any more time on Adak. I remember reading about someone saying the United States was going to send some people in and get the ship out. That would have been suicide. The North Koreans were expecting us to try something like that. From the information we were getting there was a large buildup of force when the Pueblo was in port. When we left them take the ship into there port with no show of force all was lost. Anything after that may have started a war. I was very familiar with the crypto gear. I use to established communications with the USS Banner (Pueblo sister ship) when I was stationed in Kami Seya, Japan. Communications were not very reliable depending upon atmospheric conditions and numerous other factors. The USS Pueblo and USS Banner would run silent when traveling and would established communications at set times and locations. So that must have been a mess when trying to establish communications when they were being captured. I would guess that they were transmitting in the clear that is why the call signs did not make sense to some people. CTO branch personnel had different message addresses on encrypted massages. Another subject; I will never understand how someone could knowingly land a plane in China, stay one week, and come back a hero when they had a choice of ditching the crippled plane in the water and having a chance of being rescued. When the Pueblo was "captured", personal "tortured", and they came back a year later treated like criminals. They both did the same job. I understand that if I would have joined the Navy three months ahead of time I may have been on the USS Pueblo. I was stationed in Kami Seya Japan from 1965 to 1967. Adak from 1967 to 1968. I was Also in Kama Seya during the big fire in the radio CTR branch shack. Our comm space did not burn, it was underground. The building that burned was made out of wood. They had no means of escape; just one staircase and that may be where the fire started. I remember burning the paper tape for the teletype machines from our comm space in the building that burned down, on the ground floor beside the staircase and the exhaust pipe getting red hot from the heat. The pipe was just stuck out through the wall with a crock around it. One person got burned when it flashed back from the stove and burned the hair off his arm. We reported the incident and I understand at the time the person that approved the stove again is one that was killed in the fire. I often wondered it that incinerator caused the fire. I think it was listed as an electrical fire, I am an electrician and when there is not a known cause, it is electrical. It did not take the Navy long to get back on the air. They brought in tractor-trailers with radio gear installed and batched the antennas to it. When they built the new building all the exit doors could be pushed open to get out. I remember everyone had to make one line outside the fenced area and search for messages that my have not burned. I will never forget the burned bodies being carried out on stretchers. Donald Witmer CTO2

Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 10:21:49 EDT

Sir: I have a lighter with the inscription "Presented By CDR "Pete" Bucher Commanding Officer U.S.S. Pueblo Ager-2" Any information regarding this item would be appreciated.

Thank You. Mike Novak

Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 10:00:13

Hi, Good to hear from you. I hope all is well on your end. I thought you might want to know, and perhaps even share with the rest of the Pueblo group, that after much ado, my book is finally out. Details can be found at the University Press of Kansas website (, or at _ Best, Mitch

Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2002 10:59:28

I served aboard the USS Banner AGER-1 when it was still AKL-25. I went thru the renovation in Bremerton with the Banner and left it in late 1966. I remember us being surrounded by junks and other vessels off the coast of North Korea in late 1966. The captain set repel boarder watches and called for help, at dawn the next morning you could see the top mast on a destroyer on the horizon, then the boats all scattered. I left the Banner and went to river boats in Vietnam, where i was wounded in 1968. My name and e-mail is Rex Catron

Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 15:15:06

I found your web site because of this article. In case you did not already see this. I think it is a bit disturbing. I was born in 1968 and honestly never new of this incident. I was surprised and shocked. Do you recommend any books on this subject? Thank you, Ivan Correa

Date: Fri, 3 May 2002 09:32:24

What would you say regarding this statement: "Classified Information Has Never Been Stolen By Force. The most common motive for betraying the United States is financial gain." ====== I contend that the North Koreans took classified information (at that time) by force when they boarded the USS Pueblo. The above statement used to be part of a security briefing. What say you? ====== Thank you for the website. There are lots of other sites out there since our security officer first made that statement. * sincerely, * Rich Burns, NSWC/Corona

Date: Sat, 4 May 2002 19:54:57

Last July I sent this to Dan Hearn (LTV Sod Hut contractor) as he was looking for background on the destruct provisions provided Pueblo. In case you have not run across this data, it is yours to use as you see fit. Dan can be contacted at - - - I was stationed at the Naval Security Group Headquarters at the time Pueblo/Palm Beach was being converted for Intel collection. Lt. Dick Yeck of G-50 staff came to me during my lunch hour and ask if I would look over the LTV proposal for the Sigint system for Pueblo/Palm Beach. I looked it over and returned it to his desk with a note attached saying "I would NOT buy this for all the tea in China", not knowing that the work was underway. Needless to say, Dick was really upset when he saw my note and came to see me for an explanation/details. I went over with him as to what I saw were the problems. Dick called NavShips/REWSON and ask their contract manager (Dan Priest) if things were being done per the proposal. REWSON said that it was basically being done per the proposal. Dick told them that we had some serious problems, mainly with Human Factors issues, and recommended that work be put on hold and that I meet with REWSON at Bremerton on the ship to work out a recovery plan. During my visit of the Pueblo/Palm Beach I noted problems beyond the scope of the LTV proposal/Sigint system. One memorable problem I saw was the back yard garbage incinerator installed in the open on the signal bridge for use to burn classified material. The REWSON manager (Dan) had personally selected the incinerator from a local hardware store. I made the observation that it was inappropriate for even routine destruction/burning of classified material let alone emergency destruction of all classified paper. I said that I saw the following problems with what was installed: (a) It was outside, exposed to the elements where winds/rain could impede destruction or loss of papers blown away; (b) It was outside were in an emergency destruction situation, opposing forces would likely attempt to prohibit destruction; (c) It was a natural draft incinerator and it would take an excessive amount of time to even routinely destroy loosely packet burn bags of single crumpled sheets, let alone bound documents/stacked sheets; (d) It had no screen on the short stack to keep unburnt classified material from being drawn out and going with the wind. I recommended that they install a forced draft and diesel fuel fired incinerator that would be inside and exhaust thru the existing engine room stack. It could be installed on a short platform deck built over the ladder to the engine room, accessed by tilt-down decking that would stow against the face of the incinerator when not loading/using the unit. REWSON said they didn't have the money and besides it violated the direction they got from CNO to build it like the Banner. Thermite was discussed for equipment but the opinion was that it was to dangerous to store and use. The results of my trips to Pueblo and LTV Greenville should be available from the SecGru Historian via the "Freedom of Information Act". I can't recall how many pages my first trip report was but it was at least 4 pages of stilted observation/recommendations. The reports should be in G-50 archives plus I sent my originator copy to the NSG Historian when I retired in '76. They were classified but no higher than s/hvcco. I was always amazed that the Court of Inquiry never surfaced the subject/trip reports nor contacted me for at least an interview. Anew book is out, making use of declassified Johnson administration documents.Book is by Mitchell B. Lerner, "The Pueblo Incident" - A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy, published by University Press of Kansas. Available for $24.47. I've only gotten thru 4 chapters but so far it is a great addition to your history. Regards - John Arnold, LCDR(Ret)

Date: Sat, 4 May 2002 20:59:32

Bob Hammons is a Navy veteran our age. I attended High School with him the early fifties. I should imagine you have already seen this or something comparable/

With every good wish from Oregon and Jim H

Sent: Friday, May 03, 2002 3:59

North Korea Thursday, May 2, 2002 North Korea Woos Tourists With Stolen U.S. Ship "In an attempt to raise hard currency, North Korea is for the first time encouraging tourists. One key drawback: an absence of tourist attractions," United Press International reported today. So what's a commie to do to lure that much-reviled but coveted lucre? Well, the North Koreans are touting tours of a stolen trophy of the Cold War: the U.S.S. Pueblo. North Korean troops boarded the ship Jan. 23, 1968, and held the 88-man crew hostage for 11 months. "The Pueblo was first the U.S. Navy ship to be hijacked on the high seas by a foreign power since the American campaign against the Barbary corsairs 150 years ago," UPI said. Regarded as a "sacred trophy" in the fight against freedom, the Pueblo is on display on the Taedong River in lovely downtown Pyongyang. Yes, this is the very same rabidly anti-American country that your tax dollars are supporting even to this day

Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 07:49:17

Dear PVA I would like to confirm the postal address for the PVA so that I can post photographs taken this month in Pyongyang. Thank you John Clearwater

Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 03:35:22

During the Pueblo incident I was serving in Vietnam. All the Navy guys that I knew (not just CT's) wanted to leave Nam and head for Korea. It was frustrating for us not to be able to help.

Paul "Ike" Eisenhauer CTRC, USN Ret.

Date: Tue, 14 May 2002 12:57:13

Can you please tell me the name of the skipper of the Pueblo at the time of the incident? Thank You Joe

Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 16:21:

My name is James Harrington, and I live in New Hampshire. The capture of the U.S.S. Pueblo in 1968 by the North Korean's , affected me in a great way. I was only 21 years old back then. A young high school student by the name of Harry Resell, and myself formed a "Remember the Pueblo Committee". We both lived in Quincy, Massachusetts at the time. We sold bumper stickers for twenty-five cents each, that had the words: "Remember the Pueblo" on them. We had orderd them from some group in another state. I wrote a letter to the local newspaper, The Patriot Ledger, informing its readers about our group. The mothers of crew members Stephan Harris, and Ralph McClintock called me after having read my letter. They asked me how many members there were in our group, and I replied that there were only two, Harry and myself. This touched them very much. Mrs. Harris invited me to her home and we chatted for quite awhile. She gave me some clipping and flyers from a rally that "The Remember the Pueblo Committee" of San Diago, California sponsored. We discussed the apathy that was the norm in the New England press at that time. I called several Catholic churhes in my area, and asked the priest if they could please ask the parishioners to pray for the crew members of the Pueblo. This request was ignored, much to my dissatisfaction I must admit. One priest from Saint Mary's church in West Quincy, Massachusetts, actually had the Moxie to ask me the following, after I asked ihim if they could request their parishioners to pray for the crew members of the Pueblo. He asked me, "Why???Do you really believe they are in dire straights?" If lanquishing in North Korean prison cells for eleven months, isn't in dire straights, I don't know how bad a situation you must be in, in order to have the members of the Catholic faith (of which I once was myself), pray for you. I had about two hundred "Remember The Pueblo" buttons made. They were quite handsome, having an actual photo of the Pueblo in the center, surrounded by the words: Remember The Pueblo. I had contacted the Department of the Navy, and was planning a ralley at Fanuail Hall in Boston. But thank God, the crew was returned to our country and therefore I didn't have to continue with that plan. I kept a scrapbook regarding anything I could find about the Pueblo, which I still have. Sincerely, James F. Harrington

Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 13:43:

My pastor and the superintendent of my children's school the Rev. Dr. Paul D. Lindstrom was a while back diagnosed with a form of liver cancer and is now at its final terminal stage. Rev. Lindstrom was the leader of an organization here in Illinois called the "National Remember the Pueblo Committee". I understand he and this organization were effective in bringing the plight of the Pueblo and her crew before the public. He meet with the then Illinois senators Dirksen and Percy. Rev. Lindstrom eventually meet with the Sec of State Daen Rusk. My hope was that the Navy would acknowledge Rev. Lindstrom's role and provide some form of appreciation. If you can help me in this matter or provide me guidence as to who to contact I would greatly appreciate it.

 Sincerely, Daniel E.Glad

Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 14:00:

Gentlemen: My name is John McMichael, during the Vietnam War I was a Counterintelligence Agent in the Army. I am considering writing a book about the relationship between the John Walker spy case and the seizure of the Pueblo. I have heard that their were several Caucasian on the dock in North Korea when the Pueblo was brought in. If this is true, or if any of the crew saw Caucasians boarding the ship after the crew was taken off, I would like to hear from you. Thanks, John McMichael

Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 10:08:11

My name is Katherine Newman and I am doing a school project on the Pueblo Incident. I think it would be great to have either one of you to give me any information that you feel is important for me to mention in my presentation. And if you are a veteran, maybe you could send me something like a signed letter or just a tape recording of a personal first hand account. I am very interested in the Pueblo Incident and even after this project is over, I would still like to continue learning about it. Thank you so much for anything you fell you can do for my school.

Sincerely, Katherine D. Newman

Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 13:05:34

Hello: I am looking for a former shipmate Larry Strickland who served on the USS Pueblo and USS Tang SS 563. My name is Don Hill from Bainbridge Island, WA. I served with Larry on the USS Tang from May 1972 to 1975. Larry was one of my SEA DADDY's when I was a tender sea pup back then, Larry was a First Class Electrician

Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2002 12:40:

I have known of the Pueblo incident and had heard that someone had put out in Morse code the word torture with his eyelids in a piece of film of the captives. Is this a true story? I see on the site that some did indeed put out hand signals in a photo. Yours, Bruce Nickerson

Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 06:31:23

Hello all, I will be leaving for a tour of North Korea in about a week, and part of the tour includes a visit to the Pueblo which is now docked on the river in Pyongyang. Apparently, the guy that gives the guided tour on the Pueblo is the actual commander that was involved in its capture! I am not sure exactly how much of it I will be allowed to photograph, but I am willing to try and accomodate special requests for pictures (angles, parts of the interior etc.) that I could then e-mail to veterans or anyone else who might be interested. Is this something that would be of any interest to your members, or do you all have pretty much all of the pictures that you need? If interested, please feel free to contact me Nicholas Mecury

Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 11:04:26

Hi Crew, and Officers of the Pueblo, I was with you, the full year, of your great suffering. I prayed for all of you, and my small group of Imjin Scouts. We operated at night. The North Korean propaganda speakers could be heard for miles, at night. I would hear stories of the Pueblo, and its crew! You were never out of our minds! I would shoot down propaganda balloons, with NK Pueblo stories! In 1967-68, I was a young Infantry Warrior, the 2nd Indian Head Division, serving as an Imjin Scout (a form of internal special ops), in the Korean DMZ. Many incidents had been occurring that year (the North Korean Agents, and NK Regular Army, killed 23 in my Unit), along the DMZ, and adjacent Imjin River zones. My squad, of five, three Americans, and two KATUSAs, were brutally, attacked that summer. My three Americans were killed by machine gunning, their faces out, and gutted their bodies, with hand grenade insertions, under their flack jackets. We could hardly id the bodies. In the same month, the North Koreans decided to send a large, 12 man, espionage team, to assassinate the President of South Korea. My unit went into the highest order of "Search and Destroy", and moved into the civilian zones of the Imjin River, and civilian South Korea. We were to search and capture, the North Korean assassins. It was a long two weeks, running up mountains, with ice and snow. Sleeping on the ground, eating on the run. It became extremely, cold. Our 113 military vehicles, froze up, infantry movement became slow. I got the flu, but kept going, in the snow. Days passed, my battalion, eventually, engaged some of the North Korean Agents, they fired back, we fired, they retreated. We called in mortar, we put them on the run! They were out of their mission. We would not let them get near the Presidential Palace. The remainder of the Assassin Team was intercepted by my flanks unit, the South Korean National police and Army. The senior NK assassin, surrendered, rather than die at the Presidential estate. We heard rumors that these incidents (the Pueblo, the Assassination Incident), might trigger World War III. About this time, President Johnson had made comments, that the "Pueblo Incident" and other NK incidents, was commensurate with an "act of War" retaliation. As a consequent of the above incidents, my CO had told us to get ready, and write home for the last time. My unit was being considered for the combat unit that would infiltrate the DMZ North border: get the Pueblo crew out, and seize our ship, with a Navy liaison special ops group. I wrote my last letter, to my family. We waited... As politics goes, the American Congress decided against force. We would use diplomacy. A year passed. I was one of the American Soldiers, that provided bridge security, the day, you were released. When your Army buses, drove over the famous "Freedom Bridge", my fellow soldiers, and I, gave you a military salute, and cheer! It was a great feeling for all us, I had lost 23 good friends, that year, it was good to see our POW's come home! Hope your civilian life has been successful with family and career endeavors.

Sincerly, Cpl Skip Kelley Imjin Scout Emeritus

Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 09:59:52

I am trying to contact Cmdr Pete Bucher Skipper of the Pueblo, as i was one of the first to use the press to help him get the truth out on his situation soon after he returned from N Korea. He came up to Salem Oregon and dedicated the Boys Club library, in honor of his fallen shipmate from Oregon. Have him contact Dean Schlosser

Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 20:21:21

Dear sirs, I have been enjoying the site very much. I was only about 4 years old when the ship was taken, but I remember seeing a movie starring Hal Holbrook (I think) about the incident. Do you happen to know the name of it? I would like to see if I can locate it so I can see it again. I remember the movie very distinctly, and certain scenes have stuck with me. I also read Capt. Bucher's book. On another question, did you ever get the POW medals you deserved? Thank you for your help. Thank you for serving our country.

God bless. Brian La Croix Pastor, Aberdeen Wesleyan Church

Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 12:23:33

My father, Capt James E. Keys, USN, was Cdr. Bucher's Navy appointed attorney during the Pueblo Court of Inquiry. He passed a way in of the things we always disagreed on was his position as Cdr Bucher's defense attorney. Part of this, I'm sure, stemmed from my own experiences over a 27 year Navy career, which included four separate commands at sea. I would like to contact Cdr Bucher and discuss with him his perception of how well my dad defended him. I would also like to discuss my own perceptions, and find out if they could be wrong. Is there a way to contact Pete? Jim Keys LTE for Future Surface Combatant Programs

Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 14:47:13

If any of the guest comments from 1 January through 24 March 2002 have ever been printed out by anyone, suggest you solicit copy and scan back into computer OR ask submitters for that period to resubmit their comments. Those missing days are important to our nations history. Keep up the great site and God Bless the Pueblo crew. John Arnold, Lcdr, USN(Ret)

Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 00:19:39

I was stationed with the 508th US Army Security Agency Group in Korea at the time. It is possible that I was the first American (not actually on the ship) to find out exactly how she was captured. If you are interested in any of this background information including info on our activity in regards to the Pueblo, please let me know and I will be glad to reply. Rod Patterson

 Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 15:15:49

Dear Sir or Ma'am: My name is Steve Newton and I am an old retired police chief and former Navy Master at Arms. I now have Parkinson and in my many travels to VA facilities, I have heard many stories of the USS Pueblo. So many in fact that I did a little research and decided to write a letter and ask that the ship be returned. I will not bore you with the details of writing a letter to a Head of State, (How do you write a dictator?), but with the help of a nice individual in our Embassy in Bejing China, I believe I finally found a path for my letter. I did want you to have a copy for informational purposes. I hope I did not step on any toes and I hope you like the letter. Believe me, it was not what I really wanted to say, (Such as give us our @#%& ship back!!), but maybe it will help. I know there is not a snowballs chance of getting the ship back, but after listening to all the older vets, I felt I had to try. Anyway, good luck to you all and God Bless you and your efforts.

 Sincerely; Steve Newton

Letter follows:

KIM Chong-il Chief of State Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea P’yongyang, Korea

Re: USS Pueblo (AGER-2)

Dear Sir: My name is Steve Newton and I am a 25-year law enforcement veteran and an old Navy Master at Arms. About two years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson disease and since that time I have had to visit many veteran hospitals and outpatient clinics. In doing this I have become sort of an ad-hoc advocate of veterans and veterans issues. I am not a diplomat so please forgive any fauxpas I may make in writing to you. I am simply a straight talking patriotic American, who wants to talk straight with you. On January 23rd 1968 the USS Pueblo was seized off North Korea and as I understand it, she is now anchored in Wonsan Harbor as a war memorial and tourist attraction. Sir, I believe that it is time for this ship to be returned. Now, I know that you will say this ship was in your countries territorial waters and I will say that the ship was in international waters and was illegally seized. But this is not for me to debate and since we both know what each others arguments will be, it is futile to discuss further. What I want you to know is this, Sir. The survivors of this ship have formed an organization to keep in touch with each other and to get together and talk about their beloved ship. Many of these people are dying yearly and long for the chance to set foot on their ship once more before they die. As the commander of your nations armed forces, I am sure you will understand that Navy people, above all other services, develop and affinity, some will even say love, for the ships they serve on. It is for this reason, Sir that I am writing. These old veterans are my fathers and brothers. They are the generation that has passed down my heritage and I respect them. I ask you Sir, to look into your heart and try to understand that whatever you might hope to gain by keeping this ship, is not worth the heartbreak it has caused. I did not know your father, KIM II-Sung, but think how you would feel if I had something that belonged to him. This I want you to understand, this ship is not mine or yours but it belongs to the people that manned her. Sir, if you truly respect your ancestors, I ask that you help me respect mine. We can do this, you and I, without fanfare or propaganda. You could just say, “As a humanitarian gesture, I am donating this ship to the Pueblo Veterans Association”. I ask that you look deep inside of yourself and do something good and decent. If not for them, do it for yourself. I know that your religion and mine are different, but believe me, nothing good goes unnoticed. Sincerely; Steve Newton

Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 16:53:37

Please remember that I'm pulling up 34 year old memories, so there are more gaps than content. I was an Airman (E-3) with the A-6 Intruder squadron VA-35 on board the USS Enterprise CVAN-65 during its 1968 Westpac/Vietnam deployment. What I remember is that our task force was pulled off Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf and sent to the Yellow Sea when the North Koreans captured the Pueblo. The one thing I will never forget is how cold it was. For the 4 weeks we were up there, ship's engineering couldn't figure out how to turn on the heat. Needless to say, our discomfort was nothing compared to the hardships of our brothers in captivity.The flight deck was ice covered most of the time. We could only work on the flight deck for no more than 30 minutes before having to go below to knock the ice off and get the blood running in our hands again. There were some flight operations, but they were primarily reconnaisance and CAP (carrier air patrol). We certainly had the airpower to make a difference, but didn't. The notable thing is that when we got the orders to put our tail between our legs about a month later, the captain put the petal to the metal. I personally clocked ship's speed on its inertial navigation system at 55 knots. Everything that wasn't secured on that ship either broke loose or at least made one hell of a racket. Ever see the hull of motorboat slap the water at speed? You have no idea what the noise is like when a carrier does it. I was never too keen about our role in Vietnam, but I did serve 3 combat tours. I am still appalled by our government's cowardice in response to blatant naval piracy bya 4th rate military power and the shameful, despicable treatment of Commander Bucher by the Navy upon his release by the North Koreans. God bless all of you

The air units attached to the Enterprise were:

Squadron Aircraft

VF-92 F-4B

VF-96 F-4B

VA-35 A-6A & A-6B

VA-56 A-4E

VA-113 A-4F


VAW-112 E-2A

VAH-2 Det 65 KA-3B

HC-l Det 65 UH-2C

VAW-13 Det 65 EKA-3B

HC-7 Det 111 SH-3A

Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 19:58:26

Hello, I found your website very interesting. I was wondering if you knew where a picture could be found of the soldiers slightly giving the finger to let everyone know the true conditions.

Thank You Will Phinney

Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 05:46:59

I and my good friend Colonel Will Duke, had the great privilege of meeting with Bucher and James Kell and their wivesin San Diego in the summer of 1998, just before you all's 30th reunion. I had written an ethics book at that time and was also attending a wedding of a good friend. Since that time, the book has been refined and will be published soon. I am currently working on the final edit now. The older version is still on on-line at The theses were hard pressed. The new title is -- Would You Lie to Save Lives? -- The Quest for God's Will and Compassionate Christianity This Side of Heaven or The Case Against Radical Fundamentalism at the Fundamental Level. It began as a research paper in 1990 for an ethics class, where I compared three published ethical systems with one I developed. One system would argue for Bucher telling the truth and not lying to save a life. I found that absurd. The other systems and my own argued for a lie and justified that in diferent ways. The largest contribution of the work is in the expansion of the compexity of ethics itself, especially in such complex moral dilemmas as Buchers. Within the work, there is also the examination of theoretical ethics at the foundational level. I'm not sure where or how you might be able to use this. But much has gone into the work. For your information, I've attached the new frontal matter and table of contents. If you look at the book on web site, you will see some reorganization has been done and several more charts have been added to point out some of the more signficant areas and complex issues. The essence remains the same. I most sincerely wish you all the best. Wish I could I afford to make some of the reunions and meet more of you all.

Sincerely, Mike G. Maness

Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 20:39:

Dear Sir, I am writing in the hope of being able to write to Joseph O'Brien, who was responsible for the photograph of the USS Pueblo in North Korea on your website. Are you able to help? I shall look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely, Ken Hall.

Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2002 12:46:09

I am submitting the following resource suggestion for your Korean War website links page Paperless Archives' Korean War Titles Paperless Archives' Korean War titles covering the conflict through a broad range of original historical source documents, presidential papers, official history texts, and photos.

 Thank You for your time ----Brion Clayton

Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 02:48:03

I was in Vietnam or on my way when this happened. I just watched the documentory by Lt. Col. North and I was sickened. I've done some reading on the USS Liberty. I know first hand about Vietnam where I served with the 1st Bn/7th Regt 1st Mar Div. Thank You for your service and for your sacrifice and Welcome Home. Semper Fi

Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2002 12:06:18 -0700 (PDT

Hello there. I have a copy of Commander Beucher's book that I would like to have auotgraphed by as many of the crew as possible. Are e mail addresses availbel for contact? All of the pueblo veterans are heroes in my book. Thank you, Jason Hollifield, North Carolina

Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2002 06:14:13 EDT

Gentlemen, How can I help all the Officers and the crew to get the credit you all deserve and have not received? I remember the U.S. spin on it all, though I was a young teen. I am very proud of you all, and have just seen Oliver North war stories and wish to do all I can, letters or whatever is needed so that our Country honors your heroic efforts. My deepest thanks to all of you. Most Respectfully, Joseph P. Cannon Sr.

Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2002 14:44:34

sirs, i just want you to know that i am an ex ct having served from 1958 to 1962 and i was and always will be a strong advocate of your cause. you all are our true heroes and you will never be forgoten as far as i am concerned. thoe. j. rhoades jr. email theorhoades

Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 20:05:

I am writing about the career of Adm. J.O. Richardson, and in the process have been looking up each member of his 1940 staff. On it was surprisingly Adm. Leslie John "Obie" O"Brien, whom I think became a member of the court judging the Pueblo incident and Commander Butcher. Do you guys know much about O"Brien? Skipper Steely Paris, Texas

Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 21:15:

I don't really know how to begin my comments but I feel compelled to write. I am a proud veteran of the USNSGA. I served from 1964 to 1970. During my time with USNSGA I was stationed at Kamiseya, Japan. I served there from 1966 to mid 1968. One of the first persons I became friends with was Ralph Mclintock. We were in the same duty section as R Branchers and worked out in the tunnel as intercept operators. Prior to moving off base, I lived in the same cubicle in the barracks with Ralph. To keep a long story short, our section Chief was asking for volunteers to go TAD on the Pueblo. If I recall, it was her first mission. I wanted very much to go on the mission and I got my wife to agree to let me volunteer. I cannot remember if I actually had "orders" for the TAD trip but I do recall campaigning strongly to be picked to go and I may, in fact, have received orders. During this time frame I noticed that I was urinating blood and as a result the medical people at Kamiseya had me admitted to Camp Zama Army Hospital near Kamiseya. I can recall being escorted by a CPO and a Lt. so that they could ensure that under sedation I did not cause a security breach. I was hospitalized for a relatively long period. The Pueblo sailed without me. I was sent back to duty at Kamiseya and was on duty in the tunnel when we learned that she and the crew had been hijacked by the North Koreans. Needless to say we were all shocked and very concerned for our shipmates and buddies. I remember being asked to watch the press conferences and to review photographs of the men during their time as POW's to look for signs that they may be communicating to us during the press conferences. I recall going to Ralph's cubicle and looking at his bunk(rack) and I still to this day can see his laundry bag hanging neatly tied to the end of his rack with his last name stenciled on it. When someone finally gathered Ralph's personal items, and they were gone, I recall thinking to myself, God, please watch over these guys. I knew in my gut they were in for a long ordeal as POW's. I guess my point in all of this is that I still think of what would I have done and how I would have surivived if I had gone on that mission. Would I have been able to act as gallantly as those who DID go on that mission. If you speak to Ralph, please let him know that there hasn't been a day in my life since the day he and the crew were captured that I haven't thought of him. He probably doesn't remember me, and I understand if he doesn't. 35 years is a long time. It has always seemed like only yesterday to me though. I also remember Sgt. Hammond and Chicca(spell?) I have never felt the need to communicate all of this until recently and I cannot say why, now, I do. I left Kamiseya in mid 1968 for duty elsewhere. I remember exactly where I was on the day the men were set free and returned home. I think it's time for me to read Capt. Bucher's book. Please do not publish my comments on your webpage. Respectfully, Larry Hoose CTR2 USNSGA (64-70)

Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 00:23:

I was stationed at Kadena AB with the 498th Tactical Missile Group when the USS Pueblo was attacked and captured. We were "told" our Air Division (313th) Commander had scrambled some F-105 Fighter-Bombers toward the Sea of Japan and the site of the USS Pueblo Incident but was ordered to recall them by the DOD. Can't put any names to this "info" but have no reason to believe it was anything but the truth. SMSgt Raymond A. Worden, Jr. (USAF, Retired)

Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 14:51:52

My name is LCDR David Laderer. I am currently attending War College and would like to gather some biographical info on CDR Boucher. Could you email me anything you may have available Respectfully, David Laderer LCDR USN

Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 10:45:

Is this the same ship that was in service in World War II? A friend has mentioned serving on the Pueblo in the South Pacific during that war. Thank you. Mary Hart

Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 23:04:23

Could you tell me (if it is not clasified) where the USS Pueblo was modified to be a spy ship. I worked on a ship that was modified in Bremerton, Washington in the early sixties and have always been curious if it might have been the ship. Anything you can let me know would be appreciated. Thanks Reo Duncan

Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 17:20:34

Hello, my name is Bill Baskervill. I'm former ASA, but have been a reporter for The Associated Press for more than 30 years. I did an annivesary piece in 1988, interviewing Cmdr. Bucher and other members of the crew. I was wondering where Cmdr. Bucher is now. Thanks. Bill Baskervill The AP

Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2002 04:07:19

Would like to contact Don Bailey (Beetle Bailey we called him on the Valdez). Paul "Ike" Eisenhauer, CTRC USN Ret.

Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 20:18:

Hello, My name is Bob Keller and I was an Intelligence Yeoman, stationed at Naval Intelligence Command (NAVINTCOM-30) in the Pentagon at the time USS PUEBLO was captured. When the crew was released in December, 1968, I was one of four Navy personnel (a Captain, a LT and two enlisted) who were assigned to the Naval Security Station in Washington, D.C. as the Special Pueblo Intelligence Damage Assessment (SPIDA) Team. We were locked in a vault on the Security Station complex. This was after Naval Investigative Service personnel had debriefed all the crew upon their return to San Diego. We compiled, from interviews of the crew, all the inventory of all classified material that was compromised and captured by the North Koreans. Our mission was, at the time, Top Secret. Although our mission was to focus on compromised classified information, our investigation revealed (through all coded, compartmentalized and classified Guam Operational Intelligence (GOPI) message traffic) the real facts of what happened to the ship and its crew at the time of attack, capture and during their captivity. I can only say that I was totally outraged at what happened, especially the whitewashing that took place after the crew's release. As a result, I still have unbelievable hatred toward the North Koreans and, to an equal extent, our own Naval leaders in charge at the time. To make my anguish worse, at the time of PUEBLO's capture, I had just been transferred from USS ENTERPRISE CVA(N)65 to the Pentagon. My buddies aboard ENTERPRISE never knew how close they were to rescuing the PUEBLO crew. I did and it hurt because they could have saved the day. Much of the material I was a part of assessing was highly classified at the time. It's my belief, however, that the time restriction has ended and I'd be happy to try to reconstruct as much as possible, from my recollections, should you desire. At any rate, this Sailor has the respect of all the crew of USS PUEBLO. They are truly heros. Bob Keller Sacramento CA

Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 14:57:06

Dear Sir, I am writing this letter in the hope that you will be able to help me. My goal is to have one of the following men autograph my copy of the book "The Pueblo Incident" by Mitchell B. Lerner. They are Don Bailey, Ronald Berens, or Jim Layton. I am more than willing to let you forward any letters to these men to protect their privacy. My goal is not to dredge up any bad memories, but only to obtain their autographs. My son will not only inherit this book when the time comes, but hopefully with your assistance, a piece of "personal" American history. Thank you in advance. God bless you and keep you safe, God bless America. Sincerely, Kevin C. Duffy

Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2002 14:43:39

Hello, I am trying to identify the name of the book that Commander Pete Bucher wrote about the incident of the USS Pueblo and if it is still in print? Can you help me? R.J. Osburn

Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2002 08:14:11

I edit the newsletter of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library. I intend to include an abridged article in our next issue, which reviews the diplomatic struggle to repatriate the crew of the Pueblo. I would very much like to include a picture of the ship, which appears on your website. It is the photo of the Pueblo, tied up in Pyongyang. Naturally we would give your site credit. Please let me know if you agree. We will send a copy of the newsletter to you, and to any of the other crew members or their families that you name.

Warm regards, Ted Gittinger Special Projects 1/21 Artillery, First Air Cav Division, 1966-67

Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 00:05:43

Hello there: I have put a link to your site on my web page here: I am using a scanned image from a original bumper sticker given to me by Mike Bucher as the image. I hope to be able to direct some traffic to your site. Thanks, Jeffrey Stenquist

Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 21:53:44

Hello, I am the widow of CDR Richard D. Duncan who was NSG Dept Head on Guam 65-67. Many of the CTs aboard were stationed on Guam with him prior to the deployment. Some of you I remember from visits to the station library there at NCS. Many of you my husband mentioned over the years. My son Daryl recalls RM Hayes was his favorite scoutmaster. And I know those boys were not choir boys! We have never forgotten you all. I recall how my husband grieved over your ordeal for many years. Attention Jim Layton: Did you ever write the book you were planning to write? God Bless you all. Mary E. Duncan Catonsville, MD

Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 23:40:53

Hello, do you guys have any pictures of the day you were put on the bus and transported to the awaiting h-1 huey. The first day of your release? Thanks pvs

Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 11:43:05

Hello, My son is in the Navy, Basic training. He has a question for me, Can you help? What was the mission's code name for the USS Pueblo?

Thank you for your time. He only has 3 more weeks Ellie Bivins AKA-Elwould Blues

Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 02:29:49 EDT

I'm a relatively young sailor in today's navy. I am a 21 year old Cryptologic Technician (communications) third class. I understand that I cannot begin to envision the actual capture of the Pueblo, or the torment the crew went through during those 11 long months. This is just an e-mail to express my heart-felt sorrow for the life of Duane Hodges and the aftermath of the Pueblo "incident" for all it's crewmembers. I just recently started researching about the Pueblo, and it astonishes me everytime i begin reading. I honestly pledge to do whatever i can to educate my peers on the events of January 23rd, 1968. Thank you, for your bravery, your dedication, and for providing me with role models i can look up to in my Naval career.

Sincerely, Forrest P. Black Cryptologic Technician (Communications) Third Class, Surface Warfare United States Navy

Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2002 19:42:32

Dear Sirs, I found your website after I was looking for information about the famous radio receiver the military R-390A. They have a website for the radio at WWW.R-390A. When I visited the website for the radio information, I found current photos of the USS Pueblo as it remains in North Korea. The photos show the radio room on the ship as well as the two (2) R-390A radio receivers as they are rack mounted. I remember the incident as I was in High School at the time in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A local man was killed in the matter as I recall at the time...I remember going downtown Grand Rapids in the summer of 1968 and signing a roster of people who were demanding the return of the ship and the crew. I remember many many cars about the area driving about in their everday routine with bumper stickers claiming "Remember the Pueblo!"...A number of years ago, I read the book of the Pueblo that was written by the ships Captain - that was a very interesting book. Sadly, today few younger people know nothing of the incident , as well as younger adults never heard of it. My nephew who is now in the US Navy did not know anything about the matter either - I suspect that the Navy and the US Government would wish that everyone would just forget the matter. I will not forget the USS Pueblo - for it is STILL .. a ship of the US Navy, and is STILL listed as being a ship of the Pacific Fleet. Best Regards, SFC Roger A. Hill (Retired) Michigan Army National Guard . .

Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2002 18:30:23 -0700

Rich Arnold is a friend of mine and we worked together for many years. His phone has gone dead and the e-mail address no longer works. If you can help me contact him it would be greatly appreciated. I am at present trying to round up support to bring the Pueblo back. Please contact me at the addresses below or phone.

David W. Diffenderfer

Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2002 21:37:51 EDT

Dear Commander Bucher, I just watched Oliver North's "War Stories'. I was 13-14 years old when you and your crew were captured. Though I am now 47 years old, I remember it on the news, in the newspapers and magazines. I remember watching a tv movie several (many) years ago on your capture and torture. I have also skimmed your book. I think you got a raw deal from our government. I am sorry about that. I want you to know that should my 2 sons serve in the military and are captured, I would want them to have a Commander ( leader ) like you because I know that he would have their safety, hope, morale and return home as a top priority. Thank you for your service to our country and your devotion to the men who served with you and under you.

 Kevin Robinson, 609 Azure Hills, Van Buren, Arkansas.

Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2002 22:00:22 -0400

Dear Sir;

I just watched a documentary on the Pueblo capture and I am outraged to think that we let such a thing happen without doing anything about it.I am a Navy vet and I remember when it all took place but I did'nt know they still have the ship.This country owes the Officers and crew an apology NOW!! This nation should be ashamed!

Thank you Bud Farmer

Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2002 19:19:31 -0700

I think the Pueblo is a National Monument held hostage and would like to bring her back for my friend Richard Arnold, the crew, and the USA. Surely the tourist traffic would pay for all costs to bring her back. Wouldn't it be wonderful see her in San Diego. If this idea appeals to anyone please let me know and if I can help just let me know. It looks like I may have a considerable support group already.

David W. Diffenderfer

Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 21:38:23 -0500

Can you tell me if there is anything private citizens can do to get Cdr. Boucher's name cleared of all blame in the Pueblo incident? To whom can we write?

Thank you, Penelope A. Blake, Ph.D.

Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 21:10:12 -0400


My name is Michael Shouse. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy the associations website. It has proved very informative and insightful in my study of the cold war. I also found something you might find interesting, there is group called the Korean Friendship association, which promotes North Korea. They have a conference every year in Pyongyang and one of the highlights is visiting the pueblo. I can't even begin to imagine what it was like for you and the crew. However I salute your heroism and bravery which you and the entire crew of the Pueblo so gallantly proffered in the service of our country. My God Bless you and all of your shipmates. I look forward to your response.

Your Friend Always, Michael Shouse

Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 14:58:02 -0400

I am the senior diplomatic correspondent of USA TODAY and may be making a trip to North Korea early next month. I would like a phone number or numbers for members of your organization who would be willing to speak with me.

Many thanks, Barbara.

Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 10:35:03 -0800

Greetings and a salute.

I served on the USS Chicago during the period of the Pueblo's capture and have been trying to find details of an attack made on us by North Vietnamese patrol boats in late November or early December of '67. I queried a shipmate who not only remembered the incident but had photos from the next day so could narrow down the time as my memories seem to be merged with another attack on ships near us a year and a half earlier. He was also a career military man and offered insight into the mindset that had left us vulnerable, without screen and almost no close combat capability (one working 5" 38 and a 50 caliber machine gun and a bent propeller shaft) and compared it to the mentality of the SOP of the time that allowed the Pueblo to be captured. Upon seeing the date of your capture a very short time later I can't help but wonder if our incident, in which we were chased around by something I am now told was called a KOMAR patrol boat, provided the Koreans with the realization that it could be done and easily so. I also thought of the USS Pueblo and the contrast of the treatment the crew got when they landed the EPPS on Hanna Island. Looked like they were treated pretty well by the Chinese there and then called heroes upon return. We went up to Korea after your capture to provide air traffic control and missile defense though I don't know if I can provide anything of value to your site from that experience. I also note that the president of your association lives here in Eureka...glad you all made it back.-noel adamson

Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 11:30:26 -0500


I just wanted to take this Memorial Day to say thank you for your sacrifices and what you endured at the hands of the North Koreans. You are not forgotten and we in the United States have much to thank you for. I have spent much time studying your homepage and I recommend it to anyone I can. You did a great job of putting it together. You add so much to the histories of the incidents that are already out there. Thanks again. --Stanley Underdal


Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 13:42:22 -0800

As a past crew menber of the USS Pueblo I would be interested in when and where the next reunion is. Ronald Dingus IC2 1966-1967

Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 01:55:23 -0600

USS Pueblo Crew:

I stumbled on your website and could not pull my self away until I had read every word. I was 2 years old during your capture, and never knew of your ordeal until now. From a proud American, who has ridden scott-free for 36 years on the backs of brave soles like yourselves, thank you for your service and sacrifice. Some of the testimony makes me boil, but I will refrain from sarcasm here. Texas

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 17:43:28 -0800

Thank you for the site , and memory to Pueblo , Although I was only 17 at the time and a Canadian , i have always been intrigued about the story and the entire circumstances surrounding Pueblo. i build model R/C kits and the Pueblo inspired me to build a similar vessel to the Pueblo, mh next attempt will be to build a Pueblo, the former model is a " fly in the ointment " test to get rid of the technical difficulties of building in that size. sometimes when I work in my " shipyard " I will play " the lonely Bull " Thanks again for an inspiring sight . H. van Dalen Victoria BC.

Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 12:02:41 EST

I noticed today that North Korea has decided not to return the Pueblo. Hadn't thought about that ship in many years. In 1968 Newsweek in conjunction with its reporting published a picture of the Pueblo that certainly looked like the USS Deal AKL-2 ( I am a former XO in the Deal). The picture I see today on your websight looks somewhat different, but your request for information mentions a USS Banner which I'm sure was an AKL operating in the Solomons (I think in the 50's). I also noticed a letter from one who worked on the Pueblo's conversion (?) in Bremerton -- the Deal was decommisioned in 1955 (I had been reassigned but received an invitation to the party) in Bremerton.

Anyhow, would like to know if the Deal is the Pueblo, and if it is and the Association would like an 8X10 glossy of the Deal entering Sasebo harbor in 1952 after delivering ammunition to the Marines in Inchon, its theirs for the asking.

Les Wright

Portland, OR

Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 09:20:28 -0800 (PST)

Hi, I just read through your site. What the officers and crew of USS Pueblo went through after their rescue is disgraceful. The officers at the top the chain of command at the time deserve courts martial themselves. We should send a submarine in and sink the Pueblo, since the enemy in North Korea has made it into a tourist attraction. Sink it and totaly destroy it. That's what should have happened in 1968. Proof positive of incompetence at the top.

Sam Smilie

Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 10:49:50 -0800

We thought we were going to war when the Pueblo "incident" happened. It was a strange thing to suddenly be aware that our "brothers" on the Pueblo were in danger, boys and men we didn't know, ... We were young, clueless about world politics, as they handed out weapons that we were really not that used to using. Grenade launchers and such. But the bottom line was thinking about what it must be like to be on a ship, as you men were, worried about what was going to happen next. Men and boys that you didn't know, said a prayer for you, even those that didn't pray.

Steve DeLuca

Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 10:44:25 -0600


My name is John Brewer. I live in Huntsville, AL. I am writing a novel that takes place in North Korea. In part of the book, the hero is fleeing from North Korean security personnel and winds up on the Pueblo that is still docked on the Taedong river in P'yongyang as a floating revolutionary museum. I was wondering if there are any schematics of the Pueblo that exist that show the layout of the spaces so I can accurately write this scene?

John Brewer

P.S. Here are two images of the Pueblo as it exists today:

Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 15:43:37 -0800


My name is Whitney Macaulay and I am a thirteen year old boy living in Sequim, Washington. I am planning to do my National History Day Project on The USS Pueblo. I have always been interested in the Pueblo from the first time I heard about it on a history channel presentation. I also want to go to the Naval Academy. But right now I have this project to do. I have used your web site, and looked at the crew list. I would like to be able to contact crew members who live here in Washington. I was able to find Elton Wood's phone number as well as Rogelio Abelon's. I will be speaking to Mr. Abelon on Friday. I assume Mr. Lacy's phone is unlisted. Is there any possible way you might be able to help me with a phone number or address? It would be great if you could send my e-mail address out to other members who might like to e-mail me. I hope my project goes well. My teacher thinks it is a great idea. If I do well I will share the results with you guys.

Thank you, Whitney Macaulay

Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 09:15:45 -0500

My name is Dick Hutchins. I was a friend of Robert Harris, STEVE Harris' father. His father was my high school civics teacher. He was also a yacht captain during the summer. I sailed as his mate. I lost track of Steve after the trial. I would like to get in touch with him

Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 16:23:42 -0600

Dear Sir,

A number of years ago, before I began the Korean War Project, I read Commander Bucher's book. Only a few moments ago, I finished reading Bucher: My Story for the second time. For the last several years my brother and I have featured Christmas stories from the Korean War, and this year we are planning an enlarged version. In keeping with the fact that the war never ended, and the fact that we have over the years received many emails from soldiers and sailors who were stationed in South Korea and at sea during and after the capture, this year we would like to feature any Christmas stories from Pueblo veterans who would be willing to express their thoughts about how they spent their first Christmas free. We would also like to make certain that Commander Bucher and the crew knows that we still Remember The Pueblo, and especially the loss of Fireman Duane Hodges.

Hal Barker Dallas, Texas Korean War Project

Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 20:10:24 EST

To whom this may concern, I'm looking for a Mr. Edward "Stu" Russell. I sent him a letter earlier my name is Laura Mendell. I forgot to ask him what were the rights and responsibilities of the USS Pueblo crew members. I was just writing what the thoughts were of how they are citizen's. Because I'm doing a history Project on the USS Pueblo. My project is due in December so if you can could I get a respond in your nearest convenience

Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 21:19:45 -0600

Other than a few earlier email's with him I only knew Joe [Sterling] for about and hour and a half as I visited him once at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska. I came unannounced on a hot saturday afternoon, he was doing some chores around his house but dropped them all to receive me. We went to a corner room of the mobil home, lit only by the fading sunlight. He talked in a low voice, about anything he wanted. I wasn't going to press him about anything in particular, but let him tell me anything he felt comfortable with. As an Army man doing much the same work in the Army Security Agency I told Joe that both our lives were affected that day. Mine much less as I was quickly sent on TDY to Korea for the month of February, 1968. Not much of a common bond for sure ... but at least we had a little something to share. He related some of the things that happened while being held and also some of the events of the day of capture and questions that still hadn't been answered to his satisfaction. After about an hour and a half and I was getting up to leave he showed me some pictures on the wall, of the ship ... and his Sailor of the Month Pacific Area, a large sign for preferred parking in Hawaii or the Philipines ... don't remember right now. Then he picked up a plaque laying on the daybed, which he said each man was presented with ... "to the men of the Pueblo ... " ... but with a little twinkle in his eye he turned it over and said "THIS is what I really treasure" .... and showed me the inscription ... Signed by John Wayne! As we stood in the driveway I realized that his wife and daugther or somone who had been in the house were gone .. we were alone and there was no one to take our picture together ... so i figured ... I'd do it another day .... ... he also said next time we meet maybe we could go out for some good RIBS! ... I said sure, we could do that.... A year went by and I didnt' get back down to see him yet ... then ... Tuesday Morning as I was reading the Omaha World Herald .... I saw the notice of his death, and the funeral that was being held that day! ... Too late ... we were not to meet again... Had I known any sooner I probably could have made the funeral in Weeping Water, NE about 80 miles from here. I will at least be sending condolences to his widow .. I guess I'd like to talk a bit with her too ... sometime .... As i said previouly ,, I only knew him for a couple hours at most ... you, his shipmates knew him a lot better I got to, but I think in the short meeting ... I got a good glimpse of his outlook on life. BTW.. he said he didn't like going to the formal reunions, banquets and golf ... his idea of a Pueblo reunion would have been "get the guys together in an open field, no media or anyone else around .... and a keg of beer ..... and TALK! :-) Sorry to hear of your loss ... a true Nebraska HERO died the other day ..... with not much fanfare .... but as Joe himself said to me ... he didn't like much publicity. ...

vern Vern Greunke

Date: 11/27/2002 7:41:58 PM Mountain Standard Time

My name is P.O. DeLeonardo. I am the Navy Honor Guard Commander for United States Strategic Command. Recently I attended a funeral for a CT1 Charles Sterling (Retired). I am not sure if you are aware of his passing, but I felt it proper to let his old shipmates know, and I found your email online. I would also like to pass on that for us Navy service members that attended the funeral, Petty Officer Sterling and his shipmates of the Pueblo are all heroes to us.


IS2 DeLeonardo


Regretfully, late Thursday, 21 November, a former shipmate, Retired Navy Veteran Charles (Joe) Sterling died after a long fight with cancer at his home in Lincoln, NE. This fine American served our country and Navy for 23 years. During his career he served aboard the USS Pueblo. For those of you not familiar with this historic ship, it was attacked and captured off the North Korean coast while conducting an intelligence mission on January 23, 1968. During the attack one crewmember was killed and several wounded. All 82 surviving crew members, which included Mr. Sterling, were taken as Prisoners-of-War for 11 months. Mr. Sterling's family contacted a member of USSTRATCOM to invite any interested Sailors to his funeral services, which will be held Tuesday, 26 November in Weeping Water, Nebraska (approximately a 20 minute drive south of Bellevue). Additionally, several Navy members will serve as pall-bearers and the Navy Honor Guard will provide honors to Mr Sterling in respect for his dying request.

Petty Officer DeLeonardo,

Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 00:48:11 EST

Dear Sirs,

I would like to contact Gene Lacy, but have been unable to through some of the internet services or even the white pages in Seattle. When Gene served as Base Security Officer for Naval Base, Seattle, I was his opposite number at Naval Support Activity, Seattle, at Sand Point in 1970-71.

I would just like to touch base and say hello. I have always liked him, thought of him as a real gentleman and as one of the nicest people I have ever met. Would you please forward this to him? I would consider it a great favor.


Randall G. Cook (former lieutenant and formerly "Randy")

Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2002 00:38:37 -0500

My name is Thomas B. Casella I am not sure if this information is of any value to you but id like to share it with you anyway. While I was stationed at Camp Butler, Okinawa, I was awakened one evening to go to the Communications Center where I was a Comm Center Man during my time there, I was a L/CPL at the time, with a cryptographic clearence, as well as a top secret one. As I entered the Comm Center the comanding officer, Capt, told me I had a message waiting for me which was encripted and was of the Flash kind. I proceded to do my job, setting up the wheel, which was the 4 letter code groups, I started typing and as I typed I watched the encrypted msg become a letter from hell. I remember reading several lines of the Pueblo being captured off the coast of North Korea, now if you remember correctly the tet offensive was going on at that time and things were not well on Okinawa either. We were working 12 on and 12 off and most of us were holding back the anger, pain, disbelief, and whatever other emotions were with us because of all the deaths in Nam. We were not fighting the war in nam in the fields but as we watched the names of all the KIA, MIA, and the battles the men were fighting it became part of us also. Well I translated this msg, and as per orders, strapped on a 45, put the msg in a briefcase with handcuffs, shut and locked this briefcase, and was driven to Camp Hansen. As we were driving to Camp Hansen we were pulled over by the MP;s and asked to get out of the van, I pulled the 45 and told the sgt that we had an important increpted flash msg that had to be at camp hansen NOW, as he looked down the barrel of the 45 he asked us if we wanted an escort, and we said yes. As we pulled into camp hansen we were met by several other military police and taken to a mountain and then took an elevator down some i dunno maybe 300 feet to where another comm center was. This was not a ordinary msg, I knew that, but at no time did i think all of Okinawa was going to be called up to fight in Korea. The problem was when I returned back to base, I couldn;t tell a sole, nobody had a clearence high enough for me to tell. I was then bombarded with threats, the guys in my own barracks threatened to beat it out of me which probably would have happened if it wern't for two friends I had there. Gus Sprague and Paul Schmidt. They kinda protected me as much as they could. But it got so bad I had to go to the chaplins and stay for 2 days till the msg was downgraded to top secret. Then everybody knew about the pueblo, the only thing that changed was nobody cared then. They had no idea what was in that msg the first time. I had actually though we would be on the tarmac catching the first plane to Korea. I also remember that for several days after that things were busy, more msgs were sent and recieved to westpac I think, not sure anymore, its been so long. I sometimes come in here and read about the men onboard and how they were treated and how hardly anybody around this country knows how close we came to war with Korea, again. I remember the Pueblo, every year, sometimes every month. I remember that night, the feeling i got of how the men onboard were being treated that very min. How they might not make it back, how they might be tortured, killed, and for what. I never did actuallly find out what reallly happened. For some strange reason I get on the computer around christmas and look up the pueblo, not sure why, I just do, I say a prayer for all who were on her, give thanks, and go to bed. Tonight I though I just write abit of what Im feeling. I thank you for your time, I thank you for your service, I thank God everyday that most made it back and are safe, I also thank God for my freedoms, I thank you, for being part of my life, the Pueblo, a fine ship and crew.

Thomas Barry Casella

Date: Sun, 8 Dec 2002 02:41:56 EST

Thank you for your website. We would like to know if all of the crew finally received Purple Heart Medals as a recognition for their heroic efforts. Also, could you tell us about the helicopter that crashed close to the Pueblo after the crew had been imprisioned. Who were these soldiers and did they come out and were released when the crew was released from Korean prisons? Thank so much. Appreciate your efforts. B. J.

Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 21:49:42 +0900

Pueblo Veterans,

I have emailed your association in the past when I was stationed in Camp Pendleton. I have nothing but the deepest respect for all of you. I am an Intelligence Marine currently serving in Okinawa, Japan I saw the show JAG say what it did about the Pueblo and her Captain I had to respond. I am including a copy of the email I sent CBS. I was recently in Washington DC and visited the museum at NSA and I saw the Pueblo display. It brought home what all of you endured and accomplished. I also told my group a story I heard on the History channel concerning use of the middle finger. Everyone thought it was great! Best wishes and fair seas to all of you!

Semper Fi' Karl M. Allwerdt GySgt USMC

Email to CBS To whom It May Concern, I am a Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan. The only network we have is Armed Forces Network for our television viewing. Usually, the shows are a couple of weeks behind the States. Tonight, AFN aired an episode of JAG where a pilot destroyed a P-3 that landed in China. During the courtroom scene, the USS Pueblo was used as an example of not fighting back. Your writers should examine their facts. First, the USS Pueblo was attacked in international waters. Second, the crew did fight back, but they had nothing heavier than a machine gun. Third, when Commander Pete Bucher made the hard decision to surrender, one of his crew was killed and many others were wounded. The crew spent almost a year in brutal confinement, tortured daily, and yet, they continued to fight back. They are heroes for their actions during their fight and confinement, and are examples to all service members. Their actions should not be misrepresented or soiled for the sake of ratings. If your show is going to use examples from our past, then they should be accurate. As a Marine, I am very disappointed in your show. I take pride in what the crew of the Pueblo accomplished. They returned home with honor. Perhaps that may not mean much to your show, but it is the foundation upon which our military was built on. I may not be able to turn to another station but I can turn the show off. If you continue to misrepresent and tarnish our treasured history that is what I will do and urge my fellow Marines to do the same.

Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 13:59:23 -0700

I was wondering if you could tell me where the ship got its name?

Emily Jones

Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 03:00:08 EST

I read in the today's Los Angeles Times newspaper that someone or the government is trying to bring back the ship home from North Korea. Well, good luck.

Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 14:43:18 -0800

Good day I have not heard the name Pueblo in a long time. An article appeared in the local paper about the Pueblo and Korea recently and I happened on to your web page. Very good. At the time you were captured, I was in Vietnam on the USS Oriskany CVA-34. We had gotten the call to get to your location asap. We were the first there I believe, not the Enterprise, as noted in an article. I was part of a potential boarding party which did not disempark unfortunately. The crew of the Pueblo are all very brave and I appreciate all that you have done. It's very unfortunate how this government treated Capt. Burcher and the handling of the whole incident.

Take care, God Bless America. Bob Gehricke

Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 11:12:33 -0500

Greetings - I am the assignment manager at WLUK FOX 11 TV in Green Bay. We are working on a story about the city of Kewaunee, WI trying to get the USS Pueblo returned to the city, where it was built. We would be interested in doing a phone interview with either one of you. Please call me at 800-236-8477 or 920-490-1407.

Thanks, Brian Kerhin Assignment Manager WLUK FOX 11, Green Bay

Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 16:56:14 -0600

My name is Nate Phelps, I'm a reporter with the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Green Bay, wisc. One of our local county boards has sent a resolution to the Navy asking the Pueblo be brought back to Kewaunee, Wisc. where it was built. Presumably if it is returned from North Korea. I'm interested in talking to you, or another crew member, who served on that ship about your experience and your thoughts on the development in Kewaunee County. If you could give me a call that'd be great. I'd like to get this story in either late this week or for the weekend. I will be in the office until about 7 p.m. tonight (Wed.) and around most of the day Thursday, though I will be out for part of the AM. Thanks, Nate Phelps

Reporter, Green Bay Press-Gazette

Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 15:44:23 -0800

Hello, My name is Doug Corrion. I wanted to find out when and where the next USS Pueblo reunion will occur. Thanks in advance for your help.

Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 19:59:01 -0600

I keep waiting for an honest explanation of our government's failure to go to the aid of the ship and crew..... also unbelievable is the navy making your captain the scapegoat of the whole ordeal.... don't let the united states people forget your terrible ordeal.... thank you for your service to our country...

Tom Inguagiato USAF 1963-1967

Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2002 10:26:56 -0500

Just wanted to wish every body a merry christmas and a very very happy new year. Glad we are all sound for this holiday season.

May God Bless. Barry Casella

Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2002 14:36:33 -0500

Hi. I found a website which has satellite imagery from the 1968 capture. It also general information about the ship, as well as pictures of the ship.

Sincerely, Jason Kennedy (nephew of Tom Massie)

Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2002 12:42:42 EST

Good morning

I visit the site from time to time to help me remember. This visit brought up the pictures of the Pueblo tied to the beach in North Korea. Nice. I have given up trying to discuss the incident with anyone, as I never seem to find any one that recalls North Korea "taking" a US Naval vessal on the high seas. Then they don't believe either we were doing what we were doing, or that the No. Korean's would dare to.... etc. I imagine it must really be a kick for the surviving crew when they face the same situation. I am trying to collect a complete set of published books on the incident. Some are getting hard to find. I have about six now. I once saw something on a book by an author from England( I believe) but I didn't grab it and have never sound it since. Oh, well, they are always on my perpetual Christmas list on the side of the Refer. I did a few of the Clickbettle trips on the Banner when it was still an Attack Killer Launch. Nasty duty for a shore sailor from Kami Seya. I was never informed they went up and down and side to side and rolled all at the same time.. I have a few sea stories and normally love to tell them, but not today. Thanks for the site. Good bless you all, happy holidays, and I'm still including Doug H in my prayers.

George Estano, Braintree MA

Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 19:24:51 -0500


I visit the official Pueblo website from time to time, and thank you for your courage and service to our country. I offer you my song "Ballad of the Pueblo", written 34 years ago today (Korean time), and posted to my personal website at <>. Do feel free to post it to your site; I hereby waive all associated royalties, and offer the song for your use, gratis. (A .WAV file of me performing this song appears in my CD "Tune In The Universe!"; I can supply that too, if you wish to use it.) I have shared some of my Pueblo-related history with Ralph McClintock, and would be pleased to be interviewed by any of you who might wish to learn more. I was on command post duty in the Comm Center at Osan AFB during your capture, and was involved in some of the communications surrounding an abortive attempt to provide air support. (I extended my tour in Korea, so as to be on hand when you were finally freed.) I salute you all, and wish you a merry christmas.

In peace,

Paul Shuch

Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 23:28:56 -0500

I remember the incident and every man was and is a hero.The US. Government let the Pueblo Crew down.

Bob Markward

Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 15:38:21 -0500

Hello Pueblo Crew Members

I in a small way was involved with your incident. I was an E-5 Staff Sgt in the AF. I was regular AF and was assigned to the 192 TRS (Nevada ANG activated) as an advisor. I was an RF-101 Voodoo (reconnaissance) crew chief. I spend 90 days at Itazuke AB Japan during 1968-9. We all received the Expeditionary medal for our tour. I was then reassigned to another regular unit at Cannon AFB in New Mexico. I very proudly served you, and set here with a lump in my throat. God Bless each and every one of you. Gordon E. Hahn

Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 10:48:35 EST

what happened to the ship itself? Does North Korea still have it? SHARKFINGUY

Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 14:39:26 -0700

Dear USS Pueblo:

I learned of the USS Pueblo incident on the Discovery Channel late last night as I warmed a bottle for my daughter. Being a former history major I immediately jumped on the web and found your site. Unfortunately, your site doesn’t go into what really happened; I would be very interested to know of your story in depth, are there pages I missed?

God bless, Darrell



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