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January - December 2003


Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 13:28:30

This is a very nice site.

St. Francis High School Library

Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 18:58:40

I am a senior in the history department and I am taking a course taught by Prof. Ernest May on the Cold War. I am currently in the Navy ROTC program and will be commissioned in June. Thus, when posed with the issue of writing a long research paper, I decided to examine an issue of importance to the Navy. I have always been interested in the Pueblo incident and the decision to write on it came rather easily. I was wondering if you would have time to answer some questions I have, either by phone or email, about the Pueblo in the coming days. I would be grateful for any assistance you are able to give.

Best Wishes, John M. Harrington, IV History Dept. Harvard College

Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 08:37:53

Dear Pueblo Veteran's Association,

I am a high school student in Wellesley Massachusetts. I am writing a Junior U.S. History thesis paper. I've decided to research and write about the Peublo incident as the subject of my paper. I'm curious as to whether there are any written sources you reccomend on this subject or any particular paths I should pursue in my research. Thank you for your time and attention.

Sincerely, Thomas Kimball

Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 09:51:53

Dear sir,

I put together a website on the disappearance of my father in Korea during the Cold War(49 years ago this month). I would appreciate your consideration to linking to it. Basically, I have used my mothers old letters as well as my own research of government documents and recent government letters to determine that my father was flying a peripheral recon flight of North Korea and China when his Neptune possibly suffered a hostile attack. Dad flew 1.5 hours back to South Korea only to be attacked by their Air Defense. Until recently it has been an unknown Cold War loss. Recently 'some' of the story was told using the information from my website and published in BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY by William Burrows. While my father served in the air and the men of USS Pueblo served on the sea ,I believe that parallels can be drawn between the two incidents. Thank you, Satch Beasley –

Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2003 12:04:50 EST

I am active duty Air Force and currently working a new replacement platform for an intelligence gathering ship. In the early requirements generation for the replacement program and initial test planning, I have been approached by several people mentioning the Pueblo Incident. I was not sure what they were refering to (I was born in 1968) so I looked up "USS Pueblo" on the Google search engine. This is where I found your story. I will read and learn, and try to better understand. Thank you for the information. Dave

Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 15:30:08 EST

Dear Sirs or Madams:

Is The Pueblo still docked in North Korea?

Thanks, Dale Mathers

Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 15:20:05


I have a few feet of Super 8 film of the PUEBLO crew arriving by helicopter at the 121st Evacuation Hospital. It was taken from quite a distance while I was standing atop a metal shed of some sort. Unfortunately, I arrived too late to film the entire arrival. Only the arrival of the last few crew members was filmed. The film is now almost 35 years old and is deteriorating. It needs to be preserved in another format (i.e., digitalized?). Would your organization be interested in participating in the preservation of this film? I noticed that a fromer crewman, Seaman Richard J. Rogala, lives in Elk Grove Village a rather short distance from my residence in Chicago, Illinois. Perhaps he would like to view the film and consider its importance? If interested, let me know.

Thanks, John Pribnow

Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 10:42:13 EST

As a veteran myself, and one who was in South Korea when the Pueblo crew returned, I recall this issue well. I have the utmost respect for the crew of USS Pueblo but, to this day, will NEVER understand why Commander Bucher failed to maintain his weapons to avoid boarding in the first place. I read through your entire site and only saw "after being boarded" and nothing done by Commander Bucher to insure his vessel was not boarded in the first place. As for the manner of how this site was put together....Job Well Done!!! J.Steele USAF (Ret)

Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 14:07:29

With all these talks with North Korea right now is there any mention or demands of them returning the USS PUEBLO?

Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 00:34:13


i was present when the crew was flown by helicopters to the 121 st hospital at ascom. I took pictures that day, and back in the 70's sent some along to commander bucher. I know you probably have all the pictures you want, however if you want mine, i would be glad to e-mail them to you. They were taken at the 121 hosp. And some distant ones at kimpo airport the day you flew home. They are yours if you want. It was so nice of commander bucher to return some of my pictures signed by him, along with autographing his book, and i might add a very nice letter that both he and his wife wrote. I have it framed. As an added note, i just want to say that i will always remember that day in december of 68', it was going to be a down christmas being away from home, but when your crew was released, it brightened all our hearts.

Very truly, john drexelius

Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 11:30:01

I am currently working on a article for the Mobile Register (Mobile, Alabama) that explores the current attitudes of Korean War Vets to the present crisis with N.Korea. If you will respond by e-mail - I will call you at a number you send.

Many thanks .... Jeanette Calametti

Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 04:53:33


I was only 3 years old when you went through your hell. My father served in the navy and during the Cuban missile crisis. My brother has since retired as a captain from the US Air force where he worked directly for the NSA. All I can say is I thank you for your sacrifice, and nothing they can say or do will ever convince me that you did anything but your best for our country and in defense of my freedom. Thanks for being there and standing up when the time came.

Eric J. White CEO/CS Virtual Reality Innovations, Inc.

Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2003 22:56:28

i remember this incident well i was in the navy myself at that time. i am also a boystown grad like cdr bucher . i am presently a retired navy scpo and teach high school history and vocational arts in illinois. god bless all of you . i would like to teach a unit of my history class on the pueblo i can not find a copy of the tv special with hal hollbrooke - can any of you help me ?

my name etc is : charles christopher scporet

Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 16:06:05

Dear sirs; Thank you for providing this informative site. I am a Korean vet(1970) who never fully understood the plight of the PUEBLO. I arrived in Korea shortly after the captive's release and though very concerned was not afforded much info(what a surprise!). One of my "turtles"(rotatees before me)witnessed the walk over "the bridge of no return", and was quite moved. Recent developments in North Korea prompted me to more research and I found your web site. I suspect it will be visited by many more with what's going on lately. Please keep up the good work; people need to know and you should NOT be Forgotten.

yours truly Mike Parent 2nd infantry div. Tong do Shon Korea

Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 20:28:28

I am a retired SCPO and a graduate of Boystown. I am presently a history teacher in Plano ILL. I would like to teach my class about the Pueblo and would like to show the made for TV movie but I can not find a copy anywhere. Can one of you please help me? I would appreciate any help in this matter.

CE Christopher EMCS Ret. Aurora , ILL

Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 13:45:20 EST

Regarding the Pueblo and what happened around it all I can contribute to it is what I personally experienced. Just before the Pueblo was captured I was transfered out of Vietnam back to Korea. I had been an M-113 Track Mechanic in Vietnam with the 2/47th Mech Inf, 9th Inf Division and D Troop, 17th Armor Cav, 199th Light Inf Bde. Previous to this I had been a mechanic in Korea with the 1/73rd Armor Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, 8th Army in Korea (Tae Jon Ni) and had volunteered for service in Nam. I was stationed about 15 miles south of the DMZ in Korea at that time. While I was in Vietnam my father and his organization had been transfered from Ft. Benning, GA to Vietnam. It was a Chopper Evac unit stationed in Long Bin. When we found out BOTH of us were in a combat zones one of us was supposed to be transfered out of the combat zone. I was the one who got the orders, I was supposed to be transfered back the the United States. I got orders for Korea.....again! Upon my arrival in Korea, I was stationed with the 7th Supply and Transport Battalion, 7th Infantry Div, 8th Army in Ton Du Chon, Korea. Our job was to supply the Division with any and all needs within the Division. When we got the word that the Pueblo had been captured all of Korea went on alert! 2nd Infantry Division, 7th Infantry Division, the ROK Army and ROK Marines all moved up towards the DMZ. We were bringing up supplies for our troops on a 24/7 basis. It was (at the time) our understanding that the North Koreans had over 21 Divisions massing ready to invade South Korea if ordered so! We were meerly there to "slow down" the North Koreans if they "jumped". This to give time for Seoul, Korea to clear out or move back. About all I can rember now 35 plus years later is thinking that it would be a hell of a note to get killed or injured in Korea after being in Vietnam and surviving that. To those there I would just like to pass along my best to the survivors and their familes and those who didn't make it back, let us never forget that they were serving their country and keep them in our hearts.

Best Regards, William C Brockner

I was aboard the USS Grapple (ARS-7), a Rescue and Salvage ship when the USS Pueblo was taken. We had been serving off the coast of South Viet Nam , and happened to be on R&R in Japan when we received orders to proceed to Pusan S. Korea. Upon arriving in Pusan, we were stripped of all of our armiment and told we we to sail North and standby. We were told that negotiationss were underway for the release of the Pueblo and that we were assigned to go into port and tow her out. After cruising in international waters off the Coast of North Korea for 2-3 days, we were ordered to return to Pusan. One of the things that impressed me, was the speed of the operation . In the time it took us to get to Pusan, disarm, and head fopr the recovery site, The aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, who was reportly in Hawaiian waters when the Pueblo was taken, was already on station in N. Korean waters by the time we had arrived. The USS Grapple ( ARS-7) was agan recalled to Korean waters ( can't recall the Date) for yet another attempt to recover the Pueblo, however apparently it was decided that there was probably nothing left of the ship worth risking the lives of more Americans, and the mission was aborted. Now as then and the many years in between, my heart has always gone out to Commander Buther and the crew of the Pueblo for the bravery and the ordeal they went through. Loren A. Frye

Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2003 14:02:05

Was watching public television and they had a BBC program on about north Korea that included a tour of USS Pueblo which included making a big deal about bullet dents and where the fireman was hit. She is apparently anchored near Pyongyang as best as I could tell from their program. Having spent more than 8 years service one way or another in ROK, made me sick to my stomach.

Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2003 15:04:13

Dear Sirs: My name is Katherine Renfrew. I am the Curator for the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia. We have had several special exhibits concerning the Korean War in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War. Our last exhibit will open on March 29, 2003. It will be the legacy of the Korean War. As part of the exhibit the story of the USS Pueblo will be included. We are a non-profit city owned museum. After reading your web site, I would like to know if it is possible to borrow one of the Pueblos' memorabilia to be put on exhibit. We will pay for the postage and handling and we would fill out an in-coming Loan Agreement. I believe an artifact would definitely help tell the story of the USS Pueblo. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you, Katherine Renfrew Curator, MacArthur Memorial

Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 16:31:50

Will you direct this email to Cmdr Bucher. I would like to get an autograohed picture from him so that I can prodly hang in my office. Best regards John Bartlett

Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2003 14:03:25

I was in VA56 on the USS Enterprise in Jan 1968. We were the first to arrive in the area after the Pueblo was taken.I think we were there 32 days.One of my shipmates was asking me if there was a service medal issued for the Pueblo Incident.I would appreciate any info you might have. I am also available if there is anything (information)or anyway I can be of help. Thank You Randy Wilson

Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 19:21:52 -0600 My visit to your web site has been inspirational and rewarding. The story of the Pueblo has always fascinated me since the time of your capture. I was stationed with a Navy P-3 squadron at Iwakuni, Japan at the time of the capture. It is with deep repect and affection that I salute this association and all that you stood for then and now.

Respectfully, Terry B. Burkett, SCPO, USN Ret

Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 15:59:23

There is another book called 'The Last Voyage of the USS Pueblo' by Ed Brandt. You should have that one on your website also under 'books by others'. Thank You, Holly Brandt

Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 18:04:33 EST

My name is Rick Berger and I am the Command Master Chief for 800 Sailors who are studying foreign languages at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. It is the same school that the two USMC linguists aboard Pueblo studied at many years ago. Most of these Sailors will become Cryptologic (formerly Communications) Technicians after their training is completed. I've served in the Navy for over 26 years as a Korean linguist, so I am obviously VERY familiar with the Pueblo, its crew and its place in history. I initially read CDR Bucher's book as a SN in 1977, but couldn't truly appreciate it because of my inexperience. I read it again 23 years later because of my continued interest in Pueblo and her crew. I've also read the books written by the XO, LCDR Harris (wanted the cryptologic perspective) and the one written by 15 members of the crew. While in Oregon last year, I visited the hometown of Duane Hodges (Creswell) to pay my respects at the memorial bearing his name. I share all of this with you to let you know that there are still Sailors out there who have a tremendous amount of respect for what the crew went through. The Korean linguist community (presently about 100 Sailors) in the U.S. Navy, past and present, is particularly aware of what each of you went through and we are interested in sharing your story with other young Sailors. I was assigned to Fort Gordon, GA before coming to Monterey and noted that CDR Bucher (with Rose) had spoken at their Navy Ball (believe it was in 1999). The picture of Pueblo he painted and gave them as a gift still hangs on the wall there. Unfortunately, I didn't get to hear him speak. We are in the process of planning our Navy Ball here for this coming October and I wanted to see if CDR Bucher or any Pueblo crewmember would be interested in being our Guest Speaker. The expected attendance would be about 400 people, mostly young Sailors who'll serve in the CTI rating, and the Guest Speaker would normally speak for 15-20 minutes. I would greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word and see if any of your former shipmates are interestedThank you for you assistance and I look forward to hearing from you.

Very Respectfully, Rick

Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 21:37:12

I am trying to find information on the USS Peublo . When it was commissioned, wherether it carried 3000 troops over to Korea during the Conflict. I am having a discussion with a guy that claims he was aboard the ship with 3000 troops. I doubt it. What is the ship ships' name that was stationed in Inchon, South Korea in 1966-67. I was in the Army stationed there when CWO Jim Ferguson was its Skipper. Thank you John V Slanina, ret CWO, USA

Date: 03/08/2003 9:04:19 PM Mountain Standard Time

I thought of the Pueblo incident after the N Koreans tried to capture a US surveillance plane recently. If something silmilar happened today, hopefully we would rescue the crew were all on your own for so long. You guys have my best wishes and admiration.

Date: 3/14/2003 6:48:02 PM Mountain Standard Time,

I served with Ralph McClintock at Kamiseya as an R brancher before Ralph left to go TAD on the USS Pueblo. I was at Kamiseya from 66 to 68 and was on duty out at the tunnel when you were taken prisoner. I was asked to watch tapes of press conferences and to study photos of you guys. We all prayed hard for you guys, Don. If I recall after all these years, I was going to go TAD on that trip. I ended up in Camp Zama Army Hospital with a problem and Ralph took my orders. At least that is the way I remember things but I could be wrong. I know when our Division officer was looking for volunteers I volunteered and wanted very badly to go on that trip. Anyway, I just wanted to say Hello and let you know that I will never forget you and the rest of the crew. You served valiantly and you and the rest of the men are heroes. I will never forget. Regards, Larry Hoose CTR2 USNSGA 1966-1970

Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 02:14:41

I was stationed at Pensacola NAS, Fla, Corry Field, for CTR training in 1970. We studied about the USS Pueblo and the USS Liberty, and other incidents that involved our mission. There was a man who I remember as "Sam Berens" BM2. (My memory may be failing me but I believe that was his name), He was very quiet and didn't speak much. We later heard that he claimed to have been a POW, and on the USS Pueblo. I am not sure what happened to him, but I do not think that he graduated with my class. I had heard that he applied for the CTR rate to find out "exactly what he had been tortured for" all those months in NK. He stated that he was just a "paint chipper" and didn't work in the 'spook shack'. This memory has stuck with me through all these years. Is it possible that this was indeed the same man? I noticed that the name on the roster is not "Sam" Berens BM2, but a different name. Is it possible to verify if this man actually attended CTR school in Pensacola, Fla. in 1970? I would be very much interested in finding out if this was the same man. If possible, please forward my E-mail address to him. I would very much like to converse with him. I love the site. Obviously a work of love and dedication to these heroes. I am still in the service of my country as an Army Reservist. God Bless the crew of the USS Pueblo. Thank you in advance for your reply. Orlando DeDomincis "Dino" MAJ/USAR

Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 19:48:41 EST


My name is Wayne Dickerson and I have met Commander Bucher on two occasions when I was stationed in San Diego. I am a retired Chief Petty Officer but when I met Pete I was playing in a bluegrass band that performed in Poway. He likes that kind of music, don't know if you knew that or not. I am trying to get in contact with him. I am interested in his artwork and want to buy something of his. Thanks in advance shipmate and thank you for your service to your country. Very respectfully, Wayne Dickerson, PNC(SW) Retired

Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 14:41:17 -0700 (Mountain Standard Time

My name is Mike Goss. I was a Lt. J. G. on CoMinPac Staff at the same time as Pete, when he was a Lt. His desk was two desks over from mine. If Pete has an eMail, I would appreciate it if you would send him my eMail saying "HELLO!!".

Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 00:05:50 -0800 (PST)

At the time of your detention in North Korea, I was HM1 Kraft in USS Banner (AGER-1). I just read an AP story where Al Plucker is trying to get North Korea to release the Pueblo itself. If you need some help in getting letters generated and the like to elected officials to push for this, count me in. I'll do anything within reason to help out in this cause.

Sincerely, John E. Kraft LCDR MSC USN RET.

Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 00:38:49


I’m a reporter for San Francisco Chronicle and I’ve been covering various issues surrounding North Korea. I’m interested in finding out more about USS Pueblo and your association’s efforts to bring the ship home. Is there a contact I can talk to?

Yours Sincerely, Matthew Yi San Francisco Chronicle 901 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103

Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 10:51:46 EST

During WW2 year 1945 i was skipper of FS281 (USAT) Erle P Halliburton &Hodges Waldron were also army officers in command of FS552&FS553 we operated in the pacific.Was the Pueblo one of the above converted freighters? (Class A boats) Was the Pueblo a converted (USAT)200 ton FS (class A boat) ? I was skipper of FS281 Warren W. Amspacher Capt. TC 1945 Thanks Warren W. Amspacher Army Capt. TC 1945

Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 22:01:05 -0700


I work for The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper in Pueblo Colorado and we are wondering if you have selected Dates for the USS Pueblo reunion this September in Branson. Several of us would like to attend and would like to know exactly when and where it will be. Can you help me? THANKS! Paulette Stuart Promotions Manager Pueblo Chieftain

Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 14:26:32 EST

Was the Pueblo in International water when it was captured? Jeff Grage

Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 19:22:08 -0600

My Uncle was on the pueblo and i was doing some research on this. He was the youngest on board the ship. His name was Howard Bland Jr. Any information you could e-mail me would be helpfull. My Addy is budstud37@......

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 00:26:10 -0400

Hi, I saw your reference on your USS Pueblo website to the TV movie aired back in 1973 about this incident. I was wondering if you happened to have a copy of this, or some more information on it such as the network, original air date, etc? I think I've located a copy of it somewhere but the title doesn't match the name that was given in the internet movie database and before I pay a lot for a transfer I want to make sure its the real thing. Thanks, Chad Palmer

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 15:28:17 -0600

The Captain of the Pueblo was named Blucher (or something like that) I believe. I know that he is/was an Idahoan by birth. I, too, am a native Idahoan and would like to get in touch with him if he is alive and anyone has his address. I have recently been sent a VCR tape on the U.S.S. Liberty attack (put out by the Liberty Survivors group) and in that tape the comment was made that Captain Blucher (sp?) had/has given a comment on that attack. I would like to know his comment on it.

Thank you very much. Marvin Gardner Boise, Idaho (USAF 1951-52 - activated Air National Guard)

Date: Tue, 22 April 2003

That's exactly right, Duane was a fireman, and he was on the deck burning classified stuff and the North Korean gunboats fired at him. I am a former Korean interpreter/spook in the Air Force, and me and another Air Force linguist were almost on your voyage. I was scared shit, because I knew how dangerous that area was. However, the Navy located Sergeants Chico and Hammond, so I didn't have to go. I tried like hell to get your mission cancelled, but was overidden by the officers above me. [I had a folder on your voyage when I first learned about it, around mid-December of 67. The folder was labled "Operation Suicide}. If I had pressed harder, they would have busted me. As it happened, I was right above you, at 30,000 feet, in a C-130 Recon aircraft. I tried to send a warning to you, but the comm channels were jammed. I have met Pete Bucher at his home, he's a super guy. He confirmed that my warning never got through. Hindsight tells me we should have had direct communication with the Pueblo, but nobody thought of that. You guys are my heroes, you withstood that which I feared I would someday get into, and fortunately never did. The North Korean military will do anything they figure they can get away with, whether legal or not. That is how they were on 1/23/68, and I do not think they have. By the way, the Migs which flew over you were Mig-17's, not 21's. Hate to say it, Stu, but when they sailed the Pueblo over to Pyongyang, I think we should have sunk it. Another thing, there was a South Korean air base right on the DMZ, and the Koreans knew you were getting taken. They wanted to scramble their F-86's and hose down the north Koreans, but were not allowed to, by the very same general who met you at the south Korean border, as you crossed over the bridge. I think his name was Bonesteel. Pete told me you should have had a tin can escort, I sure wish you would have. You guys never had a chance. He also told me that I would be welcome at your next reunion, and I will try to make it. Hope to see you there. Sincerely, Jim

Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 16:55:39 -0700

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Jim Hebert

Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 13:57:27 -0700

I am trying to locate Timothy L. Harris. We graduated from high school together in 1963 from Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Florida. We are planning our 40th reunion this summer and can't find Tim. The address that I have from 5 years ago is in Yuma, Arizona, but I got the letter back. If you would help us re-locate him, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for your help. Sheryl Moore Lawson Class of 63

Date: Fri, 02 May 2003 23:20:41

My name is Tom Baker, (CTR3 USN 1977-1980). I served under Senior Chief Layton during my stay on Guam. The dates where September 1978 to March 1980, at US NAVCAMS Guam. I was in High Frequency Direction Finding for my full tour of duty. I found your web page and was trying to see if S. Chief Layton had made it to any of the reunions. I doubt if he remembers me but I just hoping you could pass this message on to him. Chief Layton I was truly an honor to serve my short stay in the Navy under your leadership. Weather it was in the works spaces or playing softball with the RATS on Guam. I made some great friends during my tour but have lost contact with all of them. One of my favorite was Abe Nading CTR1, I was on his watch for most of my time there. Since then I have returned to Little Rock, married 6 June 1981, two sons, and a daughter. In the pharmaceutical sales for 18 years. It is a long way from chancing ditties. I am sure the all computers we used in the late 70's could now fit in a small laptop now. I hope this message finds you in good health. If there is ever a chance you come through Little Rock, AR, my door is open to you. God Bless You and your crew. Tom Baker

Date: Sat, 3 May 2003 08:16:08 -0400

I am writing a book on the activities of the USAF 67th Reconnaissance Technical Sq, Yokota AB, Japan. I was a Captain assigned there when we processed and did photo interpretation on the aerial photo missions called Black Shield (BX) that covered Wonson Harbor two days after the Pueblo was captured. The mission was flown by an A-12 (similar to the more familiar SR-71). The Pueblo imagery was the biggest thing that had happened in our squadron for many years. I am trying to get a copy of the photo of the Pueblo in Wonson Harbor with a North Korean boat alongside and another moving toward it, but all the CIA has declassified is a very contrasty Xerox copy of a mosaic in an NPIC report and another grainy Xerox enlargement of the ship. Do you have any copies of this imagery in photo quality? There was another BX mission in Feb 68 and a final one in May. I seem to recall that in one of the follow-on coverages the ship had been hauled up on shore to permit examination of the hull and/or preclude any sort of a commando rescue. Have you a photo of the ship up on land, or anything that says that occurred?

Perhaps my memory is faulty. Roy M. Stanley II Col., USAF (ret.)

Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 22:47:37 EDT

I am a member of the local Harry S. Truman Branson/Hollister Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Assoc. and on the committee planning a ceremony for the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. This will be June 25th, 10:00 a.m. at Snapps Ozark Memorial Cemetery, east of Branson on hwy 76. We are in need of a speaker and immediately thought of Cmdr. Bucher. If this is possible we will start getting the machinery going down here...finding a motel room, etc. We have a very nice memorial stone for the Korean War vets at the cemetery. We had some benefit shows with volunteer performances by local entertainers. Our plans for the ceremony include having the Forsyth High School Band, and also our local Commander Neil Hurley, who is also the State KWVA Commander, will have some remarks. I remember the program at the Mike Radford "Remember When Theatre" when Cmdr. Bucher was there. I took a picture which I ran in my weekly column along with an article on the event in the Tri-Lakes Daily News. Mike Radford, by the way, "Mr. Natl. Ambassador of Patriotism" has a new theatre at the Music City Centre on W. 76. If Cmdr. Bucher could come down - and also any of the crew for that matter - we would love to have you.

Sincerely, Ron Miller, Committee Member Ceremony for Anniversary Start of Korean War, Branson

Date: Fri, 9 May 2003 04:39:54

I am one of the survivors of the deliberate attack on the USS Liberty. I had one close friend who was aboard the Pueblo, and by visiting this site I sort of had a mini reunion with him, even though he passed away last Nov of 2002. I knew Joe Sterling when we were stationed together at Cheltenham. I introduced him to his wife and will never forget the day they got married for as long as I live. I just want to take a minute to honor and recall some thoughts about Joe and the life he lived. I helped Joe and Jenny bury their son in Idaho Falls several years back, and I remember seeing how what happened aboard the Pueblo had affected him. We both had changed a great deal. He from the Pueblo capture, and I from the Liberty attack. It is a great honor to visit this site, and even more of an honor to say that I knew one of the crew quite well. To all of you I say, "God Bless", and thank you for the service that you rendered to this country.

Date: Fri, 9 May 2003 20:56:40

I am a retired CTR1, USNR. 30 years of service. Most of my career has been as a reserve CTR, during the early 60s, I was satationed aboard the USS Constellation (CVA-64). I was a PN3, and when I reenlisted in the Naval Reseve I switched from an A brancher to an R brancher, because of my electronic and radio amateur background. I like so very much to be a part of the USS Pueblo family. I am 63 years old and vividly remember the Pueblo incident. As a member of the Miami Reseve Unit, I drilled at NAVSECGRU. Homestead, and I did meet a menber of the USS Pueblo, when he was stationed at Homestead during the early 1970s. I do not not remember his name, but I am sure he was an "R" Brancher.

Thanks for your consideration, Dennis J. Dubsky, CTR1, USNR (ret)

Date: Sun, 11 May 2003 05:32:07 0000

Are you still looking for more information on the Pueblo incident? I may not have anything new to add, but some local newspaper files on the incident may prove illuminating. Please reply if you are interested. --- P.J.M. Sweet

Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 19:25:19 -0700

We are trying to reach Lloyd "Pete" Booker. We are the daughters of Harry Carson Foss, Jr. He and my father were friends and we lived in the same town. My father was a strong, loyal defender of his friend. We would love to get back in touch with the family. At the time my father died, I was ten and used to babysit for the Booker family. I missed my great uncle's passing in January. While we are still here, I'd like to connect again. Our mother passed away not too long after that, so the stories of their friendship stopped with her. My parent's fifth grandchild will arrive in December. We remain proud of our father, Mr. Booker and all decisions that he made! Thank you in advance for any help that you can give.

Tamie Foss Hill Donna Foss Robin Foss Lori Foss DeVault

Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 03:29:54 -0400

I am writing an article to other Mensa members regarding the USS Liberty, with the intention of providing information that will lead them to support a Congressional investigation into the attack. Please confirm and/or provide perspective on the following claim. "Ennes's book may have cost the former captain of the ill-fated Pueblo an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" television show in 1980. Bucher had been invited to New York for a post-captivity interview. Suddenly the interview was withdrawn. A studio official told Bucher only that he had heard there were problems "upstairs," but then he asked Bucher, "Did you have a book review published recently in the Washington Post ?" He had indeed, a review which heaped praise on the Ennes book."

thank you for your service, Bill Heimiller "One political party can't fool all of the people all of the time...that's why we have two parties."

Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 23:08:09 -0500

I was stationed in San Diego during your captivity. I recall very well the source of Remember the Pueblo being written, or stuck, across everything imagined. You make me proud to be Sailor!!


Date: Fri, 23 May 2003 16:59:56 -0500

Hello. My name is Kelsey VanArsdall and I'm a reporter at The Republic newspaper in Columbus, Indiana. I'm trying to reach Larry Marshall of Seymour, Indiana. He is going to be speaking about his experience on the USS Pueblo on June 8. I would like to get in contact with him before that time to interview him. Could someone send me his contact information, an email or phone? He's not in the local phone books. Thanks so much for your help. Kelsey VanArsdall Reporter Intern The Republic

Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 20:42:58 -0700

I am writing this letter because I am Howard (Eddie) Bland's widow, and I want to reconnect with the people of the USS PUEBLO crew and families. I miss the newsletter and things I used to receive and would very much love to receive them again. No one has any idea how much I miss Eddie, he was not only my husband and the love of my life he was also my best friend and so much more but he was also my hero. By keeping in touch with the Pueblo crew and families I will feel as though I am carrying on for him. Is it possible that I could receive that again, even though my name is changed long boring explanation won't get into that? I also want to say thank you to all those who had helped with the cost of Eddies' funeral. I didn't have the money and didn't realize until recently that the crew helped out with expenses. I am so sorry I didn't check sooner, I was so in grief that I didn't read anything and still every now and again I will come across something and it hurts again as much as the very first day after his death. It took me forever to admit he was really gone. I still have problems with that. Anyway, please accept my apology and pass on my thank you to the crew you guys are a wonderful bunch of men and Lord knows we wish all our children grow up to emanate the examples you have all set. Please write me back and let me know. Sincerely, Mary Bland Kaser

Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003 19:33:56 EDT

I don't know if you have an actual museum or location to keep things but I have an original Newsweek Magazine showing the capture of the USS Pueblo. I can donate it to your organization. Would you be interested in this ? Do you have a location where you have items on display ? If not, maybe it would be nice to set up shop where the Pueblo's home port was. Chuck

Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 10:48:58 +0900

My name is Brad Williams and I’m in the Air Force, I spent the last five years at Peterson A.F.B. in Colorado Springs. I would be thankful if you could help out with some info about the U.S.S. PUEBLO, Right now I am in South Korea and I need to school one of my NCOs that thinks he knows everything. We had a decoction about the ship and I say it is still in North Korea’s position, although he insists that the ship was returned in 1978. Please be helpful in this manner and Thank You for what you are doing for the crew of the U.S.S. Pueblo.

Sincerely Brad Williams SrA, U.S. Air Force

Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 21:05:19 -0400

I just watched Oliver North's "War Stories" episode on Fox News about the Pueblo. I did a paper in high school back in 1975 about the ship after reading Capt.. Bucher's book. Since then there has always been a place in my heart for the crew and the ship. I saw that the crew's records are still tarnished by the inquiry into the incident and that efforts are being made to have the records changed to clear Capt.. Bucher and all the crew of any fault in the incident. Please let me know how I and others can assist in this effort. Where can we write? Who can we call to assist in these efforts. Also how can we assist in the effort to bring the ship back home? Thank you one and all for your dedication and strength in serving this country and keeping us free. Donna Gaunt Jacksonville, FL

Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 21:15:29 EDT

I am HM3 Wall, what is being done to bring our ship home?

Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 21:06:25 -0500

I would like to tell the Captain and Crew of the USS Pueblo-- Thank you for your patriotism and sacrifice. I will be asking my Congressmen and the President to "Remember the Pueblo". No one can ever return to you that which was lost since this incident happened. But I do believe the U.S. Navy and our government should do what is right toward all of you. You do deserve the honor and thanks of a grateful nation. Many men who served in Vietnam also deserve a overdue "thank you". You served well guys and gave more than you should have had to. You did nothing wrong. You are heroes. May God bless you all. Ina from Indiana

Date: 6/15/2003 7:57:12 PM

I watched the War Stories segment this evening with Oliver North so I decided to do some internet searching. I found your site. I just wanted to say "Thanks" to you and your shipmates for your dedication to your mission, your ship, and your country.

Fraternally, Garry N. Collins LCDR, SC, USN (Ret) (NAVET 73-76 Blue) Vice President USS John C. Calhoun Veterans Association

Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 09:03:52 -0400

Maybe you shud post current email addresses of Congressman and Senators whom we could contact to ask them to push Bush to free the Pueblo. By this action a secondary action would have to follow where the veterans story would get out there in the press. Now is the time when we have a Commander in Chief who just might do something. Whata you think?.

Barry N. Miller (Air Force '63-'67)

Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 19:42:05 -0600

Where was the crypto techs and analyist during the time this all took place??

Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 13:35:32 -0400

I was most fortunate to meet Commander Bucher in 1974 when he visited Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.. I was on the committee that brought him to campus, and transported him while he was in town. As an avid military history fan, this was wonderful. After all these years I remember how pleasant and warm a man he was. A true class act. Could you please forward this to him. If possible I'd love to have a signed photo for my children. They need to know about this true American Hero.

Sincerely yours, John Merical Fuquay-Varina, NC

Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2003 11:10:16

I've just completed a book on the Pueblo and EC-121 incidents, and I believe your readers might be interested in the Naval Institute's advertising link which I've attached below. By way of background, I recently retired as a career naval intelligence assignments and had Korea related assignments at US Forces Korea (chief of indications and warning), Kami Seya Japan, and USS Enterprise (two westpac deployments). The book is based entirely on original archival research in Washington, Texas and London. It compliments Mitch Lerner's recently published book on the Pueblo. My focus, however, is on intelligence and contingency planning, not diplomacy. I believe your readers might be moved to read about how much we were prepared to do to the dprk if they were harmed. In any event, I hope you like the book. Feel free to call me at home. Sincerely, Rich Mobley Cdr, USN (ret.)

Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 14:53:32 EDT

Please send me any literature you have on the Pueblo incident as well as the names of publications I can examine. My address is ……… E. Meadow, NY Irving Gerber

Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 15:26:30 -0500

When the Pueblo incident happened I was serving aboard the USS Kearsarge CVS-33, no longer in service. There is a new Kearsarge but I don't know its mission. We were dispatched along with a cruiser and some destroyers to the Sea of Japan and operated off Wonsan for approximately 30 days. We were the first reaction force yet no mention of our task force on your website. I am sure this information is verifiable through Navy records. We were awarded a Navy Unit Commedation for our part. For What Its Worth! J ohn Dowell

Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 20:37:27 -0600

This is Paulette Stuart from The Pueblo Chieftain. You may be aware that my boss, the publisher and owner of the newspaper The Pueblo Chieftain is heading a committee to try to do things to draw interest in bringing home the USS Pueblo. Today we were wondering if your unit has received a citation of some kind? Did you all get your POW medals? Who got the Navy Cross? If you didn't get a unit citation perhaps that is something the Mr. Rawlings might visit with Ben Nighthorse Campbell about and try to get something done. I'd appreciate an answer back at my office email. Thank you Paulette Stuart PS next Monday we will begin a long series of stories about the USS Pueblo, it's mission, it's capture and stories from your crew. The reason is to keep interest in the forefront of our community.

Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 07:52:37


Was the ship ever returned to the Navy? What happened to it?

Thanks! Brian

Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 16:49:57 -0700

my name is J. w, pickerd rm1, was stationed at the amphipous base in coronado ca when you guys were brought back, had to send , type and proveread all of the court trans scripes on the inquiry, dont know how much of it has been declassified so wnt say to much, until i here from you have a letter of accomadation for the the work that we did on , have all my stuff packed up for we are getting ready to move, will yak more after hearing from you Jack

Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2003 15:26:36 EDT

Sir; I was in the Navy and was a CT stationed in GITMO with Elton Wood . There was another CT from GITMO who got orders to The USS PUEBLO at the same time as Elton but I can't recall his name . They had both gotten orders for one of the places on their "dream sheet" and then about 2 weeks prior to shipping out from GITMO their changed orders came through sending them to The USS PUEBLO . With their changed orders also came my orders which were sending me to my #1 choice on my "dream sheet", Bremerhaven, Germany . Elton and the other CT jokingly kidded me , saying "Wait a couple'a weeks , Les . You'll be catchin' The Pueblo with us ." I am SO LUCKY my orders weren't changed . I can't begin to tell you how horrible I felt when the ship was captured . I thought about Elton and the other sailor , certainly back then , but also even today and throughout the past years , wondering how they were and wishing that I knew how to get in touch , though I wouldn't dream of prying into their lives . It may interest you to know that The Rochester, New York newspaper did a lengthy article one year after the release of the crew . I had been out of the Navy about 2 months and reading the article I learned that Elton was picked to write the phony confession . I had remembered his absolutely beautiful penmanship from the letters he wrote home from Cuba. Please forgive me for rambling on . I hope you can understand , in some small way , why , after all these years , I feel the need to write about this . I had recently seen Oliver North's "War Stories" on The Pueblo Incident on TV and that is where I found out about your site. I realize that after all this time , and all he has been through , that Elton probably wouldn't remember me . Still , I would really like to find out the name of the CT that I can't recall . I have looked at the roster and I believe he was a CT#3(possibly a CT2) but none of the names "click" with me . Anyway , if possible , I would like to ask that you give Elton my sincerest regards and let him know that he and the other fella have been in my thoughts and prayers all these years . I'm sure I don't have to tell you how very , very lucky I feel that "there , but for the Grace of God.............." I'm not sure that I would have survived the ordeal . Thank you , so much , for taking the time to "hear me out" and read this . Les Buck

Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2003 21:13:13

Can you tell me who was the CO of Pueblo in 1918? Was this the same ship captured by NK?

Date: Wed, 09 Jul 2003 08:48:10

Dear sir: This is Min-Young Kim working for Korean Defense Media Agency. Defense Media Agency is the affiliated organization of Department of Defense in Korea, making national defense newspapaers, broadcast, and movies to inform public and armed forces. Now it is about to start defense satellite broadcasting and for the opening program, we are making a documentary to commemorate 50th anniversary of "Mutual Defesne Treaty between ROK and US." And actually, I am looking for contacting Lloyd Bucher who was the captain of Pueblo. We would like to interview him regarding the incident. Do you happen to know his phone number or e-mail address? I know he resides in Poway, CA, but couldn't find the phone number. If you know his, could you let me know via e-mail or 408-324-0213? Sincerely, Minyoung Kim

Mon, 14 Jul 2003 16:53:33 -0400 X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1106 Hi during the two incidents with comunication ship, I was stationed in Edsel Scotland. we were made known of the problems on both ships. I was stationed on the USNS MUELLER. during the year 1968. If any one knows of personnel who were on that ship plethnase contact me at Thanks

Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 15:22:12

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Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 13:57:26

The old LTV is now L-3 Communications, Integrated Systems; still in Greenville, TX; and still in the same business. Raytheon sold us 1 ½ years ago. Glenn Meyers

Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 09:59:16

I'm a Vet Thomas J. Petrie ETN R-R, 61-65, Morning Edition just had a program on your history. Please go to National Public Radio and check this out it does not agree with what I remember in the public news at that time. Please don't let them make you and " The Captain" in a bad light. RESPECTFULLY Proud of you THANKS Tom Petrie

Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2003 12:53:36

Recently, I came across some pictures of my father's time which he spent as a BN Surgeon in Korea during the late sixties. My father was stationed in Korea one month prior to the release of the POWs resulting from the U.S.S. Pueblo incident. Subsequently, my father was one of the receiving physicians of the POWs upon return to South Korea. I have a number of pictures that were taking of this incident, some with my dad leading certain of the POWs to the ambulance. There are also two close-ups of POWs in the ambulance. Others I have of what appears to be a top-level meeting of both sides discussing an incident in which a truck came under fire by the North Koreans. According to my father, the meeting appears to have taken place in a building that splits the DMZ in half where the North Koreans sat in North Korea and the South Koreans in South Korea. I'm not sure if too many of these pictures are circulating around. Most were taken by a professional photographer with the U.S. Army I believe. I'm wondering if you know of anyone in Maryland who might be able to look at my pictures and make a positive verification? I also have pictures in this group of George Wallace who visited the DMZ. My father was one of the people assigned to his party as he was being shown around the operations. My father got a snapshot with him and there are others of him talking with military men. I'd appreciate any assistance you can give. Sincerely, Frank S. Palmisano III

Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 03:52:44

Dear Pueblo crew: I was aboard the USS Kretchmer (DER-329), my ship was homeport in Guam, MI. In 1967 we were on station in Operation Market Time, for nine months, we came back to our homeport in early in mid NOV and left Guam for Yokosuka, Japan (R&R) for two weeks in JAN 1968. On Saturday 22 JAN I was a SHL3 and went aboard the USS Chicago (CG-11) for some paint. The CHICAGO was on the otherside of the pier. Then on Sunday 23 JAN 1968, the USS Chicago left port about "in a hurry" about half hour before "Morning Colors," something that no US Navy ships would do. My ship's main battery was two 3-inch, 50-cal. Guns. Just some history for you. Allan M. Wilson Des Plaines, IL 60016-4255 I understand that one of your crew comes from Niles, IL. Des Plaines and Niles are/this close.

Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 19:59:

I know that you must be so incredibly busy. In reading the posts, it seems that everyone is asking for something. I hate to be another person asking, but were you able to forward our phone numbers to Pete Bucher? To refresh your memory, he and my father were friends. Buddies. Pete (if we were to call him by his first name in front of my father, there isn't any telling what the outcome would be for us) had experessed an interest in getting in contact with us again. My one eight-year-old nephew, Jagger, looks just like my dad. Same attitude, too. We want to sell our home near the beach in San Diego and moving back to Poway where we all lived until each of us married. My dad was a Frogman and UDT specialist. He joked that the SEALS were wimps because they had their equipment made for them. The Frogs had to make their own equipment. He last worked at Coronado, all the while we lived in Poway. My dad had a couple of nicknames. One was "No Neck" and sometimes just Harry. His IQ was superior. He was very particular about who he called friend. I just wanted to you to see the kind of man he was and why the two were destined to be friends. He only lifted his glass with the best. Thank you for your time. Warmest regards, Lori Foss DeVault

Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 06:19:03

I was assigned to a Nike Hercules air defense battery at Chun Chon South Korea when this happened. I was on duty the night this happened as senior radar operator. I was enraged that we weren’t allowed to shoot down the MIGs that were helping to cover the capture of the Pueblo. I sat and fumed as my target tracking operators locked on and tracked the jets providing air cover. I was ashamed that our government did nothing to assist you. Ssgt Gary E. Miller U. S. Army Retired

Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 15:41:27

Dear Sir: Have not heard about CDR. Bucher in sometime, is he A-OK? Allan MacArthur Wilson Des Plaines, IL 60016-4255 `Formerly of USS Kretchmer [DER-329) my ship was in Yokosuka, Japan on Sunday 23 JAN 1968.

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 20:07:04

Hello! I believe my father, Commander Ellis E Lee, was one of the officers who asisted in the debriefing of the Pueblo people after their release. He is now dead and his six children are trying to retrace his military history. If anyone has any information for us, we would certainly appreciate it. He was given an award, which hung in our home for quite some time, until his death in 1911[??]. Then our mother moved to my home in Vancouver, WA and it stayed in her room until her death in Dec of 2001. My son, who lives in San Francisco, has it now and I don't have it in front of me to verify what it said but I could get that. His children and grandchildren would be appreciative. Thank you! Sherry Anderson Vancouver, WA

Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 20:11:06

Sir: I am the nephew of P.P Garcia, one of your crewmembers. As part of my master's degree curriculum, I've taken on a study of the Pueblo's capture, having been stunned and intrigued by the ordeal since childhood. What I am trying to determine is what action if any, besides Operation Red Fox, did the United States initiate to gain earlier repatriation of the crew. During this period in our military history, special operations was a relatively new concept in that it didn't have a formalized doctrine. Moreover, Army Special Forces was just beginning to earn its acceptance among the conventional military community for their work in Vietnam. I suspect that perhaps a special operation, using special operations personnel, may have been entertained but rejected by top military/government officials but I have no credible information to develop. If you have information or can direct me to any individual or agency who can provide me direction or clues where at least I can dig further, I'd be much obliged. Very Respectfully, Manuel C. Diwa Major, U.S. Army Department of Defense Analysis/Special Operations-Low Intensity Conflict Studies Naval Post Graduate School Monterey, California

Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 23:54:11

Hello, I was at Osan AB in Korea, when the Pueblo was seized. I was a Communications Tech at the time. Our Tech Control had to enable communications with the U.S.S. Enterprise, and the only way we could set up the Comm link was by having the Enterprise position itself so that it could receive off the back of our antennas. Have a good life, and thank you. Michael J. Tobin

Wed, 20 Aug 2003 08:33:02

I was on board the USS Samuel Gompers AD37, Jan 67 until Jun 68. The USS Pueblo was in Bremerton, Wa I believe the at same time that the Gompers was in 1967 My question is this, I believe that it was either Dec 67 or early Jan 68 that the Gompers had a rendezvous with the Pueblo at see to take off an injured sailor, am I correct or maybe some other ship that we dealt with.

SSG Boicourt WY ARNG

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 23:019

Hello. My cousin Dale Alexander is believed to have been a commander on the Pueblo's "sister ship" at the time of capture and barely escaped. I am trying to learn the name of his ship. In a brief memoir he did not mention the incident.. Thank you any help you help can give me. Thank you, Connie Street

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 02:56:31 EDT

If you have not heard already, Congressman William J. Scherle passed away on 08-27-2003. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C. A Memorial Celebration will be held at 2 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 3, 2003 at Lakeshore Country Club, 4500 Piute Street Council Bluffs, IA 51501 By family request, memorials rather than flowers, can be sent to Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation or Micah House, both in Council Bluffs. Funeral Arrangements are being handled by MANSFIELD-HERTZ FUNERAL HOME Malvern, IA 712/527-5241 Condolences may be sent to their website, to be passed on to the family.

Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 17:23:11 EDT

Sir, A brief comment on your most interesting web page: The Captain of the LIBERTY received the Medal of Honor--a military decoration. The Congressional Medal of Honor is a medal struck by Congress for distinguished individuals; those who received that award include Charles Lindbergh, Admiral H.G. Rickover, William (Billy) Mitchell, and Jonas Salk. Also, the presentation of the Medal of Honor to the LIBERTY's CO was highly publicized: Theer was massive attendance at the ceremony in the Washington Navy Yard and photos appeared the following day on page 1 of THE WASHINGTON POST and THE NEW YORK TIMES.

Yours sincerely, Norman Polmar Naval Historian

Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 23:14:37

Hello, I remember seeing the incident unfold from the Main Navy Communications Center in Washington DC - no longer there. Much of the information is now in the Public Records office but I can only tell you from a personal view that the incident caused many hours of hard work - but well worth it. We had changed from a 2-2-2-80 watch system to a 3-3-3-32 system to cope with the mountain of traffic. I suppose the worst part of it was the long wait while the crew were in prison in North Korea and while the US tried to get them released. The traffic slowed down quite a bit but we all thought of you and hoped yuou would return home and to your families sooner rather than later. As a result of what the watch standers did, we earned a MUC. The better reward was when we heard you were released. It's a memory. Please e-mail back. I might remember more.

Kind Regards J. Brock (RM2) Formerly of: Main Navy Communications Centre 16th and Constitution Avenue Washington DC

Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 21:24:35 -0700

From one of your web pages:

A television movie based upon the play was produced starring Hal Holbrooke.

There is no "E" in Hal Holbrook's name.

Stephen Storer

Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 21:35:21 -0700

This page has an image with this "caption:

USS Pueblo in Wonson Harbor in 1994

Extracted from David Franken's Home Page.

(this link in not "live" on the page)

There is nothing on the Franken page that relates to the Pueblo as far as I

can see.

Stephen Storer

Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2003 10:37:54 -0700

Lot of typographic errors in the redacting of the Buchwald article, here:

In fact, there are a lot of typographic and other glaring errors all over

the entire site. You guys need a better proof reader/editor.

Stephen Storer

Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 13:15:23 -0500

Hello, My name is Johnny Bennett and I was in Co. A 1st Batt. 38th Inf. at Camp Liberty Bell when the Pueblo crew was released. I acquired these four pictures and if you would like them for your website you are welcome to use them.

Sincerely Johnny Bennett

Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2003 20:31:52 +0000

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Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2003 00:36:25 -0700 Dear Gentlemen:

I came about the USS Pueblo website after seeing a report on CNN. I appreciate your associations’ care and dedication to keeping the memory of the USS Pueblo alive. My father, Robert Joseph Hanneken, CPT USAF, died while flinging an operation associated with air reconnaissance of the USS Pueblo. I am writing in the hopes of gaining additional information, as there maybe someone on your staff having knowledge about US Air Forces 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 Robert Hanneken Richmond, CA

Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 16:35:48 -0500

I am interested in learning about the US Navy response after the capture of the Pueblo. Didn't we send a US Navy ship over to Korean waters after the Pueblo Capture?

I am trying to find out which ship that was.

Ron B of Omaha

Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2003 06:22:24 -0700

I have been a friend of one of your crew for about 25 years. We worked together and I came to know this man fairly well. Having just spent about 4 months with him again after about 18 years, I can say that I am sure glad that people like him and the Pueblo crew in the world. Rich Arnold is one hell of a guy.

Wish I knew the rest of you. David W. Diffenderfer

Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 23:18:04 -0700 (PDT)

I saw the tv movie the pueblo starring Hal Holbrook many years ago. I have been trying to find a copy of it for quite awhile. Was wondering if you might know where i could locate a copy of it. Would love to see it again. Sure would like for it to be aired again on tv. Do you remember which network it was on. Maybe if I contacted them , they could help. I would appreciate any help you could give me.

Thank you Karen Kelly

Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 08:35:06 -0500

Really strange, I had'nt thought about it in years, but in 1968 I was a young airman working in the Air Defence Control Center at Itazuke AB Japan and received the (I beleive) initial capture message from the Pueblo via teletype. I can't remember how long it took to scramble aircraft and my memory is a little fuzzy, but I wish you guys all the luck in the future.

Don Harrison, MSgt, USAF, Ret


Date: October 2003


I am writing to you from BBC television in London. We are currently working on a major programme on north korea and will be featuring the Pueblo incident at some length. We will be in the US from between the in late October until early November and would very much like to interview Commanding Officer Bucher. I realise this is very late notice but if you could let me know whether this is feasible, I would greatly appreciate it. Naturally, we will happily travel to a location conveniant to Mr Bucher. If you are also planning a reunion this year, please let me know.

Many thanks and best wishes Tom Watson BBC news and current affairs

Fri, 14 Nov 2003 15:21:59 EST

I recall when the USS PUEBLO was captured. I was aboard the USS YORKTOWN CVS10 on our way to the Gulf of Tonkin and were diverted to the sea of Japan in an effort which we thought was to bring our people home. Our CO was Capt Bennett and his message was we were going with task force to get our ship and people back. I recall how cold it was in the Sea of Japan and the ice that had to be scraped and chipped. Obviously, our country chose to use diplomatic resources to get our people and eventually we headed back to ward Vietnam. As a crewmember, we talked and were concerned that the north Koreans would certainly not back down without a fight, and today they still present that image. I want the Officers and Crew of the Pueblo to know that we were deadly serious about our intent of bringing them back and not leaving them to an unknown fate in N. Korea. Today, several of us who served together still recall the incident and our motivation as we sailed to take our brothers back.

God Bless the Marine Corps and the United States Navy. Wayne Masoka

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 17:46:14 -0600

Attn Carl Schumacher

My name is Ed Koppel and I am fairly sure we graduated from OCS Newport at the same time. I had a supply corps designation. After a tour in-country Vietnam I was assigned to the USS Procyon AF-61 (reefer ship) as the cargo officer. We were loading out in Oakland CA. For replenishing the carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin. In the middle of the loading, which went on for weeks, the Pueblo was taken and rumors started flying that we’d be diverted to Korean waters. During this period my parents (I'm originally from St. Louis and my brother still lives there) sent an article from the Post Dispatch about the Pueblo and the fact that you were also from St. Louis. I remembered that I had met you when, I believe, we both worked on the 'year book' for our OCS class. We did not go to Korean waters but completed the original deployment to Vietnam and at the end, my time was up. I took off for Europe for an extended 'just bumming' but on the way to the east coast I stopped at the Naval Academy where another officer from my ship had been assigned to teach English. I can remember this officer commenting of the profoundly negative effect that the giving-up-the-ship by the captain was having at the academy. And that the commandant had laid the blame on the character or caliber of the commanding officer of the Pueblo and (I think I remember this correctly) To keep in mind that he had formerly been an enlisted man. All I could think was that not giving up would have cost every life on the ship. I was glad that my navy time was completed. I stumbled on your web site quite by accident and had not thought of all this for over thirty years. I now live in Evanston, IL.

Good work on what you have accomplished.

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 10:17:50 -0500

My name is Paula Fogarty. I work for a PA State Senator who has a number of Korean-American constituents and thus has become interested in issues relating to Korean-American relations. He wants to become involved in any effort to get the USS Pueblo returned to the United States and any effort to set the record straight and honor the crew and captain. Please advise how he can become involved and who he might contact.

Thanks very much. Paula

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 17:01:09 -0500

Dear Sir,

Can you inform me as to the Commission Status of the USS Pueblo? I am afraid that the US Navy's website is not informative on the matter.

Thank you, Paul W. Brotcke

Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 22:01:29 EST

To whom it may concern:

I am a retired navy chaplain. I met PUEBLO crew at DMZ after their release, held worship services on the day of release and a joint service with Catholic chaplain on Christmas Eve, accompanied crew to San Diego. Would be interested in knowing of any meetings of PUEBLO veterans and possibly attending.

Chaplain Marvin Snyder

Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 16:37:38 EST


I am pleased to be reading so much of the attack on the Pueblo, and discovered no information on the Air Force response to the "incident." I am writing a book called "Sink the Pueblo," and it is a first person account of the response of the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing's response to the attack and capture of the USS Pueblo. Within the hour of that attack I was notified, by the 18th wing CC, that I was to launch all the available F-105 Fighters from Kadena, Okinawa to Osan,Korea. We were not prepared to do battle as we were in a training mode at that time. I had to scramble two "Thuds" at a time, when they were fueled and manned. We managed to get two airborne per hour until a total of twelve were launched by sundown. The rest of the night we combat loaded 16-500# armor piercing bombs and the next morning were ready with orders to sink the Pueblo. The orders would be sent from 5th AF to launch. We sat alert for three frozen days and the order never arrived. After that we were placed in a modified ready status for one solid year until you all were released. I then returned to Okinawa, and two weeks later was sent to Takhli, Thailand to fly 140 combat missions. I do a bunch of lectures about the Korean air war, I flew 100 missions in the F-84, the Vietnam war, 140 missions in the F-105, and my response to the Pueblo incident. I have been working on my book for two years, as absolutely no one knows what we Thud jocks were prepared to do when ordered. I would love to do some face to face talks with anyone just to let you know that there was someone ready to lose 12 F-105's at that time. Well, get in contact with me if you want to help me get "The Rest of the Story" written. I have talked to your Capt. on the phone once about a year ago.

All the best, and God Bless. Colonel John C. Wright, USAF ret.

Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 15:43:31 -0600

I sent an Email with some venting of my own, about the Pueblo attack and the aftermath. I said I was on duty at JSPC Okinawa during the attack. I was also on duty during the attack by Israel on the Liberty. Actually we may have caused or at least helped Israel succeed in their "accidental attack." For some reason there was no direct communication from/to any field support unit with the liberty, just before the attack started, (it may have been for some hours, I don't remember exactly and it was never explained to us why this was, you know, chain of command and all.) Somehow the know-it-alls at NSA decided since we had a sporadic capability to communicate with units in the Med., through an air force Security squadron in Peshawar and through a foreign national station in Australia, that we could somehow communicate directly with the Liberty - so in their not so infinite wisdom they then passed us all of the ships traffic. It was all Flash and follow up traffic. We had no where to send it except through a foreign national communication center - which we all would have been put in jail if we had sent it. So all the traffic sat in our relay station or was passed from one U.S. Station to the next. That is until we found out that it had already been attacked. Then we sent it all back to NSA at Meade. We, of course, got royally chewed out. The people that made the decision to send us all the traffic told us that if we screwed up again, they would close our shop (not the whole station), and send us all to Vietnam - combat infantry. That was another of the three times I was really scared while in the Army Security Agency. I thought that the U.S. was gonna nuke someone, using the attack as an excuse. Some of the military politicians thought seriously about doing Israel and Egypt in. Israel had warned the U.S. not to spy on them or any of their military activities, and, that there could be grave consequences if they did. Johnson still made his stupid speech even though he knew - or at least his staff/advisors knew. The last time I was really scared while on active duty was while stationed at Sinop Turkey. Since you have had the experience of being over flown by Migs and knowing I was on duty during two of the worst incidents in the existence of the NSA at that time. I thought, I guess its my turn this time. A Russian Mig going supersonic at less than 500 feet right over your head (actually it was two of them - low enough to see they were fully armed), really scared me and some of my buddies that had been at Sobe when the other two incidents happened. We had just started out of our barracks to head to work, and we were looking for something bombproof to hide in. Especially when the four U.S. and Turkish phantoms intercepted them within our sight, a mile or two of the base (no shoot down, just chase and tag your it.) This happened three or four times during my tour there. Often just before or after the Russians started another weapons test, or were going to make another threat to one of the Communist Block dictators. You know, the phantoms never got there before the Migs completed their fly over. The Russians were just saying - any time we want, your dead; any time you don't respond we may just do it. Like Israel did and say oops! Just an accident. More venting, guess I'm not over those years as much as I would like to be.


May The Blessings Be

Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 16:03:03 -0500

I am the military reporter for the Florida Times-Union and I am doing a story on the 35th Anniversary of the release of the crew of the USS Pueblo. I would like to ask you a few questions and try to contact your former CO, Lloyd Bucher. You can answer my questions via email of if you want we can do it by phone. Below are my questions.

Gregory Piatt Military writer Florida Times-Union Jacksonville, Fl

Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003 17:19:18 -0700

Gentlemen, I ran across your web site by accident while going through a lot of old memories on Joe Glockner’s CT NSG web site. I must say that your web site is very impressive and has brought back some old memories along with some old frustrations for me. I am a former CT2 “R” brancher that served aboard the USS Banner (AGER-1) at the time of the capture of the USS Pueblo. I served on the Banner from September 1967 to August of 1968 and was on board when the Pueblo was tied up next to the Banner at Yokosuka in December of 67 and January of 68. I have a hard time now remembering exact dates but I do recall that we were supposed to relieve the Pueblo off of the North Korean coast but we broke down and had to be towed into port for repairs. I believe we were towed into Sasebo for repairs but I won’t swear to it now. Once the repairs were made and we got underway again, we received word that the Pueblo had been boarded by North Korean troops. I think we were about 12 to 18 hours away from relieving the Pueblo when we received the word. We were ordered to scrub the mission and await further orders. I recall bouncing around in some rough seas for a few days until a task force was formed. I have a few pictures of the Pueblo Recovery Task Force taken at sea from the Banner, if you would be interested. It’s mainly just a bunch of ships cruising around the Sea of Japan in the middle of a Typhoon. Believe me, all of us on the Banner were very frustrated and pissed when our government chose to do nothing about this incident. Let me know if you are interested at all in the pictures and I will get them to you either via e-mail or on a CD. They are all black & white pictures. I will be posting those, along with several other Banner pictures on Joe Glockner’s web site in the near future. Right now, Joe is working on posting the rest of my Kamiseya, Japan pictures.

Regards, Rick Juergens

Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 11:36:01 EST


A few of us old cruiser salts are having trouble remembering our role and where we were exactly about 36 years ago, we hope you can shead some light on it for us. We know that we had just been to Singapore and became Shellbacks on 1/10/1968 at 105o 15" E. We had been enroute to Australia and New Zealand. Then we were called back to Vietnam PIRAZ station and on the 1/23/1968 called to go right up to the Sea of Japan and establish PIRAZ station on the DMZ. We couldn't send out mail as no stamps, as we came from free mail area and believe we were up there with the largest task force ever, since WW-2. Please, can you direct me or shed something on this so it can be straightened out in our minds?

Thanks, Ray, RD-2 USS Chicago CG-11; 1967 to 1968

Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 18:53:54 EST


I just recieved your email and am shocked. Please go to sites www. Command History of USS Collett DD-730, also just pop up USS Pueblo AGER-2 and you will be surprised. The USS Chicago CG-11 had been turned north with haste from our station off Haipong Harbor. Also the USS Dewey DLG-14 was first on station along with the USS Ranger CV-16, USS Collett DD-730, USS O'BANNON DD-450, USS Entrprise, CVAN -65, USS Nicholas DD-449, amoung about 34 ships I was told. I hope this helps and have put your letter out to, the owner of USS Chicago web site.

Thanks, Ray



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