January - December 2003
This is a very nice site.
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
Best Wishes, John M. Harrington, IV
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
I put together a website on the disappearance of my father
http://3capecod.com/ 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
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
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)
With all these talks with
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
I am currently working on a article for the Mobile Register
Many thanks .... Jeanette Calametti
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.
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
my name etc is : charles christopher scporet
Dear sirs; Thank you for providing this informative site. I
am a Korean vet(1970) who never fully understood the plight of the
yours truly Mike Parent 2nd infantry div. Tong do Shon
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 ,
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
Was watching public television and they had a BBC program on
Dear Sirs: My name is Katherine Renfrew. I am the Curator
for the MacArthur Memorial in
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
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
Respectfully, Terry B. Burkett, SCPO, USN Ret
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
My name is Rick Berger and I am the Command Master Chief for
800 Sailors who are studying foreign languages at the Defense Language
Very Respectfully, Rick
I am trying to find information on the USS Peublo . When it was commissioned, wherether
it carried 3000 troops over to
I thought of the
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
I was stationed at Pensacola NAS,
My name is Wayne Dickerson and I have met Commander Bucher
on two occasions when I was stationed in
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!!".
At the time of your detention in
Sincerely, John E. Kraft LCDR MSC USN RET.
I’m a reporter for San Francisco Chronicle and I’ve been
covering various issues surrounding
Yours Sincerely, Matthew Yi
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
I work for The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper in
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@......
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.
The Captain of the
Thank you very much. Marvin Gardner Boise, Idaho (USAF 1951-52 - activated Air National Guard)
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
Howdy: Here is a web site you may want to check out: <http://www.minjok.com/news/viewnews.php3?catagory=&code=8226>
I am trying to locate Timothy L. Harris. We graduated from
high school together in 1963 from
My name is Tom Baker, (CTR3 USN 1977-1980). I served under
Senior Chief Layton during my stay on
I am writing a book on the activities of the USAF 67th
Reconnaissance Technical Sq,
Perhaps my memory is faulty. Roy M. Stanley II
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
Sincerely, Ron Miller, Committee Member Ceremony for Anniversary Start of Korean War, Branson
I am one of the survivors of the deliberate attack on the USS
Liberty. I had one close friend who was aboard the
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
Thanks for your consideration, Dennis J. Dubsky, CTR1, USNR (ret)
Are you still looking for more information on the
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
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
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."
I was stationed in
Hello. My name is Kelsey VanArsdall
and I'm a reporter at The Republic newspaper in
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
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
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
Sincerely Brad Williams SrA,
I just watched Oliver North's "War Stories"
episode on Fox News about the
I am HM3 Wall, what is being done to bring our ship home?
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
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 www.ssbn630.org
Maybe you shud post current email
addresses of Congressman and Senators whom we could contact to ask them to push
Bush to free the
Barry N. Miller (Air Force '63-'67)
Where was the crypto techs and analyist during the time this all took place??
I was most fortunate to meet Commander Bucher in 1974 when
Sincerely yours, John
I've just completed a book on the
Please send me any literature you have on the
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. www.chieftain.com
Was the ship ever returned to the Navy? What happened to it?
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
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",
Can you tell me who was the CO of Pueblo in 1918? Was this the same ship captured by NK?
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
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Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 15:45:32 EDT
IS THE DISPOSITION OF THE PUEBLO KNOWN ? IS IT STILL IN THE POSSESSION OF THE NORTH KOREANS ? AS A US MARINE, 1959-1963) I SERVED WITH THE NAVY IN ADAK, ALASKA WITH NAVY (CT"S), COMMUNICATION TECHNICIANS, SO I FOLLOWED THIS INCIDENT VERY CLOSELY WHEN IT OCCURRED, AND WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED WHEN NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON BEHALF OF THE SHIP OR CREW.
BEST WISNES, JOESPH C. CIRELLI
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE AND ARE DOING.
May The Blessings Be
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, the owner of USS Chicago web site.
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