Guests' Comments

January - December 2004

 

Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2004 04:49:40

Hi,

Was down the hall from you guys in Branson, Mo. with the USS Pictor reunion would like to would like to find out who I can call or write to get another Pueblo shirt and maybe some other items. I hope the up coming San Diego reunion goes as good as our previous one which was there. Happy New Year to all your crew. Dennis Surette Dennis Surette


Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2004 13:09:01

We corresponded about a year ago if I remember correctly. I live in Sacramento. I was an Intelligence Yeoman on a small team working out of the Naval Security Station in Wash. D.C. charged with doing the Intelligence Damage Assessment for PUEBLO. I've tried some FOIA requests but with little luck dealing with NSA. At any rate, I came across an ex-Naval Intelligence officer who has just published a book this past October Flashpoint Korea based in part on recently declassified material. Please go to this site: http://www.state.gov/www/about_state/history/vol_xxix/index.html If you haven't already seen this, I think you'll be interested. Lot's of high level diplomacy went on. Hope you are well.

Best regards, Bob Keller Sacramento, CA


Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2004 22:35:14 -0800

Hi,

I don't have much to tell. I was in the NSG from 1965 to 1969. I was a "Zero Brancher." I got out as a CT-3. I think a number of the crew were about two or three classes away from me while in Pensacola. I've posted my class picture on Chief Glockner's site, along with some photos of Guam. I was the watch standing supervising tech controller at the Bullseye site on Guam when the Pueblo was captured. I was asked to take down our Hono Alfa traffic circuit and patch up Kamiseya to Hono just in case that the Kamiseya-Hono circuit went down. I patched up a monitor in our ship-to-shore area and we watched what was going on from there. I don't recall who asked for this to be done, it must have come through the watch supervisor. We also either called or used the order wire to Radio Barragada and requested that they make ready a transmitter and the proper antenna so that if we went down, they could come up and provide a link to Hono if needed. I'm not sure if they really did this or not. Thinking about this so many years later, we had a E-6 watch supervisor who was very anxious, shaky, and always afraid that something was going to go wrong. Given the "over kill" of calling out to the radiomen at the transmitter site, it must have been this guy on watch that evening. I can't recall his name, but I remember he wanted to change his rate to air traffic controller so he could get a job on the outside. We all told him that if he couldn't handle the stress of his present job, there was no way he could be an air traffic controller. I don't recall any officers or anybody but the regular watch coming in to see what was going on. Some of the other CT types in the building came into the comm area to see what was happening. I think we did what we could do to support what was going on but we were not really directly involved in the situation. I believe I recall watching someone poke that they had been "shot in the ass" and that he was signing off because they were entering the comm spaces. I recall that the machine was reacting very slowly to each letter poked. Of course most usual traffic was tape, so maybe it just seemed slow. I think he also poked "Send help." I don't think we copied much traffic on that circuit before Kamiseya pulled the plug. Actually, I spent most of my time back tech control. I wasn't quite sure what was going on, but it seemed to me that this was probably a good time to make sure that none of my circuits went down and I had the best usable frequencies set so that everybody had the best copy they could get at their positions. Later, I was a tech controller at the Bullseye site at Imperial Beach. The crew was at Balboa Naval Hospital. I set up a circuit directly to Fort Meade from our comm spaces so that info from the crew debriefings could be sent back to DIRNSA. They set up a teletype with a security curtain around it and a chief (as I recall) was the only one who could send on the machine. As I recall, it was a send only machine. I think I recall that there were a number of guys in suits wandering around in the spaces. Except for various tech reps (they never wore suits) that was the first and only time I'd ever seen that in my four years in the NSG.

Cheers, Sam Stokes

 

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Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 08:10:43

Hello,

I have a very passionate graduate school professor at Texas A&M who told me of the plight of the USS Pueblo. As a young policy maker living in DC, I would like to know, has the crew of the Pueblo ever been given a commendation from the U.S. Congress? I was told that they have not and I would like to look into addressing that issue. I feel very strongly about the memory of the crew of the Pueblo and if they have not been commended by Congress, I would like to work to change that. Please contact me at this email address or on my work email at rgnapoli@dea.usdoj.gov. I am concerned that they have not been properly honored by their congressional brethren as a crew and not just as individuals. Thank you, Roman Napoli


Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 00:46:16 EST

My name is Ray Smith. I was a cyn3 working in "Duratts" on Guam when the USS Pueblo found trouble. I was in teletype contact with the USS Arlington {communications ship} at the time. We were a relay for the message traffic. That was an experience I'll never forget. I can't add anything to your excellent website other than a well done and I'm glad to just have had a tiny part in it. Thank you and god bless...............................


Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 21:54:32

Hello, my name is Mike Saunders. I am related to Larry Jo Marshall by marriage. I recently got to talk to Larry about the capture of the U.S.S. Pueblo. For years he would not say much about what he and his crew mates experienced. All of you who were involved have my deepest respect and gratitude for serving our country. Larry is having a difficult time now with his health due to the treatment received while in captivity by the North Koreans. He recently lost his job of 14 years because he is no longer able physically to perform all his work requires. He has been to the Veterans Administration, and is getting no support from them. I was hoping you could help him. He talks about his crew as if they are family. If you believe you can help him receive the benefits he is due I would appreciate you contacting me. The last time i spoke to him he sounded down and depressed. I hate that he has to struggle to get help after all he has been through. I know that if we can get any assistance it will be from you, the crew and or family members of the U.S.S. Pueblo. Please contact me with any information that you feel may be helpful to Larry. Thanks, Mike Saunders


Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2004 09:15:34 EST

To the brave and wonderful USS Pueblo Veterans:

I was stationed at NSGA Kamiseya from 1986-1989. My first memory of the communications center was the large excerpt of the message of the ship asking for help. I can remember feeling chills go over my spine as I read the message and then read the listing of things that went on and caused you to become POW's. When I transferred to other duty stations, no matter where I went, I thought about the incident. When I would conduct training to my younger people, I would bring up your incident and point out how important our job was. It made people think and hopefully, realize how much you went through. I can only tell you how proud I am of all of you and how sorry I am that you were treated so horribly. You are all in my prayers. God bless you all! With Respect, Kim Walker (CTO1 Ebner)


Date: 2004/01/25 Sun PM 09:04:29 EST

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you all for the sacrifice and your contribution to the preservation of freedom. I just saw Ollie North's special on the USS Pueblo. I am moved beyond words how deserved you all are, and what is owed to you by the U.S. government. Daniel A. Feerst, LCSW, CEAP, Publisher


Date: 1/25/2004 7:28:02 PM Mountain Standard Time

My name is Jim Thomas. I was a navy corpsman from 1966 until 1970 when i was released from active duty. I was on hill 861 at Khe Sanh Vietnam when the Pueblo was taken, I believe on 24 January 1968. I thought world war iii would break out because of what North Korea had done. All of the marines were disappointed that nothing was done to help you guys. I want to tell you thanks for serving your country, and for enduring those terrible months in North Korea. I had no way of knowing at the time, but later when Commander Bucher was assigned to the naval post graduate school at Monterey, Califorinia, i would spend many hours driving him up to Oakland naval hospital. I loved talking with him, and he was always kind and respectful to me. I was married to another person at that time and unfortunately she got the signed autograph that the commander gave to us, and over the years i have wondered what has happened to everyone. I saw war stories tonight, and a lot of memories came back! I don't have the Commanders email, so if it's not a problem, would you mind passing along my best wishes to him and his family. I also pray a blessing and great year for you and all of the crew!! Thank you again for a job well done!!! SINCERELY YOURS, JIM THOMAS


Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 09:17:13

Hello - I was delighted to find the crew had a website. I saw the program on war stories the other night and enjoyed it very much. I served in NAVSECGRP from 1967 to 1970. I had the opportunity to become friends with Michael T. Barrett in Homestead. Florida. We did the fishing thing as well as the group get togethers. Michael was a great guy - I would like to say hi to him. I also met Chief Bouden in Maretta, Washington - while serving there. Chief had written a book. I had a copy - but mine got lost in the shuffle. I would like to find out where to find another. How can I help to get the record changed and get our ship back. CTR2 Stephen A. Moser


Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 11:21:07 (PST)

Hi, I’m a reporter with the Daily Bulletin in Ontario, California. Working on a story about Earl Phares and the U.S.S. Pueblo, and was hoping to speak to the commander Pete Bucher, or others, about their experiences. Also am looking for academic experts in the field. My deadline in Thursday at 3 p.m.

Hope to hear from someone, Brenda Gazzar brenda.gazzar@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9355


Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 16:46:48

Hello, my name is Mary (Bucher) Lindauer and I would like to contact CDR Bucher by mail, if possible. My father, James Bucher, met CDR Bucher a long time ago and had his book signed when it first came out. I remember seeing the picture they posed for and thinking they could be related, they look so much alike! Somehow over the years he loaned it out and never got it back, and I wanted to buy another copy and possibly get it signed for him. We are not related by blood but as veterans, we feel a kind of kinship and wanted to show our support for what you all went through. My dad served in Korea (AF) and I am also a Navy veteran (LDCR, Dental Corps). I understand he lives in Poway, CA, but I didn't want to appear to "stalk" him or anything by trying to contact him on my own. Any assistance you could give me would be most appreciated. Sincerely, Mary Lindauer


Date: Thursday, January 29, 2004 7:33 PM

An Office And A Gentleman, The article was far more reaching then I realized. I had no idea that the crew had been brutalized that much, the dirty bastards! The crew never received compensation or satisfaction, did they, Don? I would say that it is a black mark on American Naval history. I wasn't even there, not even close, and I am bitter! Love and best wishes from Jim and everyone else who respects what you and your shipmates went thru! Jim Holman


Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 00:57:36

I recently sent a letter to my congressman urging him to have the Navy name two destroyer type ships after the Pueblo and Liberty crews. I hope it works. Best wishes. C. Rieber


Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 06:48:38 EST

I read with interest the article about the passing of Cmdr. Lloyd (Pete) Bucher. In that article, mention was made of a crew member, Stu Russell. I remember Mr. Russell as a fraternity brother of mine at Phi Kappa Psi, Cal Delta chapter. If I have reached the correct association (the article mentioned that Stu is President of the Pueblo Veteran's Association), please let me know how to reach him, to say hello.

Mel Schumacher

PS. My biological brother, and also a fraternity brother, Chad Schumacher is also interested.


Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 07:51:00

Hello to all my brave brothers who served on the USS Pueblo. In January 1968 I was stationed on the USS Mullany DD-528 in San Diego, California. I remember the Pueblo very well as she was usually berthed along the shore by the pier where our Tin Can was berthed. I walked by her many times and remember musing as to what it must have been like to sail the ocean in such a relatively small ship as the Pueblo. I still haven't forgotten the beatings that our Tin Can took at the hands of the Pacific Ocean, and that gave me a real respect for the crew of the Pueblo. The day that the North Koreans captured the Pueblo I was enjoying liberty in downtown San Diego. As I walked down Broadway a Shore Patrolman stopped me and a couple of shipmates to tell us about the Pueblos capture and that the Mullany was preparing to get underway to join a taskforce to stand by for further orders. If my memory serves me correctly the taskforce was called the Blue Boar exercise. I have no idea where we actually steamed to, but speculation was that we were heading toward North Korea to stand by. During the mission our convoy was slammed by a typhoon in which we experienced the heaviest seas I've ever seen. We were plane guard for the carrier Bonhomme Richards, and the guys on the carrier later told us that our Tin Can nearly disappeared several times during the storm with only the bridge and stacks above the water. It was a harrowing experience to say the least. After weeks of steaming with no land in sight we returned to San Diego to the disappointment of all aboard the Mullany. We were ready, willing, and able to come to your assistance, but the powers in Washington backed down in my opinion from their duty to rescue the Pueblo and her crew. We were all disappointed by the decision that our government and military leaders made. We certainly had the fire power assembled in our convoy to create some serious problems for the North Koreans. I thought about you guys every time I walked ashore past your berth after we got back to San Diego. Your treatment by our government at the time is still stuck in my craw after all these years. Fair winds and calm seas to you all, Aubrey Lindsey BTFN USS Mullany DD-528 USNR 1966-1968 Aubrey Lindsey


Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 10:47:32 EST

All I can tell U is tha there is(was) a retired LTC USA that was part of briefing team that briefed Commander Bucher before he sailed. Sorry failed to record his name but I met him at a ASA Reunion in Fla, about 6yrs ago/ William S. Hill Colonel USA(Ret)


Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 10:37:23 -0600

Hi, I just found your web site, nice job telling the story. I was glad to see some one tell this forgotten story. I was in US Navy Patrol Squadron 19 , deployed to Iwakuni Japan, when the incident happened and flew in operation "Formation Star" in support of the Seventh Fleet. Bob B "Give me a fast ship,I intend to go in harms way" "John Paul Jones" Bob Bonnell, C.P.M. ,MCP


Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 09:59:17

I'm writing this as a request to be put in contact with Earl. He went to college with me at Humboldt State University and we lost contact shortly after graduation. Perhaps you can forward my EMail address to him and ask him to initiate contact if he has a mind to. I was aboard the USS Constellation which was stationed off of N.Korea awaiting for the politicians to get off their butts and make a decision on a course of action. As you know, nothing happened. What a sad period of history. My home is in Sparks, Nevada. My wife and I would love to talk to Earl and catch up on all that has passed since our paths separated. Thanks in advance for your help. ROBERT KINGSTON


Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 13:42:10

Hi, I am proud of our sailors. I remember when it happened, I was about 10. You are all Heros! Thank you for serving our nation.

John J. Predgen


Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 14:39:06

Let me begin by congratulating you on your bravery during your capture and while in prison. On January 1968 I was stationed in Ft.Ord Calif. and was put on alert to be sent immediately to Korea to Help you all. I don't know why we were never sent to help you. Subsequently on March 1968 I was sent to S.Korea and assigned to the 2nd Division. I used to guard the DMZ and as you probably know the communists used to play on there speakers across the DMZ your captains forced confession. As I come from a communist country (Cuba) I used to tell my fellow soldiers the kind of torture you all were going thru. I wish at that time we would had bomb half of N.Korea along with Communist Cuba and Vietnam. Good luck and again I want to congratulate you for your bravery. Salvador J Rodriguez


Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 11:15:01

My name is Bob Vander Veer and was a CTT in the NSG during the Pueblo time frame. Just want to thank all of you for a job well done. Hang in there and may you have a great life. Thanks


Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 16:53:10 EST

Hello to All:

I was covering you when you were released, I was one of two Motion Cameramen that were used as pool photographers for the press. I was an E-5 with the Army I was with DASPO. See DASPO. Com I have several pictures of you that I am enclosing. I was so sorry to hear about Commander Bucher. I remember that he made sure every one of the crew had been placed in a hospital bed before he went to his own. I saw what shape you were in. I had been sent to Korea specifically to cover your release. We did a lot of work on many assignments while I was there awaiting the day the freed you. Seeing your faces and the freedom you felt made my Christmas Holiday. I remember driving out to Kimpo airport Christmas Eve with the last batch of film that was being sent out to the Pentagon and it was snowing I felt so elated for our group and what a wonderful Christmas Spirit I personally felt. Best of luck to you all, Ted Acheson


Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 08:33:58 EST

I'm working on an article for Navy Times newspaper about Comdr. Lloyd "Pete" Bucher. I will be working on the article today (Sat., Jan. 31) and would like to talk on the telephone with a member of the Association as soon as possible. I'm in northern Virginia at (703) 264-8950. If you would like to get some words from the Association into this appreciation of Bucher's life, I need to hear from you immediately. I am unable to find a telephone number on your web site. I'm the author of the "5-minute history lesson" that appears weekly in Navy Times. In 1968, I was at the American Embassy in Seoul. I was on the Korea desk in the Department of State from 1970 to 1972. At one time, my office contained a file cabinet filled with letters written by the Pueblo crew in captivity. Please contact me.

Bob Dorr Robert F. Dorr 3411 Valewood Drive Oakton VA 22124 (703) 264-8950 robertdorr@aol.com


Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 09:02:33

You’re NOT forgotten by me..

Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 09:12:51

Sirs,

I am a ret MCPO who served aboard two ships, USS G.K. Mackenzie DD836 (1950) and USS Tingey DD539 (1951, 52, 53 & 54) Your Ship and crew are NOT forgotten. GOD BLESS


Date: 31 Jan 2004 8:32:12 PM MST

Don, just went through your wonderful website. I was only 18 years of age when this incident occurred. You have put together a marvelous compilation of facts, photos and information. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each segment. You are to be commended for putting together such a lasting tribute to the ship and its crew. I am currently a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the old NIS and ONI. I am in my 29th year (came down here to Norfolk in 1976 after graduation from West Virginia University). Have spent 25 out of my 29 years here in the Norfolk area. I am a native West Virginian and noted that one of the crew currently lives in Clarksburg, WV (very close to Morgantown, WV where I went to college), and that another crewmember lives here in Chesapeake, VA. Again, just wanted to pass on my thoughts to you for putting together such a wonderful tribute. You are a HERO in every sense of the word, as was your entire crew. Best Regards John M. DiPilato


Date: 2004/01/31 Sat AM 09:12:51 EST

Sirs I am a ret MCPO who served aboard two ships, USS G.K. Mackenzie DD836 (1950) and USS Tingey DD539 (1951, 52, 53 & 54) Your Ship and crew are NOT forgotten. GOD BLESS Louis Behner


Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 16:39:

I read recently an article about the surrender of the Pueblo and about its Commander passing away Jan 29. I read a book by Robert Liston years ago that detailed how the surrender of the Pueblo was an NSA covert plan to get crypto gear into the hands of the Red Chinese. This never seems to be acknowledged in any of the reports or news articles I read. Why? Thanks Ron M.


Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 08:13:15

Hello,

I am LT James Garman stationed at Naval Medical Center San Diego. I wasn't born when the Pueblo incident happened, but My father AGC USN RET was stationed in Yokosuka at the time and wanted to forward his memories of what happened and his comments regarding CDR Bucher. Regards, Jim

-----Original Message----- From: Jack Garman :

I arrived in Yokosuka, Japan for duty, the same day the Pueblo was captured. High security took over the base for several months. After Cmdr Bucher was released by the North Koreans, he spent several months in Yokosuka for debriefing and awaiting orders to his next duty station. He loved his enlisted sailors and spent most of his time at the CPO and enlisted clubs. I met and talked to him several times. He was a fine and honorable man. I will never forgive the Navy Court of inquiry for the way they handled Cdr Bucher's case by recommending a general court-martial for his "allegedly failing to defend the USS Pueblo". I am sure the recommendation was set forth only to save the asses of the Higher echelon. But that's they way the military operates, I.E. shit flows downhill. Thank you Navy Secretary Chafee.

Jack G.


Date: 5 Feb 2004 23:41:08.0082

I have read the whole story of the Pueblo. The officers responsible for sending the Pueblo on its mission whether CIA, Navy or other are the ones who should have been assigned "scullery duty" for the rest of their careers. An "Indianapolis type" charade all over again. It never changes. Galen Calvert USNR WW2 and a veteran of the political wars Washington Navy Yard 1985-1990


Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2004 20:17:10 -0500

Hello,

The U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 left San Diego earlier than scheduled in January 1968 to provide an attempt to force the North Koreans to return the Pueblo and it's crew. We flew every day for about a month off the coast of North Korea to no avail. I was what was called "The Hookrunner," and froze my stern off on the icy decks. I was hoping we would do something to get you back and everyone I knew shared that thought. We had to leave the snowy cold shores of North Korea and make our way to Yankee Station and do our thing on North Vietnam. None of us wanted to leave you guys behind. Thanks to you all for showing what American Sailors can do. Don R. Cheairs


Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 17:10:58

Dear Pueblo Vets,

I saw with sadness that Commander Bucher has passed onto the other side. In 2000, during a work visit to the DPRK, I visited the USS Pueblo. As a sailor, I was very saddened at the site of the sextant on the bridge and other traces of the crew. I wonder if the Pueblo vets are interested still in recovering the USS Pueblo from the North Koreans? I believe that there is some possibility of the North Koreans returning the vessel as part of the bigger picture of DPRK-US contact over coming years. Please let me know your views on this subject. I may be able to assist in regard of having the vessel returned to its rightful owners if the time is right. Respectfully, Hayes

Dr. Peter Hayes, Executive Director The Nautilus Institute phayes@nautilus.org


Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2004 15:53:13

Dear President, I was wondering if the city of Pueblo, Colo., has some sort of permanent tribute to the crew of the Pueblo? Also, are there any other memorials or museum exhibits dedicated to the Pueblo elsewhere? Thanks for your assistance. Rich Kolb Editor-in-Chief VFW Magazine


Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 14:24:49

To the Crew and Families of the USS Pueblo

You are all heroes. The sacrifices you have made in the name of freedom will never be forgotten. May God bless you all. Walter Lott


Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 17:39:10

My name is Matt Simmons and I represent the Museum of the Soldier in Portland, Indiana. I have to admit that a few years ago I would not have recognized the name USS Pueblo as anything special. That was before we were contacted by Don Bailey. He has been gracious enough to donate some of his personal items relating to the Pueblo to the museum. Since then, I have read CDR Bucher's book (I was very sorry to hear of his recent passing, I would like to have met him) and many other sources I found. We now have a large display dedicated to the Pueblo including books, magazines, and Mr. Bailey's North Korean issued uniform, shoes, and belt. My research also led me to the story of the USS Liberty. As a veteran, I am disgraced by the treatment your crew and those of the Liberty have received by our government. On behalf of the Museum of the Soldier, I would just like to offer to any crewman of either ship the opportunity to have your story told by displaying any related items in our museum. Items may be loaned or donated. Our goal is to preserve veteran's histories by personalizing our displays with photos and other personal items. Please look at our website at:www.museumofthesoldier.com If anyone has any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at masimmons@bright.net or use the "Contact Us" link on our homepage. Thank you for your time, Matt Simmons Board of Directors Museum of the Soldier


Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 17:11:57

When Captain Bucher died on Jenuary 28th, where was he living at and where is he buried. I have a great deal of respect for the entire crew of the Pueblo and am a avid reader of newspaper here in Indianapolis area and there was nothing about his death printed. When I called the Indianapolis Star and got a reporter, I asked him about Bucher's death and if he knew of the Pueblo, and he wasn't even born then. But he did take my name & phone number in case they might be interested. Darn it, you men were important then and I know you are now. As the former President of Central Indiana Chapter of Korean War Veterans, we have 4 members who were themselves prisoners of the North Koreans, and we are very proud to have them in our Chapter. We try to keep the Korean War era in peoples mind as that War could very well be happening soon. Granted that your terrible ordeal happened 35 years ago, but still, Captain Bucher's passing is worth noting in the papers. Do you know if the Executive Officer, Lt, Edward Murphy is alive yet? I noted that the medal that the soldiers guarding Korea since July 1954 , the Korean Defense Service Medal, was officially approved on the 10th of this month. So it took a long time coming for all those soldiers on the DMZ line. I'd like to hear from any of you who wish to e-mail me. I was a QM1 on destroyers in 1952 and 1954 off East & West coasts of Korea.

Respectfully, Don Ellwood


Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 09:49:59

To whom it may concern, This entry on USS Pueblo is listed in Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Pueblo_(AGER-2) Thought you might want to take a look. Note that the men of USS Liberty (AGTR-5) are having difficulty with an article they are having. (Accusations of anti-Semitism abound in honest discussions of Israeli behavior during the 6 Day War.) Thank you, Stargoat www.stargoat.com


Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 13:11:1

Sir In all due respect after all these years I believe that there was a secret directive for the capture of the pueblo. I believe that your ship & crew were supposed to be captured, and the electronic equipment that was removed from the boat was to be used by the Koreans. So that we could monitor any and all broadcasts possible. It was a setup. God bless you all. JF


Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 21:29:20

I just finished reviewing the Pueblo web site, and am so glad that I found it. I served 30 years in the Navy, and was stationed in Hawaii when the Pueblo was captured by the DPRK Navy. I wish I could have met CDR Bucher before he passed on. I'm very disappointed in our government's decision to leave you in captivity like they did. I'm also very disappointed to learn that Time Magazine contributed to your hardship by revealing what the "Hawaiian Good Luck Sign" really meant. I understand the Pueblo is now a floating museum in Wonson Harbor. Maybe we should put a smart bomb down her stack just to let the North Koreans know that we have never forgotten your ordeal. Best regards to all of you, Master Chief Jimmie Brooks, USN(Ret.)


Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 09:10:10

Shipmate,

I would like to contact Tim Harris, I moved up to the Bremerton, Washington area three years ago and have lost Tim's E-mail address. The last I know is that he was living in the Yuma area. I had the opportunity to meet Pete Bucher through Tim Harris many years ago. I have noticed that Mr. Bucher has past away, and that there are some people within the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard that are trying to have a build named after Mr. Bucher. This would be of interesting Tim.... I my home E-mail address is on here and my home phone is (360) 874-0343. I hope Tim contacts me...Thank You!! Danny Sharp


Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 08:33:14

Gentlemen, I was sorry to hear of the passing of Cmdr Boucher. Although I had not met the man, some of his crew that I met in the days of the inquiry had nothing but praise for him. During the time of inquiry, I met and since lost track of CT3 John Grant. Is there a way to contact him? He can e-mail or phone me at the above address. I was living in Julian at the time and now am in Montana. I have thought of you people many times over the years and wondered how all were fairing. The History Channel and Ollie North's show were a great tribute to you all. Thank you for what you went through and the service to our country. It was an honor to have met a number of you.

  Jim Goeppinger


Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 14:02:24

In January 1968, I was the leading QM-2 onboard USS O'Bannon (DD-450). We had been in Yokosuka on a short upkeep, having returned from the coast of Vietnam (supporting the troops during TET of 1968). I had a locker in the old upstairs locker club across from the CFAY main gate (believe it or not, my next door locker mate was a USS Pueblo sailor). But I digress.......... Immediately upon receiving word of the attack, we sortied with USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) at max speed out of Tokyo Wan, via Shimonoseki Straits (my first transit). I remember we were doing 38 plus knots (in fact, we were one of only two destroyers that could keep up i.e. "Follow in my wake" signaled from "E"). We got there a day or so later. I remember there was a cruiser (either Chicago or Okie Boat) there also. However, within 24 hours, it looked as if the entire 7th Fleet was there. Anyhow, the word was we (O'Bannon) were to go into Wonsan, our mighty 5"38 caliber guns blazing, and tow the Pueblo out with support from Collett and air cover from the "E". As you know, it didn't happen. Supposedly they were given "24 hours to turn it over". Twenty four days (and then some), we were still boring holes in the ocean. Took on "bullets" in the snow from the Sacramento!! Boy, was it cold!!! We were from the Pineapple Fleet (no cold weather gear, heaters, etc), so we used whatever civilian sweaters, etc we could to stay warm. Ron Bay


Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2004 02:56:50 EST

I was a CS2 abroad the USS BANNER I served on her from May 1966 until it was scraped. I often think of the times on board her and our only contact with USS PUEBLO in Yokosuka. Some of our former crew members were aboard pueblo. Wendell Smith U.S.Navy Retired


Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 11:15:14

Dear Sir,

I have a number of questions that puzzle me and I would love answering, one of many is this one!!! I cannot understand American pysche and I need to know how the Worlds only super-power can invade a Sovereign State, overthrow the leadership solely because that leader is an 'evil' person. Yet North Korea has on open display a US warship (that I believe is still in commission) which they have called a museum piece and is open to the public. This ship was on the high seas, in International waters, when it was attacked by a foreign power. This is an act of war. Not only was the ship fired upon, the crew were unlawfully captured, unlawfully detained, and unlawfully interrogated. Neither Afghanistan, nor Iraq were capable of defending themselves against the US military, but when a foreign power invades YOUR land (and a US warship, surely must be US territory) you then MUST show courage and defend your 'flag' no matter the cost, and no matter the loss. Great Britain is a very small country with a fraction of the military muscle of America, so Argentina thought they could capture the Falklands (USS PUEBLO) Unfortunately they made a huge mistake. No country can expect us to just sit back and let a foreign power unlawfully capture our land (or ship). If America is afraid, or unable to take back the ship, then it should be destroyed. Give North Korea an ultimatum, no matter the cost, if the warship is not returned by a certain date, then the US will destroy it. The USS Pueblo is American property, North Korean's look at this captured ship with pride, they took on the most powerful nation in the world and humiliated them. What are the feelings of the crew? Are they happy over the way this embarrassing issue was dealt with? It is easy to invade a defenceless nation for alleged monetary reasons, but North Korea by firing on the United States (Ship) Pueblo, declared war. Shame on your nation for not resolving this disgraceful act. Another point completely off topic, but displays again the different temperaments of our nations. Whilst John Major (Our Prime Minister at the time) was chairing a ministerial briefing at Number 10 Downing Street (Prime Ministers Official Residence) a large Mortar Bomb fired by the IRA exploded in the back garden. The Prime Minister apologised to those present and suggested they finish the meeting in a different room!!!!!!! When the World Trade Centre and Pentagon were attacked, your President fled a distance far greater than that of London to Moscow!!!!! During the Second World War, Buckingham Palace was bombed whilst the King and Queen were in residence. The next day there comments were, "At last we know how the people of London feel, when they are bombed". They again stayed in residence. Surely the office of President is bigger than the person, and they MUST be seen to lead. The White House must have secure departments? I have more questions, but they can wait for another occasion Thanks for presenting a very nice site. John Shorter (Ex Military) Torquay

Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 10:38:54

What is the current location and status of the Pueblo. I understand it to still be active duty, but what did the N. Koreans do with it physically? Still parked? Cut up? made into a floating rice paddy? Enquiring minds... Ken Dandurand HTC (ESWS) Retired


Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 15:27:55 -0400

Gentlemen,

Someone has sent me the death announcement of Captain Lloyd Bucher. I had intended to use it in our newsletter for the U.S.S James E. Kyes DD - 787, but it was accompanied by a "confidentiality" statement. I'd never use the information without your permission, of course. The KYES was in service from the end of WW II until 1973. We have located many of our former shipmates in our association; many of whom served at the time of the loss of the Pueblo. If you give me permission to use this information, it will be done with the utmost respect to the fine person I have always perceived him to have been. Please let me know soon since I am putting the final features together for the April edition of our paper, The Searchlight.

Sincerely,

John Deering, editor


Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2004 18:06:54 EDT

Tragically, Comdr. Bucher took to his grave the truth about Pueblo. He and Behrens were the only two men aboard who saw the Russian ship open fire on the helpless Pueblo. But what they saw quickly passed to everyone aboard. The famous finger pix was the result. I can understand why Bucher would keep his mouth shut all these years. He had the most to lose. And he'd supported the crazy cover story in his book, taking money under false pretenses. But I do not understand why other crewmen remain silent. It's got to be hard to do. And it continues to be a folly. I keep believing that one day the truth will out. I hope so. I can be reached at 805-962-4929 or as liston.jr@verizon.net. As proof I know how to keep my mouth shut, in all these years I've never identified the source of my Pueblo information. Lots of Pueblo crewmen saw him, particularly those in the SOD-hut. The black man with him was killed in Europe a hort time later. Oh yes, one way I know I'm right (there are many) is that a crewman from the Banner phone when the book was published and said I was "right on." Nothing happened to him and nothing will to any of you. You will realize great relief. Robert A. Liston


Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 09:20:40 -0400

Good Morning – I work at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, D.C., and would be very grateful if someone from the USS Pueblo Veterans Association would be kind enough to either call me or send me contact information so I can follow up. At present, the Senate is working on a treaty matter which may have an impact on collections at sea. I would like to talk with a Pueblo crewmember about these concerns. Thanks, and please forgive this impersonal email.

Regards, Richard Douglas General Counsel


Date: Tue, 11 May 2004 14:01:48 EDT

I was on this ship just a week ago and found it very sad. As a Brit to walk the deck and stand on the bridge of this ship I just felt that I should be standing next to a member of the USN, not a sneering North Korean soldier telling me about the great victory over the USA. I took a few pictures, if you would like copies let me know and I will send them over. Mike Leahy England


Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 13:41:09 -0700

A previously mentioned, Congressman Christopher Cox (R-CA) requested the Navy name two DD/FF type men-of-war the "USS Liberty Crew" and "USS Pueblo Crew." The Navy replied, by not saying "no," but citing naming conventions and pointing out the exception of the USS The Sullivans (D537) (As point of fact, the Sullivan brothers died as a result of ill-conceived Navy detailing practices, not due to "distinguished heroism or leadership"). I can mail you a copy of the communications, if you desire. Now the issue is not dead, but has a very faint pulse. Anything you want add to the pot may or may not be productive, but will certainly be appreciated. My very best wishes to you, your shipmates, and your families.


Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 06:48:47 -0700

I was a CTR2 stationed in Wahiawa, Hawaii at the time of the Pueblo release and was assigned to help with the debriefing effort in San Diego. I, along, with other CTs transcribed the transcripts from the debriefing. Thanks for your effort in putting together the site. Ed Lombardi


Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 20:42:25 -0700 (PDT)

Did the crew of the Pueblo ever have any contact with this deserter, SGT Jenkins, or any of the other three US Army deserters that defected to north Korea prior to the capture of the ship?


Date: Sun, 30 May 2004 20:09:40 -0700

Sirs;

I would like to contact the Commander to thank him for doing his duty and helping his crew as best he could. I was a CT in the early 60's and got very disgusted with the way our Navy and Gov't treated him and the crew. God bless the PUEBLO crew for the work they did and thank heavens you are (as many as possible) still with us. I hope to hear from as many as possible. John Curley Vet from GITMO under Adm John Buckley


Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2004 01:09:16 -0700 (PDT)

Imagine my surprise when I went to Fort Rosecrans cemetery on Memorial Day to put flowers on graves which had no flowers and came across the gravestone of Cmdr. Lloyd Bucher (he had many flowers). I don't know what I was doing this past January (oh yeah, I was dealing with breast cancer), but I just didn't realize this fine gentleman had passed on. If possible, please give my condolences to Mrs. Bucher (and their children if they have any). Also, if possible, if there's an official address for Mrs. Bucher where I could hand write a note to her I would appreciate if you would send it to me by replying to this e-mail. Finally, can I use the website to communicate with the survivors of the Pueblo? Thank you. nylady7293


Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 18:04:25 EDT

Just found your website. Good Job! I worked in the Naval Supply Depot Security Office at Pier 91 in Seattle when Gene Lacy was assigned there as Security Officer following the Pueblo incident. I enjoyed working with him and would just like to say HI and Best Wishes to Gene and his wife.

Thanks. Helen Turner


Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 15:37:22 EDT

Just wanted to recognize a USS Pueblo member and former friend who passed away last year. Charles Ray (Joe) Sterling and I lived/worked together on Guam 1957-58 and Kami Seya (Japan) 1958-60. I last saw Joe in WashDC in '63 when he was going through "knife and fork" school before going to Nicosia, Cyprus. He was a great guy and I, and a lot of his friends, remember & miss him. We bring up his name quite often at our yearly USNCVA reunions. God bless. Rob Robinson, Asheville, NC


Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 15:27:55 -0400

Gentlemen,

Someone has sent me the death announcement of Captain Lloyd Bucher. I had intended to use it in our newsletter for the U.S.S James E. Kyes DD - 787, but it was accompanied by a "confidentiality" statement. I'd never use the information without your permission, of course. The KYES was in service from the end of WW II until 1973. We have located many of our former shipmates in our association; many of whom served at the time of the loss of the Pueblo. If you give me permission to use this information, it will be done with the utmost respect to the fine person I have always perceived him to have been. Please let me know soon since I am putting the final features together for the April edition of our paper, The Searchlight.

Sincerely,

John Deering, editor


Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 09:20:40 -0400

Good Morning – I work at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, D.C., and would be very grateful if someone from the USS Pueblo Veterans Association would be kind enough to either call me or send me contact information so I can follow up. At present, the Senate is working on a treaty matter which may have an impact on collections at sea. I would like to talk with a Pueblo crewmember about these concerns. Thanks, and please forgive this impersonal email.

Regards, Richard Douglas General Counsel


Date: Tue, 11 May 2004 14:01:48 EDT

I was on this ship just a week ago and found it very sad. As a Brit to walk the deck and stand on the bridge of this ship I just felt that I should be standing next to a member of the USN, not a sneering North Korean soldier telling me about the great victory over the USA. I took a few pictures, if you would like copies let me know and I will send them over. Mike Leahy England


Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 13:41:09 -0700

A previously mentioned, Congressman Christopher Cox (R-CA) requested the Navy name two DD/FF type men-of-war the "USS Liberty Crew" and "USS Pueblo Crew." The Navy replied, by not saying "no," but citing naming conventions and pointing out the exception of the USS The Sullivans (D537) (As point of fact, the Sullivan brothers died as a result of ill-conceived Navy detailing practices, not due to "distinguished heroism or leadership"). I can mail you a copy of the communications, if you desire. Now the issue is not dead, but has a very faint pulse. Anything you want add to the pot may or may not be productive, but will certainly be appreciated. My very best wishes to you, your shipmates, and your families.


Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 06:48:47 -0700

I was a CTR2 stationed in Wahiawa, Hawaii at the time of the Pueblo release and was assigned to help with the debriefing effort in San Diego. I, along, with other CTs transcribed the transcripts from the debriefing. Thanks for your effort in putting together the site. Ed Lombardi


Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 20:42:25 -0700 (PDT)

Did the crew of the Pueblo ever have any contact with this deserter, SGT Jenkins, or any of the other three US Army deserters that defected to north Korea prior to the capture of the ship?


Date: Sun, 30 May 2004 20:09:40 -0700

Sirs;

I would like to contact the Commander to thank him for doing his duty and helping his crew as best he could. I was a CT in the early 60's and got very disgusted with the way our Navy and Gov't treated him and the crew. God bless the PUEBLO crew for the work they did and thank heavens you are (as many as possible) still with us. I hope to hear from as many as possible. John Curley Vet from GITMO under Adm John Buckley


Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2004 01:09:16 -0700 (PDT)

Imagine my surprise when I went to Fort Rosecrans cemetery on Memorial Day to put flowers on graves which had no flowers and came across the gravestone of Cmdr. Lloyd Bucher (he had many flowers). I don't know what I was doing this past January (oh yeah, I was dealing with breast cancer), but I just didn't realize this fine gentleman had passed on. If possible, please give my condolences to Mrs. Bucher (and their children if they have any). Also, if possible, if there's an official address for Mrs. Bucher where I could hand write a note to her I would appreciate if you would send it to me by replying to this e-mail. Finally, can I use the website to communicate with the survivors of the Pueblo? Thank you. nylady7293


Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 18:04:25 EDT

Just found your website. Good Job! I worked in the Naval Supply Depot Security Office at Pier 91 in Seattle when Gene Lacy was assigned there as Security Officer following the Pueblo incident. I enjoyed working with him and would just like to say HI and Best Wishes to Gene and his wife.

Thanks. Helen Turner


Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 15:37:22 EDT

Just wanted to recognize a USS Pueblo member and former friend who passed away last year. Charles Ray (Joe) Sterling and I lived/worked together on Guam 1957-58 and Kami Seya (Japan) 1958-60. I last saw Joe in WashDC in '63 when he was going through "knife and fork" school before going to Nicosia, Cyprus. He was a great guy and I, and a lot of his friends, remember & miss him. We bring up his name quite often at our yearly USNCVA reunions. God bless. Rob Robinson, Asheville, NC


Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 12:26:05 -0400

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Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2004 23:01:55 -0500

Is it possible to pay tribute to the bravery and allegiance these crew members showed in the face of the enemy. I am sooooooooo angry that this is NOT in our textbooks or given the honor that these men should have received. I was proud to read Oliver North's tribute to the men of the Pueblo. At the time of the capture I was in my 20's and was astounded that we did not declare war on North Korea for such an act of war. Thank you for this website. I did not know anyone in the Navy at that time but carried this memory of these sailors all these years. Ila 


Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 16:21:37

I am Frank Lance. My brother Major Barney R Lance was in the Army Security Agency in Korea at the time of the Pueblo capture. It is my understanding that he was one of four officers who went to Norh Korea to negotiate the release of the crew. He did not talk about this untill shortly before he died in 1985 of hepatitis that he contacted from blood from a transfusion while in Korea. Our family dont know much about this but we do know that he got a high commendation for something while in Korea. I am writing to see if there is any information that we can get about this. I of course am not interested in any thing that still may be secret but I have wondered for years just what he was doing concerning the Pueblo.

Thanks Frank Lance Queen City TX. 75572


Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 14:33:03 -0700

I am a former classmate and friend of Elton Wood. We both attended John R Rogers High in Spokane Washington. My maiden name was Rickilyn Watt. Elton and I were good friends but I moved to Portland Oregon 6 weeks before our 1964 graduation. I have often thought about him and how he survived after the USS Pueblo was taken prisoner along with her crew. If anyone has contact with him, I would very much like to know how he is. Prior to the internet,I wrote to people in Spokane but no one had any information.

Thank you for your site, you men and your families deserve America's gratitude and greatest honors for all you suffered for our sake. May God bless you with the healing you need this side of heaven and may He grant you eternal life with Him in heaven when you are called home. Again, thank you, Rickilyn (Watt) Schneider


Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2004 12:30:11

Hi, I'm at the beginning of researching the story of Pueblo and wondered if you could supply me with a list of those that were held captive by the North Koreans? I have explored the website but can't find any categorical list of names and ranks.

Many thanks, Phil Parkin


Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 17:56:48 -0600

Sir; I was a friend and shipmate of CDR L.M. Bucher. He was My X.O. on USS RONQUIL SS396. I was His guest at Pueblo's 20th & 30th reunions. I was humbled by the meeting of many of Your shipmates. I promised Pete that I would try My best to help The USS Liberty cause by bringing to My representatives & senators attention of the gross Mis-handling of the affair and lack of congressional investigation. I was on watch at Subflot 7 when Pueblo was attacked. I attended Pete's funeral. I am interested in memorbelia if any is still available and also if Pueblo Assoc is interested in helping prod the Liberty's case.. I may be wrong but I'm for a Tomahawk into Pueblo in Wonson.

Thank You Gary G Stark RMC(SS) USN (ret)


Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 00:08:42 -0500

Hi! My b-52 bomb wing (91st bw- glasgow, mont.) Was deployed to kadena right after the sesure. Everybody was called back from leave. We downloaded our nukes and deployed. When we got there, we uploaded with iron bombs. We thought for sure we were going to war with north korea, but never did. My wing was there for a little over 3 months. Rick Fleury Green Bay, WI.


Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 14:47:10 -0700

My name is Maria O. Concepcion, I am researching a bit about the Pueblo incident story, please let me know if we can speak. I would like to speak with you over the phone,

is there a number you can send me?

Thank you, Maria O. Concepcion NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corp. 1177 Avenue of the Americas


Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 22:27:18 -0700

Do you have an email address for Herman Baldridge? I was an HN in when I worked for him in Sasebo . My name is Bryant Arnold, I retired in 2002 as a HMCM(SS) and would like to talk with him

Thanks Bryant


Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 14:01:10 -0400

Hello, I just thought that I would let you know that I am auctioning off on Ebay some video footage of the Pueblo that I filmed while in Pyongyang during summer 2002. If interested, please enter a bid. The auction ends early on Monday August 23 in the early morning. You can locate a description of the video, along with some pictures at the following link. http://stores.ebay.com/NORTH-KOREA-BOOKS-AND-VIDEO I can't believe that 73 men lived on that boat!! It must have been horribly crowded to say the least!!

Best regards, Nicholas


Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 03:22:06 -0700

My name is Kathy Reed. I have known Tony Lamantia since I was 13 years old. We met on the island of Guam. I would like to contact him. We were writing each other for years just prior to the pueblo incident and I met him in san diego after the return. there was not a day that went by that he was not in my prayers. Please ask him to contact me. I can be reached by email or at home I can also be reached at my job where I am a third grade teacher: Desert Mountain Elementary School. Thanks very much for your help. please let me know if there is any other way I can support you as an organization. I am retired navy and would consider a privilege to help in any way I can. Kathy


Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 13:32:50 -0700

On 16 September 2004 I will be presenting the article "North to Korea Again" on the attempted rescue of the Pueblo by 7th fleet forces. My command, the USS Ozbourn DD846 was the designated rescue vessel. I have used your web site as a reference for anyone interested.

John G. Denham


Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 15:15:43 -0400

Dear sir or mam,

An uncle of mine was aboard the Pueblo when it was captured and I have been trying to locate him and his wife. The problem I have is that I do not have a name. My mother’s sister would be the women he married; her maiden name would have been Ames. We were never close to mom’s side of the family so information was never forthcoming. Now that mom has passed the information is even more limited. I am trying to find and contact living members of her family, brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles. I don’t know how you can help me but if you could contact the survivors and as them if their wife has a maiden name of Ames and point them in my direction, I would be forever in your debt.

Thank You. Respectfully, Gary Dickerson Zelda Solutions Raven Rock Mountain Complex


Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 15:55:15 -0700

My name is Patricia Francis. As I was going through some of my mothers things after her death, I found a suitcase that contained official U. S. Navy photographs of the release of the U S. S. Pueblo. There are 36 pictures each with a handwritten note attached. They are in very good condition. I believe they belonged to by uncle, however, I have no idea of how he came to have them. He was never in the Navy. He was a community leader in the City of Oceanside, California and had a number of military friends. Anyway, these pictures are a part of history and I thought you might want them. I have attached a copy of one of them. I looking forward to hearing from you.


Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 15:44:01 -0400

Gentlemen:

I just watched a television show on A&E the other evening. It is named "Family Plots." It is about a funeral director and his workers. To make a long story short, this funeral director was handling the service for Commander Lloyd Boucher of the USS Pueblo who had recently passed away. I assume the show was taped months ago. I do remember the Pueblo incident. However, I remember Lloyd Boucher, not Bucher as I see throughout your website. Please, recheck the correct spelling of his name. It is a shame when a hero is remembered but his name is misspelled.

Sincerely, Maureen


Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 14:44:48 EDT

I was with the Second Infantry Division, 55th Aviation when the Pueblo was taken. I was a 67H20 aircraft mechanic. Jeff


Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 19:14:47 -0500

I am grateful for all you and all of us did during a very trying time in our countries history. To explain a bit. When I submitted my comments about the Pueble and the Liberty I was in the midst of what the Psych. people called delayed post traumatic stress. Specifically from my experiences with these two incidents - believe it or not. Further explanation: My wife came home just before I wrote those comments and found me blubbering in one of the closets. I stayed that way for a week before I got to see someone about it. I am a minister and spiritual counselor; and believe I should have caught it coming. The reason it did was because I had been ill and not working for almost nine months. I didn't even know this stuff was hiding inside me. The Psych. types say that it happened because the stuff I did was extremely contrary to my base personality. A bunch of whoey - maybe; but, the purging of these stuffed or hidden emotions has helped quite a bit. I am asking if you would please all delete my comments about the incidents. BUT PLEASE leave my gratitude statement. Please, it would mean so much to me right now. You can copy it off and save it in a non public place if you want. But, I am still a bit ashamed of what I said and what I am going through. Please let me know your decision.

May The Blessings Be Gregory Alan Wayland


Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 10:59:41 EDT

My name is Buford Toney. I served with the 7th Infantry Division on the DMZ (Korea) during most of your captivity. Just want to let you know that I think of you all often, and am saddened at the death of Commander Bucher. All of you are heroes in my book. On the "Z" we all wanted to come north for a rescue and get you guys out of ther, however Washington totally objected. Do you have any patches or stickers of " remember the Pueblo? I would like to get one if available. Thanks, Buford Toney Marshall, MI.


Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 16:39:42 -0400

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Tim Moughon and I work for Freedom Alliance, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to promoting a strong national defense. As you may know, H. Con. Res. 407, a resolution honoring the late Commander Lloyd “Pete” Bucher, Commander the USS Pueblo, passed the House of Representatives on 9/13/04. Congressman Todd Akin contacted our organization, requesting the names and contact information for the living crewmembers of the USS Pueblo because he would like to thank them for their service and present them a copy of the resolution. Do you have an accurate list of the living crewmembers of the USS Pueblo as well as their mailing addresses? If so, would it be possible for you to send me the list? Thank you in advance for your help!

Tim Timothy N. Moughon tim.moughon@freedomalliance.org


Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 15:33:05 EDT

Dear Sir:

Last year on 08/30/2003, I notified your organization of the passing of William J. Scherle, who was a friend of mine. I am asking now if there is any kind of a museum for the USS Pueblo, as Congressman Scherle left me his USS Pueblo jacket and a hat. I did not know if you would want them for a museum or memorial of some type. Please let me know if you feel a need to have these items in such a setting. I would gladly pass them on to a museum or memorial, if you think it would be beneficial. I want no compensation for these items and would be honored to donate them. Please let me know.

Respectfully, Jeff LeRette


Date 2004/09/29 Wed PM 03:22:37 EDT

I was stationed at Atsugi Naval Air Station with the VQ-1 navy airrecon squadron during the attack on the pueblo.We listened to the reports coming back from one of our connies circling overhead and got up to the minute reports. The carreer counseler for vq-1 was so pissed off about the u.s. not doing anything that he told everybody to "get out of this chicken shit outfit".he was planning on staying 30 but said he was going at 20,because he was ashamed of the navy now.the navy's hands were tied without permission from washington but he didn't see it that way. Gary Whitson


Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 19:36:54 -0600

Hello,

As a teenager of sixteen growing up in Pueblo, CO, I recall the "Incident" like it was yesterday. Your ordeal at the hands of the North Koreans has stayed with me all of these years and is one of the reasons I enlisted in the Marine Corps a year later. I was always hoping to be a member of the boarding crew to take her back! I was wondering if you could direct or help me in finding a copy of the group photo where the crew is flipping the Hawaiian Luck Symbol to go with my USS Pueblo shoulder flash I've had in my possession for many years? Does your Association sell autographed copies of these photos or the color one of the Pueblo you use for this site? I would like very much to have the photos and flash framed as a future gift to the museum in Pueblo when it comes time for me to part with it. You may certainly use the scan of the shoulder flash for your Memorabilia Section if you so care to.

With my most sincere admiration and regards, Gary Mohrlang Grand Junction, CO


Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 11:47:23 EDT

Enjoy the Pueblo website. I saw an EMail from Smitty CS2 and have seen them from Charley Brown and Capt. Bishops brother. Would like to hear from other [ USS Banner ] shipmates that served from Oct 65 to May 67. Jimmy Lee.


Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 17:50:50 -0700

gentlemen: i was a member of the california national guard at the time of the "pueblo incident". i have always felt that your ship was ordered into a dangerous situation as a political ploy to make it easier to activate more troops during the vietnam war. my unit had already been split into two companies, one a selected reserve unit, and mine, a regular national guard unit. shortly after your capture, the selected reserve unit was activated and mine was moved to a selected reserve status. i have always felt that your capture was needed as an excuse to activate more troops for vietnam. could there be any truth to this scenario and if so why has this story not come out? wgh


Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 08:59:41 -0700

Hi,

I grew up in Dixon, CA where Fireman John A. Mitchell was from. I was 13 years old and remember it vividly, we had a POW from our town. On your site it says he was from Kneeland, CA. So, I guess that is where he lives now since I searched his name and found his phone number in Kneeland. Also, I am asked a question that BLUES IMAGE'S song Ride Captian Ride was about the USS Pueblo...do you have any information on this?

Thanks and many blessings, Linda Maria


Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 15:49:06 -0500

I was very pleased to find your site, and see a tribute to the men who served on USS Pueblo. I read the book Bucher:My Story as a teenager. My father gave it to me in an effort to get me to appreciate reading as a hobby. I remember being enthralled by the unbelievable events that took place, and awed at the bravery and leadership of it's crew and Captain. I had long since forgotten about the book when I stumbled across it in a used book store the other night. For the sum of .30 cents a soft back version of the book was mine. I read it almost non-stop, reliving the events with the crew through the words of Commander Bucher. It affected me in much the same way as it did when I was but a boy, only now I have a much greater appreciation of their sacrifice and mishandling by the Government. As a former Army Officer I can only imagine the torment that Commander Bucher suffered. In my humble opinion the Commander and his crew performed admirably under extremely difficult circumstances both before and after their capture. It makes me proud to know that you have not let this event fade into history like so many things do. It is ironic that I found all of this on Veterans Day. I hope that Commander Bucher will find peace on Eternal Patrol and that his family knows that there are still some of us that are extremely proud of the actions of him and his crew, even if it takes a .30 cent book to remind us every once in a while.

My most Sincere wishes on this Veterans Day, Michael A Eidenberg


Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 11:07:59 +0000

Dear sir,

My name is David Kim, I'm from New Jersey, and I am studying for a master's degree in International Relations. I am proposing to do my master's thesis on a comparative analysis of the U.S. response to the Liberty vs. the Pueblo incident and why they turned out the way they did. Namely, i think I want to focus on the different treatments of the crews. I am particularly interested in primary sources such as Congressional records, telegrams between countries, memos to people in the DOD or DepState, etc. I am wondering if you could help me by directing me to a good place to get a hold of such documents. In addition, I would like to interview surviving crew members at a later time if that is possible. Any help you can provide will be extremely appreciated. Thank you and have a great day. Sincerely, David Sihyo Kim


Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 18:09:44 -0000

Dear Sirs, I am film maker from the United Kingdom working on a documentary about the situation in North Korea. This will try and explain the current situation by looking at the historical and present day issues. This is a documentary for BBC3 which is the BBC's youth channel. We therefore try and interview young people who have knowledge or experience on the subject. I of course want to mention the USS Pueblo and so am looking for young people whose father's/uncles etc were on board and who have grown up with stories from the incident. I would really appreciated hearing from anyone who is interested in talking to me. I hope to hear from you soon

Kind regards Ali Schilling Conflicts BBC Birmingham 0121 567 6529 http://www.bbc.co.uk/


Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 18:16:46 -0600

I just found your site on the internet and was pleased to read up on the history of the Pueblo and its crew. I was a member of VF-661, a USNR fighter squadron that was based at Andrews Air Force base, and which was one of six Naval Air squadrons that were activated on January 24, 1968, as a result of the North Koreans capturing the Pueblo. We were later reassigned to NAS Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida, where our F8 Crusaders practiced carrier quals in preparation for taking action to recover the Pueblo. Unfortunately, we were never deployed, as to our sorrow our government worked to get the crew back through protracted diplomatic negotiations. I remember after our activation the men in our squadron were jacked up to take whatever action was deemed necessary to recover our crew and ship, but as time went by and the directive never came, morale started to go downhill. We were actually deactivated before the crew was released. My memories of the incident are of the dreadful and shameful treatment that Captain Bucher received by our government. He was a true hero, as were the rest of his crew. Perhaps the thing that bothers me the most is something that I saw on the Ollie North War Stories piece. I did not realize that North Korea still has the Pueblo on display in one of their public parks, and on it, they run a video for all visitors to see, of the coerced confessions that were beaten out of our crew. The fact that in 36 years, we have taken no action to get the ship back, is repulsive to me. The Captain and the men of the crew deserve better.

My best to the remaining living members of the crew. Don Kemper


Date 1/20/2004 8:35:10 PM Mountain Standard Time: I

Peter Redden, one of the helpers of the release on my birthday Dec23 1968, I am a service connected veteran, and 6 yrs active and 2yrs inactive duty, and honorably discharged, from service, and very proud of all I did to serve our country and its allies. I thank you for responding back , as I am under medical care for I have degenerative disease of all my body ,as I just went in surgery on my left foot /w an implant on my big toe. This time I had surgery was released got home out of the car with my walker hit ice and fell and now I have an open wound . I'm having taken of with a vac hooked to me for protection from any infection ,so this is why I havn"t gotten back with you.,as I am very much interested all the way ,as I really do thank you for your response back. I am gathering all the information on all this to be a memory of my past as it will always stick in my mind. We'll I am getting tired as my meds do work and I tire very easely and I am so tired any more it sure is pathetic but am getting younger HaHa,

It brings me pleasure that part in life I am ?? And thank you Peter Irving Redden


Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 13:12:55 -0800

You may find it valuable to track down an individual named "Art Ismay". He worked across the desk from my father at the Pentagon. My father held him personally responsible for sending the Pueblo into the field with insufficient capability for self-defense. My father passed away on Dec 17, 2003. Art Ismay was eventually promoted to Captain. Good hunting guys. You'll have to do the legwork on this one. I just had the privilege of hearing dinner conversion in real time as the Pueblo incident unfolded. Mark Edwards


Date: November 25, 2004 10:16:53 AM CST

Trying not to write a book about it: I'm retired Army MSG E-8 retired l June 74, MOS 052K Teletype Intercept, Army Security Security, and my glorious title at retirement was Senior COMINT Intelligence Operations Chief so I knew(know) all about what was going on. We (NSA) had 4 or 5 of those ships and another one got shot up also. After I retired I was living in Colorado Springs and doing home maintenance. I was working in a house on E. Van Buren St and the owner told me that the widow lady next door needed something done. Another man who was working with me was a vet from the same ASA. We went over to see her and ended up replacing a kitchen sink faucet for her. I moved away from there in 1978. As conversations go, she found out that we were ex military. At one point she asked us to go into her dining room to look at something. There on a wall was a brass plaque like the one on the ship and on a side board was an album full of pictures of her christening the Pueblo. We almost fell over! Her story was that she was a WAVE photo interpreter stationed up on the east coast and she was from Pueblo. Cities sold war bonds and thereby had ships named after them. She was the nearest person that they could locate from Pueblo so rather than spend money bringing someone from the home town, she got the job. I recently attended the Veterans week at Branson and had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Stephen Woelk and Charles Cardell(Crandell). Since then I have really been scratching my head trying to remember the Lady's name to no avail- it has been a long time. If I ever visit Colo Spgs again I can find the house and will try to come up with a name. It would be great if those items could be recovered. I've been to the museum at NSA where there is a large display about your endeavors. I was stationed at Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, where we had a Naval Det with us; also at Sinop, Turkey, we had one with us there. I think I knew a Chief who went down on that EC-121 in the North Pacific - We called him Little Chief but I can't put a name on him . The only other names I remember was a sailor named Huff at Chitose and a chief named Donnie Miller in Sinop.

Eldon D. Screws MSG US Army Retired Holly Bluff, MS


Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 13:47:15 -0600

Good Afternoon,

My son has earned his rank of Eagle Scout on 11-17-04 from Troop 271 in Kansas City, Missouri. His Eagle Court of Honor will be held on Jan 29, 2005. I would like to know if there is anyone that lives around the KC area that was a crew member at the time of capture that can be a guest speaker at his Court of Honor. I noted that Steven E. Woelk came to your last reunion. He was from Kansas. I noticed also that there were several persons of the crew that were from the KC and surrounding area. Can you help or is everyone up in age? Eagle Scout Mother, Colette Bewick


Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 18:07:43 -0800

Thirty six years later... Electrician's Mate USS Constellation CVA 64, Respondent to incident. Depatched from Yankee Station Tonkin gulf.

Mike Schillinger , Lead Technician Developmental Program Support - 7-3L15 Electronic Assemblies, Test, Encap & ESS. ' 253-657-0472 m/c 8R01 18.61.2 ' 206-797-3159 m/c 8R01 18.61.2

Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 18:15:31 -0800 I'm curious, in retrospect, do you or your organization feel that a rouge named " Walker " Who was a CT and a soviet spy may have contributed to this incident?

Mike Schillinger , Lead Technician Developmental Program Support - 7-3L15 Electronic Assemblies, Test, Encap & ESS. ' 253-657-0472 m/c 8R01 18.61.2 ' 206-797-3159 m/c 8R01 18.61.2

Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 12:21:30 EST

I was in the Army Security Agency, stationed on the Korean DMZ, supporting the 20th ROK Divison from sep '67 to Sep '68. We intercepted N. Korean radio traffic. I'm not sure if we picked up the last radio transmissions from the Pueblo, but we knew about it as soon as it happened. I remember something about Gen. Bonesteel, 8th Army, wanting to go and rescue the crew. We worked 6-7 man tricks upon a mountain top over looking the Chorwon Valley. There were many nights we looked out at N. Korea, wandering what you guys were going through. I kept up with all the latest news releases concerning the Pueblo crew, since I felt we were so damn close, but couldn't do anything. Regards, Bill Plunkett, Round Rock, Tx.


Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 15:56:36 -0500

I am twice retired, eight weeks ago as an attorney with the State of California, and 27 years ago from 20 years of work as an Intelligence Analyst in the USAFSS, the Air Force branch of the NSA's Uniformed Cryptologic Services, of which NSG is the Navy's branch. For the past year and a half, I have been writing a book on some of my experiences in my first career, and I am seeking reprint permission of passages from your site's presentation in order to compare the unfair treatment shown by our government to the USS Pueblo incident vis-a-vis that of the USS Liberty. Thank you for your consideration in this endeavor. Very truly yours, Philip G. Kivett, Esq., SMSgt USAF (Ret.)


Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 21:00:29 -0500

dear sir

I was in vietnam usmc 69/70........... can you tell me how I may contact stephen r. harris?............. thnx john gettler 727 John Gettler


Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 18:03:27 -0600

To Whom It May Concern: I was not involved in any way in the Pueblo incident, but was made aware of this historic event while watching “Family Plots”. It prompted me to order Commander Bucher’s book, which I am currently reading. I am 32 years old and have been profoundly moved by the experiences of the crew and their family. I want to thank all of you for keeping this story alive. I especially want to thank the Pueblo survivors and family for their courage and bravery during this time and after while sharing their experiences.

Thank you all, Nicole Look


Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 14:07:40 EST

The USS Pueblo, was a victim of error's in Command judgment. North Korea had stated prior to this incident, that they would take aggressive action against any ship perceived to be in their area of control. From an intelligence standpoint, the USS Pueblo was an orphan ship. The Naval Security Group (NSG) had been active only a few years, and because of the requirements for safeguarding military information concerning Communications Intelligence, little was known within the U.S. Navy, about the NSG or its mission. The destruct plan, and destruction equipment on board the ship was totally inadequate, as was the Navy's response plan for such an emergency. I read the book by Captain Bucher several years ago. The Captain and his men surely deserve every praise, and decoration the US Navy can deliver, to a crew that lost a year from their lives, and had to undergo harsh treatment by an abrasive group of military taskmasters. The purpose of Intelligence is to gain the advantage in military and foreign affairs. If you carry a military designation of Intelligence Officer, or Analyst, you need to remind yourself daily that it is your duty to make history, not report on it as if you were in the newspaper business.

Sincerest best wishes, James J. West A1C - USAF Security Service (1956-60) AFSC 20250 (Radio Intercept Analyst)


Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 05:48:48 -0800 (PST)

Please advise if Earl M Kisler was a graduate of Lee High School ( I went there grad 1963).

Thanks Warren Simonton

 

 

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