January – December 2005
Russ, Don, and Mike, Intros: Russ Farquer and I were stationed together in Kami @ NEATICC. Mike Allen and I were stationed in NAVSECSTA together right after the Pueblo was captured. Mike was stationed on more haze gray and underway than any other CTO I have ever met so he's probably going to be the key to this question. Herewith the puzzle so far. The first part that follows, Mike, is from Russ to me... Bob...interesting...as Don points out, the crew was unaware of the sign that hung in NEATICC pertaining to the message received from the USS Pueblo. I don't remember exactly what the sign read....was hoping to jog your memory. I f you can remember what it said exactly...or close ..would you email Don McClarren and advise him as such. Thanks.
Rus, just received your msg from our
president about Adm Kidd. I don't recall any books
being written by him, I know his name has been around with the USS LIBERTY and
the USS PUEBLO. I was the "O" brancher aboard the
Don McClarren CTO1,RET.
Me [Bob], again. What was hanging
in NEATICC was actually the yellow TTY paper monitors that contained all the op
chatter that passed back and forth from the time the shit hit the fan until you
guys were unable to comm no more. I saw your XCRITIC XCRITIC header and all that came after it for the message
you sent (I don't remember if there was more than one CRITIC or not.) But the
actual op chit-chat showing your desperate situation was there. I could not
begin to quote it. The sign that had been made up afterward was about 3' X 5'
and it said something like "This is why YOU are here!" One time on a
slow mid, I went to the M&R Section and pulled the message traffic for Jan
'68 and started going through it to see what I could find about Pueblo. I found
several messages about what happened, including a message that quoted word for
word (bad words and all) all the comm chatter on the ckt that had transpired before you were captured, how you
had worked at destroying all you could, how you had thrown stuff overboard,
snatched wired, pulled ckt boards, etc, etc. An
interesting side - I work at the VA Outpatient Clinic in
Sir: I have found that a ROSE BUCHER is living in Pocatello,
Idaho, birth place of Capt. Bucher. I have been told that she is 83 years old.
Do you think this could be Capt Bucher's widow. Please
let me know. Thank you, Tom Williams HMCM USN RET
Good morning, my name is David Cohen and I'm a screenwriter
researching the USS Pueblo incident. A brief background on myself. I was the
Admirals cook during he Gulf war stationed in
My name is Tom Auldridge and in
1968 I was a CYN 3 stationed at San Miguel Naval Base in the Philippines. This
was a major communication relay station for all Pacific Naval and Military
Communications. On the day you were seized, I was the radio operator who
ultimately received and relayed all the messages from the 1st notice of your
potential boarding up until the time your radio operator had to shut down all
communications. My call sign was Popeye. and for over
36 hours I personally worked with the powers at hand to relay information
regarding your situation and listen in and conduct communications with a secret
mission to try and get you back prior to your entrance into Wonton bay. After Loosing communication with your ship, I was immediately transferred
to communications with
My friend and I served during the Pueblo crisis. He was on the USS Enterprise and I was an Army Grunt on the DMZ. WE are looking for remember the Pueblo patches or other patches available. Any help? BeaufordEToney@eaton.com
My name is Mike Antonio. On the day the Pueblo was captured I was serving on the Herbert J. Thomas DD833 as a Gunnersmate Third Class in charge of the forward gun mount, we were on patrol in the straights between Taiwan and main land China. That day we were scheduled to return to Kaoshung for 4 days liberty. After the Pueblo was captured, we were immediately ordered to the location where the Pueblo was taken and told to rendezvous with the aircraft carrier FDR. We arrived on station to find we were the first ship and were alone. This was a bit scary since Chinese MIGS were making runs at us in a hostile manner and the seas were extremely rough. We were on station off the coast for 24 hours before the FDR arrived. When the FDR's planes were in range of our location their first flyover got rid of the Migs, much to our releif. We were on red alert for several days until the rest of the ships arrived. I am very proud to say that we were the first ship on station after the Pueblo was captured and the memory will live with me until it's my turn to join Davy Jones.
We're doing a history project in Mrs. Behner's class at North Pole High School on the USS Pueblo. The project is for National History Day and the theme this year is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. We're just beginning our research and we're very interested in using your experiences as a focus in our project. We know about the use of gestures and photographs as communication to the American government. Is there any other forms of communication that you used? Also, how did you come up with the plan to use gestures in photographs to communicate to the US government that you weren't being treated fairly? Any information that you provide us would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Chelsea and Britni
Can you tell me, what was the name of the book that
Commander Bucher wrote after the release of the crew? I read it once about 20
years ago, but I can't remember the title. Ken Willis - Barksdale
Dear Sir: We understand the USS Pueblo will be the subject of Sunday's "War Stories" by Ollie North on Fox. We applaud the efforts of Fox, etc. in ensuring the story of the Pueblo remains current in the minds of Americans but are saddened by the fact that they do not make the same effort vis-a-vis the attack on the USS Liberty. The attack on the USS Liberty remains the only incident of its kind in US Naval history NOT to be the subject of Congressional scrutiny. An email campaign is underway by USS Liberty survivors to convince Ollie North that an incident that involves the deliberate machine gunning of American life rafts in the water is worthy of being the subject of one of his "War Stories." We are contacting you in the hope that we could convince you and the rest of the USS Pueblo survivors to help us in our efforts by emailing War Stories at firstname.lastname@example.org with a plea to have them do a segment on the USS Liberty. Warmest regards, Joe Meadors USS Liberty Survivor http://www.ussliberty.com http://www.usslibertyinquiry.com
Please help me confirm the message attached. Cathy Wilkinson
Attached message: I am working on my family genealogy for my
history class paper. My aunt Informed me that her son,
"Jackey" Jack O'Donnell was stationed in
Regards, Cathy Wilkinson
Gentlemen: Please tell me what AGER-2 stands for. I have been reading with interest the plight of the crew. Thanks for your service to our country and her families. James Wolfe
Hello, My father was stationed on
the U.S.S Pueblo before it left for
On the occasion of my 60th birthday, I was leafing through some old navy records and also just saw a re-run of Oliver North's War Stories on the Pueblo that reminded me of you. Although I've thought about you alot after the capture of Peublo and all the subsequent news and books, I have not thought to contact you. I was that gung-ho (and young and idealistic) radioman on Vega from 65 to 68 and served in your department until you left for the Pueblo. I also wrote to you at some point after you left Vega to suggest I might like a transfer to the Pueblo -- thankfully for me that was not to be. My brother Bill was also on Vega and also a radioman. Perhaps you remember us? I clearly remember the night your ship was captured. Vega was off SF and the teletypes went crazy with bells and flash messages. I am so glad you made it through it and that you have worked with others to set the record straight. I left the navy and went to work for IBM and had a great career ending up runnning a large satellite program for the Air Force. I spent 10yrs in the UK after IBM sold us to Lockheed Martin. While there I was the programme manager for the Merlin helicopter programme for the UK Ministry of Defence. My brother went on the become a Doctor and practiced for 20 years in the bay area. I have two great kids from my first marriage and in my second marriage I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world. I am retired from IBM and Lockheed Martin and am working as consultant for Steven Myers and Accociates doing large proposals - government and large IT bids for the most part. Hopefully, I'll really retire someday soon but for now it is entirely too much fun to quit. Anyway, I thought you might get a kick out of hearing from an old friend. -- Erich Feigel
I am trying to make contact with Tom Masse, Fireman USS Pueblo. He was a customer of mine for several years and after he sold his business I lost touch with him. I was watching WAR Stories with Oliver North on Fox News and he did the USS Pueblo tonight and it made me of think Tom and how he is doing now that he is retired. I know you can't give me his phone number, but if you could pass my number along to him and tell him that Brent LeVee from JEB Leasing would love to hear from him it would be greatly appreciated. I was 12 years old when the Pueblo was taken. I new nothing about it until I met Tom. Ever since I have made it a point to learn as much as I can about the USS Pueblo. Tom gave me a USS Pueblo hat and I wear it proudly. Every so often someone will stop me and say "What is the USS Pueblo"? I always make the time to stop and tell them the story. A few weeks ago (while wearing my hat) a fellow stopped me and declared: "The USS Pueblo!! I remember that" he said. He said " My Dad was glued to the TV when that happened" "I remember he would shake his fist at the TV and yell "Those G Damd north koreans"!!!! His Dad fought them in the Korean War. Well, I sure would like to hear from Tom Masse just to say hello and see how he's doing. God bless all the men of the USS Pueblo and their families. I hope we get her back home some day. I for one will never forget the sacrifice those Men made for us.
Brent C. LeVee
I was in navy boot camp in San Diego when the Pueblo was captured. After boot camp, I was assigned on temporary duty in main classification awaiting orders to OCS in New Port. Main Classification is where orders came through. I was astonished one day when order came through for a new graduate to report to the Pueblo. This was a substantial time period after the capture. I just thought of this today after a program about the Pueblo on Fox news. I hope all is now well with all the survivors. The Navy did not treat our heroes as they should have. There is a place in our heart for you because of the contribution you have made. Bob Ferguson
Hello, I am Joan Patterson from Tennessee. I watched Oliver North's "War Stories" last night, which was about the USS Pueblo Incident. I want to say that I appreciate the crewmen of the Pueblo and what they did for their country. I believe that the way the crewmen were treated by this country after their release was just wrong. Watching their story last night made me want to do something...just like Captain Bucher's wife did during their capture. We need to start righting some of these wrongs! Is there any way I can e-mail the individual crew members? Thank you!
I was just wondering what was the best (most accurate, most readable) account of the Pueblo Incident there is out there in your opinion. -Nick Eckert
I was reading a book about "the second battle of Midway" and after finishing it I decided to do some searching on the WEB. The memories are starting to return - you see, I was a CTM3 stationed on Midway Island between 67' & 68'. Being on the "Mat" crew, we usually stayed in our show, especially on eve or mid watches. This night we came out of the shop to see why the radio guys were going crazy. We watched and listened to the traffic between the Pueblo, Japan, Imperial Beach and DC and back again. Midway served two purposes - HFDF and traffic handling so we knew what was going on and we knew where every ship was. My biggest memory was when the message came in saying the Pueblo was being boarded. We didn't know if the equipment was destroyed, so everyone scrambled to change all crypto codes. And the it was over. We left the building after the watch and no one talked - it was a quiet ride back to the barracks. When I left Midway, next station was Homestead, FL, I had to sign a document that I knew nothing, saw nothing and heard nothing. Funny thing, as all CT's know, we only know our job or equipment, so when I got home and I was asked what I did since I was a CT - it became a joke since Time Magazine had an article that explained what each antenna on the ship did. People at home actually knew more than I did. Of my tour with NSGA, that night still stands out and begs the question - Why ?? Vince Colotti CTM2 Nov. 63' - Nov. 69'
My name is Beauford Toney. I
reside in marshall, Mi. I served on the Korean DMZ
during the Pueblo Incident. I was mad as H... because our military would not do
anything to get you guys out of there. I was ready to go north and die if
necessary to show we would not tolerate anyone seizing our ship regardless of
size and type. many of us Army guys were bound for
My name is Donna Baldwin Kinderman. My grandparents were Martha J. Russell and Albert Joel Baldwin. We are seeking a photograph Stu to add to a heroes page as follows. We are members of the Philbrook/Philbrick Family Association. Usually managed by Robert Philbrook (who is being deployed to Iran in a week) it is now handled by Jack. He has added a Hero's page. It is a wonderful tribute to our family members who have served our country's wars. The lineage to this relationship is through Louisa Baldwin Russell and is attached.. Please check the side and let me know if you could forward a picture of Stu in uniform. The site is: Philbrick-L@rootsweb.com. Also, we would like an opportunity to communicate with you. We followed in Louis's footsteps, joining the Daughters of the American Revolution. I even have a copy of her application. Any assistance you can provide would so very much appreciated. If you check out the heroes, Robert Russell Baldwin is listed along with detail of the battle he was in during W.W.II. Thanks, cousin. Donna
Hello, I'm doing research on the USS Pueblo incident. Did the North Koreans return the ship when they released the crew? Did they release it sometime afterward, or did they keep it? If they returned it, what kind of shape was it in when the Americans got it back? Please give me any info you have on this subject. It doesn't have to be detailed. Thanks. John Henneberry
My name is Joe i live in CHicago. I am ex navy
you know i
rarely ever respond to these web sites, in view of the recent events concening the north koreans i feel that i must. it is my understanding that our ship is still on display in
Hello I am contacting you in the interest of a veteran, Harold Pacheco, who is searching other crew at the time he was there. The period of service was 12/07/1944 to 7/21/1945. He is currently apealing a denial of benefits for an injury that occurred at that time on the ship. Any information or contact would help. The VA has dates of injury wrong, but even when I fix that-They(VA) is using the fire of the records building in 1973 as the other reason of denial. He is more than 85 years old and has been doing everything by his self with out help!!! So I vowed to help research as much info as I could, Since I am A Veteran (US ARMY DRILLSERGEANT-with combat experience) and would not want this to happen to me!! He is under the impretion that VA is just prolonging it along until he is deceased. He doesn't have internet, so please reply at this email address. Please contact at Email POC Greg Chandler
For an update of a paper on ExPOWs, can you tell me how many Pueblo crewmen were still alive at the end of 2004? Thanks very much, Rob Klein
My name is Donald Buckenmeyer, in December of 1968 I was the Chaplain's Assistant at the
6th Bn 44th
I'm not sure if this matters fellas
but I was a combat engineer,
Sir, I'm sure you get many requests for information about
the USS Pueblo and the incident. I am a college student and currentley
working on a term paper about the
Greetings: My name is Richard H. Wilson ,
I was a CTT stationed in Sidi Yahia
Greetings, My name is Melissa
Robinson. I'm an AP reporter in the
Hello, my name is David Kim and I am a graduate student; my research for my master's thesis is focusing on the national security decision making that led to the Pueblo Incident and how this Incident changed (or didn't change) the decision making process or paradigm. I was hoping to interview some crew members on their thoughts on the matter. If you could get me in contact with some of your shipmates who could help me out on this matter, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and God bless. Sincerely, David Kim
I served as a “CTO” from Mar 1980 to Jan 2003. While I was
The following email was sent to Mr. Hemphill before I stumbled across your website. I don't know for sure the aircraft 249 or any other of our aircraft were part of your return with honor. I am interested in any information about how you were taken out of Korea. Thanks, Jim
“Dear Mr. Hemphill, I am a pilot at the 445th AW, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. We are currently a C-141 Airlift Wing. As you may know, the C-141 will be retired over the next year. Out of 300+ aircraft we are down to about 17 Air Force Wide. The purpose of my email is to see if you have any information that you would care to share about the remaining crewmembers from the U.S.S Pueblo. I have recently learned that one of our remaining aircraft (249) may have been the aircraft that delivered the crew of the Pueblo to the U.S. Before aircraft 249 is delivered to the "Bone Yard" as its' final resting place I was curious if the crew of the Pueblo would be interested in saying goodbye to the aircraft that brought them out of Korea. The reason that I believe that 249 delivered the crew from Korea is that I recently saw a "War Stories" episode in which aircraft 249 was shown in the background. If you think that the crew of the Pueblo might be interested please contact me and I will see if we can coordinate whatever the crew might like. I am also in the process of contacting the Air Force Museum here in Fairborn, OH to see if they have any plans for the aircraft. Aircraft 177 will go to the Museum this year as the first aircraft into Hanoi to repatriate the Hanoi Hilton POW's. Thanks for your time and attention. Sincerely, Jim Couzins, LT COL, USAFR”
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 10:57:55 -0800
Some year to 18 months ago I contacted your organization. At the time, it was just curiosity about whether you all would like to receive any data/material pursuant to the analysis that was done to discover what intelligence was lost to PRK and other analysis in connection with the capture of USS Pueblo. I was an Intelligence Yeoman on temporary assignment in Jan. 1969 at Naval Security Station in D.C. housed in a secure vault with two naval officers (Special Pueblo Intelligence Damage Assessment Team (SPIDAT)). For three months we assembled all potential intel material that may have been compromised, based on many authorities including your debriefs after you returned from captivity. We ended by writing a detailed analysis for NCO and DCI (and I assume JCS and up). In June last year (2004) I sent a FOIA request to Naval Security Group asking for a copy of the analysis I was involved in creating which eventually went on up to CNO and DCI. After some 8 months and some re-routing of my request, it finally fell into the lap of National Archives and they did contact me. After another 60 days or so, they again contacted me to tell me they found what I was looking for - 9 copies of a report with ~600-700 pages - dated March 1969. It's full of classified material. They asked me if I would like for them to distribute to appropriate agencies for redaction and I told them I would. That process has started but, as you know, could take a while. But, it's being done and, some day hopefully soon, I'll get a copy. They did find a special oath that I had to sign (even though I had Top Secret SI clearance) to be allowed access to the material - refers to overall authority CNO and DCI and the secured vault we were housed in during the analysis. They sent me a copy of the oath showing my signature on 1/29/69. At any rate, I would assume there are some of crew still with us that might have an interest in seeing what will be sent to me. I would be happy to share with you all if that is the case. Just let me know.
Best regards, Bob Keller Sacramento, CA
My Name is Donald P. Nash II. I don't have anything to do with the pueblo incident, But I was Fortunate to have spent some time with Stephen Harris. He, along with Chief Petty Officer Richard White were my NJROTC instructors at Centennial high school in Compton California From 1985 to 1988. A lot of things that I do on a daily basis is a direct result of their leadership and instruction. CDR Harris was very accommodating in my career aspirations and my development to adulthood. During my time in the NJROTC these gentlemen exposed me to the traditions of the USN and USMC and that good honest hard work will have positive benefits. I can't say enough about these two gentlemen. CDR Harris, Chief White and the US NAVY has had a profound positive impact on my life. Although I ultimately decided on another career path, I wish I had spent some time or maybe a career in the NAVY. Things still turned out great for me, I'm in good health and in a successful career as a fifteen year veteran Firefighter/Paramedic for the Los Angeles Fire Dept. The reason I'm writing this email Is that I would like to reach Stephen Harris, to see how he's been these days and to thank him again for all he did for me. Or at the very least give him this Email. I will appreciate any assistance that you may be able to give me.
Thanks again, Donald P Nash II
Thank you for your valuable service to our country and sharing what happened to the ship and crew. Our government's lack of action was/is appalling and the court martial is a travesty. It saddens me that the crew was sent in harms way alone and yet expected to fight off the North Koreans forces with small weapons. I saw recent article that I am not sure if you have seen on Yahoo. Not much new information, in fact just propaganda, but I thought worth sharing. Temporary URLs were not posted.
Editor "Kevin Bosetti"
Just spent quite a little while reading an episode of American history wow what ELSE don't I know about US history??? Thank you so much for this website - I never knew about the USS PUEBLO and its crew and how the NKoreans treated them God Bless the men of the PUEBLO
I am writing a paper for school about the USS PUEBLO (AGER 2) and the incident. Thank you all first for your amazing service to our country - you all are heroes. Also thank you for maintaining such a thorough website so that your story will not be forgotten.
Sincerely, Dan Stoddard
Great site about an event I had not heard of before. There is a typo on this page though: ominous in spelled as 'onimous'. -Thanks for providing this window on history,
I want to thankyou for the website. In Dec. 1967 I had just returned from a civilian job in Viet Nam. Planning on going to college, I decided one way to help pay the bill was to join a Reserve unit. I went to the Naval Air Station in Dallas and inquired as to what was available for a PR-2. They told me that the only slot open was with VF-703. I did not really want a fighter squadron, but accepted the billet anyway. In Jan. 68 I made the monthly drill and then went out to Arlington State College (now UTA) to start the enrollment process. Two days prior to registration your ship was captured. On the way out to school for a meeting with a councelor I was stopped at a red light in Grand Prairie, Tx. The music was interrupted with an anouncement that USNR Fighter Squadron 703 was being called to Active duty in connection with the capture of the USS Pueblo. I pulled into a gas station and called home to see if there had been any calls from the base. I was told that I had just received a telegram. My mother opened it and sure enough it was a notice of recall. When I reported to the base the next day the mood was one of Let's Go Get The Ship Back. Well, obviously this never happened. For just over 8 months we 'played' at being sailors. It seems that the Reserves were just not ready to go as they should have been. Since that time the Naval Air Reserve has changed the way they do business. All Reserve Air Squadrons are now 'full-time' squadrons that are truely ready to go in the event of a call up. This is a little know effect from what happened to your ship. Since that time, every time I hear of the Pueblo, I feel pride for the people that I served with that were willing to put it on the line if we had been used for the reason we were called up. I also admire and respect all of the men of the Pueblo.
I had the honor of knowing "Joe" [Sterling] for several years while he lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho and had the privilege of attending his retirement from the Navy here. Joe and his wife Genny were close friends of myself and my wife. For all the years I knew Joe, he only gave us a slight insight into what he went through during captivity and it was unbelievable what each of you went through. We can never begin to repay the debt we owe you guys. I lost track of Joe when he left Idaho Falls and attempted to find him for quite a while before I found his address in Nebraska. Unfortunately he had already passed away and I feel a real loss. Your web site is outstanding and I will continue to monitor it.
This email is from a CTO3 who was working the Service Desk at PCRS San Miguel "YMZDSV" at the time you guys were captured. The CRITICS were altrouted through us to Hawaii. I spent about 14 to 16 hours in the Comm Center during the first part of your ordeal. If they would have given us guns, you would have had about 20 "O" brancher nerds coming to get you guys. Here's the question: Do you have for sale some sort of Pueblo remembrance patches. I'd like to carry you guys with me on my motorcycle vests. (also the Liberty...was out in the Gulf of Tonkin on the Constellation and on duty when she was shot up). If nothing else can be said, then from one CT to another CT... BRAVO ZULU...WELL DONE. I will never forget!
Greg Hartigan CTO2 1965-1970
I sent an email to your website regarding my thoughts concerning your capture and the search and flight ops we did off Korea in 1968. I was on the Yorktown, attached to the Enterprise Task Group. We were an ASW carrier. It was a hell of a feeling then to know we were sailing off into the deep blue leaving you guys there. I was a new ASE-3 and about as low as you can get in the NAvy when that happened and I undoubtedly know less than anyone involved about what happened. I do recall that we made crude "snowplows" from 55 gallon drums and put them on the tow tractors so we could plow the flight deck and launch and recover every day while there. I well recall 18-20 inches of snow every day on the flight deck. I was in the ship's department managing the aviation support equipment. I know you had it bad. Navy carriers aren't, or weren't back then, made for cold weather. Our work space was on the Hangar deck and we made a metal reflector for the coffee pot so we could come in and warm out hands while we we on deck. I was a Police Captain when I retired in 1995 after 25 years, and dadgummed if I didn't retire from Georgia and move to New Hampshire where I really get to plow snow. God's best blessings to all of you. You deserve that and more.
My name is Christo Cornelissen and I come from the Netherlands. I,ve a question for you. In the Netherlands their was a programme over the funaral of the captain of the UU Pueblo. It was a programme about undertakers and in that programme their was information over the USS Pueblo. My question is as follow : today I brought a visit to the website of the USS Pueblo, and it says: the website is last updated today: 17 september 1999 !! Can you tell me, why their is no update anymore? It is an very interesting story, i like to read more about it. Can you tell me more about the captain and the crew of the ship? name, biografy, and date of death? can I read more about the place where he ( the captain ) is burried? Is the association still in the air? I hope that you can give me more information over the situation today. I send you my regards.
Mr C. Cornelissen
De GK Swifterbant The
I have been reading British historian David Stafford's 1999
book, "ROOSEVELT and CHURCHILL: Men of Secrets", in which he says--on
p. 7 of the paperback edition: "Then, shortly after the outbreak of the
Sino-Japanese war, in December 1937, the [river] gunboat U.S.S. Panay--the American navy's most successful spy ship of its
time, crammed with intelligence material ...--was sunk in the Yangtse River by Japanese warplanes while observing
Japanese operations outside Nanking." (At the
time the city of Nanking was the capitol of Free
China, which made it a particular target for Japanese wrath as the center of
resistance.) I had never heard that point before--and I am 74 years old. But it
makes sense, as the
Who was the pilot of the helicopter who took the captain and
crew out of
Thanks, James A. Hellams
Date: 5/18/2005 11:04:22
I find your web page very interesting; one more example of the inadequacies of government. My question is: what happened to the ship immediately after the crew was taken hostage? Was the ship bombed by the U.S. to prevent the intelligence equipment from falling into Korean hands?
Served with a RM1 the name escapes me. He did a tour at the white house and was the RM who delivered the CRITIC FLASH message from you to the president. Said he had to plow past the secret service and break into a meeting of the national security council to deliver the message.
navy retired sends
My name is Bob Payne. I am the editor of CRYPTOLOG, the news magazine of the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association (NCVA). Our Summer issue will have a theme, "Naval Security Group in Harm's Way" about how CTs were often sent into harm's way unprotected and unescorted during the Cold War. I have a good personal article by Jim Layton but I need some additional personal stories by members of the crew of PUEBLO if I can get them. I also need to know what medals, ribbons, or awards were received by the crew of PUEBLO after they returned.
Many Thanks for any help, Bob .
Please see attached for Monday's "Roll Call" article by Kate Ackley on recent legislative activity on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, on returning the USS Pueblo to the United States of America. JT
Dear Sirs; My elderly mother came across pictures that were taken of the crew being released in 1968. My brother was staioned in Korea and a photographer gave him copies. There are 3 black and white photos I think you will find of interest. Please contact me if you are interested I feel they should be with you. By the way I remember the Pueblo Crew and even tho I was quite young, felt they were getting a raw deal upon return.
I was raised in a military family and I Salute all of you....... Sincerely Shannon Simms
my father was in vp48, the squadron that was given orders to keep the pueblo under surveillance "only" After one of their mission They were returning home in climate weather and told to drop to 2000' for approach, however there was a mountain (Mt. sokomo I think) in their way. All members onboard were killed. I have the accident report in my possession. If there is any info I can give you for your research let me know.
I am one of the surivors of the attack on the Liberty. We are holding a reunion in Las Vegas this summer and are wondering if any of the men who were aboard Pueblo were stationed in Kamiseya Japan at one time. The reunion is for Kamiseya veterans. Even if there is no one interested they are asking if I could say a few words as we are doing a memorial for the USS Liberty crewment who died and the Kamiseya Fire victims. We want to include the Pueblo, could you help me out? I was very good friends with Joe Sterling. We were stationed in Washington D.C. at Cheltenham together. I introduced him to his wife Ginney back then and attended their wedding. It was wild.
Ron Kukal Sheridan, Wy 82801
“June 8, 2005
Re: USS Pueblo
Dear Senator Jones:
I am writing to you today on behalf of my father and his fellow crewmen that were aboard the USS PUEBLO when on January 23, 1968, it was attacked by North Korean Vessels and ultimately captured by the North Koreans. My father and his fellow crewman were held for 11 months as prisoners of war and suffered horribly at the hands of the North Koreans. They were beaten, tortured and harassed. This is the edited and un-detailed version of what they had to endure. For more particulars of their story, you may wish to visit www.usspueblo.org. The reason, however, that I am writing to you today is that when my father and his crewmen were released on December 23, 1968 and crossed , one by one, the Bridge of no Return to freedom, the USS PUEBLO was left behind in North Korea. The failure to bring the ship home with the crew is an atrocity. The crewmen aboard the USS PUEBLO suffered enough and all they ask is for the ship back in the US. Currently the USS Pueblo is being used as a Tourist attraction in North Korea off the Taedong river which runs through Pyongyang (the city in which their compound was located). This is a slap in the face to all the crew members who suffered so horribly already... I ask of you Senator Jones to please rally the legislature together to bring the USS Pueblo home. So many members of the crew, including Captain Bucher, have already passed on without seeing their dream of bringing the USS PUEBLO home. Please do not let another crew member who served their country so gallantly pass on with out seeing their dream come true. HELP US BRING THE USS PUEBLO HOME!
Cassandra Lee nee Rogala Daughter of Richard J. Rogala Largo, FL
I was saddened recently to discover that Mr. Bucher had passed away. I missed this detail in the news when it happened. I was about 10 years old when the Pueblo was captured, I guess incidents recede into history, in ones mind, as they grow older. I still remember my Father (a Navy Vet of WW2 & Korea) wrote the Whitehorse in defense of the Pueblo crew - Though I was young & didn't really understand the implications of the Pueblo incident, my fathers letter to the Whitehorse let me know it was something he felt very strongly about. In my later years, (being a Navy vet myself now), I came to understand the importance of the incident. I've posted sometime ago in your website guestbook, but I'd once again like to say "Thankyou" to the entire crew of the Pueblo for their sacrifice for made this country. I thank God that Mr. Bucher and the other deceased members of Pueblo were with family and/or loved ones at the time of their passing (as I'm quite sure there were doubts of this when in captivity). Mr. Bucher and all of the members of Pueblo will always be considered true heroes as are the thousands of servicemen who have risked or sacrificed life & limb to secure this country's freedom. I pass this ideal on to my child as well. From the bottom of my heart: Gods Speed to all of Pueblo crew - Your sacrifices and lives have been an inspiration to my family and myself.
Brian Bottorff (vet)
my father negotiated the release of l. bucher. unfortuately he passed away in 1987. i am currently 26 years old and would like to know more about the pubelo incident and especialy its survivors.
My father served on the jose valdez with Don E. Bailey and would like to get in touch with him. Does anyone know his e-mail address or home address? Any info would be helpful, my dad is Harvey Shaw. Thank You- Stacey Shaw
I worked with PH1 Lawrence W. Mack at the Pensacola Airport from 1997, when I was 24. until Larry Died. He did not tell me about USS PUEBLO (personnaly I never study about it in School and I was a Government major in College) until a co worked asked me to question Larry about it. At first Larry said he did not speak about the past. On day about a year later, Larry told me the story. He believed that DeCDR Lloyd Mark "Pete" Buchern saved his life.(I know now, many in the Military community disagrees) He felt that the ship would have been sunk. The ship had very little fire power to defend itself. He said many of the ships vets would like to received money from the feds based solely on being on the Pueblo. He said it was his duty that why you most likely did not here from Larry. Larry was a very close advisor to me. He spoke straight forward and honest. When I received a job with a congressman in DC I asked Larry if he wanted anything from the feds. He said no!!! Please place Deceased by Larry name. I think he died on March 5, 2003. I will get an Death Notice and E mail or snail Mail it to you. He said he had no money to be buried a coworked offered to buy him a casket so he could be buried a Barrancas National Cemetery will full military honors. He refused, he was cremated. I truly looked at Larry as a POW and a friend. I do miss him very much, in my line of work it hard to find people who speak without a political agenda. Larry had none.. Thank you for keep the USS Pueblo story alive,
I wonder if, while they are munching on our sandwiches and laughing at our insanely misguided generosity, we might expect them to return the AGER-2, (USS Pueblo) as a small reciprocal gesture? Thanks to our gutless politicians, in January of 2006 the North Koreans will have held the ship for some 38 years. My highest regards and respect for the crew.
Vr, al Alan Lackey
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The
By way of introduction: I am the author of over twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Tom Clancy's Power Plays series of novels, and have also contributed to several works of military nonfiction. Presently, I'm collaborating on a nonfiction book with Ken Sewell, a veteran Cold War submariner who served aboard the USS Parche, the most decorated submarine in US naval history. His book Red Star Rogue--a nonfiction book which sheds critical light on the the disappearance of the Soviet sub K-129 in 1968--will be a major release from Simon and Schuster this fall ( see http://redstarrogue.com/ for further information about both the book and Ken). For our work in progress, Ken and I are looking into a possible connection between the John Walker espionage case and the seizure of the Pueblo. We are sending this email in great hopes that your organization can be of help to us, and with a request that you circulate it to members of your association who may wish to contribute information about what happened in Jan. 1968. Anything at all they wish to share will be greatly appreciated. Our goal is to bring the full, true story into the public awareness for the good of our nation, and we hold ourselves to the highest standards of responsiblity as far as historical accuracy and, if desired, the absolute confidentiality of our sources. Should you or anyone in your organization wish to contact me, I can be reached via email, or by phone at my office # 207-443-9107. Ken's email address is email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Best Regards, Jerome Preisler
All, In my previous life many years and years ago, I was a
CT3 on active duty and later on a CTIC in the reserves. I made one cruise on
the USS Georgetown (AGTR-2) in 1965, two on the USS Liberty (AGTR-5) in 1966
and one cruise on the USS Belmont (AGTR-4) in the spring of 1967. During this
time, I was stationed at the Naval Security Group Activity at NSA Headquarters
at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland for approximately two years. While there, I
was assigned TDY to the USS Liberty for cruises #2 and #3 (1966). Later, I was
supposed to the make cruises #4 and #5 (the fatal one), but I was re-assigned
to the Belmont to make a cruise circumnavigating South America in the spring of
1967. The Belmont was going to be in Rio de Janeiro during mardi
gras and since I was a Portuguese
"I"-Brancher, I had myself taken off the African problem and
reassigned to the South American problem. When the Belmont returned to Norfolk
in June 1967, we were ordered to replace the Liberty in 24 hours. However, the
Belmont began to sink at pier-side under the weight of a full load on oil and
supplies. We never made it …. My replacement on the Liberty was Carl C. Nygren who is now buried in Arlington National Cemetery. I
also knew Duane Hodges. God speed …. Never stop. Never give-up. Never let the
memory fade .... JP J.P. Feldmann Senior Staff
Database Architect Integrated Systems & Solutions
I was about fifteen when the Pueblo was taken. My dad was stationed in Seoul as a signal officer for KMAG. My memory tells me that North Korea sent a heavily armed group of about 30 commandos into Seoul to attack Park Chung Hee about 2 or 3 weeks before the Pueblo was taken. Nearly all of those commandos died from exposure or firefights. I think that one or possibly two survived to tell their tale. Several made their way to within blocks of the Blue House (President Park’s residence). In the end, this was a huge embarassment to the North, and I have always wondered how much influence it had on the decision to embarass the United States. I saw no mention of this incident onyour web page. Perhaps there was no connection. I would suggest adding a mention to the chronology.
What do you think Bruce Holmgrain
Hello, I think of this ship a lot! I hate the fact it's sitting as a museum in North Korea. I'd love to sink the darn thing but they'd salvage it for some purpose. Probably can't help with much information but I was a CT in Gitmo at the time and remember the semi-panic we had handling some of the information and tools we used in the trade. Think I remember most was it was several hours if not days after the capture that we reacted. I kept thinking if the guys on the ship were not able to properly handle all the gear appropriately that means those commie bastards knew more than they should. CDR Bucher, a hero treated like a fool. The rest of the ships company are also hero's in my book. God, the Hawaiian Peace Sign ... what a hoot! At my next meeting of our Rolling Thunder Chapter, I think I'll remind them of these brave men and this dark period in Naval history. Support you in any way I can
James P. Reilly Jr. PO2/CT-R USN '66-'70
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 10:03:04
I wanted to confirm or disabuse myself of something I had heard years ago – that along with the “international finger of derision” in the photo, that the final confession before release included an acknowledgment that the ship had gone into Korean waters, not far, but it had done it, and “penetration, no matter how slight, was sufficient to constitute the act.” I hope you don’t mind my asking. Thanks much. Peter Gilbert
Please clarify something for me. I understand from looking at the VA website that because the crew of the Pueblo were not considered Vietnam vets that they were not given POW status/benefits. http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/POW/DOCS/POW4-06-05.doc Just what is their status? Are they considered to be post Korean War service vets? Or are they considered neither. I am the POW/MIA coordinator for the Korean War Veterans Association. www.kwva.org www.kwva.org/pow_mia/index.htm Sincerely, Marty O'Brien Augusta, Maine
Cdr Clark served on USS Sabalo SS-302 as a Ltjg-LT ca'55-58. Do you have any contact information or know anything of his status? Jeff Owens, webmaster and historian for Sabalo http://usssabalo.org
Gentlemen: Why do you refer to Cdr. Bucher as Pete Bucher
when his name was Lloyd Mark Bucher? I was at Coronado, Calif., in 1969, for a
portion of SERE School, which was being conducted for our class at the SEAL
training facilities there. At Naval District Headquarters they were conducting
the kangaroo court for Commander Lloyd Bucher (the scapegoat and capt. of the Pueblo). Walking down the sidewalk near the Hdqtrs bldg one day, I looked up and saw Cdr. Bucher
walking toward me. He passed several enlisted soldiers, sailors, and junior
officers, NONE of whom saluted him! I was agast. As
he neared me, I stopped, came to attention, cut him my smartest salute, and
said, "Good afternoon Sir. I apologize for the the
rude behavior of those others, and I'd like you to know that most of us are
pulling for you and wish you the absolute best. May God bless you Sir, You did
the right thing." Bucher stopped, tearfully returned my salute, shook my
hand, and thanked me for my courtesy and thoughtfulness. I had tried to make
his day better, he had made mine more than memorable.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Alvin Plucker one of the sailors that was on board the USS Pueblo in 1968. I was glad to see your website. To keep people informed about the Pueblo and what happened to her men. Thank you, Carla Tillman
In light of the fact that I am the daughter of a WWII Veteran and that he served 5 years aboard the ship U.S.S. Platte in the USN and then went on to serve 17 more years in the USAF. Was in Guam and many more places including Korea I beg of you and all of you that read this page to stand up and fight for the men who so bravely fought, died and live today to tell their stories and then be shoved aside by our U.S. Government and the people who do not recognize the fact that if they had not fought these wars we may not have the freedom we have. Our men deserve so much more, no matter where they served. If you will start a petition we will sign it and keep it going around the world. For all of our men that so bravely fought and served as prisoners I commend you with great admiration. May God Bless all of your courage and the sacrifices you have made for all of us. Sincerely, Lise Beardmore Kincaid, Daughter of Chief MSTG Bronson G. Beardmore
Dear USS Pueblo Veterans, I am trying to establish contact with one of your fellow crewmembers. Stu Russell is a familiar name and an individual whom my parents were friends with following his release. Unfortunately I was too young to remember much of Stu and certainly too young to appreciate anything of what he and yourselves had gone through. In the 5th grade I read a most intriguing book, “Captain Bucher, My Story.” It was a book that sat on my parents shelves for years and I just never knew why until I read it and my parents told me, “remember Stu Russell in La Crescenta, CA…?” What a fascinating story it was and I ended up making it part of a project at school. I wish I could have interviewed Stu back during that time. Anyhow, I am now a grown man and proud to say a Navy Veteran currently serving in the reserve component following 11 proud years as an F/A-18 Strike Fighter pilot. I will be embarking on an annual exercise called Ulchis Focus Lens later this month aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. Perhaps you are familiar with this OpPlan (the defense of the Korean peninsula). During our training last month, we viewed a History Channel video which featured Stu Russell. I rekindled an interest I have in having the opportunity to correspond with Stu and I would like to know if you would please help. Would you please forward this e-mail message to Mr. Russell (if you can) and inquire if he remembers Ed and Kathy Arteta from La Crescenta, CA. I am their middle son and would like to know if he’d be interested in a little non-intrusive correspondence. I can be reached at the e-mail address from which this is sent. Thank you kindly for your help. Kind Regards, David Arteta
Well I have a few letters and the ship was not attaked it driffed into Korean waters on purpose. And the president could have had our men back on us ground long before Jan.28. But our government couldnt write one singel apology letter to the Democatic Republic of Korea. I think that was the most shitty thing that I have ever seen or heard. And read...... Please feel free to contact me via e-mail thank you, Misty Bankston
Wrote you people some time back about Navy RM assigned to White house duty who delivered your flash priority message to the president. He was talking about messages like this and how they had three minutes to deliver them to the president. Man had a security clearance so far above top secret that CO about shit when he opened up the service record. RM was one of those people who took out a can of brasso and polished his honor every morning. Said he ran up to the west wing and the secret service didn't want him to break into the meeting of the national security council. He busted in and handed the president the message. He said that he didn't care if the president was in the shower that was where he was getting the message. You were in trouble and RM said to the secret service when stopped "THIS IS HOT! HE GETS IT NOW!". Knowing this guy they would have had to shoot him to stop him. Said "that is all I can tell you". Heard from a Navy Submarine Sonar tech that when USS Enterprise was racing to your area his sub was recording it as an unknown contact. The contact was so loud and unusual that they sent out a radio contact report. Enterprise had all reactors on line and could have gone faster if the hull could take the pounding. Sub was ordered to destroy the recording and sonar log of the contact. GPrice
Initially, I want you to know that I remind my Sailors of USS Pueblo annually on or about 23 JAN and have given GMT on the subject. I hope I live to see the day she returns to the United States. I have been selected for advancement to CPO. Some of my fellow selectees need to find a certain song about Pueblo called Magical Mystery Ship, perhaps sung to the tune of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine. Do you have any information on a song about Pueblo called Magical Mystery Ship? Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
Very respectfully, JOC (Select) Mike Miller, USN United States Joint Forces Command Joint Public Affairs Support Element - Reserve
I am writing a book about North Korea. The book will be published by Random House next January. am preparing a map and would like to show the location where on the high seas the Pueblo was intercepted. I woiuld very much appreciate your help in this regard. Do you have a map that shows this location? Thank you. Gordon G. Chang"
Hello from Oakland, California. As you can tell by the information below, I work for the DAV. I am currently working with one of the former crewmembers, Armando Canales. He has been denied benefits by the VA. I am wondering if there is anyone I can contact concerning any lay statements or other cooperative information to establish PTSD, sleep disorder, and bilateral upper and lower extremity cold weather injuries. The VA has seen fit to deny those benefits in the veteran's case. Thanks for your time and God Bless! Clay Saucier
Aloha My name is Lloyd Carey ST2. I was on Ronquil SS396 when Cdr Boucher was xo. (Another Ronquil sailor, Named Doug Burleson, and I were in a Sonar C school in San Diego, when Kennedy was shot) I remember the XO like it was yesterday. In Hawaii one day he came to quarters wearing an aloha shirt and rubber boots. His initals are on my record of duty stations sheet.
To All Survivors and Descendants of USS Liberty http://www.ussliberty.org//index.html I found your website from a link at www.USSPueblo.org Let me say that I am so extremely proud to include in my life experiences, having been a member of the US Navy from 1968 to 1976. That being said, I am disappointed and frustrated by the actions of our government in ignoring the plight of a Navy warship under the attack of any hostile force. Anyone who had any involvement in causing the rescue mission for the USS Liberty in June of 1967 to be halted, has brought terrible disgrace upon themselves and has shown themselves to be without honor. Without honor, they have nothing. The same should also be stated and taken as an absolute for those involved in covering up the facts surrounding the unlawful and horrible assault on a US Naval vessel in international waters. It is obvious to the most casual observer that, on far too many occasions, leaders of our government display contempt beyond comprehension for members of our military who serve this nation proudly, even under the poorest of circumstances. I would be happy to do whatever I can to help to spread the word and enlighten others of the plight of the crew of the USS Liberty. It is my hope that the crew and surviving family members may find some solace in the fact that there are those of us who honor and respect the service and sacrifice made by these fine Americans! Thanks for sharing this story with all of us, Ted Carmack
I'm a reporter for The Associated Press in Washington gathering information for a story about the Pueblo and have a question or two for you, please. I've just talked with Ambassador Donald Gregg, former CIA chief and later U.S. ambassador in Seoul, who was with CIA in Japan when the Pueblo was taken. He says he was in Pyongyang 10 days ago and was told that the United States probably could get the ship back if a "high-level visitor" would go to Pyongyang. Gregg figures they're talking about the level of the secretary of state. What's the reaction of you and your organization to that offer? Gregg says he was on the ship last year and it's been cleaned and refurbished and looks great. I know the people of Pueblo, Colo., are talking about buying land on the prairie to make a lake as a permanent home for AGER-2. Is that what the organization would like to be done with the ship if she were brought back? What can you tell me about Duane Hodges, your shipmate who was killed during the attack? As I recall he was at the .50-cal when he was hit. What was his rate and rating? Please respond quickly, as I'm looking to write the story by the end of the day Friday. Many thanks, and best regards, Bill Mann The AP
Thank you for your site. In January of 1968 I had been in-country in Vietnam for about a month with my armored track and my heavy artillery unit. Word came of the capture of the Pueblo, and I felt for certain that we might very soon be in Korea, or at least in much escalated activity where we were. As the days went by, I waited in vain for the blow I felt certain the US would deliver in return. How I desired to be a part of that effort! It never came. I just wanted you to know - someone - how much the Pueblo Incident affected me. At the time I could not conceive that the US would so cynically abandon its fighting men, having once put them in such lonely jeopardy. I have never forgotten it, and actually at the time what I conceived was a determination to never be captured - no matter what the cost might be. With God's grace I did what I could in Vietnam against the enemies of freedom and went home for good after nearly two years with an army commendation and very mixed feelings. I was by no means satisfied that I had done enough or that the fight was over. Unfortunately, the US pattern of abandoning good causes was to be visited again upon the poor people of the Republic of Vietnam shortly after. You who served on the Pueblo represent the America I had hoped for and believed in all of my young days. You will always be my heroes, as much as the North Koreans, North Vietnamese and their communist collaborators and abettors will epitomize everything that is repugnant or evil about human nature and its potential for abuse. As for the United States - I dare hope that there are still many who revere what is genuinely right, but I will never forgive those who betrayed our cause, or what became of our once fine purpose. I speak for myself. May God bless you all. Jim Buechele
During your ordeal I was stationed at NAS Willow Grove, Pa. Our wing was activated to answer the threat of the North Koreans. I suppose that all the activation amounted to was a political posturing. At any rate we were ordered to stand by an were returned to assignment at NAS Willow Grove. Every veteran of the USS Pueblo is an unsung hero. Our country owes each and every one of you a HUGE apology for the stigma placed on you and the subsequent humiliations, and degradations that each of you endured from the United States. God bless each and every one of you. Daniel W. Pranger ATN-3
I would like to know if any video is available public or
military archives on the release of the
All, I am sure you are aware of this article below. Is this an opportunity for me to help in anyway? I would be happy to broadcast anything that can be done toward the goal of getting Pueblo back. Let me know where I can help. Rod Utech POW/MIA Radio North Korea offers ship if U.S. sends top official By WILLIAM C. MANN The Associated Press U.S. NAVY FILE PHOTO / APThe spy ship USS Pueblo was captured Jan. 23, 1968, off the North Korean coast. Its crew was held captive and tortured for 11 months. The ship remains in Pyongyang and is a local attraction. WASHINGTON — Negotiations to eliminate North Korea's nuclear weapons remain in limbo, but the North Koreans are giving hints that they might be ready to end another lingering problem with the United States by returning the captured spy ship USS Pueblo. They are setting an unlikely condition, though, considering hostile U.S.-North Korean relations: a visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice or another top-level American official."It would be a gesture, but somebody needs to make a gesture," said Donald Gregg, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea who brought home the offer after a mid-August trip to North Korea.He told the State Department about his discussions. A department official said there are no plans for a high-level visit to North Korea.The Pueblo ranks low in the hierarchy of irritants causing bad blood between the two countries. Paramount is the North's admitted nuclear-weapons and missile programs. The United States has also criticized North Korea's human-rights record, its maintenance of a million-strong army while its people live off donated food, and what it sees as North Korea's support for terrorism.Still, to those involved with the Pueblo — and to the U.S. Navy — the ship's plight is far more than a footnote to the history of the Cold War. Sent defenseless on an intelligence-gathering mission off the North Korean coast, and given no help after North Korean torpedo boats mounted an attack, the Pueblo was captured Jan. 23, 1968. It was the first U.S. warship captured since 1807.Navy records show the ship was in international waters; the North Koreans insist it was inside the Korean coastal zone. In the attack, an explosion killed fireman Duane Hodges, and 10 of the 82 surviving crewmen were wounded. All 82 were held 11 months, often under heavy torture, before being sent to South Korea on Christmas Eve across the "Bridge of No Return" in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Koreas.The Pueblo now sits at its moorings on the bank of the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. Organized tours of North Koreans walk its decks to view evidence of their country's supremacy on the high seas; bullet holes on the bulkheads are circled in red. Gregg heads the Korea Society in New York, which describes itself as a nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting "awareness, understanding and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea. "He did not identify the North Korean official who suggested the high-level visit. But he told The Associated Press that "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!" Patrick Henry, 1775
I was there when the Pueblo crew came across the bridge. I would [like] to get any pictures of the area and especially the band. I have one but I don't see myself. Bill Martinez, USNR-Retired
Ran into a Navy STS (sonar tech subs) that stated that his sub had a recording of USS Enterprise going flank speed to your rescue. They were ordered to destroy the tape and any log reference to the tape. Were ordered to forget just how fast the Enterprise could move. At least someone thought you were worth helping. Navy didn't want anyone to know how fast she could move when she had to. Greg Price
Date: September 18, 2005
I came across your web site by accident. While reading its contents I realized that I might have information relevant to your interests that were not a part of any record with respect to the capture of the ship. My participation in the peripheries of this incident may appear, on the surface, to be negative. However, it is not my intent to diminish in any way the integrity and actions of the crew. During the relevant time here, I was a member of the Staff, Commander Service Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Upon entering the Pacific Fleet, Pueblo was under the theater command of COMSERVPAC. My job with COMSERVPAC was to ensure that personnel information (especially officer information) on all COMSERVPAC ships was current and accurate. In this regard, I was responsible for the control and accuracy of ODCR’s (Officer Distribution Control Reports). ODCR’S are reports submitted by ship personnel directly to COMSERVPAC. I personally received, reviewed, and logged all of these reports for all ships within COMSERVPAC control. Long before Pueblo was captured, it came to my attention that the ODCR for Pueblo was extremely out of date. Under COMSERVPAC signature, I repeatedly requested current information directly from the ship and from Commander Bucher. No response was received from Pueblo. Shortly before her capture, Pueblo came to Pearl Harbor (headquarters of COMSERVPAC). I continued my efforts to obtain current information. These efforts included personal telephone calls to the ship. Promises made were unfulfilled. These circumstances may be nominally justified as an attempt to maintain secrecy; however, from a command perspective, there may be questions about the failure to provide the information. Within hours of Pueblo’s capture, I received a telephone call at my home. COMSERVPAC was trying to retrieve current ship’s personnel information. I could only repeat to the Admiral that current information was not available. Fortunately for me, all of my contacts with Pueblo before capture were well documented. Otherwise, I suspect that I might have been on the wrong end of a court martial. Gary D. Admire (formally PN2, US Navy 1966-1970) Chief United States Administrative Law Judge (ret) International Legal Consultant, US Embassy, El Salvador (ret)
Two or three weeks before the Pueblo was captured I went aboard her to swap movies in Yokosuka. The Petty Office on the quarterdeck was a man I had served with in USS Skagit, '60-62. I think he was a radarman 3rd class. Can't remember his name. Hope he came through okay. I remember being amazed by the tight security on the Pueblo at that time. I later realized why. Crum Ex-BM2
Dear Sir: I found your contact info on the Pueblo website. I am a Seoul-based freelance journalist, writing mainly for The Washington Times, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and The Times of London. If you do a Google search (Andrew Salmon Korea) you should be able to find a number of my articles. North Korea Press Tour I am scheduled to visit North Korea on a media tour between 11-14 Oct. Of course, with North Korea, the tour could be cancelled at the last moment: it has already been postponed once, but I think there is at least a 50-50 chance that it will go ahead. Story on USS Pueblo The story I would really like to write up there for both WT and SCMP is on the Pueblo, which, as you know, is a tourist attraction in central Pyongyang - it is moored, incidentally, on the site of the sinking of the SS General Sherman in 1866: the first ever Korean-American commercial or military interaction. Interview Request Before travelling, I would like to interview - preferably by email, but I could do a tel interview -yourself, your shipmates, or any significant member of the Pueblo association, assuming, of course, that you are agreeable. Questions: What would you like to say to the current "Captain" of the Pueblo? (According to my sources, the curator of the floating museum is a member of the North Korean navy who took part in the capture of the vessel. I am hoping to interview him - and would pass on your questions, or messages if you like...) What is your abiding memory of the day of the capture? (Anecdotes would be good) What is your abiding memory of your time in North Korean captivity? (Anecdotes would be good) What is your opinion of Commander Bucher's Court Martial? How do you feel the Pueblo crew have been treated by the US government? What are your feelings about your vessel's current role as a tourist attraction/propaganda site by the North Koreans? What do you think the US government can or should do about the Pueblo? Have you heard about any negotiations by the US government to get the Pueblo back? Are you surprised that, to get it to Pyongyang, the North Koreans managed to sail the ship around the peninsula without being detected by the South Korean or US navies? Very best regards - Andrew Salmon Seoul
Good afternoon, My name is CTI1(SW) Sean P. Aschoff and I'm stationed at Center for Information Dominance Detachment, Monterey, CA. I'm the Chairperson for this years Navy Ball and we are having Mr. Bob Chicca as our guest speaker. As I'm sure you are aware he was a Marine Korean linguist aboard the USS Pueblo. Mr Boucher was actually our guest speaker two years ago and that was quite an honor. His wife Rose will be attending our ball this year. We had made a video to honor all of the service members on the Pueblo to show our Sailors and at the end we listed all of members who have passed away. That video was made in 2002 though and we wanted to update it if any more members had passed away, god forbid. We obviously know that Mr. Boucher has passed, but if you could give us the names of the other members that have passed I would really appreciate it. I'm using someone else's e-mail right now so you can either just reply to this e-mail, send it firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 831-242-4194. Thank you so much for you help and I look forward to hearing from you.
V/r CTI1(SW) Aschoff
Gentlemen- I was recently a member of a group of US citizens that were allowed to visit the DPRK. As part of our trip, we were able to board the USS Pueblo and have a short tour. I have a few current pictures from the ship, which I thought you might enjoy seeing. Please e-mail me at the following address: email@example.com if you would be interested in hearing about the tour and seeing the pictures.
Sincerely, Anthony D'Andrea
USS Pueblo Photos from
Regards, Robert Walker
My father passed away recently and I was going through his boxes of photos and found several photos of Rev. Paul Lindstrom and his committee and the attempts to meet with our Dept. of State personnel about the Pueblo incident. If memory serves me correctly, Rusk was Sec. of State and should have been tried as a traitor by his unwillingness to push for release. My dad accompanied Lindstrom several times as an independent press photographer as part of his involvement in the Save the Pueblo efforts that Lindstrom was trying to get to the public. Lindstrom was our pastor at the time in Milwaukee WI - a church plant from the IL church. I remember as a pre-teen the meetings we had in our home with Paul as this incident was discussed. I'd be happy to scan the pictures I can find (unfortunately I do not know all the people in the pictures) if you'd like to put a few up on your website.I still have a copy of the Remember the Pueblo 45rpm record although it's very scratchy from years of moving around it might be worth copying to an MP3 file if you'd post it. Pueblo Oh Pueblo will they ever set you free...Let you go, Set you free... Finally it they were set free!
Kind regards, Rob Hooper
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I became acquainted with then Lieutenant Junior Grade Edward R. Murphy in 1963 when he was the Information and Education Officer at the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines. Lt. Murphy was a very serious, very thorough young officer who conducted a campaign to improve the education of young sailors, such as myself, an 18-year-old high school dropout, in the following manner: I was summoned to his office. He said, "Let me see your liberty card." I handed it to him. He opened the top drawer of his desk and dropped the card in, saying, "There's a high school GED test being held in two weeks. You can have your liberty card back if you pass." Who could fail with such an incentive? Not me. I passed with flying colors and resumed my other education in Olongapo, just outside the base, which had all the blandishments for a young sailor as the biblical fleshpots of Egypt. I left active duty in 1965. A year later I was working for a radio station in Eureka, California, on the state's north coast, when I spotted an article in the local paper about two naval officers being awarded the Navy Marine Corps Medal for lifesaving. The officers were stationed at nearby Centerville Beach. One of the officers was Lieutenant Murphy, by then a full lieutenant. The Centerville facility was not well known. In fact, it was secret, not even appearing on maps. Aviation charts listed the air space over the area as restricted, although locals knew the facility was a long range sonar listening post. The presence of the occasional uniformed sailor in a local bar, with a sonarman's crow on his sleeve, confirmed the listening post premise. Now, the waters along that stretch of the coast, where the Humboldt and Japanese Currents converge, are treacherous to small craft and warnings against swimming are posted all along the beach. One morning a fishing boat had gotten hung up on some rocks just offshore, and the crew was in very bad trouble. Lieutenant Murphy, and another officer whose name escapes me, witnessed the event and dove into the cold, swift water and brought the boat's occupants to safety. I think (memory is tricky) the distance from the beach was about 200 yards, which a quite a swim in those conditions. I covered the award ceremony for my radio station, held at the Ferndale fairgrounds in 1966, and got reacquainted with Mr. Murphy. I thanked him for his "encouragement" to get my GED in the Navy, which was a springboard for my later graduation from College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State. In the following year, I'd sometimes stop by the Centerville facility, or as close as I could get that the Cyclone fence permitted, to chat with Mr. Murphy. I learned that Mr. Murphy was originally from the north coast area. In 1967, Mr. Murphy said he was going back to sea, and would even be the XO of a ship, no less. When I asked what kind of ship, he said it was similar to the two coastal transports at Subic Bay, the USS Mark and USS Brule, both AKLs. I thought it odd, as both those ships were commanded by warrant officer boatswains, but I didn't press for more info, which would not have been forthcoming anyway. I lost track of him until the Pueblo's capture. I next saw him in Eureka the year following his release. His formerly black hair had turned silver in captivity, and he was in the company of Curtis Sitomer, an editor with the Christian Science Monitor. They were collaborating on a series of articles, to be entitled Last Man Across The Bridge, and later published in book form. The book was published by the Christian Science Monitor Press, but I don't see it listed on your site, and nor can I find it on Amazon. com. At any rate, today is Veteran's Day, and I offer a salute to the surviving crew and communications detachment of the USS Pueblo, and to the memory of those now on eternal patrol.
Sorry to bother you, but did you have any luck finding Don E. Bailey. I haven't heard anything and my father Harvey Shaw was asking me the other day.
Thank you Stacey Shaw
SIR: Yesterday Nov. 13, 2005 we had Mike Barrett as our
guest speaker at our Veterans Day Dinner. His speech was very interesting and
Mike is a real nice person. I was proud to have him there. I was an Army Grunt
on my way to Vietnam when the Pueblo was captured and suddenly found myself
headed for the Korean DMZ thinking we were going to head North and get you
heroes out of that God forsaken place. Due to the Command of the Army, Navy and
Washington we , after many weeks of freezing our butts off were told to stand
down and wait. We were all very upset that they would allow this to happen. I
appreciate Mike coming to our VFW post and telling the story the best he could
given the time he had to speak. My salute to all of you for going through all
you did and had to endure. My car proudly displays a Remember the
With all respect Beauford Toney US Army 7th Infantry Division, Korean DMZ 1968
My name is Brendan McDonough and I am the son of the late captain James Gregory McDonough (Carbondale, PA). It is to my belief that he negotiated the release the Commander Bucher and I would like to know more information on this matter. He was a University of Pennsylvania law school graduate and supposedly took ransom (in a gym bag) across enemy lines. My father passed away in 1987 and I would like to get in touch with people who may know him or what he did for the people on board the Pueblo. Thank you for your assistance.
Sincerely, Brendan McDonough
Sirs, For many years I have asked myself why didn't the U.S. government go in and rescue the men of the Pueblo. In my mind I thought the Navy should have gone in and showed some force to free the men and bring back the Pueblo. Did the government have an excuse for not doing so ? As a Navy veteran of WW2 and Korea I am very interested to know why.
Hi, I just wanted someone to know that I have a beautiful print on sale on Ebay for the next five days. The print was made by L.M. Bucher and is signed by L.M. Bucher. I didn't realize how important Mr. Bucher was until after I listed the print. I was hoping someone from your organization would purchase it. Please understand that the reason I am letting you know, is not because I want to make a sale, but am hoping that it will go to someone that would appreciate it.
Wanted to ask the fol: 1. a. What would have happened if Cdr Bucher steered the ship 090 true and upon attack, wouldn't "X" have marked the spot where NK did their dirty deed? b. Does anyone know why the U.S. recalled their air-attack rescue mission? c. Does anyone know WHY NK attacked Pueblo and what they wanted? 2. Does anyone know that the NK's disguised Pueblo by plating up her f'c'sle; taking down the forward mast; re-painting her white and steaming her from Wonsan south along the east coast of the peninsula, around the tip and north up the west coast of the peninsula to PYONYANG where she is now an American war crimes museum on the site of the slaughter of U.S. sailors from USS SHERMAN back in the 19th century? 3. Since USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is STILL a commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy - have any of the crew contacted their congressmen/congresswomen/Senators that we should try to get Pueblo returned? 4. Since we KNOW how the NK's really are, should you write your U.S. Representatives and Senators to have Pueblo taken from NK by force a. in defference to U.S. foreign policy b. in spite of U.S. foreign policy
Semper Fidelis,R. S. Rayfield, Jr.R. S. RAYFIELD, JR.MAJOR, USMC (RET)
My father came within a blink of serving with you. He was trying to trade orders to avoid being stationed in Hawaii. (What a cosmic joke that was eh?)I don't know a whole lot about the circumstances, but due to his rating, there was only one fellow that he could trade orders with, and it ended up being a no-go. It's a pity that more people don't appreciate the things that guys like you did. A little is starting to come out now in novel form, but I know there's so much more that probably will never be told, and in some cases that's as it should be. I was curious though, you show a record on the web site. Has anyone put that into MP3 form? I'd love to hear it
David Van Horn
While doing some research, I came across a current picture of the USS Pueblo which is apparently on display in North Korea.http://www.korea-dpr.com/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=micheldprk&id=aasHope this is useful.
Tom Ro Pacific Division Analyst Naval Criminal Investigative
I was on watch in Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico when the USS Pueblo was taken by North Korea. Saying I was in shock is putting it midly. I had just lived through dodging the jets of Israel as they tried to kill me/us on the USS LIBERTY. I survived the event, with leg and head wounds, but nevertheless, I was alive. During the USS LIBERTY event, my family and friends from all over the USA began saving newspaper clippings, editorials in magazines etc., of the event. At first it was difficult to come by because the media had been shut down so to speak. Eventually, things began to surface. I gathered all of it years later, and put it all in plastic inserts into 3 ring binders. I did the same thing for the USS PUEBLO. It has been a marvelous resource for me and anyone else who wanted to know about it. Now that we are 70+ years of age, and beginning to downsize, I have been sending most of my CT life trappings down to the Wenger Cryptographic Museum in Pensacola. They will accept the two 3-ring binders I have on the USS PUEBLO. I wanted to bring it up to date - and so I visited your web site. Not wanting to break any copyright laws or find myself being fined, I am requesting permission to print off the pictures of the USS PUEBLO as it is moored in North Korea. In addition, I'd like to print off the INTRODUCTION, and the SITE OVERVIEW, and add these to the binders so that those who read the material i.e., the news clippings from the Navy Times, Boston Globe, NY Times, Newsweek, Time, Life, San Juan Star, will also be guided to the web site. May I have that permission? By the way - the site is great. I've spent 3 hours this morning just going through a lot of it. My neighbor up the road from me, James Layton (USS PUEBLO crewmember) has guided me in the books I should be looking at when I want to buy one, understanding that most are out of print.
Looking forward to your favorable reply,
I remain, a shipmate Dick Carlson CTR1USS Liberty survivorUSN (Retired)."We can't change the winds but we can adjust our sails."
My memory of the time is a little vague after all these years however I do remember that you were tied up in Yokosuka at the same time the ship that I was on was in port. It was the USS Providence (CLG-6). As I recall, we could see you from where we were tied up. You left and went North, we left and went South. We were the Flagship for the 7th Fleet. We were finishing up on the gunline getting ready for 9 days in Subic Bay, then 6 Days in Hong Kong. Our plans changed and we steamed for Subic to replenish and head north. I remember a message sent by the Admiral to Washington stating the Military available in the area. I also remember a line in the message "if no response received by ??am, will recover Pueblo at all cost." I don't remember the time but think it was like 0600. I worked in Radio Central and had a TS,Crypto clearance. I don't know if this has been declassified or not. The Pentagon overruled the Admiral and we played games with the Russian Navy in the Sea of Japan for about two weeks. Things were extremely tense all the while. I think we remained at condition 2 or GQ for the duration. It was not the fleets wish to leave you guys there, but civilians make the rules.
There are two events that will stick with me for life. One being the JFK Assination and the other being the taking of the USS Pueblo. I was aboard the USS Grapple ( ARS-7) in Yokusuka Japan when the Pueblo was taken. I remember that we got underway almost immediately for Pusan S. Korea, where our armament was removed from the ship and we got underway for Wonsan. It was my understanding that the USS Enterprise was already on station and that our mission, as a rescue and salvage ship was to go in and tow the Pueblo out when the N. Koreas agreed to release her. After three or four days we were releases from station and sent back to Pusan.
Loren A. Frye
Hello there, I'm Mr Leo Zaza from Fremantle in
Regards, Leo Zaza, LLB, LLM
I was aboard the USS coral sea
flight deck v-4 divisions when they sent us from the tonkin
I was with VF-21, an F4 Fighter Squadron attached to the USS Ranger CVA 61. After the capture of the Pueblo, our ship left the Tonkin Gulf off North Vietnam and cruised directly to the waters off North Korea. Those were cold winter days in early1968 with constant flight ops and GQ almost daily due to reports of mines and sorties by Korean MIGs. We were all with you guys wanting to attack the harbor where you were taken, but after about a month we left for Sasebo. We were sorry to leave our station without even a shot fired at your captors. One more comment. I found a site on Goggle Earth that claims to have a picture of the Pueblo in Pyongyang. Can you confirm this information? Thanks for your service.
Tom Coleman PN3 VF-21Fighting Panthers
I have been asked by a web site I frequent to write a short
history of the Pueblo incident. I'm trying to locate a book that Commander
Bucher wrote. I think it’s out of print. I believe it was entitled simply My
Story. Can you give me the titles and authors of any books about the
Thanks, Bill Doherty
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