January - December, 2006
I haven't any information but you might like to see her as she
looked in August 05, when I was there. You have been sent 2 pictures [of
Kind regards, Sarah Timewell
Date : Sat,
I was stationed in
Have a happy new year. Bill Shrimplin
I only recently found this site, but I am glad I did. This
is the first time since the capture that I have had the opportunity to
communicate with the crew. God Bless all of you, I think of you all often, and
there but by the grace of God go I. I was scheduled to ride the Pueblo for that
mission, however, Dave Ritter came back to the Yokosuka Detachment early enough
to go. Do you remember the joint crew party at the
Best wishes to All, Alan Scallorn CT(T)3 ( in the old days)
Let me intro myself: I'm Lt Col Richard O Law, USAF Ret and
saw an article on the
Thank you R.O. Law (Dick)
I am a relative of Douglass Scarborough - cousin. I want to
thank you for maintaining this web site and providing me information on how
Douglass spent his time in NK. This occurred when I was 8 and Douglass was one
of my many Big Brothers. I have some memories of him and they are wonderful.
When Douglass came home he was very quiet and not at all outgoing as he had
been. The time in NK had taken a real toll on him and I think on my family.
Over the years I have endeavored to find out more information from seeking out
USN members that were serving in the area where the attack occurred. I found
one of the men serving on the Kittyhawk that day. A commander who was the OIC
at the CIC on the KH. He spent some time answering a few questions for me this
past summer. I learned that the KH and the
Rick, Richard M. "Rick" Powell - MS CIS Oracle Certified Professional – DBA
Do you think that Chief Petty Officer John Walker Provided
information that allowed
G'day, I am 18 years old and a West Australian... With the ways of the world, North Korea is beginning to get more arrogant as the days continue to pass. I thought this was a recent trend. I was shocked to see this photo (probably nothing unusual) from BBC World News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/picture_gallery/05/asia_pac_unseen_north_korea/html/8.stm Of the USS Pueblo. It disgusts me to see a proud piece of Western Defences uncomissioned and, what appears to be a big '*&&%$* THE WEST' propaganda move. It belongs to the US Government, to the men who served and it just stays there to try and attempt to persuade the sorry little north korean's that they're governments petty existence is stronger and mightier than the US Defence Force. It digusts me that it is 'on show'. I send my appreciation to the Association for allowing me to research this, once unknown incident. As well I give my respect to the veterans who were involved in all aspects of the Pueblo.
My best regards, Zak
I found this an interesting link concerning US Captured ships. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Wake
Richard "Twig" Armstrong Reunion Coordinator USS Guardfish (SSN-612) firstname.lastname@example.org http://guardfish.org
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 10:36:43 -0600
Gentlemen: January 23rd never passes without my thoughts going back so many years to 1968. I was enlisted aide to RADM Frank L. Johnson and working in his office in Yokosuka that historic day. The days and weeks that followed were eventful—but not so much as yours were. History has been written, and I suppose cannot be changed. Most of the people in command have died. But in the end, the captain and crew of PUEBLO were the heroes. Some of us knew it all the time.
Very respectfully, Earl R. Cooley
Every year I put out a sign (at work) that says REMEMBER THE
PUEBLO!! Now, I work with many younger people who have no idea what I'm talking
about. I have posted pages from your website on our bulletin board to help them
learn. (Some of them were under 5 when the incident occurred) I was a member of
the Crew of the USS CANBERRA (CAG2/CA70) and served from 1966 to 1969. The
CANBERRA, as you must know, was part of the task force that was deployed to the
Sea of Japan at the time of the Incident. It was a scary time for a youngster
just turning 21 - but not as bad as the Crew of the Pueblo - that's for sure.
There is much to the story of the Pueblo that I did not know then, and Never
learned afterwards - so it's nice to have this resource to learn more now. I
heard there was a documentary on the History channel a week or so ago also -
sorry I missed it. Thanks for this website again -- Just wanted to say Hi. Some
of us, at least, will always Remember the
Aloha Hui Hou, Jeff Moreira
Date: Late January, or early February
I was a 2nd. class Machinist Mate serving aboard the USS
Canberra (CAG2/CA70) and was in the middle of my second
Sincerely, Anthony J. Cresci
Hello I am doing some research on the USS Pueblo and I wanted to know what movies other than The Pueblo (1973) exist that are about Lloyd Bucher and the Pueblo incident?
Thank you, Maria Athanasopoulos
I was on the USS Bradley DE 1041 most northern picket and designated tow ship. Please check out www.ussbradley.com see photos and news letters. Will write more.
Paul Groos USS Bradley Association
My name is Pete Rosales and I am trying to located a very good friend of mine whom I lost contact with when I left El Paso back in 1983. His name is Ramon Rosales and he was one of the crew members on the Pueblo ship captured by North Korea I believe in 1968? I had the good fortune of meeting Ramon and we became friends. I recently received your web page and it brought back memories of Ramon. If at all possible I would like his address or e-mail. If for some reason that's not possible then perhaps you may be able to forward him mine. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
Respectfully, Pete G. Rosales U.S. Army Retired,
I am a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy and have been
asked to do some research regarding military deaths during the Cold War. Me and
some other cadets are attempting to compile a list of those killed in action
during the Cold War, but not in either
I am updating our paper on Former American POW’s for the
calendar year 2005 and would like to know if there have been any deaths during
2005 among the
Thanks very much, Rob Klein ___________________ Robert E. Klein, Ph.D. Office of the Actuary (OACT) Department of Veterans Affairs (008A2)
My name is Michael Mack, and I am the son of Larry's older
brother, John Mack. I visited the web-site today and discovered Larry died on
Michael Mack Alpena,
Hi, I came across your site http://www.usspueblo.org/ today while browsing around for some sites related to VA-related benefits and homes. I was impressed with the content you are running, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in partnering with my company for advertising. I do online marketing for a VA benefit website and we're currently looking to get text placed on relevant websites. If you would be interested in such a setup, please let me know what you would charge per month for a simple set up on your home page. If not, thanks for your time and good luck with your site.
Thank you, Jay FHA Research Center Columbia, MO
I have film of the crews return to the 121 evac hosp. Most pictures of men getting off the choppers and then again leaving the 121 for the u.s. I am willing to share this with you, " no charge " with crew and family ! I don't want to give this to someone who would sell it for profit to the men and families involved.
Your thoughts ? Ron
Hi -- I have addressed this email to both the webmaster of
usspueblo.org as well as the Pueblo Veterans' Association president. I was
surfing the web regarding A-12/SR-71 spy planes history on Google Maps and
Wikipedia, and saw that A-12 imagery played a part in locating the
Thanks. --Andy Carabino
I am working on getting Cmdr. Bucher the Medal of Honor. Do
you and other crew members think this is approiate. Any others? I served on the
DMZ in Korea during your captivity and know a lot about what was going on. I
was an Infantryman with the 7th Division, and we all wanted to go North and
attempt a rescue, however
Please reply Beauford Toney
I recently won an Ebay lot of amateur videos of the Pueblo in No. Korea. See http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6610044105&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEAFB%3AIT&rd=1 for info. I realize that this web site (in Canada) is oriented in a strange manner, but the videos are interesting. If the Pueblo Veteran's Association would be interested, I would be glad to make a copy of them (on 3 cds, as mpg files) and send them to you (probably on 1 dvd is best). There would be no charge for this. It would be my pleasure, because, when the Pueblo was captured, I was sitting in Yokosuka waiting for her return, with orders in hand. Even though I've never met any of the crew members, I've always felt a kinship with you because of this link. It would be my pleasure, if you would like them.
Sincerely, Bill Branick Hughesville, MD Former CTI1, USN
Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2006 15:23:58 +0100
Last year I went on holiday to North Korea for a week, just to see what it was like. During my time there we were proudly shown the USS Pueblo as an example of North Korean "might". It is still very much a tool of propaganda, with a most hilariously old-fashioned video extolling the bravery of the North Koreans that captured it. Also, I met a man, now an Admiral, who was aparently part of the crew that captured the boat. I took a few photos, I thought you may be interested in them. I'm the gormless-looking chap in the orange t-shirt! http://www.e-penguin.uh-hosting.co.uk/gallery/pyongyang?page=7 Hope this brings back a few memories!
Cheers, Daniel Lakey
I am a sheriff's deputy in Arizona and have seen the story about the Pueblo on T.V. and have read about it on the internet. It all happened well before I was born in 1977. I recently arrested a subject that stated that he was on the pueblo and spent " nine months in prison in Korea". I think he was looking for a break. I don't really feel bad about it due to the crime I arrested him for, but I was up late and decided to see if I could find a list of crew members on board during the incident and see if he was among them. You will be glad to hear that his name did not pop up anywhere. I will definitely be adding that to the report as well and will bring it up every chance I can. In my line of work I see this crap a lot. People tell me they were navy seals or green berets a lot but, this is the first time I heard this one. This site is outstanding and it is a great way for others to learn and remember what happened.
Thank you. Jason.
Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2006 18:47:32 +0000 (UTC)
I am interested in what type of communication was onboard at the time the U.S.S. Pueblo was seized? Do you know if the KW-7 crypographic system was being used or was here a different unit onboard? Can you help or point me in a direction that might help with this question?
Do you know the origin of the USS Pueblo. What was her length and her beam and was she flat bottomed. The reason i ask is whether it could have been a former amphibious landing craft, a LCI [landing craft infantry] We would like more information.
Thank you, Gordon L. Smith
I'm just a concerned citizen that would like to know why it is so hard for one of your POW's that was on the USS Pueblo to get any benefits. If nothing else for PTSD. I think it's pretty sad that a man can fight for his country, but his country won't help him when he needs it. This man has been denied any disability benefits. I think it is really sad... Kathy
Was the cmdr ever exonerated? Was he wounded during the capture?
I met Captain Bucher several years ago and remember vividly his stories of the Pueblo incident. I was sad to hear of his death only a few years after meeting him. However, last year, I had a rare opportunity to visit North Korea and tour the Pueblo, and would be happy to share some of the Photos of the ship as it currently exists, as well as any recollections of the tour of the vessel if you are interested. Thank you for your time and your service, -Rodger Baker
Date: April 2006
I am a Navy veteran and I have been searching the web for info on purchasing a copy of the movie or documentary about the Pueblo Incident without any luck. Do you know where I might purchase a VHS or DVD copy of the movie. I think it stared Hal Holbrook. --Ed Copher
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 08:26:30 -0700
We were the boys off the coast of North Korea, ready for the word to bring you home. I am the "Petty Officer in Charge" of http://www.ussyorktown.com and there is now a new perspective of our involvment in your capture. It is written by a radarman who worked in CIC of the USS Yorktown. I think your shipmates of the USS Pueblo would be interesting in reading how Gung Ho we were to rescue you and your fellow crewmen. click here: http://aspecialdayguide.com/yorktown/pueblo.htm
Respectfully, Daniel Alan Bernath Petty Officer 2nd Class USS Yorktown US Navy 1966-1970
Date: Sun, 7 May 2006 12:51:20 EDT
I had sent an e-mail a few months ago asking crew members of the Pueblo about Lloyd Bucher deserving the Medal of Honor, along with any others that should receive awards they did not receive. I got some favorable responses. I need more, from all if possible. I sent off this request to the Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy. Their response was that I need documentation, such as what action did this man do to receive this Honor. I wish they could read, the story is available if they would just look. The Navy must know. Anyway I am still pursuing this and will until the day I die. What I think I need is e-mails from crew members stating what action did Commander Bucher do to deserve this Honor. Can you guys help me. E-mail if you can, write me a letter. Please include any other crew members deserving of any awards they did not receive. What about Duane Hodges. He was destroying material when killed if I'm correct. he was a fireman if I am right. Does he deserve anything as he was working out of his given job, as most or all of you were. heck, all of you should have the Medal of Honor for what you did.
I am contacting you from Lou Reda Productions, a documentary production company in Easton, PA. We have recently been contracted by the History Channel to produce a 13 part series entitled "Hero Ships". Each hour long program will tell the story of a particular ship. We are considering including the USS Pueblo in this series and would like to talk with you about it. Her story is fascinating, and I am hoping you can put me in touch with veterans who can share the details of their amazing experiences. I hope to hear back from you shortly and look forward to working together on a truly exciting project.
Sincerely, Liz Wambold Lou Reda Productions 230 Ferry Street, 2nd Floor Easton, PA 18044 ph- 610-258-2957
To USS Pueblo Crew'
I was 17 years old when sent to serve in Korea about three weeks after you guys were captured all ready to do whatever it took to bring you all home. I look back and believe the way Our country handled your capture was the start of a series of events we will regret as long as there is a free United States. We have great power but no longer seem to have the will to use it.In a World with garbage like the North Korean Government and others someone must be willing to take out the garbage. "Bring home the Pueblo or lets sink her where she sits" I would love to meet you guys God Bless
I really enjoyed your Pueblo web site after all of these years, you have done a great job to help keep the memory alive for the Pueblo crew and its families. I worked for the Naval Oceanographic Office from April 1966 to April 1986. I knew Denny Tuck and Harry Iredale and remember hearing their prison stories when they returned. Up until just a few years ago Denny was still working for the Naval Oceanographic Office. I am curious as to why you do not list the names of the crew members and the two oceanographers. There are references to the oceanographers but no accounting as to what they were doing. An interesting follow up to your website would be where are these men now and what they are doing. I know Capt. Bucher used to visit NAVOCEANO at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, but I heard he passed away recently. I hope he received some kind of recognition for his horror that he went through. Do you know where Harry Iredale is now? Thanks, for the great work.
Sincerely, Michael Dee Systems Engineer (NGA) National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
What an honor to have you take the time to reply to my e-mail. You see in my mind and my heart you and your shipmates will always be heros. No one could ask any more of you then what you all gave. I know in my heart history should show the brave crew of the USS Pueblo in the most positive light. It would be an honor to meet some of you and I hope to do so. My condolences to you all on the resent loss of your shipmate Monroe "Goldie" Goldman. Heres to the day we bring the USS Pueblo home! May God bless you all.
I was aboard the USS Bradley DE 1041 during your ordeal. We remained on station for 40 day most of the time at GQ frustrated of doing nothing. We were your designated tow/escort ship. Please make with us www.ussbradley.com and email@example.com president USS Bradley Association.
Do Good Thing, Paul J. Groos USS Bradley Association
Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2006 01:12:41 -0400 (EDT)
Dear sir, I am the owner of a forum for the US Military in South Korea. I would like to know if it is possible to do an interview with one of the Pueblo crew members. It would be a simple e-mail interview. Thanks for your time! -- Founder, USFK forums and Classifieds 808-386-9435
You know because I was sent to Korea a couple of weeks after the USS Pueblo incident and was there still two months after your return I feel a comradeship with you all. I wonder if I can do something for you guys. I live about 200 miles from where Duane Hodges is at rest I would be Honored to look after his grave for you once in awhile or whatever I can do, just ask. This is from Paul Schreiber an Army guy but my son was Navy so I'm not all bad. God Bless
I happened to have obtained a used copy of Cmdr. Bucher's autobiography which is signed and presented to John Maloney, a fellow submariner. It seems to me this book would have some value to Mr. Maloney or his family, and I would give it to him if I knew who he was. Do you have any idea who John Maloney is? Incidentally, this is a great book and story. Thank you. Leighton Lang
Dear Sir or Madam:
On January 23, 1968, I was in a firefight in Vietnam alongside a Garcia -- Emilio Garcia. He was first to tell me of the Pueblo's capture and, as I recall, that a relative of his was aboard the ship. On that same day, January 23, 1968, Emilio was killed by small arms fire. I was one of the last people he spoke to. I am wondering of Policarpo "PP" Garcia could be that relative of which he spoke? If he is, and if "PP" is still alive, could you please forward my e-mail address to him? I would be grateful.
Respectfully, Joe Guerra San Diego, California
All Vets from the Pueblo,
My name is James C. Johnston, formerly with the Adjutant General's office at Ft Lewis, Washington during the time the Pueblo was captured. For many reasons, TREASON and other threats made to myself and others, l could not tell you what l'm about to but it's been 40 years, l've been denied VA Benefits as l was stateside although l was blamed for the deaths of hundreds of men as they were trying to get me to stop contacting Westmoreland at his home and Commander of the Pueblo who, after release, learned the truth but could not pass the msg to his troops for similar reasons as mine. There were 3 Spy Ships put into Korean waters with basic crews to run the ships and intelligence info on board was falsified. The REASON was that the US Gov needed l00,000 troops for the TET OFFENSIVE and could not draft, put people thru Basic Training and AlT (advanced individual training) as that took l6 weeks just for the training and that was all the time so the logic was to be attacked by another country as at that point we were the attackers and could not legally activate the National Guard or Reserves unless the US was under attack. Knowing that the worlds' press was watching, we sent 2 (TWO) battalions to Korea and than broke another law by activating and SENDING troops to Viet Nam. Think of the logic. Attacked by your neighbor so you go next door to beat up your other neighbor. POINT is. ALL those aboard the Pueblo need to know this as the military kept all records from my first time trying for benefits as this and the rest has taken me from family and friends, livelihood, depression and constant suicidal thoughts so l'm hoping the time limit is up on this so l don't get put in prison. The proof is probably in the history books nix the other 2 spy ships and the fact that the US Government had a lawsuit filed against them, the first state militia in American History to do so, for illegally activating and sending National Guard overseas as the law was the National Guard was to protect OUR borders and those of our Territories. This was filed in l968 by the l03 National Guard from University of Southern California NG which had MANY CBS employees in that unit and thus MIKE WALLACE got involved with reporting the truth and was sued and LOST to WESTY because he LIED as did our GOVERNMENT. PLEASE, before l pass on as l've developed Morgellon's disease and although the BVA had several shrinks and counselors say my problems stem from the Viet Nam era or within months of ETS but my records of proof apparently disappeared with other records from a Mental Health group who had documented this for me within one year of ETS. When the military found out all records had been burned in l980, they denied me but l'm still continuing.
Please let me know what l can do. best, James C. Johnston US Army Adjutant General Deployment
Doing some research on your pages about the Pueblo, and was stopped cold by the following paragraph: In addition to the lack of ready protection, the US Navy maintained the same communications procedures and methods for the PUEBLO mission as LIBERTY had operated under during her fateful mission of June 1967. The PUEBLO's inability to establish reliable communications with a higher command authority would be a similar repeat of the problems that contributed to the lack of help for LIBERTY. Unfortunately, it appears nothing was learned from the LIBERTY incident. I was a 'witness', via teletype communications, of both the attacks on the USS Liberty and the USS Pueblo. I say a 'teletype witness', for every time a message came in from those ships, it was immediately posted for all of us in the ops center to read. I was enlisted in the Army Security Agency at that time, and was stationed near Ankara, Turkey, during the Liberty attacks, and in Chitose, Japan when the Pueblo was taken. I recall no unexplained lapse in communications during either event. Had such a thing happened, I'm sure we "watchers" would have concluded the ship had been destroyed, and that would not be something I could have forgotten. The procedure in the late '60's was that certain high priority messages (as any message from a listening post under attack would be) were broadcast to "all recipients" -- that is, all stations that had the state of the art scrambler communications equipment that I believe only NSA had at the time). Any station picking up such a message would rebroadcast the message, again to all recipients. Thus each message was broadcast many hundreds of times on its way to DIRNSA. A fail safe system, and no way the messages didn't get through to the states in a timely manner. It is possible, if not probable, that the ships, being somewhat more vulnerable to attack and capture, did not have state of the art communications equipment. But the equipment they did have was enough to reach us in Turkey and Japan. And we had the equipment to get a message around the world in a few seconds. If you are in touch with any of the comm center personel from the Pueblo, I am sure they would verify what I've said here.
Ken Slusher fomer teletype intercept operator, ASA/NSA
To Whom It May Concern:
I have just been reminded of the courage of Commander Lloyd Bucher during his command of the of the USS Pueblo while viewing an unlikely source of information. " Family Plots " was airing one of their regular shows and it astounded me as to how I had forgotten such a man of great courage, strength and honor as Commander Bucher. The funeral was held at the source of this show and it showed the great amount of finesse and true respect and brought back to me the memories of that time. I was a teen ager in a small town called LeRoy, Illinois but I do remember that Capt. Bucher's stand and his unmeasurable courage to do what he thought was the right thing to do under the circumstances, helped me to begin a strong devotion to my country, a desire to choose the best options for others around me and to be able to stand strong and proud with the decisions I make. I believed then and I believe now that Capt. Bucher was a hero of all heros and perhaps more courageous than most Heroes. I just wanted to give my thanks and sympathy to his other supporters and to his family. I will always think of him as a great courageous, honest and partiotic officer to ever serve this country.
My name is Ray Spencer. Although I have never served in the military I was a civilian employee at the Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Maryland in 1972. My grandfather had a farm on the property and my father claimed to be the only sailor to have been born and also to have gone through boot camp on the Bainbridge site. In 1972 I was a recent HS graduate and worked full time at the CPO Club on base. I have never forgotten the name of the person who trained me and helped me to get my military drivers’ license, Charlie Crandell. After hearing that he had been a member of the crew of the Pueblo his name was forever in my memory. Although he may not remember me, he was always a hero in my mind and I’ve told many of my acquaintances that I knew him. If my memory is accurate, he was leaving the Navy to become a prison guard I believe in Oklahoma and I was taking over some of his duties as a warehouseman at the club. The passing of CDR Bucher renewed my interest in the Pueblo, I have been wondering how Mr. Crandell had been doing. Although I’m sure that he will not remember a young overweight kid from 1972, I’m writing to simply say that I hope he has done well and to thank him, his crewmembers and all those who serve our country. If possible could you please pass my comments on to him? I will always be proud to have come in contact with him and I hope that his life after the military has been healthy and prosperous.
Thank you, F. Ray Spencer
I covered the Board of Inquiry in Coronado, CA, in 1969 for ABC News. I have an artist's sketch of Peter Bucher, signed by him, along with a Navy press pass and a Pueblo patch. I don't know if you have central place where such items are collected, but if you want any of these items, I would be happy to send them to you.
You will recall that about a year and a half ago, you gave conditional permission for my quoting material from this web site. Since then, the conditions were met and communicated to you. Without objection, I proceded to complete the writing of my book, "Intelligence Failures and Decent Intervals", available now through Amazon.com and others. In keeping with my custom of providing complimentary copies of my work to such contributors as the USS Pueblo Veterans Association, I will be sending a signed copy to you upon receipt of a "snail" mail address for that purpose. Thanks very much,
P. G. Kivett, Esquire Author
I'm not sure if you saw the images of what are purported to be those of the USS Pueblo in Pyongyang (off Google Earth), so I'll send them along.
Sincerely, Thomas Duvernay Webmaster, USS Starr (AKA-67) http://www.ussstarr.org
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2006 18:37:06 -040
I am working on a book to be published by HarperCollins, under the imprint of The Smithsonian Institution, during Winter '07. The title of the book is "How To Tell A Secret", and it will deal with ciphers and codes and secrets in everyday life. I plan to include an overview of the U.S.S. Pueblo incident as part of the book, with particular emphasis on the use of the "Hawaiian Gook Luck Sign". I am wondering if any of the veterans would be willing to discuss this element with me in depth. We could do it via telephone, or I could meet with a veteran at their convenience. I note from your website that several live near Washington DC, and I am there at least one day a week. If convenient, I could travel to one of their homes or meet in some neutral location (a restaurant, perhaps). This is a legitimate request. If you care to check my bona fides, you will see that this book is already listed on amazon.com My "pen name" is J.G. Lewin. This is the third book I will have produced for HarperCollins/Smithsonian. Please respond to this email, or give me a call at the toll-free number below. Thank you for your response to this email. Jim Lewin
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 15:22:31 -0700
How could I find a list of the crew and maybe a picture. I mite of had a cousin on the ship at that time. His name was Robert Schnell. Thanks for any Info. Don Frison
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 09:36:04 -0400
Some of your folks might be interested in the book "Asia From Above" that tells the story of the USAF 67th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron at Yokota, Japan from 1957 to 1971. We were the ones who processed and did photo interpretation on the Black Shield (CIA A-12) mission over North Korea in January 1968. The book includes several First Hand accounts of that mission from PIs who worked it. Our photo interpreters found Pueblo in Wonson Harbor, and identified surrounding defenses "just in case." We then supplied target materials to carriers and AF units coming to the area "just in case." The Pueblo story is a relatively small part of what the unit did over 15 years, but it is something you might like to read. The book is available from Amazon, but the best price is direct from Author House. I have attached an image of the book cover. Regards, Roy Stanley
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 13:57:40 -0700 (PDT)
Gentlemen and Ladies of the Pueblo,
My 25 years plus career in US Intelligence began with the capture of the Pueblo. I piloted an electronic platform in Southeast Asia starting in November 1969. I was a cleared intelligence officer who was sent to fight school in order to ensure that platform commanders had complete command control of any and all platforms. I served in the Vietnam theater; like the Pueblo, I worked in areas not discussed in the open. Latter I spent 14 years with the CIA. My question: After the capture of John Walker and members of his family in 1985, has anyone now updated the significance of the capture of the Pueblo? For once Walker signed on to deliver key codes, a need for the actual KW equipment was paramount to the communisms. They apparently read naval communications throughout the remainder of the Vietnam campaign and far into the cold war era. The Soviets have stated on many occasions that the Walker family spies were their greatest spy accomplishment. The capture of the Pueblo had the full backing of the Soviets, the Chinese and their operatives, the North Koreans. The capture of the Pueblo had far reaching results.
Paul W. Thompson
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 12:12:30 -0700 (PDT)
I was aboard Enterprise when we were called into action from Sasebo, Japan. I was with VA-35 aboard CVAN-65. Attached is a picture of the Big E enroute thru the Sea of Japan, taken from our cruise book. It was a very memorable cruise for us to say the least. Jim Wetzel Terrell
I was one of the USN Radiomen on the midwatch (midnight till 0800) at the Naval Radio Station (Receiver Sight), Kamiseya, Japan when the Pueblo was captured. That's been a long time ago, and my memory isn't perfect, but I do recall some things to be perfectly clear, even haunting at times: The problem with the Pueblo contacting higher authorities wasn't due to poor HF radio propagation as your account theorizes. The procedure for communication with these "CT ships", as the Radioman called them, was for the ship to bring up a CW (morris code) transmitter on a ship-to-shore ciruit with Naval Communication Station Japan. There were various frequencies reserved for this purpose, so finding a frequency that would propagate wasn't a problem. Besides, the Pueblo wasn't that far away. While the radio receivers for this CW net were located at the receiver sight at Kamiseya, the morris code operators were actually at the communication station in Yokosuka. (The audio was passed to Yokosuka from Kamiseya, via microwave). The ship operator was to send the phrase "activate circuit 21P" (P for Pueblo, B for Banner, etc). When the CW operator received and authenticated the transmission from the ship, he passed the phrase verbatum to the control center, at the communication station in Yokosuka, who then passed the phrase verbatum via a tty circuit to the NRS at Kamiseya. When the tty operator at Kamiseya received this "activate circuit 21P" phrase on the teletype orderwire from the control center at Naval Communication Station, Yokosuka, the radiomen at the NRS were to "tune up" a radio reciver on a preset frequency to recieve a radio teletype transmission from the Pueblo - actually the Radiomen at the receiver site just tuned up the receiver, and passed the audio to the Security Group personnel (CT's) who were in a different part of the building. Crypto equipment of the security group was required to decrypt the signal. This sounds like a lot of runaround I know, but it was actually a very good proceedure and had worked great for a long while. The ship would come up morris code first because it was quick and easy to get a short activation notice to the security group - CW isn't as susceptible to atmospheric noises, etc as other modes of comm, plus it's more discrete - no steady carrier to home in on. In the early morning of capture day, the teletype operator at the receiver sight was engaged in a lot of "shooting the breeze" with other guys on watch. I can't recall if it was a call from the control center at Yokosuka on the voice orderwire, telling us to check the teletype orderwire or what caused me to go over and personally check the teletype monitor roll - but it was there and there was a time entry in front of it, indicating when the control center had sent the words, "Activate Circuit 21 Papa". I recall that the time the activation message was sent, was at least 2 hours before I discovered it - seemingly 4 hours, but I can't say for certain. I immediately ran back to an R-390 HF receiver, which already had an antenna connected to it, and turned in the present radio frequency. I had a speaker on the audio output so that I could turn the receiver better. The audio was very loud and clear - "booming in" as we would say in the old days of HF communications. After that, it seemed like every security group person in the world showed up. Of course a lot in those days was blamed on " poor propagation", "bad frequency", etc. But this one can't be blamed on "props". My name isn't actually joe hall, and I do not want my real name known. Maybe the communicators on the ship will at least know that they didn't drop the ball.
Only recently I have been in North Korea and I have visited the spy ship in Pyongyang. And the story I got there (from a soldier who was part of the victorious DPRK-team) was quite different from the lies presented on your website. Anyway, I congratulate the North Korean people and my North Korean friends to their success over the aggressive US policy. I wish them many more successes like these as long as the US-government does not stop to be an aggressive, imperialist world terrorist.
Sirs, I am very much aware of the Pueblo incident and have a lot of admiration for those involved. When it happened, I was on temporary duty at Kadena AB, Okinawa. I was a member of a joint USAF/CIA organization that flew the A-12, which had the same or better speed and altitude capabilities as the SR-71. Our home base was Area-51. My job was a mission planner for our Mach 3+ recon missions we were flying over the Southeast Asia area before the SR-71 era when your problem surfaced. The pilot that flew the overflight of North Vietnam for intelligence on your fate was Frank Murray, a friend of mine. If you do a Google search on "The Pueblo incident A-12 mission", it will direct you to our web site and his story about his Blackshield mission BX6847. When you were in the harbor, he was 80,000 feet above you at Mach 3+. Our organization is called Roadrunners Internationale. Our website is www.roadrunnersinternationale.com. It tells Frank's story, too. Contact me if you would like further information. Ronald Girard
I was on the Pueblo a couple of years ago while our ship was delivering grain to Nampo. I've got several pictures from our tour if you would like to have them......if so please write back and I'll email them. Jeremy Walton
It has been well over thirty years since my Junior High School days in Rochester, NH. As I look back on that time, the one highlight that always stands out was the time spent in SGT Robert J. Hammond, USMC’s home room. I have no idea to this day how he ever ended up at our JR High but the life lessons he shared, as well as, the privilege we had to learn some real history from a real hero is something I am still proud to share with people after all these years. To this day I’m not sure he ever realized what an impact he made on some of us. SGT Hammond was always willing to share what occurred during his long ordeal. He never spoke in a self pitying way, but rather in a way that presented the facts about the attack and subsequent capture and imprisonment. I would be willing to bet that in my life time I will never meet a hero of the caliper of SGT Hammond. I don’t know whatever happened to SGT Hammond after he left our school but he and the rest of the crew of the USS Pueblo will always have a special place in history and in the lives of all that they and your association touch by keeping the memory of this incident alive for all time. Steven Mann Rochester, NH
Just wanted to drop you a quick note. I came across your website and found it very interesting. I must have read the whole thing and thirst for more knowledge about this incident. Having not been born until 1967, I had never even heard about this. Now I know, thanks for all that you did, and all that you went thru, and thanks for putting up this site. It should be able to be a historical record( especially liked the first hand stories ) it made it more personal. Anyways. Thanks Dan Rokicki
I was searching for information on the 121 Evac Hospital when I found your site. I was a U. S. Army Captain assigned to the 121 Evac in ASCOM Korea in 1968. Upon arriving in Korea on 1 Mar 68, my first assignment was to make preparations to receive the crew of the Pueblo upon repatriation. I worked with the Navy liaison office in Seoul, procured Navy uniforms for each crew member, secured medical records on the crew, and made preparations for providing medical treatment upon their arrival. There were several times during 1968 when we were alerted to the possibility of the release of the crew. When confirmation came on 22 December, we had 24 hours to mobilize and we were told to hold the crew for less than 24 hours and get them out for transport home in time for Christmas. What had been a gloomy Christmas in the Frozen Chosen away from families became the best Christmas in my memory. I vividly remember greeting the crew as they entered the hospital with tears of joy and relief as they saw Christmas decorations and knew, for certain, that they were free and on their way home. We were privileged to serve the crew and to talk with them. Not a Christmas Eve has passed in these 36 years that I have not remembered that day and paused to toast the crew. The true meaning of freedom, for me, was defined that day. Freedom is precious and only those who have had it denied can help the rest of us understand how fragile and tenuous is can be. To the crew of the Pueblo, thank you for your service; thank you for your courage; and thank you for showing how precious every day of freedom is. Note for your website narrative: The section on repatriation cites the 121 Evac Hospital at Seoul. In 1968 it was at ASCOM City, an Army installation near Bupyong Dong and Yong-Dong-Po, midway between Inchon and Seoul. I believe I may still have a copy of the hospital admission record for the crew and a reel-to-reel audio tape of the incesant radio broadcast of Radio Pyongyang on the day of the release, excoriating the "imperialist U. S. agressors" and the "U. S. spy ship Pueblo." Neil W. Bohnert Lynchburg, VA
Dear USS Pueblo Crewmember,
The Pueblo incident still remains vivid in my mind after all these years. On,before and after November 1967, I was a QM3 stationed with COMSERPAC in Pearl that did part of your briefings prior to your deployment to Westpac. I had followed the progress of the USS Pueblo during it's refitting in Bremerton, sailing to Pearl and again charted your progress to Korea in COMSERPAC's "war room". During your short stay in Pearl, for ship's briefings, I was invited by a crew member (and I accepted) to have lunch and tour your ship. In mid Jan. 1968 I was separated from the Navy only two days before your capture. I remember well telling my co-workers in Comservpac's war room that your ship was headed for some trouble knowing exactly how close you were to North Korea from your daily plotting reports to Comserpac. What upsets me the most about this incident was the USS Pueblo was not doing anything that other nations were doing just off Pearl Harbor. The Russians kept 2 to 3 survlanvce craft on station during my entire time at Pearl. I regret this incident and your capture by the North Korean's. Since that time, I have often thought about and prayed for the USS Pueblo's crew. The ship and crew have a permanent place in my mind, your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten to our nation by me. Sincerely, Richard E. Titsworth Whitesburg, Kentucky
I can remember the AP photo with the crew of the USS Pueblo all showing the good luch sign. However I can not find the AP photo in any of the newspapers at my local Library's archive. Can you give me a date when the photo was in most US newspapers? Thank You, Gary Miller
Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 16:44:15 -0400 Many thanks for your response to my message. I'm very new at the computer, thanks to my daughters who thought it would help 'occupy' my time after emergency open-heart surgery. I know how to turn it on and I know how to get on the Internet to pursue my lifetime passion for history. Some sites note they are copyright protected and can't be copied but can be purchased. Were that the case in this instance, I would gladly have paid. Can't afford to pay for too many of them so I have to be grudgingly selective until it almost hurts. Now, with your kind guidance, when one of my daughters visits again, i will save your instructive letter and she will know exactly how to follow your instructions.I searched, mostly in vain, several decades ago in libraries and bookstores for information on THE USS LIBERTY as well as THE USS PUEBLO, happening some not too many months thereafter. The obvious 'blackout' was 'carbon black'. Then along came Borne's "The USS LIBERTY: Dissenting vs official History and of course, Ennes' superb and literally shocking: "THE USS LIBERTY" and the proverbial 'Pandora's Box' was forever open. The entire fiasco of both incidents yet leave me with somewhat of the numbing of conscious affirmation; not too unlike those hordes of Chinese coming across those frozen waters when guns couldn't fire fast enough and grotesquely wounded Marines seemed like a never-ending descent into HELL for want of means to do more than primitive improvising with all supplies long since exhausted. The denial of reality is pathological but the deliberate obfuscation of reality is more than treasonous treachery, it has the very markings of pure EVIL. The USS LIBERTY and the USS PUEBLO, admittedly, each uniquely very different, yet both were covered by that same shroud of pure EVIL for what will forever remain an indelible 'stain of shame' on the fabric of AMERICAN HISTORY! TRAGIC barely scratches the surface of culpability to the highest offices of this GREAT COUNTRY. God forgive us. Many thanks!, James E. Girzone
i am a junior at enloe high school in north carolina and i have enrolled in my school's us military history class. my teacher's name is bob matthews and in class today he was teaching us about the events that went down with the north koreans in 1968.he also showed us the picture of some of the crew that was in some magazine, i believe it was Time (? im not sure), in which the men in the front row gave a bit of a signal to prove wrong the messages of the soldiers being well kept and fed that the picture was trying to propogate to america. one piece of info that he shared with us that was a little bit shocking to me was that the USS Pueblo was the only ship to have ever surrendered to another vessel. he also expressed that he was never able to come to a complete agreement with one side or another in whether the captain was right in doing so, but what he has always been able to express is how a man could make that decision with eighty-four odd seamen's lives in one hand and a material thing, a ship, in the other and which was to be of more value. another thing he was able to express was how one could come into the mindset to act as such of a soldier, i believe his name was, Dwayne Hodges. while all would be resolute on how the reprocussions of his actions were carried through by the north koreans, not all would agree with how he decided to go. i personally feel that i would have done the same thing. while his orders were to surrender willingly and he chose the alternate route of retaliation, no man on earth would be able to knock him for that. at least thats how i feel. in short, i just wanted to express to you how moved i was by the story of the Pueblo and that i will forever remember this event. it was a brilliantly taught lesson and i would look forward to hearing back from you. sincerely, alexander jones
Dear Pueblo Veterans: I'm a navy reservist working at US Special Operations Command MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL. Do you know if there are any Pueblo veterans in the Tampa area? I'm preparing a brief on the Pueblo incident for my duty section and I would like for a Pueblo veteran to be present if one is in the area. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, CTR1 Kirk Jones US Naval Reserve USSOCOM MacDill AFB
Whe the ship was attacked I wanted to join the Navy but was too young when it was time to join the militairy my Father said I would only join the same service the he served in,I pointer out the the Army Air Force did not exist and that I wished to join the Navy.His reply was the Air Forse did exsit they only droped the name Army out.So I complied with his wishes,and served our gerat country as a member of the S.S.Air Force.I did have a cousin that did serve the Navy.So I guess the family did balance out the services. The point I'm trying to make is this what was done to the ship and crew was wrong then and still is.The only thing if that had happened now we would be fighting in that region of the world as well as were we are fighting.God Bless the crew of the Pueblo,and their families. Michael J.Golch
My father was with ONI/NIS at the time of the Pueblo Incident and has told me many times, Cdr Bucher did everything he could to prevent what happened to his ship. R, Jane Beason
Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2006 19:14:14 +0200
I read with many interest the history of your vessel. I only had one question. After the crew was released, what happened with the boat? Did she ever return to the US?
Kind regards, Frederic Logghe
Do you know of a site where I might find the full text of the "confession" which includes the phrase about "penetration, no matter how slight?" Does the association have reunions from time to time? Is there a list of how the crew are doing? I ask out of historical interest -- it seems to me this incident doesn't get the attention it deserves, nor do the crew get the credit they deserve. Thank you. Ed Darrell Dallas
l find it hard after so many years that finding someone other than the official government website to help me contact anyone who was aboard the Pueblo when they were captured, intentionally, in a few months prior to the TET OFFENSIVE. l am formerly with the Adjutant General's Ofc, Ft. Lewis, WA during l966 to l968 and knew of the capture of either the Pueblo or two other ships approximately 4 months prior to the TET OFFENSIVE. l believe now, as l did than and after speaking via phone with Cmdr. Bucher and Gen. Westmoreland, that the ONLY reason they were planted there were to obtain enough troops for the upcoming TET Offensive. The DRAFT was not quick enough and the US broke Federal Law by sending National Guardsmen to do other than to protect our borders and those of our territories. History has proven me right and US Senator Maria Cantwell has filed the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) on the USS Pueblo, Morgellons Disease which tests are currently being conducted by the CDC (Ctr for Dis Ctrl), and the CID's involvement with this activity during that time period. The CIA has sent myself a letter in which l have yet to reply but need input from ANY of the troops aboard the Pueblo to help establish what is currently happening know in lraq and North Korea. lt is time to step forward and stop Bush from making a final step the wrong direction. Please contact Sen. Maria Cantwell, US Senator from WA state at 202 - 224 - 3441 or myself, JC at 253 445 0490. Thanks and in this writing process decided to enter a couple of more names to the email. Best regards, JC Johnston Adjutant General's Ofc l966-68 Ft Lewis, WA ltr from CIA 25 Aug. 2006 ltr from Don Rayburn, last man interrogated by CID at Ft Lewis, WA ltr from DAV 22 Sep. 06 ltr from DAV 26 Sep. 06 more available but know Sen Cantwell is for ALL soldiers, current or not and I'm tired of waiting 38 years for completion and hiding this lie regarding the "Taking of the Pueblo" when the truth is it was set up. l also haven't VOTED except once since Viet Nam. At this point in my life l do not fear the CIA as they have destroyed the last 40 years for no reason. To kill me now would be a blessing. All responses appreciated.
1. I served in the US Navy for 20 years. Retired in June 1975. 2. I was GMC (DV) on board the USS Safeguard (ARS-25) sailing into Sasebo, tying up at the same pier, where the "Pueblo" was getting underway, on the opposite side of the pier, to "head north" as the "signalman" on the "pueblo" sent to me by "semaphore" (using just his hands/arms, without "sem. Flags) That was the last time i saw him, or the Pueblo. 3. Shortly thereafter, we were in "Yokosuka" when we received a message to return to "Sasebo" via the "Nagasaki Straits" (navigator's nightmare) (all the messages were "top secret" and I was breaking in the "C.O." in navigation, consequently, although I did not have a "clearance" he had to show me the messages and charts in order that I could plot the course.) Intentions were, by the time we reached the "north" end of the "Nagasaki Straits" we were either: (a) going to head "north" and enter "Wonsan Harbor" in company of a destroyer, go alongside the "Pueblo" put a "boarding party" on board, and take it under tow out of the channel. .. Or.. (b) head "south" to Sasebo. 4. Of course, we did "b"...that was the first time in my naval career, that I felt "shame" in wearing the "uniform" and I was not alone. 5. We thought for sure we were going to war with "North Korea" (we had all those ships already on station around "North Korea") 6. That same year, (after spitting on our faces with the "Pueblo") two migs forced a commercial airliner to land in North Korea, claiming they were in their "air space" - as I recollect, they let another plane land and pick up the crew & passengers, but they kept the aircraft, as they did the "Pueblo" 7. What really gets me. Here "they" are at it again. This time with the "atomic weapons" scenario" and you know they are going to "spit on our faces again, by doing another "blast" 8. What gets me the most is, why is it when, (the way I see it), "we" loose "face" you never hear about it again??!! I'm still working offshore in the Gulf of mMxico, as a "diving construction consultant" (Iretired as a "master diver") 9. Boat captain on the vessel that I’m on, and a couple of other hands, were watching the "news" when they had mentioned "Noth Korea" and their "nuclear blast" (I made the statement, "we should of "nuked" those suckers, when they captured the "Peublo" I was shocked to get these "dumb looks" from all. As I looked around those faces, I said, "Don't tell me that you guys never heard of the "North Koreans" capturing the "Pueblo" back in 1968!!?? (of course, they had not!! One guy was born around that time, another was 8 years old, the other two, were not even born yet!!) I turn to one of them that was by the computer and told him tom go on the "internet" and type "USS Pueblo". He did..and .. Of course..found your website, and the story in detail. 10.I decided to write this letter to you. 11. Just like "9/11" the day it happened I felt we should've had one of the "boomers" in the Atlantic coast push the "button" and make a big lake out of "Iraq, Iran, & Syria" instead of loosing all the young persons we keep loosing every month. 12.The, "North Korea" started acting up back then, (9/11), I said "have a "boomer" in the "Pacific Ocean" push their "button" and "nuke" those suckers, and whoever doesn't like it, give us your name, and we'll put it on the "list" of "who's next??!!" and end all this bullcrap of, even the little countries, like Venezuela, Argentina, are threatening to "kick our butts" 13. Contrary to the governments believes, I think like "Toby Keith's" song, "they should show "9/11" tragedy every day numerous times!! Why let the people forget!!??? Just like the "Pueblo"...the majority of the persons that I talk to from 20 to 40 years ole, & some older, don't have any knowledge whatsoever about the "Pueblo" no sense asking them about the "Liberty"!!! 14. I do believe it's a great shame!! 15. Lastly, to all of you that were on the uss pueblo (ager-2), I salute you!!
May the Lord keep on guiding you through your life, and keep you in good health, and you keep the Lord close to your heart!!! Frank de la Oliva QMC(MDV) USN RET.
Since the North Koreans were not beligerants in the Viet Nam War, and
since this nation is nowhere near the third world countries in Africa which countries you specified were somehow to be protected by the Pueblo's re- conosance mission, of what material importance was it to create this mis- sion. Yours Truly: Richard Coen
Thought you might find these recent pictures (2004) of the ship (outside and inside) interesting for inclusion on your site. … Paul Lemsky
http://www.korea-dpr.com/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=KFA-International-March-for-Koreas-Peace-and-Reunification%2C-2004&id=abg http://www.korea-dpr.com/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=KFA-International-March-for-Koreas-Peace-and-Reunification%2C-2004&id=abi http://www.korea-dpr.com/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=micheldprk&id=aas http://www.korea-dpr.com/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=simonsen-album&id=abz http://www.korea-dpr.com/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=Morepicsreun&id=abg
To whom it may concern. I have looked into this site and need to know. Do you ever send merchant marines now or have you ever had them on a ship like the USS Pueblo? Someone cklaims that he was on that ship as a merchant marine. Thank you very much. Mrs. Marion Weed. I would appreciate hearing from you.
I came across your site inadvertently, while searching for another web page. I was a boatswains mate aboard the USS Jouett (DLG-29), a guided missle destroyer frigate. We were in the Gulf of Tonkin at the time of the Pueblo incident. We were called off station and sent directly to Korea. All we heard at that time was the Pueblo supposedly entered Korean waters, and some of the crew were injured during an attack and ultimately captured. Our mission was to be in position to show military power to the Koreans. From what I heard, we were first on the scene and told to stay there until other forces arrived. We weren’t alone for long. Other ships arrived shortly after us and we went directly back to the gulf. Information following the incident was sketchy. We heard all kinds of rumors. What I do remember was reading about the incident via the newspapers and other media sources. I recall the photos taken of the crew, with what I vaguely recall, more then one of them giving the finger. I remember Capt. Bucher being blamed for the incident and couldn’t believe it. In my opinion, those guys were heroes. They went through much physical and mental torture. I met one of the crew after they were released. It was in a bar in downtown San Diego. He didn’t say much at all. I got a strong impression he didn’t want to talk, not because he shouldn’t, but because he wanted to forget. I saw an article recently on Capt. Bucher’s obit. That man deserved better then what they wrote about him, a lot better. On rare occasions in the past, the Pueblo incident would come up in conversation, and I was shocked to learn no one ever heard of it. It’s very sad to me, but I make sure they hear at least some of it. I don’t think anyone of our generation will ever forget the Pueblo, it’s Capt. and crew. I for one won’t. God bless you all! Dennis
As much as I hate to add to the cheesy factor that the USS Pueblo is now a tourist attraction, I thought you might like to know where the ship is now. It can viewed on Google earth. (see attachment). Also tx for the website on the history of the Pueblo Incident. I was actually trying to find Pongyondom after reading a Yahoo article on border tourism. I was searching on Google earth and was frustrated. Further searches found some interesting milatary maps of the Korean War. There was a reference to the Pueblo Incident and that took me to your site. A couple or more hourslater..... Anyways, I eventually found the 'Bridge of No Return' and the rest of the village.
Cheers, Dave Hooey USS Pueblo.kmz
F I am a vet ofthe USS Thomas C. Hart FF-1092 and wanted to share this with all the Veteran Associations: Veterans Urged to Wear Military Medals, American Forces Press Service | Donna Miles | November 07, 2006
WASHINGTON - With National Veterans Awareness Week under way and the national Veterans Day observance on Nov. 11, the Veterans Affairs secretary is urging all veterans to show their pride by wearing their military medals. “R. James Nicholson’s Veterans Pride initiative calls on veterans to wear the medals they earned while in uniform this Veterans Day to let America know who you are and what you did for freedom.” he said. The campaign is modeled after a tradition in Australia and New Zealand, countries that honor the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, or ANZAC, every April 25. The observance originally commemorated more than 8,000 Australians killed during the battle of Gallipoli during World War I, but now honors all Australian and New Zealand veterans. Last year, while attending ANZAC ceremonies in Sydney, Nicholson said he was struck to see all the veterans and surviving family members wearing their military medals and campaign ribbons. “It focused public pride and attention on those veterans as individuals with personal histories of service and sacrifice for the common good.” he noted in a message to veterans. “That is why I am calling on America’s veterans to wear their military medals this Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2006.” Nicholson and leaders of major veterans groups announced the initiative during an Oct. 18 ceremony here at the VA headquarters. Wearing their medals, he said, “Will demonstrate the deep pride our veterans have in their military service and bring Veterans Day home to all American citizens.” “We expect Americans will see our decorated heroes unite in spirit at ceremonies, in parades and elsewhere as a compelling symbol of courage and sacrifice on Veterans Day, the day we set aside to thank those who served and safeguarded our national security.” Nicholson said at the ceremony. Nicholson and the veterans group leaders hope to start a new tradition in which U.S. veterans wear their military medals every Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Fourth of July. More information about the Veterans Pride campaign is posted on the VA Web site. The site also helps veterans determine where to go to replace lost medals or to confirm which decorations they’re entitled to wear. John D,. lewis s
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 15:03:54 -0500
Brave crew of the USS Pueblo, I recently saw a documentary series on TV about “Spying” and in one part of the show they talked about the Ed Walker spy ring and how he got his start in the treason business of selling secrets. Apparently Ed Walker sold the crypto code disk plans and manuals to the soviets but the soviets needed the machine to decode the disks so the they put the N. Koreans up to the task of obtaining the crypto machine. According to a soviets defector that, indeed, was the deal and apparently the soviets ended up with a functional decoding machine. Is that true and if so, how was that possible that the intelligence equipment and code books were not destroyed? Thanks in advance, Peter Dillon
On January 23, 1968, I was in a firefight in Vietnam alongside a Garcia -- Emilio Garcia. He was first to tell me of the Pueblo's capture and, as I recall, that a relative of his was aboard the ship. On that same day, January 23, 1968, Emilio was killed by small arms fire. I was one of the last people he spoke to. I am wondering of Policarpo "PP" Garcia could be that relative of which he spoke? If he is, and if "PP" is still alive, could you please forward my e-mail address to him? I would be grateful. Respectfully, Joe Guerra San Diego, California
My name is Ken Simundson and I am associated with American Legion Post 129 in Whidbey Island Washington. One of our members approached me with a story of paying the members of the Pueblo after their release. Apparently he was a dispersing clerk at the time and has in his position the original payment card deck. What this is I'm not quit sure, however it does identify all the members that received pay after their release. If there is an interest to receive these items please contact me at this email address. Thank You, Ken
I was an E-5 stationed aboard USS Canberra, heavy guided missile cruiser. Was in Yokosuka, Japan - getting drunk on my ass drinking Drambuie - chasing it down with Budweiser. Not too sophisticated a drinker. Got my butt hauled back to the ship by the shore patrol - a 'General Recall' I was saved from a twelve hour foot beat the next night on shore patrol by the fact that we were hauling ass in the early morning for the Sea of Japan and the area off Wonsan Harbor. I had to climb to the top of a missile fire control radar, and try to run receiver alignments while still in the grips of a gargantuan hangover. Tossed more than tools that day!! Spent a bit of time up there till the a very large tak force gathered; then they needed out 8" guns down in hue. Something happened during Tet and the Gyrenes were catching hell. Now I've just turned 60, collected my first USN Reserve retirement check. God, what history it all was. Ron Riml
My name is Alan Bellows, and I am the proprietor of a popular website called DamnInteresting.com. I have been doing research on the USS Pueblo incident for a future article, and your site has proven invaluable. Given your wealth of information on the subject, I was wondering if you might be able to help me confirm or contradict a detail of the story which appears in some retellings. While it is clearly true that the crew members used the "Hawaiian good luck sign" in photographs to give lie to the propaganda claims of the North Koreans, it has been said that in one photo the crew members secretly used sign language to spell out "snowjob." In my searching, I have yet to find a reputable reference for this photo's existence, nor have I been able to locate the photo itself. Can you let me know if the story is true to the best of your knowledge? Even better, if it is true, do you know where one can find a copy of the photograph in question? Incidentally, I intend to include your site in the reference links for the article, so you can expect a large, temporary influx of traffic on your site in the next few days... anywhere from 15,000-30,000 visitors. Thanks very much for any help, and take care!
Thanks for your reply! I did not realize that I would be addressing someone who experienced the Pueblo events first-hand. I must say that I admire the tenacity demonstrated by you and your crewmates during the ordeal, and I'm glad that almost all of you made it home. As I prepare my article, is there any oft-overlooked aspect to the story that you feel could use some extra attention? And/or any common misconceptions about the events? I wish to be as accurate, thorough, and respectful as possible in my retelling. Thank you. Alan Bellows
I hope this message finds you well. I've published my article about the USS Pueblo, and it can be found here: http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=588 . I was operating on a deadline, so I apologize if there was some overlooked aspect to the story which you would have suggested I include. Please feel welcome to contribute a comment on the article if you so desire (either with the site's form or by sending me a message to post on your behalf), as it will be seen by tens of thousands of readers over the next few days. I hope I did the events justice in my retelling, and I hope the article helps to immortalize the story... it is one which should be remembered always. Alan Bellows
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 16:15:14 -0700
I joined the Marine Corps as an enlisted man in 1978. One of my drill instructors at Parris Island claimed to be on the Pueblo, his last name was Saldate – amazing how you never forget some people. At the time I was in boot camp he was a Staff Sergeant. Anyway, one of my classmates at the Citadel recently sent me a link to your web site. When I reviewed it I noticed that there was no such listing for a Saldate being on board. Are all the veterans of the incident listed? Could a Marine guard have been overlooked in the listing? Just curious… By the way, thanks for your service! Best regards; Joe Cal
God Bless all of those who served and suffered. Thank you for your service to our Navy, country and ideals of freedom. It is a shame that the administration allowed you all to be held so long and equally shameful that your trust was betrayed by one of our own media outlets. It was a horrible thing you had to endure and I, again, wanted to say thank you for your service to all of us. Jeffrey L. Falwell
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 04:59:25 -0500 As a long ago member of the Yorktown's aviation element crew I wanted to send Merry Christmas wishes to all of the crew of the Pueblo. I've always felt guilty as hell that we came up there and then left without you guys. Best wishes Alan Yates Concord, New Hampshire
Gentlemen, my name is Kenneth Fields and I thought you might be interested in how the Pueblo and its crew have touched my life on two different occasion. First, while serving combat duty as a Marine Corporal in Vietnam with "M" Company 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, I had been in Viet Nam for 10 months when the Pueblo was illegally seized by the North Koreans. Shortly after its seizure my company was placed on 1 hour alert status. This meant that within one hour we must be loading aircraft and headed for South Korea in the event of "call up". For several days we were required to stay dressed 24 hours a day with our gear packed, our field gear and weapons within arms reach and confined to our quarters and the immediate company area. We could only remove our boots at night while sleeping but must remain dressed in our utility uniform. Talking with the men of my company, we were ready, able and willing to go to S. Korea to do what we could. However, our main concern was that we were acclimated to the climate in Vietnam (hot and muggy) and could possibly be headed to Korea where it was the dead of winter. We had only light clothing and absolutely no cold weather gear. We were certain that we would arrive in Korea and freeze our butts off.(I might note here that in the 80's I was the Director of Korean Branch Operations for San Diego Navy Federal Credit Union and am familiar with the cold winters there. I have also been to Panmunjom and visited the bridge that you crossed.) The "call up" never came and we continued with our combat operations in Nam. Second, 11 months later. Now a Sgt of Marines, I was on leave enjoying Christmas with my family in Kansas. We watched your release on the news and all were happy to see you coming home. (My father was a WWII Marine.) A few days after Christmas I returned to my unit, 5th MPs, stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Upon my arrival, I found that my platoon, of which I was the Platoon Sgt., had been assigned TDY to the Balboa Naval Hospital as security for the officers and crew of the Pueblo. You had already arrived there when I returned from leave. Upon arrival at Balboa Naval Hospital, I was assigned as NCOIC of the MPs. The same day, my platoon commander, a Lt. who was the OIC, departed leaving me in charge for the duration of the assignment. As you may remember, an NCO club was designated as your recreation and reception area for family. You were given unlimited long distance phone usage from the club and food was available 24/7. My office and staging area for the MPs was a room in the back of the club and we were allowed to partake in your food. As I remember it was quite a spread. We saw many of you meeting your family and friends. We visited with you and you told us stories of your capture and incarceration. One story I remember was from one of the Marines (as I recollect). He told us of how he was being beaten and kicked in the groin; at one point he looked up to his torturer and said: "You might as well stop as I can no longer feel it." I remember the day that Cmdr Bucher visited you in the club. It was evident that he really cared for all of you guys and that you, in return, really cared and respected him. I also remember the award ceremony that was held in the hospitals court yard. I do have a question, all these years I thought you had 4 Marines aboard the Pueblo but looking at your website, your crew listing only shows 2. Some things you may not be aware of: - An MP was stationed at the hospital room door of Cmdr. Bucher's. The only persons allowed in were the doctors and his wife. When his wife was in visit, no one was allowed to enter the room. - Your debrief material was stored in a round wall Quonset hut close to the NCO club. I had 2 armed Marines guarding that building 24/7. They were under strict orders that if ANYONE approached that building without a proper ID (hung around the neck by chain), that they were to shoot first and ask questions later. That is the truth as I was the one who passed that order on to them from the brass. I don't know who originated the order but it WAS passed down. As I did then, again, after 37 years, I say to you: Welcome Home! Semper Fi, Kenneth Fields, USMC NCOIC 5th MP Detachment
Best wishes to the crew and families this Holiday Season. I was so Honored to meet some of you at the last reunion, and will continue to take care of your shipmate Duane's memorial and resting place as a way of showing my respect for him and you all. God Bless Paul & Susan Schreiber
Hello, My father was LTJG William A. Dennis, USN, and he worked in cryptography during the time of the Pueblo Incident. He was stationed at Kamiseya (Atsugi Air Base) and was in charge on the other end of communications with the USS Pueblo throughout the events culminating in the boarding of the Pueblo by the North Koreans. Over the years he made mention of "Operation Clickbeetle" among other things related to his work in the Navy, none of which he would ever really elaborate. At one point maybe ten years ago I came across a book on the Pueblo Incident in which the author presented a rather convoluted (but nonetheless compelling) hypothesis of espionage and counter-espionage; namely, that the US government was intent on not only playing into the hands of Soviet intelligence by "allowing" the capture of the ship and its submariner Captain Bucher, an inexperienced crew, with inadequate defenses onboard and a lack of air support, an atypically heavy load of paper documents (for an ELINT vessel), and a crypto machine that was (the author alleges) rigged in to enable US intelligence to not only plant phony intelligence for the Soviets, but to crack from the inside the Soviets' use of this "captured" crypto machine. Perhaps you or others connected to the Incident could illuminate me further on the veracity of this author's ideas? Thank you, Mark Dennis Arlington, VA
How are you, and a Merry Christmas to you and yours. I keep getting invitations to a Pueblo Reunion, and I am hoping to get to one before my time is up. I considered Captain Bucher to have been one of the greatest Naval Officers that we have ever had. I think he was speaking somewhere about the Pueblo at the same time that I was speaking at the Navy Ball in San Angelo TX. I think he was at the language school in Monteray, CA but not for sure. It would have been in Oct of 2003. I was a good friend of Joe Sterling, and introduced him to his wife in Cheltenham many years ago. My question to you is brief. I have some unverified information that the Pueblo as well as other spy ships had a submarine assigned to them, and that sub was around at all times. Do you know if that is true or not? It will be interesting to see how much information NSA is going to release early in 2007 about the Liberty. If some of the unverified information that has been revealed to me is true, then I am sure they will not release everything about the Liberty. 200 years from now might not be long enough. Ron Kukal Former CTT1 USS Liberty AGTR-5
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