Guests' Comments

January - December 2007


Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 23:00:21 -0500

My name is Marc Frattasio. I was an AW1 with Navy Reserve patrol squadron VP-92 between 1991 and 1999. My old squadron is being disestablished in November 2007. I have some experience writing books and have taken it upon myself to document the history of the squadron before it disappears later this year. In the book I describe the reorganization of the Naval Air Reserve that took place in the wake of problems associated with the poor training of reserve squadrons activated as part of the Pueblo Incident. This reorganization caused the creation of my unit, VP-92. Anyway, I'd like to use a photo of the USS Pueblo in the book. Can you help me obtain a 300 DPI JPG image of the USS Pueblo for this purpose that would print about 4 or 5 inches or so in length?

Marc Frattasio Author, "The New Haven Railroad in the McGinnis Era" and "New Haven Railroad - Dining on the Shore Line Route"

Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2007 12:32:00 -0800

I was formerly with the Adjutant General's ofc at Ft Lewis, Wa during l966 to l968 and was involved with Deployment of units. During this time we learned of 3 ships, intelligence, whom were put into Korean waters so one would be captured and thus the United States could declare a LEGAL war instead of the Viet Nam conflict so they would have access to National Guard and Reservists units. The rights of thousands of National Guard were thrown out and the troops sent to Viet Nam under the guise of saving those on the USS Pueblo. lt has been almost 40 years and l have filed a FOIA (Freedom of information Act) with US Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state to check into this as well as the CIA's involvement and their attempts to stop me from divulging information. I had phone conversation with Cmdr. Bucher in the 80's and also with Gen. Westmoreland. His letter to me to me l was out of line but now am going to be awarded, after 38 years, with full benefits from PTSD and Morgellons Disease after l found a soldier who was in the AG when the CID tried to let the press know what was happening. I have tried in VAIN to get ANY correspondence from you so am assuming you are run by the Government in order to not ask further questions. Some day a clerk will read one of these emails and the truth will get out on how the Pueblo was used to activate NG and ER units to fight in the TET OFFENSIVE. You were the guinea pigs and I've always been sorry. please comment, James C. Johnston Both the CIA and Sen Cantwell have responded but apparently the government, perhaps you, wish for the public to never learn the truth.

Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 14:25:58 -0800

I had the extreme honor of piping your skipper ashore for the last time as his body left the church at Poway Ca. and passed through the honor guard of the Knights of Columbus . Allthough I am a member of the KofC honor gaurd I felt it a much higher honor to be ablr to pipe The casket through the [side boys] with their drawn swords at salute. I also provided the bagpiper that played at the national cemetery, and I have never had such high an honor as to be able to do that. I have piped many a dignatary ashore during my Navy career, but none more worthy than your Skipper. I now have a similar ocassion to use the pipe, and although I sent it to you for thr Pueblo I would return it as soon as the coming ceremony is over if you would please send it back to me.

R.W.McDonald, ACCS [SS[ US Navy Ret.

Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 21:37:55 -0800

My name is John Roper, and I am a teacher at Canyon Park Junior High, in Bothell, Wa. My son, a student at CPJH, is doing his History Project (state and National) on the Pueblo Incident. I grew up in Bremerton, and by chance, was on our boat, fishing with my Dad, right near Bainbridge Island when the the USS Pueblo left Bremerton. We are trying to find any crew members in Washington State, that we could interview. Also, I know that Hal Holbrook was in a television movie about the Pueblo. Do you know how we could possibly buy, borrow, view, a copy of this movie? Thanks for your efforts on this effort of keeping the memories of the Pueblo and her crew alive. If you are interested, please take a look at the Veteran's day videos we have on our site. Click on Media Galley from our website listed below.

John Roper Webmaster/TRT/Teacher Canyon Park Junior High

Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 15:59:11 -0500

The 29th annual reunion of the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association ( will take place in September 2007. Does USS PUEBLO website post such reunion notices? (Expanded information will be provided.)

Ken Cadran Publicity Chair, NCVA

Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2007 12:20:04 EST

The crew of Pueblow got a raw deal from the USN, I said in 1968 & I still say it. Jim

Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2007 02:49:52 -0800 (PST)

I am writing a book about the 1969 Washington Senators. One of their players was deployed to Japan as an indirect result of the Pueblo Incident. I do not intend to use material directly from your web site, but did use it for research purposes. I will cite the web site in the book's bibliography. Also, if I decide to use any direct material, I will first obtain your permission to do so. Is this acceptable to you and your association?

Steve Walker

Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 11:16:37 -0600

I am a college student doing a research project on the Pueblo Incident. I'm trying to get information on how it has affected members of the crew and I'm wondering if it would be possible to interview any of them. I have an enormous amount of respect for all the men involved and I would consider it an honor and a privilege if any of them would talk to me. I understand that they are busy people with their own lives and do not want to waste their time. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Stacy Friedman

Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 19:13:58 -0600

My father was a CT3 in Kamisaya Japan on duty when the Pueblo was captured and was in communication with the crew apparently. I do not believe that he has seen your site or knows anything about your association. It would be great to get him in touch with the CT that he talked to when the incident happened. From remembering the story he told me of the event, he was scheduled to go TAD to the Pueblo but got "bumped" by a CT2 that wanted to go. He later ended up communicating with him during the incident until the ship was lost. If there is any way that you could assist me I would appreciate it. My fathers name is Charles "Gene" Hirst CT3.


Bradley Hirst

From: "Roadrunners" <> To: <> Cc: <>, <>, "Knapp" <> Subject: CIA location of the seized USS Pueblo

Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 15:59:24 -0800

Gentlemen, I had heard of your excellent web site through one of our associate Roadrunner members Francis Gary Powers, Jr. One of our original Roadrunners, Lt. Col. Frank Murray, USAF Ret. located it today and directed me to it. Viewing it was like old home week. You absolutely must hook up with Frank. He was the CIA Operation Blackshield A-12 pilot who located the Pueblo shortly after it being seized by the North Koreans. Frank was awarded the CIA Intelligence Star for Valor for that and some of his other missions. Frank has written an account of his mission accompanied by some of the CIA documents. It is posted at: Frank’s call sign at the time was Dutch 20. I am posting a link to your site on Frank’s web page and in our favorite sites section of both the Roadrunners Internationale and the Area 51 Special Projects web sites. Frank’s E-mail address is: Another of our A-12 pilots, Colonel Jack Layton flew a later mission over North Korea relating to the Pueblo incident. Jack’s mission over Wonsan Harbor was the last operational CIA flight of the A-12. Jack will also be at our reunion. Gary said he was getting some items from you for his Cold War Museum. We are starting to recover items pertaining to our legacy for display at the Atomic Museum here in Las Vegas. As you can imagine, obtaining CIA memorabilia from Area 51 is quite a challenge. This October we will have a public display at the museum during our 20th Reunion. We will have on display a photo of the Pueblo along with various declassified CIA documents pertaining to Frank’s mission. Gary will be attending and can perhaps loan us a few items for the occasion. If you have any members in the Las Vegas area, perhaps they would like to participate. It will have a lot of media coverage and it would be great to have some photos of our guys meeting with members of the Pueblo crew. TD Barnes President & Webmaster Roadrunners Internationale Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE There are two classes of men. 1. Men of Action 2. All the Others This e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail, delete this e-mail and destroy any copies. Any dissemination or use of this information by a person other than the intended recipient is unauthorized and may be illegal.

Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2007 13:58:57 -0600

The Pueblo has been part of my history as a person for the last 38 years and now that I'm 60 years old and time is short, I hope that I see the ship returned home before I die. My questions is: Is the Pueblo on the table for normalizing relations with North Korea? Take care all, msrodz, USS Ranger 1966 - 1969

Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 23:19:15 +0100

I am interested to make a model of the Uss Pueblo in 1:72 scale. Would you know from where I could obtain a line drawing of the vessel?

Chris Paris Malta (Europe)

Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2007 08:58:33 -0700

First of all, thank you for your service. I operate the large website at Over the last several years, in addition to listing information, photos and citations for all awards of the Medal of Honor, we have been developing a database of the names and citations of all awards of the DSC/AFC/NC. Towards that end, my site includes the citation for the Navy Cross awarded Posthumously to Sergeant Hammond. I am presently expanding our database to include the names and citations of all recipients of the Silver Star for all branches and in all wars. Of course, this is going to be quite an undertaking. While working on the larger wars, I want to insure that the heroes of other incidents and conflicts are not lost amid the thousands of awards during WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. My present database, which is far from complete and in progress, lists the following 2 men of the U.S.S. Pueblo as receiving the Silver Star. I believe there may be some I’ve missed. I am wondering if you would be so kind as to advise if you are aware of others who should be listed. Also, any help in obtaining copies of their citations for the Silver Star would be greatly appreciated. I would also appreciate any information on the recipients’ home of record at the time of their service.

Award Name Rank Home Town Home-ST

Navy Cross Hammond, Robert J. Sergeant

Silver Star Hodges, Duane Fireman

Silver Star Schumacher, Carl F. Lieutenant

Thank you for any assistance you can render in this. Welcome Home and thank you again for your service. Sincerely, Doug C. Douglas Sterner

Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 11:19:07 -0500

I am a freelance writer based in Arlington, Va. Until last month, I worked for Navy Times and its sister publications as a staff writer and editor for 25 years. I’m interested in writing an article for the Navy Times history column about your skipper, Cmdr. Lloyd Bucher, and his pursuit of art. As such, I’d like to get in touch with anyone who is familiar with Cmdr. Bucher’s work as an artist. Obviously, such a story would include some context about the Pueblo incident, but I’m more concerned about how that shaped his desire to paint.

Nick Adde

Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 20:57:26 -0500

I served under Lt. Timothy L. Harris aboard the USS Schenectady LST-1185 in 1970-71. I thought highly of him. At that time I was 22 years of age and didn't fully appreciate what he had been through. I have recently been in contact with two other SKs from Schenectady. If you are in contact with Lt. Harris please pass along my best wishes and invitation to email me if is is so inclined. Best Regards, SK3 Richard Puppel

Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 23:57:20 EDT

My company -- The Heritage Theatre Company -- a professional, non-profit theatre company located just a few short miles outside Washington, D.C. (our website address below my name), has been granted permission to present "PUEBLO" (the play by the late Stanley R. Greenberg) next year: 2008 -- the 40th anniversary of the incident. I understand that we will be only the 2nd theatre company to have produced this play -- the World Premiere having been in 1971 at nearby Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage. I am simply beside myself with this honor, and I can promise you I will do justice in producing and directing it. I was just 12 or 13 years of age at the time of the incident, but I followed every news report and newspaper article at the time. I recall tears coming to my eyes (even at that age) on December 23rd when the navy band played "The Lonely Bull" upon the Commander's and crew's arrival back in the United States. The raw deal all of you suffered at the hands of the Navy and this country is something the average person simply cannot fathom; yet it happened ... and many of our servicemen are STILL suffering similar unjustices today (if you've been keeping track of the Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital fiasco down here in Washington). I am writing you to request your permission to use some images from your website in our announcement on OUR website ( of this production for next year: either the color photo of the ship or Commander Bucher's painting of the ship, along with his painting of the Bull (and perhaps, the Pueblo's logo as well). You can be assured that I will give appropriate credit on our site. Please let me know (e-mail to this address is fine) if you would be willing to grant me this permission. While I am certain that an invitation to the production next year would be much too painful an experience for all of you (if not, please let me know), I would love to have you and your familles -- as my guests -- at my World Premiere production this coming October of President John F. Kennedy's "PROFILES IN COURAGE." I was given the exclusive permission to adapt his Pulitzer Prize winning book (during the 50th anniversary of the book winning the Pulitzer) to the stage. If any of you gentlemen reside in the Washington, D.C. area (Maryland, Virginia, and / or Washington, D.C.) or will be visiting the area in October, I would be honored to have you in my audience. In the meantime, I plan on producing and directing "PUEBLO" next year (2008) for a limited run. AFTER that run, I would like to tour it throughout the region if possible to show how our country treated -- and is still treating -- those who gave and give their lives to keep us free. Afterall, 2008 isn't just the 40th anniversary year of the Pueblo incident; it's ALSO an election year. Your story MUST continue being told ... least anyone forgets. I can think of no other place to tell it than Washington, D.C. next year. Thank you ... all of you, for giving (and for TAKING) so much. I hope to hear from you.

Karey Faulkner Founder and Producing Artistic Director THE HERITAGE THEATRE COMPANY Bethesda / Potomac, and Silver Spring, Maryland 301 . 770-9080

Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 13:41:56 -0500 When I heard of the capture of the British sailors and marines, I immediately thought of the USS Pueblo incident. I was serving in Viet Nam at the time, and we were soon engulfed in the T.E.T. offensive, so we heard little of the Pueblo capture. I heard more about the incident as the it developed, and as I was serving in Germany. I wonder what torture these Brits endured before they “confessed.” I hope the Brits can do more to help their people than our armed forces did for the Pueblo victims. May God be with the Pueblo survivors and with the British captives! Morton Archibald Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Retired Viet Nam 1967 ~ 68

Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 12:32:00 -0700 (PDT)

I was told there was a photo of the captured men shooting the bird while the captors were thinking they were sending a propaganda film. If this is true I would appreciate a copy via e-mail.

George Irrgang

Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 15:13:12 -0500

I just found your page. My father was a CTM1 stationed in Yokosuka, Japan when the Pueblo was captured. I remember him saying he knew several of the people in the CT group on board, and that he was pretty much busy around the clock for the next few days. Anyway, it's nice to come across a little bit of history intimately connected to my family. Thanks for providing us with this site.

Gerry Harris

Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 15:58:36 -0400

As a USN veteran, I have followed the Iranian piracy of a Royal Navy vessel closely and found the USS Pueblo website in researching the history of such events. This would be an appropriate time for your organization to speak up and assert its indignation at the lack of preparation and poor rules of engagement which seem to be destined to be repeated as the United States (and its NATO allies) lose more and more dignity and honor.

Dan Alman, USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA 148), 1956; USS Suribachi (AE-21),1957-58; USS Chandeleur (AV 10), 1959.

Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2007 16:04:18 -0600

I stumbled across the website today and am completely dumbfounded. Someone mentioned the USS Pueblo incident on a blog I was reading, and since I was completely ignorant of the subject, I googled it and ran upon your site. I'm extremely embarrassed that I've known nothing of this Navy crew's ordeal. Granted, I was only two when all this was going on, but I would expect to learn something about this in school -- not to mention that I'm a college graduate and a history major! I'm so sorry for everything that these men went through -- and ashamed that the ordeal lasted as long as it did. I would like to think that our nation has learned from this and would not allow anything similar to it to happen in the future.

Thank you so much for serving. God bless each and every one of you! Sincerely, Tammi Cramer Lander, WY

Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2007 08:08:10 -0700

I'm curious as to whether an officer by the name listed above was aboard the Pueblo at the time of its capture. Is there a list of the officers and men aboard available to the public, or is that information being kept secret? Kind regards, Tim & Jan Arensmeier

Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2007 10:34:26 -0500

I had never heard of the Pueblo until this morning when I read a story about Bill Richardson taking a tour of it in his most recent visit to Korea. I found the story fascinating. Having spent 4 years in the Navy and having a father who served in the conflict I’m really surprised that I’ve never heard an account of it before. I enjoyed reading through the site and found it very informative and know that others would to. The collection of information on the site is substantial, but a little tough to navigate through. If you’d be interested I’d love to assist in restructuring / designing the site to make it more user friendly. I’ve got several ideas floating around in my head but will wait to see if you’re interested before discussing them.

Thanks Jonathan Jacks

Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2007 19:46:32 -0400

Last night NBC Nightly News reported that Bill Richardson was in North Korea with the administrations knowledge and approval hoping to medicate in our nuclear talks and that North Korea may release the remains of US servicemen killed there over 50 years ago. As a republican, I was impressed that the president allowed Richardson to assist and that Richardson agreed. Tonight, I was appalled and heartbroken that NBC reported that Richardson visited and toured the USS Pueblo. I emailed the President and wrote that he should immediately recall Richardson. He has insulted our country. The only way to handle North Korea is not to deviate from our policies. If they want to join the world community, its their decision not ours.

John Butler

Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 07:44:38 -0700

I was watching TV last night and saw a piece about Sen. Richardson, D.NM. It seems he traveled to N. Korea for one reason or another (on the pretense of getting MIA's returned), probably to help in his bid for the Dem. Pres. race In the TV coverage it showed him sitting in the USS Pueblo viewing a propaganda film by the N. Korean Gov. N. Korea it seems wants $25, 000,000. which the US has frozen in some bank. 1. before N. Korea gets anything from the U.S. they should return our ship. 2. pay reparations to each crew member still living or his family if deceased. If they refuse the Air Force should drop a bomb mid. deck of the Pueblo and blow her out of the water. I would rather she the ship sunk than used as a tool by N. Korea. Mike

Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 21:21:57 -0400

I was the commander of the 5760th Signal Company which provided communications to the 32d Artillery Brigade in the northern part of South Korea at the time the Pueblo was attacked. I was due to return to the US in three days at that time, but was extended for several months. We were put on DEFCON 4, as I remember, with live ammo, and steel pots at all times. It was a tense period.

Fred E. Lewis III, CPT (at time of discharge)

Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 03:48:27 EDT

Hello, I am trying to contact Mr. Lamantia. I was a friend of his in San Diego. I owned a comics shop (Golden State Comics) at the time. We spent fun evenings playing a baseball board game back then. Tony, I believe, moved to PA and I haven't spoken or seen him since. I would love to reconnect with this old friend if possible. In any event, please give my best to Tony and I wish him well in everything.

Thank you! Greg Pharis

Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 11:26:18 -0700 (PDT)

My brother, Chief Petty Officer, R. Patrick Krager, was a crypto operator on the USS Pueblo and served in the S. China Seas area for three years. In reading of the crew that was captured in that area, I did not see his name. Unfortunately, my brother passed away a few years ago while living in the Pensacola area. He was a Navy retiree. Unfortunately, we were not able to see him as often as we would have liked. He did mention that he had been on the Pueblo, but that is all the information I have. Is there some place where I might get a list of the crew members on this ship prior to and after being captured? I would appreciate any information you might be able to send me. [Must have been an older Pueblo vessel]

Paul A. Krager

Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 07:27:13 +0900

I'm a researcher live in Seoul, Korea and I'm trying get some information related with USS Pueblo incident. I was referred to your organization by historian in Seoul, Korea. Please share any information related with USS Pueblo.

Thank you. Park Tae Yun

Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 16:07:58 EDT

Web site Well done. DAVE EATON

Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 07:55:36 +0200

I'm a reporter for Stars and Stripes and I'm working on a story about North Korea hinting that they might return the USS Pueblo. I'd like to talk to some of the organization's members and get there reaction to the news. I'm currently working out of the paper's Pacific office in Tokyo. I would prefer to talk by phone but comments by e-mail might be easier because of the time difference.

Thank you very much. Best regards, Scott Schonauer

Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2007 09:27:54 -0500

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your website on the SS Pueblo. I came across it while I was researching her sister ship the SS Navaho. The story of the SS Pueblo is truly a tragic event that I am sure most people have never even heard of. I look forward to including the history of the SS Pueblo to my guests when I breif them on their dives to the SS Navaho. Keep up the great work

Thanks Marcus Lyng

Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 20:00:10 -0500

It is my honor to say that all of the crew of the Pueblo represent the integrity of our Navy even when treated in the un-patriotic manner that they were by our own Navy. References to the Liberty and the way the families were treated on the loss of the USS Scorpion must not go unheeded.

God Bless all of you. Mike McCurtain

Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 06:50:03 -0700 (PDT)

I have been on your website reading all of the information you have provided. This is such a great source. I am sorry that I don't have information to share, I just have a question. I was curious as to who the individual was that Stu Russell referred to in his chapter title, "Hell Week Begins" - the one he felt was going to betray the crew by fabricating the organizer of the "Hawaiian Good Luck Sign". I am sure that he left the name out of the narrative for a purpose, but I was curious about this could have been. I am going to try and get copies of the books written by Bucher, Murphy and Harris. Based on some of the things that I have read, it is obvious Bucher and Murphy did not care for each other. I sort of felt that perhaps the individual was Murphy that wanted to give into the Koreans. [Way off the mark] I started reading as much as I could find about the Pueblo Incident when I read that Senator Allard was trying to present a resolution to the get the USS Pueblo back from the Koreans. I was just a kid when the Pueblo incident occurred. However, my father was a NAVSECGRU officer stationed at the NAVSECGRUHQ in DC when this happened. My uncle was a CTR stationed in Okinawa at the time. After I graduated from high school, I worked at NAVSECGRUHQ as a civilian for 10 years. I actually met Steve Harris while working there and worked with ADM Bowen on a special committee. Now that I am older, all of this is more interesting to me. My father has been dead for quite awhile, so I can't talk to him about any of the things he might remember.

I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Gwen Denson

Date: Fri, 4 May 2007 21:09:11 -0500

I may as well toss in my 2 cents worth regarding the pirating / capture of the Pueblo. I noticed fellow sailors from the both the carrier Enterprise and the destroyer Herbert J. Thomas claim to have been the first ships to arrive off the coast of North Korea after the Pueblo and crew were taken. To the best of my knowledge the carrier Yorktown (CVS 10) and its destroyer screen were first on the scene. It has been far too long ago to remember some details but I do recall being woke up for the mid-watch in CIC and when my bare feet hit the deck I could feel the ship vibrate because we were doing over 30 knots (I think our top speed back then was 34 ½ knots and we were close to it that night). Before I continue I should mention we had left Pearl Harbor a few days before and were enroute to either Japan or the Tonkin Gulf (I think it was Japan); anyway we were northeast of Japan thus we were the nearest ships to the northern entrance to the Sea of Japan (or as the Japanese refer to it, the Japan Sea). The Yorktown’s mission in 1967 was anti-submarine warfare (no jets except for the 4 we ferried to Hawaii), but it was important for the US to get a naval presence there ASAP. The Yorktown and each of our 6 destroyers were at complete darken ship including masthead and running lights with all hanger bay doors closed. When I reached CIC I was told about the capture; some time during the night one of our destroyers had engine problems and had to drop out for repairs. -----I don’t think I actually learned about that ship’s problems until years later when reading at account of the capture written by the Yorktown’s Captain Bill Bennett. At the time I think someone in CIC told me the destroyer in question pulled out for some other reason. ---IF I recall correctly we also had our radars on standby most of the night and we were not transmitting via radio; at least not from CIC. A few hours before daylight our radars were switched on and I was told to do radio checks with the remaining 5 destroyers and to exchange range and bearing information in order to make certain everyone was where they were supposed to be. Perhaps an hour before dawn I saw a radar contact approaching from our starboard quarter; thinking it was our 6th destroyer I “confirmed” that it was via call sign, and by exchanged range and bearings. The contact confirmed that it was the destroyer and its range and bearing to the Yorktown then took up its normal screening station…….when the sun came up the lookouts reported it was a Russian trawler. Whoever I talked with spoke perfect English. The trawler’s name was Gridalog or something close to that. It shadowed us most of the time we were in the Sea of Japan and generally made a nuisance of itself by cutting across our bow during flight operations, steaming in between the Yorktown and an oiler during a replenishment, etc. I was told they also steamed by one day and used their loudspeaker to wish Captain Bennett “Happy Birthday”, again in perfect English and on the correct day. At any rate I had egg on my face thinking it was our destroyer returning to the screen; thankfully no one ever said anything to me. This is getting longer than I meant it to be so I’ll just mention a few brief items: As I said I believe we were first on station; the Enterprise arrived later that day or the day after. At some point in time I know one of my ships was near the Herbert J. Thomas (after the Yorktown I served on the Lloyd Thomas DD 764 and I remember the Herbert J. Thomas----but I am not certain if it was when I was on the Yorktown or the “LT”. I recall ships more by their call-sign than their hull numbers and was half convinced the Herbert J. was part of the Yorktown’s destroyer screen but after checking its call sign I’m not certain). Within hours of our arrival we were treated to a fly over of several Russian bombers (Bears if I recall) and things were very dicey----naturally we were at General Quarters and our side scrabbled fighters out of Japan to chase them off after a few rounds of playing chicken. Our lookouts reported the Russians were flying very low etc. (the *#&$ height finder radar in CIC never worked right when I was on board) and the US fighters got the Russian’s attention by flying very close….several near collisions. Naturally ‘rumor central’ was in full operation----including the one that had Yorktown tagged to enter Wonson harbor to tow the Pueblo out……I DON’T think so! IF the North Koreans released the Pueblo I’m certain one of our destroyers would have been sent in. That rumor floated for a few days until other, more suitable, ships arrived in the area. I would suggest anyone interested should contact the USS Yorktown Association and ask for a copy of Captain Bennett’s article which appeared in the association’s newsletter about two years ago. Captain Bennett provided a very factual report of the Yorktown’s roll and indicated the world did not realize how close we came to World War Three. I’m not certain about WWIII, but the Captain would have been in a good position to know a lot that the crew did not. One could just imagine the communication that must have been going on between Washington and Moscow we will never be privy to. Was Russia involved? I tend to think so since their trawler arrived at the same time we did, followed shortly thereafter by their bombers. I assume they purposely waited until daylight to send their bombers so they couldn’t be accused of provoking a greater incident and possibly war. They moved the Yorktown CIC lookouts to the 011 level where we peered out two inch Plexiglas slits; hell we could barely make out the “10” painted on the front of the flight deck using binoculars! It snowed and sleeted for days and all the guys on the flight deck were continually chipping ice off the deck----we had planes in the air most of the time (weather be damned) and in its wisdom I remember the Navy had those poor SOB pilots had to do “touch and goes” one night; another lookout and myself were making bets as to which plane would come closest to sliding off the icy flight deck after it hooked the arresting gear. I know, morbid as hell but back then when you had to stand outside in worn-out foul weather gear in temperatures well below zero and 30+ mph wind you needed something to keep your mind occupied……I can’t imagine what life was like for the Airedales down on the flight deck or the pilots and their crews. Closing comments: I often wonder if I had met Ronald Berens before the capture; he is originally from Russell, KS just 24 miles from my hometown and one night before I joined the Navy I met a guy from Russell who was on leave. The Sea of Japan has to be one of the coldest places on earth from January to March (the time the Yorktown was there); I have no idea how you gentlemen survived that climate while in captivity much less the beatings and torture you endured. I also know its no great comfort to you now or then, and it makes no difference which ship arrived on the scene first, but know this…..I believe every sailor in the Sea of Japan (and elsewhere) was ready to do whatever it took to get you back. My hat is off to you guys.

Hand Salute! Chuck Yunker

PS: The Yorktown’s deck logs for that period have recently been declassified and I plan to get a copy which will provide some limited information; if you are interested in viewing them let me know.

Date: Tue, 8 May 2007 12:50:26 -0400 }

I am a reporter on deadline with story about USS Pueblo and possible exchange of Korean flag. Would you please call me or send me your number so that we can talk today.

Regards, Earl Kelly, Reporter The Capital Newspaper Annapolis, MD

Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 12:40:16 -0400

I would like to know more about the communications efforts, and communications failures, of the Pueblo. On your site I saw the Pueblo tried to communicate with Japan -- and had problems with that communications. I was assigned to the Strategic Communications Relay Center in Nha Trang, Vietnam in early January 1968, as a 2nd Lt. night dury officer. I was sleeping alone downtown in a hotel that I was assigned to -- with one elderly South Vietnamese guard --- when the Tet offensive started on my street in Nha Trang in late January -- a day earlier than many cities because of a mix-up in the lunar calendar by the Viet Cong in my area. Almost all in my area were caught off-guard and killed. We had no warning about the planned enemy envasion, that I later learned intelligence did have information on. (CBS -60 Minutes -"The Uncounted Enemy") The next month I was assigned to day-duty and was given the responsibility for the communications center operations. Problems we uncovered included a lack of proper maintenance of the communications equipment, a lack of ordering needed spare parts, and a large number of messages each day being garbled by bad equipment resulting in many messages being thrown away. The lack of equipment maintenance resulted in the inability of the relay center to keep up with the incoming and outgoing messages. The result was many untransmitted messages at this site -- with some actually being thrown away due to the inability to keep up with the amount received -- and the inability to retransmit on the bad equipment. This was the result of negligance and incompetance on the part of the prior officer and non-commissioned officer in charge at this site. I was a replacement for the officer and I busted the non-commissioned officer. I asked the men assigned to volunteer to help me correct the problems -- or get out of the way and fill sandbags. One half the men chose to correct the problems and 1/2 chose to fill sandbags. In about 30 to 60 days, or so, I was able to use about 1/2 the men (most drafted with college degrees) assigned to this relay station to correct all the problems. That 1/2 was promoted upon completion of all corrections. The other 1/2 was assigned to fill sand bags and they got a sun-tan but were not promoted. I have always wondered if the Pueblo might have tried to send a message through Vietnam -- and perhaps through this Nha Trang Strategic Communications Relay Station -- before these problems were corrected. I was in the army, but the Strategic Communications Relay Center handled communications for all branches of the service. Subsequent to correcting the problems at this Nha Trang site I was assigned to an I.G. team and visited several other Vietnam communications sites in other cities -- of all service branches -- to advise them on how to correct similar communications problems at those sites. Please let me know what you might know about the Pueblo attempts to communicate -- and if the Pueblo attempted to communicate through any Vietnam Communications Relay centers. Phillip Scanlan

Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2007 19:00:25 -0700 (PDT)

Just a quick note - I was the young Yeoman assigned to assist the Officers of the USS Pueblo after their return to the US. Our office (five of us) were just off the barracks area of the crew at North Island. The other Navy Personnel worked with the crew members. It was an honor to briefly work with Captain Bucher and the crew. His office was through the door behind my desk and just down the stairs. It was difficult to completely put together the Officer's Shipboard Records because the North Koreans kept them. I was eventually honorably discharged from Pearl Harbor. It still bothers me that the ship is still in North Korea waters. Robert E. Clerisse YN3

Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 12:36:37 -0400

In response to your request for material on the Pueblo incident, our organization, the National Veteran’s Historical Archive, interviewed Larry Marshall on May 28, 2004 while he was still in Seymour, Indiana. Here is the link to his story on our website: You may link to this or use it in any way you might find beneficial. I can also send you a DVD copy of the entire interview if you wish The NVHA is a small non-profit project dedicated to recording the life histories of our Veterans. These interviews are whole life histories including family and hometown history as well as the service years. They are first for the families and then for anyone interested in research of genealogy or service history. There is no charge to the Veteran for this service and we give them a DVD copy when we are finished. We normally do these interviews once per week within a two hour radius of our home base in Anderson, Indiana. Throughout the year my friend Hershel McCorkle and I save back to go on an extended trip for two weeks each summer. This year we are going through the New England states. Next year we will travel the Great Plains States from Oklahoma to North Dakota and back to Indiana through the connecting states. In 2009 we plan to do the Southwest and Pacific coast region. We would very much like to interview any USS Pueblo Veterans anywhere in the country, and would appreciate any help you would chose to give us in this regard.

With deepest appreciation for your service, Don Don McAllister National Veteran’s Historical Archive 618 Phillips Dr. Anderson, IN 46012 Website

Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 12:49:09 -0400

Years and years ago, around the 1970 timeframe, I think it was Hallmark that presented a made for TV move entitled “The U.S.S. Pueblo”. I remember seeing it on TV and it was the true account of the trial of Commander Bucher and it showed flashbacks to the incarceration of the entire U.S.S. Pueblo crew and how they were beaten and tortured by their North Korean captors. Is this movie still available and can a person purchase it in DVD or VHS format? Where on the internet could I order this movie from? Please advise. Thank you! Have a fantastic day! John R. Blaesel

Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 12:04:26 -0400

My name is Alyson Greenwood and I’m contacting you about a controversial and compelling new book called Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon: The Untold Story of the USS Scorpion by Ed Offley (Basic Books, 2007). The sinking of the submarine, the U.S.S. Scorpion and its crew of 99 men on May 22, 1968, was an act of war. In this major work of historical reporting, Ed Offley reveals that the sinking of the U.S.S. Scorpion has never been a mystery, but rather a secret buried by the U.S. government in a frantic attempt to keep the Cold War from turning into a hot war. The Soviets had torpedoed the Scorpion in reprisal for the destruction of the Soviet missile sub K-129, which the Americans had sunk in the Pacific just ten weeks earlier. But why does the U.S. Navy continue to hide the real story of what happened on that fateful day in 1968? In Scorpion Down, military reporter Ed Offley tells the true story of the U.S.S. Scorpion for the first time and conclusively demonstrates that the Navy’s official account of the Scorpion incident - from the frantic open-ocean hunt for the wreckage to a court of inquiry’s final conclusions - is nothing more than a well constructed cover-up. I would like to send you a complimentary copy so you may consider recommending this title to the visitors of your website. For more information, please visit: I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Alyson Greenwood

Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 11:20:40 -0500

I was only 12 when it happened and I can’t remember the crew member’s name. He was a young kid out of H.S. and I remember when he visited our school, E.B. Jones, after he returned home. I would like to correspond with him if you can provide an email address. I grew up near the Smelter; where we all went to school. When I hear the TJ Brass and ‘The Lonely Bull’ I am always reminded of the plight of the Pueblo.

Thank you for your consideration, David O. Garcia Hampton, VA P.S. I have a family member by marriage who was on the Liberty.

Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 13:08:02 -0400

I don’t know what information you might like, but I thought I would write to tell you that I was in Korea at the DMZ when you where captured. As a result of your capture and the many infiltrations during that period of time, I was extended by an additional 30 days in country. I can remember that time as if it were yesterday. I thought for sure we were going to get to come and get you guys out, but it never happened. For that I am very sorry. Vietnam was what interfered with that, in my opinion. Korea never was recognized. I served with the 1st Battalion 79th Field Artillery in the 7th Infantry Division. We were attached and in direct support of the 2nd Infantry Division. We were located right outside of two villages. One was named Paju-ri and the one that you guys most likely came through on your way home from the North was named Munsan-ni. If so, I am sure you went through or at least came very close to Paju-ri, as well. Munsan-ni was located right on the other side (south) of the Imjim River, right near the Liberty Bridge, which took you across to the northern side. I left Korea in March of 1968 (almost extended), several months before you guys got released. If you care to know anything else that I may still remember, feel free to email me. I would like to know how the health of all you guys are since Korea. I know mine has been getting worse. I also want to wish you guys the very best and welcome you home to a country that sure did not show you guys the respect that you deserve.

God Bless you all! Mike Milo

Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 22:14:28 -0500

I don't really have much to offer. But I thought I might mention what I did see. I was the registered publication custodian at Bremerton Naval Shipyard when the Pueblo and Palm Beach were being outfitted. I met with and supplied some of the crew members with the publications and equipment they needed for their elint work. I was on duty when the incident started. I read the flash messages as they came across my desk. I was truly shocked at this outcome. In a few days I began burning all the publications we had that had been compromised by the capture of the Pueblo. Michael

Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 13:38:35 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Thank you for putting together such a wonderful site about the incident concerning the Pueblo. My father was on board one of the other ships and in radio contact with the Pueblo. The incident upset him so much because he could not help, they were told to keep silent. He doesn't talk much about it other than to share bits and pieces of it with me. He cries when he tells how they could see that the Pueblo was going to be attacked or boarded and then that they could hear them being attacked and boarded. The cries of the captured soldiers still haunt my father. He did not re-sign with the Navy when his time was up because he felt the Navy failed the Pueblo. He would show me articles and magazines he still has in a trunk of the incident. He told me all about the "Hawaiian Good Luck Sign" and showed me the photos of them doing that. It's hard to get my dad talking about this, I am the only one he has ever shared this with, not even with my mom. I am a Army National Guard Wife and very into military history and was thrilled to come across your site to learn more, I hope to be able to find several of the books that were published. I know it is almost 40 years later and I am only 31 but my heart goes out to ALL the men involved. God Bless ALL of you! Sincerely Yours, Kathy Laprade My husband and myself SSG Leon D. Laprade & Mary Kathryn Laprade!

Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 02:09:45 -0700

I met a gentleman names Tony Lamantia, probably in 1974 in San Diego, while working for Beneficial Finance , he had been transferred from somewhere back east..Jersey, Md, not sure..we became good friends, I later divorced and moved away and lost touch..but I have tried to locate him in the past...I remember walking past a book store with him once on Broadway in San Diego, and he pulled an old magazine to show me that he was on the USS Pueblo...He was a great friend, and I would like to see if someone has his email address...My Name is Joe Toscano and live in San Diego...thanks joe

Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 17:11:00 -0400

I have some pictures of the USS Pueblo that were taken in North Korea. I don't know who took them or who they might belong to. If you would like I can e-mail them to you, I don't like to send attachments to e-mail without permission.

Regards, George MacLauchlan, ex Navy ET1-SS (submarines)

Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 17:11:00 -0400

I have some pictures of the USS Pueblo that were taken in North Korea. I don't know who took them or who they might belong to. If you would like I can e-mail them to you, I don't like to send attachments to e-mail without permission.

Regards, George MacLauchlan, ex Navy ET1-SS (submarines)

Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2007 14:10:24 -0400

My cousin Gale Krouse was an attorney for the Navy who was involved in the Pueblo investigatiion. Once before he died, we met at a family reunion and when asked about the Pueblo Incident, Gale said he was not allowed to comment about the particulars of the incident for 50 years. I would like to hear from anyone who may have known Gale Krouse personally as I writing a family history and Gale was my grandfathers, brothers son (Charles Krouse of Onega, Kansas.) I had only had contact with him a few times before he died, and have lost contact with his wife Freda and daughter, Shirley. If anyone would know of their whereabouts, I would appreciate info on how to contact them.

I would be grateful for any and all information anyone could remember about Gale Krouse. Gale, was very proud of family heritage, which goes back to Michael Garoutte a Frenchman who fought with Layfette in the Revolutionary War, and I know he would be pleased with any information I might add to the family history.

Sincerely, Beatrice Long Schretzmann Grandaughter of Walter Moses Krouse, Gale Krouses uncle.

Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 16:54:42 +1000 (EST)

I have looked at your website, having known of the Pueblo Incident for many years. I am pleased that you have the pictures of the “Hawaiian Good Luck Sign” which tell a story in themselves. That is, the spirit of defiance by these brave men. I served on two CT ships and I can say without a doubt that we were basically defenseless. We were out there alone and no-one could have got to us in time. Speaking for myself alone, I knew the risks when I signed on in the Navy and accepted it as part of the life. Certainly others paid a higher price than I did, and I respect them for that.

Edward Dyckman CTT2 USNS Valdez 64-65 USS Jamestown 66-67

Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 16:31:05 -0400

I am a freelance reporter for the Gazette Newspapers in Montgomery County, Maryland (a suburb of Washington D.C.). I am writing a feature piece about the Heritage Theatre's play, The Pueblo, which they hope to present at the 40th anniversary meeting of the crew in New England September 2008. As part of the story, I would like to interview someone from our area who was a crew member. Do you know of anyone I may interview?

Thank you for your help, Donna Evans for the Gazette Newspapers

Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 19:02:50 +0800

Thanks for posting my earlier comment. I've found lots of other people's photos on the flickr website, which were also very interesting. In case it hasn't been linked through your site, your members may appreciate the following link: The Pueblo appears to be well preserved and quite the attraction!

Regards, Leo Zaza

Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 12:34:34 -0400

On January 23, 1968, I was stationed at McCoy AFB in Orlando, Florida. I was assigned to the 729th Tactical Squadron. That morning our squadron had a Red Alert and was to immediately report to the flight line. Our Commanding Officer informed us that there was an incident in North Korea (the Pueblo Affair) and that we would be deploying to North Korea the first thing in the morning. The deployment was on-again, off-again for several days, and was eventually cancelled.

I would greatly appreciate it if there was any knowledge that the 729th was to be deployed. I can remember as if it were yesterday standing on the flight line, waiting to see if we were going to be sent to North Korea. For the life of me, I can find no proof of this transaction. For my own sanity I would greatly appreciate knowing if there is any way that I can verify that the orders did come down for us to deploy, even if they were later cancelled.

Thanks much. Don Cox USAF '67 - '70

Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 19:34:39 -0500

USS Mattaponi AO-41 was aware of a bounty put Pueblo and Mattaponi before 16 Jan 68 by Ho Chi Minh. It was the start of events that led to our Repel Boarders in Tonkin Gulf , 19th parallel, internation waters on 31 Jan 68, now considered to be the first day of TET 68.

Dennis C. Miller, USS Mattaponi AO-41, 1966-70

Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 22:06:54 -0500

Tonight, I was thinking about a friend of mine who I knew when I lived in Houston, TX. I found your site, and saw where he had passed away in 1998. I'll never see him again now, but, If it were possible, I'd like to tell him this.

“Wendell, I'll never forget the day I picked you up at the VA hospital in San Antonio, and I'll never forget the days we stumbled through learning how to be sysops back before there was a world wide web. Reading about you tonight made me more emotional than I've been in a long, long time. When I read about the six who received bronze stars during the ordeal it made realize how you were one of the people who gave me the attitude I have today, and I hope that a little of you rubbed off on me You were one tough old dog my friend. I miss you, I love you, and I thank you for being my friend. You made me a little tougher when I have to face adversity. Goodbye Wendell... I'm proud to have known you. “

I'll never get to say these words to him, but I'd like someone who knows what I'm talking about to know I cared. Whoever gets this, I applaud your efforts, and thank you for taking the time to put your site together.

Robert Mode

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2007 11:08 AM

Hello, I don’t know what information you might like, but I thought I would write to tell you that I was in Korea at the DMZ when you where captured. As a result of your capture and the many infiltrations during that period of time, I was extended by an additional 30 days in country. I can remember that time as if it were yesterday. I thought for sure we were going to get to come and get you guys out, but it never happened. For that I am very sorry. Vietnam was what interfered with that, in my opinion.

Korea never was recognized. I served with the 1st Battalion 79th Field Artillery in the 7th Infantry Division. We were attached and in direct support of the 2nd Infantry Division. We were located right outside of two villages. One was named Paju-ri and the one that you guys most likely came through on your way home from the North was named Munsan-ni. If so, I am sure you went through or at least came very close to Paju-ri, as well. Munsan-ni was located right on the other side (south) of the Imjim River, right near the Liberty Bridge, which took you across to the northern side.

I left Korea in March of 1968 (almost extended), several months before you guys got released. If you care to know anything else that I may still remember, feel free to email me. I would like to know how the health of all you guys are since Korea. I know mine has been getting worse. I also want to wish you guys the very best and welcome you home to a country that sure did not show you guys the respect that you deserve.

God Bless you all! Mike Milo

Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2007 11:15:45 -0400

I am currently writing a book about the recycling business. One of my sources is a friend who was in military intelligence in 1968. His unit triangulated incoming signals from the North Koreans when Bucher and his men were finally released. He insists that the U.S. intentionally drew the North Koreans into the confrontation for the purpose of drawing them into seizing the code books on board and shipping them to the Russians. The codes were supposedly bogus to get the Russians off the scent as they were said to be close to cracking some U.S. encryption at the time. Have you ever heard of similar assessment of that situation?

Thanks for your service, I look forward to hearing from you. I got your information on the internet and hope you're still in the business of talking about this historic event.

Regards, Dennis Shreefer

Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 10:08:05 -0700 Could you please recommend any books that are written to describe the crew members experience. It appears your website has that type documentation. I had thought Stu Russell had written something, unfortunately I was unable to find anything.

Many Thanks! Brien Thompson

Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 22:14:27 -0700

YI via YouTube...

Regards, Chris at Check-Six

Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 20:40:12 -0500

I am trying to find information regarding our response after the capture of your ship. Did we send a ship out after the incident and if so what ship?

Thanks for your service. Ron D

Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 20:10:54 EDT Is Lee Hayes still living? He was the person who radioed SOS to our government and said ya"ll were in trouble.

Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 22:30:47 EDT

I'm curious if the Uss Pueblo was one of two U.S. Army F.S. Vessels that were active in Korea from 1948 through 1952.

Thank you, William A. Forest

Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 23:47:33 -0700

Just a question; how would the US react if a North Korean or Chinese intelligence gathering vessel were to snoop right off the US coast? What would you have your government do? Cris, Vancouver, Canada

Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 13:27:52 EDT

I understand all Pueblo crew members including civilians held by North Korea were authorized the POW medal, and presented on May 5, 1990. I am interested in the reference to the guideline(s) authorizing such.

Regards, Robert E. Johnson

Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2007 21:48:40 EDT

I was assigned to U. S. Army 51st Signal Battalion, 13 miles south of the DMZ, when the Pueblo was taken. At nearly the same time, several North Korean assassination teams came through the fence and made their way to Seoul, where they attempted to assassinate President Park and his wife. These teams were later captured and killed trying to return to North Korea. It was a tense time, but no where near the hell that you guys went through. Our hearts go out to you, aboard the ship. God bless and thank you for your service to your country.

Donald W. Orren Specialist 5th Class, Ret. Monroe, NC

Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 19:30:04 +0000

My name is Deborah Hoang. I am a Korean-American living in California currently conducting a research for a writing project. I am trying to contact any of the USS Pueblo crew members who might be willing to answer some questions regarding the Pueblo incident. I have some specific questions that I could not find answers to. Please let me know if anyone could assist me in this matter. Thank you for your time.

With deep graditude for your courage and service, Deborah Hoang D

Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 10:12:47 -0400

Myself and another Sailor deployed aboard the USS PINTADO (SSN-672) in 1988 and had the pleasure of meeting Rizalino Aluague. Rizalino was a Senior Chief Petty Officer then and we were Third Class Petty Officers. I have kept Rizalino in my thoughts and prayers ever since meeting him. Having served in the navy for twenty-one years as a Cryptologist at sea I have been intrigued with the capture of the USS PUEBLO and the ordeal the crew encountered. I am interested in contacting Rizalino Aluague; request any contact information you might have. I searched the Website and reunion pages without any luck. Thank you for your service and God Bless all crew, family, and friends of PUEBLO.

Cheers, Kirk Towner, CPO, USN (Ret)

Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 21:52:06 -0400

I am looking for a book about the U.S.S. Pueblo I believe was written by Richard Harris. Mr. Harris was one of the prisoners held and the book described their ordeal while being imprisoned. I would appreciate any help you can give me. The last I heard Mr. Harris was living in Maryland. Please forward to emkingan Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 15:54:47 -0400

I was in the forth grade when the USS Pueblo was attacked by the North Koreans. I was just looking at your website and just wanted to wish you all well. If I can ever do anything to help you, please let me know.

Jeff Schrade, Republican Communications Director U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs 825A Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Direct: 202-224-9093 Cell: 202-680-9552 Fax: 202-228-5655 Check out our website and sign up for eNews

Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 09:25:15 -0400

We intend to commemorate the Pueblo incident 40th anniversary. Can you send us a line copy illustration of the Pueblo to be used for a USPS postal commemorative?

Phil Schreiber, Cachet chairman USS NEW JERSEY CHAPTER 90

Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2007 08:10:29 -0700

I was just a young R brancher stationed at Kami when the Pueblo was grabbed. I had just come back to the barracks from Yokohama with some buddies. It was about 6pm. We had come back early because we had our first day watch of the string the next morning. We quickly found out a lot of the guys had been yanked from the barracks that afternoon and bused to Atsugi, where they were stuffed into some CODs and flown out to the Coral Sea and some other carrier.

Chicca and Hammond had been on the Pueblo. McClintock too. Everybody was buzzing around, hoping to hear some good news, or to be in the next draft of men flown out to the carriers. I listened to my radio some before going to sleep. To my surprise I found an English voice speaking up around 1600khz. It was CDR Bucher giving his “confession”. He sounded rough. The next couple of days we kept waiting for the U.S. to take some action, any action. We KNEW that we weren’t going to leave our guys swinging in the wind like that. I even remember occasionally hesitating before using the head, not wanting to get caught sitting in there when the missiles started flying.

During the day and mid watches we always had a spare R-390 and speaker set up on Radio Pyongyang to hear the latest BS from them, but more importantly to hear who was being forced to read their confessions that particular day. Whenever we heard someone we knew, the argument would begin as to whether that was really their voice, and speculation as to how much or what type of drugs had been injected into them. We had been raised on tales of the evil KGB and their use of truth serum or other chemicals to get confessions.

We had no idea the North Koreans were so brutal and primitive. I remember the Sea of Japan being filled to the brim with ships – ours and the Soviets. I think they had just about their whole Pacific Fleet out there. We were constantly hearing rumors about small fishing boats being run down by rampaging Task Groups. But after a month or so, everybody started dispersing back to various ports, and our TAD guys started filtering back. At that point we knew there would be no war, there would be no rescue, there would be no anything.

We had believed that if anything happened to any of us, the U.S. would send the cavalry to our rescue. Not any more. After the crew was released, I was angry at all those who seemed to feel the whole thing was the fault of CDR Bucher and the crew. The attitude seemed to be that they should have fought to the death using their bare hands. The complacent attitudes of those who sent PUEBLO out there with no emergency backup if needed were the ones who should have been raked over the coals.

I guess after the LIBERTY, we should have seen that coming. What really made me proud was the fact that the men of the PUEBLO treated their captors with the same contempt and derision that CTs of that era were famous for heaping on those who were not of “The Clearance”. With your lives on the line, literally, you not only dumped on those pigs, but you rubbed their faces in it! Those confessions were works of art! I remember seeing a lot of the guys from the Pueblo in the Tunnel at Kami before they sailed. At the time I’d never heard of PUEBLO and seeing the oversize PUEBLO patches on the back of their working jackets, I remember wondering what guys from a fleet tug were doing in out spaces? (Fleet tugs were traditionally named after Indian tribes.) I knew McClintock by sight, but that was about it. Since I had been in sections 3 and 4, I knew Chicca and Hammond. Chicca was a real character. There was rarely a dull moment when he was around. Hammond sat the position next to mine for some time. He was always quiet and studious. Seemed like he was always working on correspondence courses. Great guys. I’m so sorry you guys had to go through all that you did then and since. I’ll always regret that we never came after you.

CTRC(SW) Gerald M. Geiger, USN(Ret.)

Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 17:27:20 -0700 (PDT)

I saw a newscast about the USS Pueblo a few weeks ago. As a american citizen, I would like to get our goverment to have North Korea to return the ship. Do you have any ideas to get this going? I'm serious about this. God bless.

Melody Rodgers Flagstaff, Arizona

Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 02:39:37 -0700 (PDT)

Hello. My name is Kyle Nappi. I am 17 years old and I live in Ostrander , Ohio ( USA ). I was wondering if you could do me a favor.

I have a big interest in history, specifically WWII. I collect military medals, patches, badges, insignia, field gear, and a very unique thing, veteran autographs. I have a scrapbook collection of autographs from military veterans who served during WWI, WWII, Korea , Vietnam , Gulf War, and the present war in Iraq . I have been interested in history for over 5 years now, and I have collected the autographs and stories from nearly 1,600 veterans in 20 countries. The oldest veteran was 111 years old and the youngest is presently serving in Iraq.

I have autographs from Pearl Harbor survivors, D-Day veterans, airman, POWs, USS Indianapolis survivors, Holocaust survivors, and even German soldiers! I personally believe that war history is an interesting subject, and one worth the time to study. It is a shame when people, especially my age, have no idea about the events of the past. When we were watching the Omaha Beach scene on Saving Private Ryan in my social studies class and one my classmates asked the teacher if we were fighting the Japanese!

I have recently begun branching out to the German side of WWII and it is a very interesting subject. I have contacted U-Boat captains, Panzer Tank Commanders, Luftwaffe Aces, Conspirators within the Third Reich, and the last people to see Hitler alive in the bunker in Berlin . Some of them were younger than I am when they were being ordered to fight until the last man!

Two years ago, I was able to fly in a B-17, and a WWII POW was one of the other passengers! I have also been to Washington , D.C. , and was able to see all of the war memorials. It was a great trip, because I had the honor of laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington , VA.

I have also had the privilege of visiting the Wilson ’s Creek battlefield, outside of Springfield Missouri . It was one of the first battles of the Civil War, in which the first Union general was killed since the war of 1812. At one point, I was standing on Bloody Hill, in which nearly 1,600 soldiers where killed. It was very moving.

Back in January (of 2006), the Columbus Dispatch (a central Ohio newspaper) printed an article about my interest in history and my collection of autographs. I have attached a copy of the article with this letter. Here is the website where you can find that article:

Recently, I have been trying to contact the last surviving veterans of WWI. There are only 23 alive, worldwide, and I have autographs from 21 of them (7 now deceased). I was trying to find one in particular who lives in a nursing home in Italy . I came across an article about him and I wrote to the columnist of the article, asking how I could contact the WWI veteran. He gave me his address and printed an article about my collection of autographs…in their Italian newspaper! Here is the website where you can find that article:

Back in June, I was interview by Brent Davis, who works for PBS. He called my in early-June and asked if I wanted to come down to talk about my collection for an interview that was to shown online. Once, I was there, I met Mr. Davis, and he did the first interview about my collection. After that, he and others that worked there, thought that I had a good amount in my collection, so they asked me if they could interview me for "The Columbus World War II Roadshow." They mentioned that it was to come on (in Central-Ohio) before some of the episodes of Ken Burns’ "The War." Here is the website where you can watch my first interview:

Now, this is not the interview that will be shown on television. This was another interview that took place before the television one. The television interview was on September 23 at 7:00 p.m. on PBS, but you were not able to see it because it was only shown in central-Ohio. You can also find this interview on YouTube under "Kyle Nappi." I had also had the privilege of attending the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends, here in Columbus, Ohio. I have also begun contacting numerous worldwide veteran organizations, such as the DAV, VFW, and many, many more. Three of them, one an Australian veteran organization, another a VFW post in Arizona, and the Blinded Veterans Association, posted my request on their website. Here is where you can find them:

I have attached a questionnaire with this E-mail. If you are able to contact any USS Pueblo veterans, would you mind to provide them with a copy of my questionnaire? If they could receive the questionnaire, answer the questions, autograph it, and mail it to me, I would really appreciate it. If this is not possible, would there be a way to "post" my request? Again, if you could put me in touch with any military veterans, I would really appreciate it. Please let me know if this is possible. My main purpose for writing it to share with you that people from our generation do remember the past and the sacrifices that were made for our great country. I would greatly appreciate it if you could pass the word around that there are people who remember. I would like to hear back from you. Thank you very much for your time.

Sincerely, Kyle Nappi

Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 07:05:48 -0400

I am one of the co-founders of We provide active duty and retired servicemen with military dress uniforms and insignias. We would like to know if it would be possible for you to add a link to our website on and/or in the newsletter you send, if any. I would really appreciate any help you could provide us. I will make sure to send you the simple html for the link to add, once you confirm that it is possible.

Thanks and have a great day! Kate

Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2007 13:29:36 EDT

Hello, My name is Joe Kuster and I live in the Seattle, WA area. Two weeks ago I returned from a trip to North Korea and had an opportunity to go aboard the USS Pueblo.

On the Pueblo we were shown a propaganda video that gives their "version" of what happened. None of Americans actually believed a single word of what they told us, but it did cause me to want to learn absolutely as much as possible about the events of 1968. I was born in 1972 and so I can't have a memory of the actual events as they happened. I've ordered all the books I can find on the subject and cannot wait to get through all of them. Then I happened upon this website and saw that one Gene Lacy lives very near me. I am sure it is an extremely long shot, but I was wondering if it would be even remotely possible for me to contact him and spend some time listening to whatever he may be willing to tell me about the event and his experiences. I am not a writer, journalist, photographer or anything related to that. I would only be interested in sitting down with him or talking on the phone with him. If you could point me in the direction of locating or contacting him, I would be forever grateful.

Thank you, Joe Kuster

Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 19:53:42 -0400 (EDT)

You may already have this information, but it is additional detail to Stu Russell’s account. I was doing research on my “Service” to our Country for a Veterans Day program at Church, dates and time lines. I though of the PUEBLO incident; It is one of the most memorable event I experienced while serving in the Coast Guard. (I went out on the internet and Googled the PUEBLO, found your web site.. ) I was stationed as a Seaman on board the USCG WINNEBAGO that PUEBLO was moored alongside.

15 Oct 1967 Winnebago, 1945 WPG / WHEC-40 Call sign: NRUB

As I remember, the WINNEBAGO arrived in Yokosuka, after a 30 day Ocean Station Patrol. PUEBLO had to give up her dockside mooring due to protocol. The WINNEBAGO’s Commanding Officer, Captian Samuel Taylor, out ranked Commander Bucher.

The WINNEBAGO departed for a second stint on Ocean Station. While on station we got word that you had been attacked and taken captive. We went on full alert in preparation for the worst, as did most if not all of the military units in the Pacific.Although I did not have much interaction with the Crew on board while we were along side each other. But during that episode and since, you ALL have been in my Thoughts and Prayers. I thank God the event did not turn out for the worse. Howard W Steele

 Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2007 09:41:43 -0700

I was a Third Class Petty Officer aboard the USS Ranger (CVA-61) S-7 Division when the Pueblo was boarded. The Ranger was making air strikes in Nam when we got the order to proceed to Korea. The next morning we were somewhere off the coast of Korea. We were in the second of my cruises to Nam where it was always warm. No one was ready for the cold of that area because most of our cold weather gear was back in the U.S. in storage. I was with the ship off Korea for the next 50 days until I was flown to Japan for return to the US for discharge.

Michel J. Bethune

Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 16:15:56 -0500

Could you tell me please if there is a 40th reunion planned for 2008? I was 10 years old when the Pueblo and her crew were taken captive. I have a framed autographed picture of Commander Bucher in my den.

God bless you, Charles Frank

Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2007 11:58:38 -0800

I am publisher of the daily Lahontan Valley News, of Fallon, Nevada, home of NAS Fallon and the Navy’s “Top Gun” school. I am planning to write articles for the upcoming (January, 2008) 40th anniversary of the USS Pueblo’s seizure. I was an Army Reserve captain when the crew returned to San Diego from captivity in late Dec., 1968 and because of my status as an Army intelligence officer, was present at the crew’s press conference and debriefing at the San Diego Naval Hospital. I would like to visit with any survivors to interview them.

I see from your crew’s list that Seaman Stephen P. Ellis has a Henderson, Nevada address. Would he speak with me? Can you give me his address? I am now retired as a National Guard brigadier general and my articles would be very favorable to the USS Pueblo crew and the ordeals they have gone through.

David C. Henley

Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 11:38:18 -0800 (PST)

My name is Tim Day, I was at the DMZ when you were released from North Korea. I have a series of pictures, and wanted to know if might be interested in them?

Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 10:24:20 -0900

My name is Amy Evans. I am a student in Ms. Behner's A.P. U.S. History class and we are currently working on our history day projects. I was wondering if there would be someone able to communicate with me when I have questions. The help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Amy

Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 08:17:01 -0500

I am researching the Pueblo to do an illustration of the ship. I have only been able to find the most basic of lines drawings. Would any of your members have something more detailed? I am particularly interested in getting drawings of the hull sections so I can get that shape right, but any drawings would be of great help. I am attaching a low-res copy of one of my illustrations so you get an idea of my work. Once I get the drawing of the Pueblo done, I will be happy to provide your site with a copy. Sincerely, Jim Caiella

Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 17:31:21 -0500

Hi, What do you think of this incident with a North Korean ship. We have time to save there ship but could not help our own.

Donald Witmer CTO2 1964 - 1968

Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2007 09:36:46 -0600

I was on the USS Yorktown when we were sent to Korean for, what we thought was your rescue mission. I can remember when we were told over the intercom that we were going in to get you that morning of the night we arrived. Our carrier was blocking the entrance to the harbor and I can remember all the fishing boats with their lights on. Our first thought was that we did not stand a chance with all these boats surrounding us until we had one of the boats go right under our number two elevator and they looked at us as we did them. We were an antisubmarine aircraft carrier and all our planes were recipes. The E1B and the S2E if my memory is correct. The first three days were the most stressful because reality set in when we came up from General Quarters and saw our planes loaded with nuclear radiation decals on the bombs with Marine guards around the aircrafts.

I can't remember if we were the first task group their or the Enterprise but I do remember that we had discovered so many unidentified submarines that the USS Enterprise only stayed for a few days and was replaced with the Kitty Hawk I think. The history books never mention the USS Yorktown but I do know we were willing to give our all to save our all of you our Navy buddies. We stayed on station for 47 days and then were relieved to continue our mission to Viet Nam.

The memories of your sacrifice to this day and treatment by our government will never leave my memory. I am honored that I and we of the USS Yorktown had served to save true heroes. God Bless you and your service and sacrifices and I truly think all of you as my heroes and inspiration to you; true patriots. Your sacrifices will always be with me and the Crew of the USS Yorktown and my family forever.

Your Navy Comrade, Seaman David B. Chambers V-3 Division

Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 14:22:22 -0500

My name is James Scott, and I am writing a book on the U.S.S. Liberty for Simon and Schuster. One of the points I am making in my book is that had Congress and the Navy properly investigated the attack on the Liberty then the Pueblo may very well have had a different fate.

I noticed on your Web site that you all raise some of the same questions I have: "Just exactly how did the Navy absorb the experiences of the Liberty and use that knowledge to more fully protect the Pueblo? What revised procedures did the Defense Department institute take to protect its valuable assets? How did the courage, determination and heroics of Captain McGonagle differ from those exhibited by Commander Bucher? All mostly unanswered questions, but well worthy of further research and study, lest it happen again."

I was hoping I might be able to chat with someone in the U.S.S. Pueblo Veteran's Association about these ideas. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Best, James Scott Harvard University

Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 12:31:09 -0500

My name is Charles Frank and I found your name on the U.S.S. Pueblo Website. I hope that you and your family will have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. Is there going to be a 40th reunion in 2008? I have read Commander Bucher’s book and he was a wonderful man, just as are all of the other men of the Pueblo. It will be an honor to hear from you.

Best regards, Charles Frank Burbank, California

Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 10:24:32 -0500

An account of a recent visitor to the Pueblo

Amit Trehan

Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 16:27:36 -0500

I was with the 17th Infantry Regiment for fourteen months. Our mission was to stay in a constant state of readiness in case the North Koreans came across the border again. We were dedicated to our mission and took it to heart. I returned Fort Benning Ga. in Late 1967.

After the ship was taken, I ran into a kid I had served with in Korea at the PX. I still remember how fired up we were, although we had not liked our tour over there, we really were eager to go back and get our guys and our ship back. But of course it was not to be.

I just wanted you to know that even though we were Army, and ground ponders. we were with you in sprit, and I have thought of you (our comrades in Arms ) ever sense off and on. I do hope that those of you who remain, live out your lives in peace and happiness. And know that your countrymen have always been proud of you, your commander and your ship.

Sincerely Walter D. Brinkley Pvt. Former United States Army 17th Infantry, Seventh Infantry Division Republic of Korea

Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 16:14:41 +0100

In April 2007 I visited North Horea during a business trip and we also were able to see the "USS Pueblo" in Pyongyang. During the tour on the ship I noticed a flag, which lay in a glass vitrine. Attached as pictured. Do you have information or probably a picture/sketch? What does the flag look like full sized? As I think there is a motif on the flag. It would be great if you could help me.

Kind regards and best wishes from Germany Florian Wuest

 Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 16:23:00 +0100

Thanks for a fine and moving site! I am a radio historian looking for crew and pictures of the USS Deal, referred to on your site by Les Wright Thu, 14 Nov 2002 12:02:41 EST "I noticed today that North Korea has decided not to return the Pueblo. Hadn't thought about that ship in many years. In 1968 Newsweek in conjunction with its reporting published a picture of the Pueblo that certainly looked like the USS Deal AKL-2 ( I am a former XO in the Deal). The picture I see today on your websight looks somewhat different, but your request for information mentions a USS Banner which I'm sure was an AKL operating in the Solomons (I think in the 50's). I also noticed a letter from one who worked on the Pueblo's conversion (?) in Bremerton -- the Deal was decommisioned in 1955 (I had been reassigned but received an invitation to the party) in Bremerton. Anyhow, would like to know if the Deal is the Pueblo, and if it is and the Association would like an 8X10 glossy of the Deal entering Sasebo harbor in 1952 after delivering ammunition to the Marines in Inchon, its theirs for the asking.

Les Wright Portland, OR"

Date: Friday, December 28, 2007 8:08 AM

Just found your web site and it brings back vivid memories of that date the Pueblo was taken. I was chasing ditties and doing HFDF on Adak. We were all sick over the incident and extremely disappointed that little or no action was taken to recover the crew and vessel. My last tour of duty was at Northwest and I believe the J. Layton was there but I didn't get to meet him.

Thanks for the site. Howard Dahill

Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 12:50:13 -0500

I am a writer/researcher for TIME Magazine who is part of an editorial team that is preparing a special issue of TIME devoted entirely to the tumultuous events of the year 1968. (This issue will be released in 2008, in observance of that year's 40th anniversary.) As part of our reporting, we are reaching out to people who were participants in or eyewitnesses to these events. Because the Pueblo Crisis was a milestone event in 1968, we would be very grateful for the chance to speak with one or more of the ship's surviving crew members. We are hoping that your organization can put us in touch with these men. Whenever you have a moment, please message back (or give me a call, at 917-673-0865). I would very much appreciate the opportunity to familiarize you with the details of this project, and answer any questions you may have.

Regards, -Matthew Fenton

Date: 30 Dec 2007 21:07

Can you please e-mail me a high resolution image (scan) of the USS. PUEBLO's logo in black&white and/or in color? I would appreciate this very much! I have the image of the jacket patch and I need a clear printed one. Thank you very much for your kind support. Have a great New Year 2008!

Sincerely, Wolfgang Hechler


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