January - December 2009
Attached is a news article from my local
newspaper (Home News Tribune,
I am a former CT and was stationed in Kami Seya
to say, we were all shocked when no one came to your aid, especially since there was plenty of
air support available. As always, and still today, politics and the system wins.
I hope you can get me some contact info on one of the
He is also a former CT and the last I heard he was somewhere in
I am seeking to locate two crew members who I served with at other duty stations.
Do you have info on Wayne D. Anderson
(Kamiseya) and Tony Lamantia (
As a Navy vet myself, I've always had a special place in my heart for your ship and her crew. So to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its illegal seizure and, too, maybe help folks some nowadays once more recall, and try to remember, what you guys had to go through four decades ago, I wrote my take on the incident.
Our local paper - The News Tribune out of Tacoma, Washington - was kind enough to publish my thoughts today, and so I hope if you get a chance to read them, they ring true to my intention, viz., a tribute to you all and the undaunted true American spirit you guys steadfastly maintained throughout your 11 months of brutal captivity in North Korea.
I apologize I don't know how to attach a hyperlink to my piece here. But if you'll just Google "The News Tribune,
Thank you all for your service and sacrifice to our great country. You guys inspired me beyond any words I can write. So to hell with them. I'll just smartly salute you all now and end it here.
Most respectfully yours,
To Whom It May Concern:
I would like to inform you that Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) introduced and passed a resolution in the Senate yesterday (1/23) seeking the return of the USS Pueblo to the United States Navy. While this is a symbolic action, it is still a step that has yet to take place.
I would be pleased to answer any questions concerning the Resolution and have enclosed the text as well as the press release.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions and thank you for your service.
Military Legislative Assistant
Office of U.S. Senator Wayne Allard
This may not be an appropriate question, but there is an individual
(Peter J. Cristiano) in our community who is representing (while he
was in the Air Force) that he was a on the crew of the
the crew during the event.
Can you shed some light on this for me? Thank you.
(Ed. note: Mr. Cristiano was never a crewmember of the USS PUEBLO AGER-2)
I just viewed Oliver North's War Stories episode detailing the attack on the USS Pueblo. My heart aches for the Captain and his crew at their treatment at the hands of the North Koreans and then our own government. War Stories ended with mention President Bush was expected to clear the reputation of the crew. Now that President Bush has left office I am curious if he was successful and if proper honors have been afforded to the
Thank you for your service to our country. Gob bless you!
Dear Sir or Ma'am:
Please let me introduce myself, my name is John Olvey and I have the privilege of being the action officer for my first commander's retirement. We are both Cryppie reserve officers. I am wondering what the possibility of getting one of the Hero's of the USS Pueblo incident with
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
NNWG Training Dept Head
27 May 2009
You guys are kind of forgotten part of the whole
Eddie, was a nuclear Submariner who was on a West Pac and got sent to the region when you guys were captured and interred. I believe that history and time have proven that Commander Bucher did the right thing in saving his crew although he was vilified at the time. The Pueblo was full of ECM recon gear and since I was an Air Force ECM technician for nearly five years, I have always had an appreciation for what you guys did to gather information that was invaluable to making our equipment more effective.
It is astounding that in the last day’s news about the region that
Like all of you, I returned after another overseas tour in
I am blessed to still be here as many of our comrades who did not perish in the war are now finishing their mortal journey much earlier than otherwise might have been the case. My dad, who was a WWII Navy man as noted above, passed last April 15th just 4 days short of his 92nd birthday. He met and married my mom in
I salute your valor and I thank you for your service.
May God bless you and your families.
Sr. Sales Engineer
28 May 2009
I do think that the Captain Commander Pete
Bucher deserved to be Court Martialed; he surrendered
his ship to an enemy nation with out an attempt to either run or scuttle her.
I was a Navy Brat, my Dad was a 20 year career man. One of my first books to read was "the Blue Jackets Manual" which had stories of John Paul Jones and other Naval heroes, I saw many of the Navy WW2 combat films; I didn't see ANY ships being surrendered, I was in the Army stationed in
By surrendering his ship with all the classified files intact, the Captain of the
The fact that he and his men did "active resistance" doesn't absolve him of the surrender in my opinion.
To be fair, I don't think that the Captain McGonagle deserved the Congressional Medal of Honor; that cheapened it for all the men of WW2 and
Just my opinion;
Pamela JS Dunn.
28 May 2009 23:28:01
Had the US attacked North Korea in retaliation for seizing the USS Pueblo, the Chicoms would have entered in on the scene, and a major land war would have broken out on the Korean Peninsula, worse than that of 1950-1953. The
Tom Lobello, your comments?
Subject: More information on the
I talked with a man who was in intelligence at the time of the
be of interest. Are you still updating your website?
(Ed. note: Yes Martin, we certainly are updating and on the lookout for information.)
Spencer G. Stanley, III
29 May 2009
That's what I always thought the Skipper and crew of the USS
Pueblo were -- and are !
My name is Wade Lawley. I was sent to
1968 as a Sgt in the US Army 2nd Infantry Division. The best
feeling I had in my 13 months in country was standing by the
As a Sgt in the infantry, I, my commanders, and my fellow grunts
were fully ready to do whatever we would be called upon to do to
gain your freedom. In retrospect I was scared but proud to know
that if called upon we would do exactly that. It could not have
been 1% of what you faced during your ordeal but I was and still am
PROUD to be a very small part of the
The attached scans were dropped by balloon on our positions by
charlie. I hope y'all can find a use for them in your search for
facts, stories or as memorabilia in your archives.
THANK YOU !
(Ed. note: Thank you Wade for sending this pamphlet. They are now on our website.)
My Fellow Comrades, I'm a U.S. Navy veteran & served on
board the USS GUAM LPH9 from
SN Jon Pat Barnard U.S Navy Retired.
Here is some information I typed up a few years ago.
Donald E. Witmer
Navy 1964 - 1968
My name is Donald Witmer CTO2
I was stationed on
Another subject; I will never
understand how someone could land a crippled plane in China, stay one week, and
come back a hero when they had a choice of ditching the plane in the water and
having a chance of being rescued. When the Pueblo was "captured",
personal "tortured", and they came back a year later treated like
criminals. They both did the same job.I understand
that if I would have joined the Navy three months ahead of time I may have been
on the USS Pueblo. They were outfitting the ship with personnel at that time. I
was stationed in Kami Seya
Donald Witmer CTO2
I would like to know the
procedure for providing information on the USS Pueblo. I was in
Editor note: David there was no Danny Boone assigned to the USS PUEBLO AGER-2
I am trying to find out if this site is still viable. Can anyone advise me if that is so?
101st Airborne Division
Editor note: Yes Bob, still viable and on-line www.usspueblo.org
From: Jim Sipper
Subject: USS Pueblo capture
My ship, the USS Blue-DD744, was part of the task group sent to
Express the anger and frustration we felt in not being able to do something
To help. You remained in our prayers then and now.
Jim Sipper IC3
USS Blue DD-744
Subject: Fund Raiser / Book
I'm trying to get in contact with someone from USS Pueblo Association about a fund raiser and book I'm putting together.
The book is a collection of short essays by notable personalities on what it means to be an American. Together these essays along with a spotlighted bio on the individual or company will be used to show how individual character and diversity is brought together in our country and makes it great.
All proceeds from the project will go to armed services related charities. With your help we can reach our million dollar goal.
Please contact me at your earliest convenience.
From: Phil Krigel
Subject: 41 Years ago.
On this, the 41st anniversary of your release I want to take this moment to again say welcome home. The heroes of the USS Pueblo will never be forgotten.
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