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Pueblo Incident


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Entry: 89511
PUEBLO INCIDENT
PUEBLO INCIDENT

HENRY ENGEL wrote on August 14, 2014


City and State:

Unit: 121ST TFG COLUMBUS OHIO

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Is there anyone who served in the 121st during the Pueblo Incident deployment to Kunsan Korea that remembers or has any information on the F-100 that crashed on take off from Kunsan while we were stationed there?

Thank you, Henry Engel


Keywords:


Entry: 89444
PUEBLO INCIDENT
KUNSAN 1968-69

JAMES STRASZHEIM JR wrote on August 3, 2014


City and State:

Unit: 121ST TFG COLUMBUS, OHIO

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Anyone from the Guard Unit out there who served at Kunsan as a result of the Pueblo Incident who remembers that a recon plane was shot down while we were stationed there?

Keywords: 121st Columbus ohio, F-100, Stringfellow, Bost, Wilson


Entry: 89338
PUEBLO INCIDENT
SECURITY POLICE, CLARK AFB 1968

PAUL FLYNN JR. wrote on July 17, 2014


City and State: MILFORD NH

Unit: 6314 SECURITY POLICE SQ.

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was deployed TDY to Osan AFB R.O.K. in Jan. of 1968 in response to the capture of the USS Pueblo. During my TDY I contracted severe frostbite while on guard duty for long periods of time with no relief (16 hours).

I never went to sick call because once I warmed up I thought everything was ok and forgot about it, like you do when your 19,right!! Years later my fingers and toes would and still do become numb and turn white as a sheet. I learned that this is a result of frostbite, the damage being done years before.

If anyone remembers me or my unit from Clark AFB,Philippines please contact me. I've been trying for years to substantiate a disability claim with the VA but I can't prove I was TDY'd to Korea in 1968. Records have been burned and the DOD doesn't keep TDY orders I'm told. Hard for me to believe but that's the answer I get from the people at Randolph AFB,Texas.

I've tried local vet reps, senators, blah,blah,blah it goes on and on. Now I'm hoping my fellow veterans can come to my aid. Thanks.


Keywords:


Entry: 87735
PUEBLO INCIDENT
USAF PUEBLO INCIDENT

JOEL PLAXTON wrote on November 16, 2013


City and State: CAMERON PARK CA

Unit: MUNITIONS MAINTENANCE OSAN AFB

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I am looking for fellow Ammo troups that I served with from January 1968 to february 1969.

Keywords: Ssgt Blake Lum Edwards, Mike Mayberry, Leland Nichols, Joe Guzzy. We were sent over to Korea in response to the USS Pueblo being Taken off the coast of North Korea. We went there right after Tech school, And after our tour, Many of us shipped out th Viet Nam.Most went to Cam Rahn bay. I went to Da Nang. Also Sgt Frank Titus went to Danang. I would be interested in hearing from any of you.


Entry: 87442
PUEBLO INCIDENT
HUNTING NAME OF UNIT

MELVIN WELLS SR. wrote on October 21, 2013


City and State: RESACA GA

Unit: DELTA BTRY 7 ARTY 2INF DIV38TH BRIGADE MISSILE BN

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I'm melvin wells and I cannot remember like I used to, I remember we
were on a camp in hwacheon korea 1967_68 I worked in motor pool and
on missile site at the top of a mountain site near our camp, just
cannot remember names or camp name all I know it was d btry in
hwacheon ,, our site was sprayed also our missile site wE sprayed
for brush and pests,, I've had some rough years , cancer 5 times and
other problems ,I need help from someone out there in cyber land to
help me recall where, who, and what we was, we kept up vehicles and
loaders , missile loaders, generators, signal trucks so of you can
help me email me I have agent Orange problems
,,,,,,,melvinwells95@yahoo.com


Keywords: Hunting name of unit and town near it


Entry: 87340
PUEBLO INCIDENT
AGENT ORANGE

MELVIN WELLS SR. wrote on October 4, 2013


City and State: RESACA GA

Unit: DELTA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Anybody know the complete address of delta btry in hwacheon s Korea
I'm 66 caint remember all happenin need help please what camp was
called ,commander, were you in agent Orange mess, I need help
melvinwells95@yahoo.com. let me tell all I know with your
help


Keywords: 7th
arty 2div 38,Bush missile btn



Entry: 86336
PUEBLO INCIDENT
KOREA 67-68

BOB STARK wrote on May 27, 2013


City and State: MARIPOSA CA

Unit: 2ND DIV 9TH BATTTION MECH INF.

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: When the Pueblo was taken by the NK. Our company was mover to
the DMZ ASAP.We lived in tents.we were about 9 miles from the
Freedom bridge I believe. I worked on all the
jeeps, track layers.etc in our company.The cold was extrem ,
when the troops were out on patrol looking for infiltraters( 31
I think was the number that crossed into the south) We would
have to start the trucks, jeeps, and tracks up every 2 or 3
hours so they wouldn't freeze up the engines.we did this day
and night.We all thought we were going to war with the NK for
sure.I do remember seeing a photo of the Peublo crew with their
middle finger extended up. I left before the crew was
released,I tell you one thing we all wanted to go get them back
right then..Hats off the those brave men..God Bless the USA


Keywords: Baby Huey KEEP UP THE FIRE


Entry: 85350
PUEBLO INCIDENT
SERVICE CLUB GIRL'S MEMORY OF THE PUEBLO INCIDENT

MARGARET A. RUH (O'NEILL) JR. wrote on January 31, 2013


City and State: SILVER CITY NM

Unit: DOD ARMY SERVICE CLUB PROGRAM

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: I remember waking up during the night at Camp Stanley where I worked in the Service Club Program.

I had fallen asleep to the Armed Forces radio station. When I woke up there was a news report of the Pueblo being taken. Camp Stanley was put an on alert since North Koreas had crossed the DMZ into the south.

They killed one N. Korean in the mountains behind Camp Stanley.

Sharon Downs, who I worked with, and I would alternate weekly trips south into Seoul on a civilian bus from Uijongbu.

The armed ROK soldiers would stop the bus at
a checkpoint and board the bus to check for N. Koreas.

One other time later on the N. Koreans again crossed the DMZ into the south. I remember taking a cab from Yongsan in Seoul to a Rec. Center near the DMZ to visit a friend.

We were stopped at night near the DMZ by Ameican soldiers walking single file down the road
looking for N. Koreans.

We were advised not to be there. We finally reached the Rec. Center where my friends were waiting for me at the gate.

I never heard anymore about this incident. There was quite a bit going on north of Seoul around the time the Pueblo was taken.

The Col. in charge of Camp Stanley wasn't very
happy about us leaving the Camp and taking the
civilian bus. It was pretty amazing timess as a 23 year old civilian DOD worker that had just graduated from CSULB.


Keywords: Service Club Program, Camp Stanley, Camp Red Cloud, 2nd Div., Uijongbu, Yongsan, Camp Cobern,36th Engineers,David Kurpinski, Sharon Downs, David Soos,Ted Wesnofski, Eileen Sheehan, Col. Park,RC#3. Camp Casey, Richard Ruh.


Entry: 84325
PUEBLO INCIDENT
1ST//9TH @ID CAMP YOUNG

JOHN WADE THOMPSON JR. wrote on October 3, 2012


City and State: COLUMBIA SC

Unit: 1ST/9TH 2ID

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I was at Camp Young across Libby Bridge in January
1968. When they captured the Pueblo everything went
full Red (sic.) alert. We all felt sure that we were
going to be over run by Joe. I think back to those
times often now. For many years I had blocked it out,
but now I remember how truly anxious we all were. Sand
bags in the floorboards of vehicles (we laughed at
that), all wind shields hatched down (to protect us
from flying glass, I suppose), minimum of at least one
additional passenger in vehicle, night ambush (guarding
the compounds) and the posting of additional troops at
the south end of the DMZ. We lost a couple of fellow
soldiers and had many wouded. I remember them with
tomorrow.


Keywords: Camp Young, HHC 1/9th 2ID


Entry: 84098
PUEBLO INCIDENT
OJT PRIOR TO SHIP SAILING

ROBERT PHILLIPS wrote on September 5, 2012


City and State: VANCOUVER WA

Unit: 177 RRSOU ASA PYUNG TECK KOREA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: To this day I do not know what I am free to say about the
mission.
Prior to the mission the Ops section came to Korea be infoed on
the mission. I had orders to be reassigned to NSA HQ at Ft Mead
MD. I requested an extendtion remain in Korea to work the
problen which I received from the commanding general at NSA in
8 days. I would not mind contact with anyone with whom I had
contact before the mission, to include that Marine Korean linguist
who was thrown in the brig and busted to lance corperal. I can
not
remember his name.

Respectfully,

Robert T. Phillips
Former cryptanilist


Keywords: Puebleau operation section OJT


Entry: 83871
PUEBLO INCIDENT
I FLEW CHINOOKS IN THE DMZ IN 1969.

CHARLES SLUYTER wrote on August 11, 2012


City and State:

Unit: 19TH AVIATION COMPANY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: We had a mamasan susie who took care of our
floor.we made chili burger in the o club. We
flew 4 to 7 days per week and did stay in a
camp near the dmz. Please contact me.


Keywords: I am trying to verify that i veflew the dmz while
in korea.i have agent orange symptoms.
Commander crews. Mike viles ;ron deshane;
jesse taylor; captain stark; lt. Canon;cw2 doug
vaughn; cw2 hershmler?; we flew warheads and
troop and relief supplies and troops and panmujon for
high level negotiations.


some.



Entry: 83816
PUEBLO INCIDENT
I NEED HELP VERIFING THAT I MAKE MANY TRIPS TO THE DMZ DURING FEB. 1967 AND APR. 1968

RONALD (RONNIE-DUKE) ELLINGTON wrote on August 5, 2012


City and State: ELLENWOOD GA

Unit: 260TH MILITARY POLICE COMPANY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I have cancer and am trying to verify that I was at
the DMZ during my tour. My Army records do not have
any information other than that our Company provided
security. I would appreciate any help from people who
can confirm the escorts. Thanks.


Keywords: My nichname was Duke.Our Sgt. was Terance Vercher.
Some of my buddies were Johnny Lovedahl, Dee Mathews,
Robert Robbins, Gordon Sochon and Ronald Woods. Our
Company was attached to the 83rd Ordnance Battalion
just south of Seoul. My Company provided security for
the 83rd. We flew escorts to the DMZ with loads of
ordnance. I was extended for 30 days during the
Peublo capture.



Entry: 82684
PUEBLO INCIDENT
USS PUEBLO ESCORT

EARL PHARES wrote on April 6, 2012


City and State: ONTARIO CA

Unit: USS PUEBLO AGER-2 NORTH KOREAN POW 1968

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: Trying to find my Escort from CO A 728 MP BN. Grotola

He escorted me from the Huey to the 121st Evac
hospital after we crossed the Bridge of No Return.

Gerry Landrum and Ray Koloski are in contact with me.


Keywords: USS Pueblo AGER-2 North Korean POW 1968


Entry: 82658
PUEBLO INCIDENT
PUEBLO

EDWARD RUPP wrote on April 3, 2012


City and State: PORT ORANGE FL

Unit: C.CO 2/17INFANTRY(CAMP KAISER)

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: My buddy's and me came back from village(Unchonni)when we
were told ware going North,my unit is 3miles south of the
DMZ,we stayed ready waiting to go but the orders never
came,we did reinforce the DMZ but that's as fare as it
went up until I left in April of 68.The men of the Pueblo
did there job and did it well. I'm sorry that the
Government did-not do the right thing.I thank all the men
of the Pueblo and I too give north Korea. the GOOD LUCK
sign.Long Life and Happiness too all.


Keywords: C.CO.2/17Infantry (Camp Kaiser)


Entry: 82639
PUEBLO INCIDENT
BRIDGE OF NO RETURN

RAY LACY wrote on April 1, 2012


City and State: VIENNA VA

Unit: 2ND INF. DIV. 2BAT AVN

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: DOES ANYONE KNOW MY LOCATION REALITIVE TO DMZ AND OR
BRIDGE OF NO RETURN....


Keywords: I WAS IN KOREA 1968 IN 2ND INF DIV AND PAMONJOM
VILLAGE WAS JUST OUTSIDE THE COMPOUND ALSO KNOW AS 55
COMPOUND..I WANTED TO KNOW HOW FAR FROM BRIDGE OF NO
RETURN WAS MY UNIT...ITS BEEN SO MANY YEARS I
REMEMBER AND ALMOST SURE MY UNIT WAS FOR 2ND INFANTRY
DIVISION 2ND AVN HAS FLIGHT LINE WHERE MANY
CHOPPERS OUR AND MANY FLIGHTS TO DMZ FOR WOUNDED
SOLDIERS OR ANY MEDICAL EMERGENCY..IN FACT ONE
CHOPPER CRASHED WHILE PICKING UP WOULDED , 200
HUNDRED FEET UP AND THING STALED ALL DIED.....



Entry: 82120
PUEBLO INCIDENT
NAVY PHOTOGRAPHER TAKING PICTURES ON HILL OF PUEBLO CREW RELEASE

KENNETH JOLLEY wrote on February 13, 2012


City and State: BIG CLIFTY KY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I am writing this on behalf of my husband. Trying
to locate Navy photographer who was driven to
Panmunjom by my husband. The photographer set up on a
hill taking pictures of the Pueblo crew being
released.This photographer was on leave in Hawaii
when he was informed of the situation.
Need proof for VA that my husband was in the DMZ,
where contact with Agent Orange occured. He had a
Glioblastoma Multiforme removed September 2011.
Kenneth was in the MotorPool at Osan. He drove the
bus for Bob Hope and company in 1968. Anyone remember
him? Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you.


Keywords:


Entry: 81508
PUEBLO INCIDENT
AAD/UNC

TERRY MCGINN wrote on December 28, 2011


City and State: CRANSTON RI

Unit: COMNAVFORKOREA

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: I was a Navy Yeoman assigned to Armistice Affairs
Div.UNCMAC in Yongsan,Seoul, Korea. On January 23,
1968 I signed for a Secret message regarding capture
of the USS Pueblo. I turned it over to Colonel Lucas
the CO of AAD/UNC. Within half an hour the office
was filled with brass and so it started. That evening
Col. Lucas gave me his 45 and sent me with an Army
driver up to the DMZ to deliver a demand to release
the Pueblo. The demand was to be given to the North
Koreans at an emergency meeting of the Military
Armistice Comm. the next day. Until my DEROS June 68
I made many more trips to Panmunjon. I read about
the release at Christmas aboard the USS Hornet.
My DEROS was 15 June 68


Keywords:


Entry: 79551
PUEBLO INCIDENT
PUEBLO INCIDENT

JOSEPH (JOE) GOLLIE wrote on July 6, 2011


City and State: DANVILLE WV

Unit: HHB 6/44 ADA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I went to Korea in April 68 straight from AIT. Arrived in Kimpo. Sent to K-6 Camp Humphrey. Sent to Kunsan Airbase. Sent to Reno Hill. Finally, my company moved to Camp Howard. I was frozen in Korea until the Pueblo prisoners crossed Freedom Bridge. In 69 I set on the runway at Kimpo, like others whose DEROS had passed, waiting takeoff to the World.

Keywords:  


Entry: 78876
PUEBLO INCIDENT
UNCMAC

MARTIN WEBER wrote on May 11, 2011


City and State: HAYWARD CA

Unit: UNCMAC

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: At the time of the capture of the USS Pueblo, I was supply NCO (among other varied duties) for the UNCMAC in Seoul. This was tremendously interesting service. We were the group who wore yellow arm bands and were not permitted to be assigned weapons of any kind during our service to UNCMAC. As a matter of fact, we were not even permitted to do the annual target shoot. I was there for almost 2 years.

Keywords: Mickey, My best commanding officer there (I was directly under 3) was Major Kramer from Hawaii who served at least 3 tours in Korea,  


Entry: 77573
PUEBLO INCIDENT
AIR FORCE INVOLVEMENT WITH USA PUEBLO

WILLIAM WRIGHT wrote on January 23, 2011


City and State: OREGON CITY OR

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Brother Gerald J. Wright, just passed away. Jan 21, 2011 He was a 30 Year Vet of the US Air Force 1957-1987.

My Brother's Wife Nobu, died 30 years ago. I believe my brother never got over her tragic early demise. He was pretty much a loner after that and never remarried.

He never talked to any of his three brothers about his experiences in the Air Force, jokingly saying when we inquired that if he told us anything he would have to kill us. He was an Electronic Counter Measures Specialist. We didn't know exactly what that meant, but we knew it involved highly classified information.

One thing we did know, was that he had been stationed in Thialand for a period during the Viet Nam War, and had flight duty flying Long Duration Reconacance Missions.

In May of 2010 Jerry was diagnosed with Terminal Colon Cancer. Just a few days before he passed away, my Brothers and I were trying to get him to talk a little bit about his Years in the Air Force. I dont know why I thought of this, but I asked him if he had ever served on a ship, and to our amazement he said yes, that he had served on the Pueblo while it was Anchored off the Coast of Korea. We don't know what time period this was, but it must have been just before the Pueblo was Attacked and Hi-Jacked.

If anyone remembers serving with Gerald J. Wright AKA Jerry, His Family would like to hear from you


Keywords: Pueblo Air Force Counter Measures


Entry: 76622
PUEBLO INCIDENT
ANG FROM NIAGARA FALLS NY ACTIVATED 1968

MIKE ADAMS wrote on November 5, 2010


City and State: SYRACUSE NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: My dad, MSgt Raymond Adams, was 107th TFG Niagara Falls IAP Air Nat'l Guard activated in 1968 by President Johnson when I was only 9 yrs old. He was Superintendent of CE and built runways and infrastructures in South Korea, Suwon and Osan area. Looking for possible stories, pictures or other documentation from others that were in the unit, or maybe other units that were associated with them. He died in 1983 before I had an opportunity to share too many war stories. Then coincidently, I was assigned to 31st Spec Ops (AFSOC) at Osan, 1999-2001. Would have loved to have come home and shared some stories with dad, but by then it was too late.

Keywords: 107th TFG Air Natonal Guard Niagara Falls NY Suwon AB Osan AB Civil Engineering


Entry: 75912
PUEBLO INCIDENT
GETTING READY FOR WAR

TOM CREWS wrote on August 25, 2010


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: I was in the Army and in Camp Carrol in 1967/8. When the Pueblo was captured they poored at least a couple of companies of infantry into the area. I was an squad automatic rifleman and mine detector operator. We searched the hills for infiltrators with Korean and American SF. 7.62 ammo is heavy and I think I lost maybe 10 lbs. The S. Korean reserves were mobilized and we were sure the N. Koreans would be over the DMZ any minute. They seemd to be setting up Camp Carrol as a fall back postion...a leg in the old Pusan perimiter. When I rotated out in February 1968 I took the train to Soul. There were only two of us in the passanger car. We have SF troops at the end of the car. We stopped at each railway bridge while they jumped down and checked for explosives. The day I was suppose to fly out of Kimpo, the N. koreans flew a mig at one of the plans heading out. They cancelled all flight for an hour, then boarded my plane. My plane was escoted by four F100 (?) fighters. Bless the air force...because we were all sure that we would be shot down. Our jets were everywhere in the sky and it was beautiful. I think we were bait but we made it.

Keywords: Camp Carrol Kimpo


Entry: 73896
PUEBLO INCIDENT
MILITARY HISTORY MAGAZINE ARTICLE

JAMES MAZOUR wrote on March 12, 2010


City and State: WEST DES MOINES IA

Unit: JOINT SECURITY AREA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: The March 2010 issue of MILITARY HISTORY contains a cover article entitled, "Why Dis North Korea Seize the Pueblo?" It is written by Michael Lerner, who previously wrote the book, "The Pueblo Incident: A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy." It is an interesting read, and provides details of the mission of the USS Pueblo off the coast of North Korea.

Keywords: USS Pueblo, North Korea, MILITARY HISTORY, Michael Lerner


Entry: 72354
PUEBLO INCIDENT
OKINAWA, 7 AERIAL PORT SQ, NAHA

JIM WADE wrote on November 14, 2009


City and State:

Unit: HQ..7TH AERIAL PORT SQ, NAHA

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: hi guys,,,you all talk about leaving okinawa for korea for support of the pueblo crisis. guess what, we from the 7th aps, naha. loaded all the planes that went from there to korea...i remember moving the unit of f-102 to osan, than i went to osan and moved them to suwon. could never fig. it out, but we moved the f-102 from osan to suwon, so the f-102 from clark could move into osan...thanks for you service...jim

Keywords: pueblo crisis


Entry: 71821
PUEBLO INCIDENT
COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE PUEBLO

BRYAN JONES wrote on October 2, 2009


City and State: MANASSAS VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I was a cryptographic technician stationed at Camp Red Cloud during the Pueblo Incident. When I came on duty for the night shift, the communications center was astir with concern about the messages we were receiving from the Pueblo. The Pueblo's signals were linked through several communication vans about SK, but there was one outside the backdoor of our center. Their messages were encrypted, but having access, I began reading them. Someone was typing directly to us aboard the Pueblo. The message said that the North Koreans had boarded the vessel and had shot someone on deck. The person typing was considering the destruction, by thermite grenades, of all the crypto gear and key lists aboard the Pueblo. We don't know if he carried it out, because that was our last communication.
Later, we were asked to find the Pueblo's location, which was determined by the strength of their radio signals (no GPS). By our calculations it was close to the twenty mile limit, but no less. Yet the fact remained that the Pueblo was out there with a secret mission, and was not to be captured. Its capture would compromise much of our security equipment, which it did.
Hours passed, and in middle of the night we began receiving Red Rocket messages from the White House. Many of these messages were being designated to bases throughout South Korea, placing the country on alert. Others were Top Secret, and I was the only one on duty with a Top Secret clearance that night. When I prepared our equipment for Top Secret, I began reading the messages, which were being sent to the Nike Missle bases. President Johnson was ready to fire, and a list of the targets were given, with some other orders concerning warheads.
I had no idea about what those messages were actually saying, but my fears during the midst of all this, was that we were on the brink of a nuclear war. Yet it was clearly evident that the President was serious and was not going to play around with NK.
Then to confuse matters even more, NK jumped the border with approximately 100 infiltrators, which created havoc for a week or so. Some of these infiltrators actually made it to Seoul and marched down the streets toward the Presidential Palace. They were captured or killed...I don't remember.
Afterwards I was sent in a communications van to a ROK division somewhere near the DMZ, where it was about zero degrees.
The rest is history.


Keywords: Communications with the Pueblo


Entry: 67971
PUEBLO INCIDENT
802 EAB OUT OF K-6

ROSEY ROENFANZ wrote on November 22, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: mar68 to mar69 was my time, we had patrols out looking for joe. one soldier was shot at c battery 4th and 44th during that summer. during the time of the bob hope show 68 we were pulling bridge duty. just don't remember which bridge! they were all cold. to cold to dig or build but we could still watch.

Keywords: 802nd, camp humphreys, c/4th/44th


Entry: 64485
PUEBLO INCIDENT
PUEBLO SITE

EARL PHARES wrote on February 26, 2008


City and State: ONTARIO CA

Unit: USS PUEBLO 1968

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: Go to www.usspueblo.org Commander Bucher died Jan 2004 and is buried at Ft Rosecrans in San Diego. Lots of kind words here. I wrote the CNO asking when Commander Bucher will be completely vindicated like Captain McVay-USS Indianapolis- finally was. He and all of us did our best with what the Navy gave us!

Keywords: Pueblo Capture and information


Entry: 64340
PUEBLO INCIDENT
KOREA 1968-1969

ALFRED HANSEN wrote on February 17, 2008


City and State:

Unit: 21ST TCAR 2ND INFANTRY DIV 8TH ARMY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Looking for other Army veterans that served over there during this same time, fall of 68 to fall 69. Anyone with information for the same unit would be great. Need to have proof I served at the DMZ as I was never there long enough to get combat pay, or CIB

Keywords: 2nd Infantry Division, 21st Tcac, 8th Army Division, Korea during Pubelo incident


Entry: 64266
PUEBLO INCIDENT
PUEBLO INCIDENT

PRENTISS ANDREWS wrote on February 12, 2008


City and State:

Unit: DET. 3, 623RD AC-W SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: LIke other commentors, I was stationed on Okinawa at the time of the Pueblo Incident. Two or three days after the incident, a large portion of our Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron were assembled in a hanger on Naha Air Force Base and spent the day waiting as members of other detachements, on other islands in the Ryuku chain arrived. Around 10:00 P.M., a C-141 landed. The pilot came into the hanger and said, "I'm the driver of this C-141, where we going?" He said he had come from San Antonio. Soon afterwards, we all loaded on the C-141, took off, and landed at Suwon A.F.B. around 2:00 A.M.. We waited around in the freezing cold until a bus picked us up and drove us to Osan A.F.B., where we unloaded and slept on cots in a gym. The next day, one of our officers came with assignments. Myself, another Lt. and an airmen went by S-55 helicopter to Yong Mun Son GCI site. We controlled F-102 interceptors, other flights, and trained ROKAF controllers until returning to Okinawa.

Few people note, that the Pueblo Incident took place at the same time as the Tet Offensive in Vietnam. To many of us, it seemed apparent that there was collusion to stretch U.S. forces.


Keywords: Pueblo Incident


Entry: 62779
PUEBLO INCIDENT
SECURITY POLICE SENT TO SUWON FROM OKINAWA

DONN EICHHORN wrote on October 30, 2007


City and State: TROY OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was sent from Okinawa on Jan 31, 1968 to Suwon in support of the F102's stationed at Naha. When we left Naha it was arounf 70 and when we arrived in Korea it was 13. We lived in ten man tents until we left the end of February.

Keywords:


Entry: 60629
PUEBLO INCIDENT
E-MAIL ADDRESS

BRUCE TETRAULT wrote on April 11, 2007


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: Does anyone have lt. commander steve harris e-mail address . thank you bruce tetrault

Keywords:


Entry: 58125
PUEBLO INCIDENT
MY MEMORIES - 'REMEMBER THE PUEBLO'

BILL B. wrote on July 17, 2006


City and State:

Unit: HQ, 3RD BDE, 2ND ID, S2, CAMP YOUNG

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I arrived at 3rd BDE, 2nd ID, Camp Young along the DMZ in January '68. I remember the JSA 3/4 ton truck ambush; the mess hall massacre and the Korean civilian workers truck that overturned along the 'zone'. Mostly, I remember the Pueblo and Commander Bucher! I was on Freedom Bridge the day the Pueblo crew walked back from captivity, to freedom. I was honored to have Commander Bucher come up to me and shake my hand. He said to me: 'you are the first friendly face' he had seen in almost a year. Later, I ran into Commander Bucher at DLI, in Monterey. We went to lunch and discovered we both were from southern California. Years later I reconnected with Commander Bucher and he gave me an autographed copy of his book. He told me I was 'mentioned' in his book and we remained friends up to his death. This memory has remained a significant influence all my life and I will never forget to 'Remember The Pueblo'! God Bless You All...

Keywords: HQ 3rd BDE, 2ID, S2, Camp Young


Entry: 56608
PUEBLO INCIDENT
CO B 2ND 31ST ID R O K

BILL BURNS wrote on April 9, 2006


City and State: KNOXVILLE TN

Unit: CO B 2ND BN 31 ST INF

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: MR GRACE YOU WAS NOT PATROL LEADER SGT PARPART WAS THE PATROL LEADER PFC ROBERT BISBEE WAS KIA THAT DAY THANK YOU FOR STORY

Keywords: CO B 2ND BN 31ST INF R O K 1967--1968
SGT PARPART PFC ROBERT BISBEE



Entry: 55527
PUEBLO INCIDENT
PUEBLO BIBLE

JAMES MAZOUR wrote on February 2, 2006


City and State: WEST DES MOINES IA

Unit: JSA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Regarding some prior postings seeking information about the "Pueblo Bible." It is mentioned in Lt. Commander Stephen R. Harris' book entitled, MY ANCHOR HELD. The Pueblo crew's religious materials, including bibles, were confiscated by the North Koreans upon their capture; and the crew was not permitted to have any religious materials during their imprisonment. Lt. Harris and other crew members wrote scriptures from memory onto pieces of paper and secretly shared them among the crew. These pieces of papers became known as the "Pueblo Bible." It is unclear where the crew was able to bring these "Pueblo Bible" papers with them upon their release at Panmunjom.





Keywords: USS Pueblo, Pueblo Bible


Entry: 54642
PUEBLO INCIDENT
PUEBLO INCIDENT

KEVIN STREL wrote on December 14, 2005


City and State: LEOMINSTER MA

Unit: 1ST/9TH HHC RECON PLATOON

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I was 17 years old, just graduated from Medics School. I arrived in Korea 28FEB68 and was sent to @nd DIV. 1stBat. 9th Inf. The Pueblo crew was captoured about 1 month before. It was insne over there and no one home know waht was going on. Our base camp was at the gate that lead to Freedom Village. I will never forget the day the crew came home. They were skin and bones, blsck and blue but grining ear to ear. They came to our camp, was feed and showered then choptored to Seoule. I when I first got in country, I wound out that no one was let to leave country, even guys due to ETS. The thing that hit me hardest was the no one back home knew what was going on. My best friend was the medic in the other squad in the recon platoon was the first preson to come home with the Silver Medel. Later that year they made it a combat zone. It was insane over there.

Keywords: Imjim Scout


Entry: 50339
PUEBLO INCIDENT
USS PUEBLO

PEARY SCHELTER wrote on April 22, 2005


City and State: OKEECHOBEE FL

Unit: BASE ENG AT KIMPO

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I have tried for years to find a copy of this, noluck so far. Can you help? I am a retired USAF officer who was in Korea but not at the of USS Pueblo incident.

Keywords: Iam interested in getting a copy of the photo of some the crew of the USS Pueblo giving the Hawaiian Good Luck sign. The erect finger, etc


Entry: 49187
PUEBLO INCIDENT
I WAS THE PHOTOGRAPHER

RICK DIAZ wrote on February 23, 2005


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Very nearly no one knows I was the backseat on an F4 out of Misawa AB that took the low-pass photographs of the Pueblo being towed... the Navy didn't shoot theirs until the late evening of 24 January....
At the time I didn't know exactly where I was flying to and only that the mission would mean the chance to land on the USS Enterprise... I was young and felt like this is what I signed up for... foolish... but at the time very exciting.
Sad for the men and families of the Pueblo.


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Entry: 45721
PUEBLO INCIDENT
MP

EARL PHARES wrote on September 9, 2004


City and State: ONTARIO CA

Unit: USS PUEBLO

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Looking for MP that escorted me from helicopter to ASCOM 121st Hospital after I crossed the DMZ. Picture shows number 720 on side of his helmet.

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Entry: 44630
PUEBLO INCIDENT
OKINAWA TDY

RICK FARRELL wrote on July 19, 2004


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was sent to Suwon AFB from Naha Okinawa a few days after the capture. I was in the field maintenance sqadron working on the F-102 deta dart. We arrived in the night and were picked up on a flat bed truck and taken to some tents. I spent many months there and saw the Bon Hope show when it came to Osan AFB. Very cold in the winter and huge mosqitoes in the summer !

Keywords: F-102 Okinawa


Entry: 41561
PUEBLO INCIDENT
CONTINUING SUPPORT FOR ENTIRE CREW

GEORGE A. (DON) ELLWOOD wrote on March 7, 2004


City and State: PENDLETON IN

Unit: USS BRISTOL - USS STORMES

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Having been in the Regular Navy during the Korean War and knowing how desolate the country looks from the sea during shore bombardment, I can well appreciate the suffering and heroism of the Pueblo's officers and crew during the period of confinement in 1968. I read Lt. Edward R. Murphy's book, "SECOND IN COMMAND" and it gave me a great deal of sadness reading of their torture and beatings, as well as anger at the stupidity and clumliness of our governments efforts to free them. If any one should have been censured or demoted in rank, it should have been the Admirals who sent the ship out to North Korea without adequate escort or protection. I still try to get newspapers to do a human interest stories about the Pueblo and its crew, but its "old news" and not worth the effort. BUT I SAY , GOD BLESS YOU MEN AND OFFICERS OF THE PUEBLO, I SALUTE YOU
ALWAYS FOR YOUR DUTY AND PATRIOTISM.


Keywords: United Nations Forces off East and West Coast of Korea 1952 and 1954


Entry: 38548
PUEBLO INCIDENT
PUEBLO

BARRY ROSS wrote on November 21, 2003


City and State: SELLERSBURG IN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

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Entry: 38427
PUEBLO INCIDENT
...FLEET FLASH NETWORK:7THFLEET FLAGSHIP COMMANDER SEVENTH FLEET

JOSE ARGUELLO wrote on November 16, 2003


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Entry: 37334
PUEBLO INCIDENT
PARTICIPATION OF USS RANGER

ROBERT LAUGHLIN wrote on October 3, 2003


City and State: OMAHA NE

Unit: USS RANGER

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am an attorney who specializes in VA disability law. I am assisting a Navy veteran who served on the USS Ranger (aircraft carrier). I am looking for information which reflects the Ranger's response to the seizing of the USS Pueblo and it's proximity in the months there after. Any information you can provide would be extremely helpful. Very nice site I might add.

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Entry: 37206
PUEBLO INCIDENT
USS PUEBLO AND BONESTEEL

FRANK TIMS wrote on September 28, 2003


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Comments: Working on a book on the "Cold War." I was in Korea 1967-69, I remember the Blue House raid, and how things buttoned up afterwards. It was a cold night, and flareships over Seoul. Lots more after that. I met General Bonesteel as well as General Mike Michaelis. A major challenge at the time was keeping the South Koreans from launching a war in response to North Korean provocations. I am looking for insights, leads, and documentation on decisions just after the Blue House raid and USS Pueblo capture. The excuse of "no conventionally armed aircraft available" has always sounded like crap, you always have conventionally armed aircraft. Please e-mail me if you have knowledge of these events and can shed light on the decisions at UNC/USFK/EUSAK during that time.

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Entry: 34898
PUEBLO INCIDENT
SURGICAL AIR STRIKE???

CHRIS T. wrote on June 16, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I have read an expert account that the intelligence the North Koreans gained by the capture of the USS Pueblo seriously depleted the upper hand we had. With a signficant Air Force presence in not only South Korea but also within the entire Pacific Rim, coupled with the Air Superiority we undoubtebly would have displayed versus the North Korean Air Force, could a surgical air strike on the USS Pueblo during North Korean captivity (after US personnel was evacuated, of course)have been feasible? Although high risk, that option certainly would have been cost effective and would have helped preserve national security much better during the years immdediately after. If any pilot could have carried out the deed, it would have been a US pilot. This option also would have prevented the USS Pueblo's capture fueling the North Korean propaganda machine, not to mention the insult we should feel by the vessel now serving as a North Korean tourist attraction. I would love to hear comments from Military personnel on this.

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Entry: 34391
PUEBLO INCIDENT
JSA '67-'69/ESCORTED CMD BUCHER

R. P. wrote on May 25, 2003


City and State: AR

Unit: JSA-MP/ESCORT-UNITED NATIONS COMMAND, MILITARY SUP

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: By the Army Veteran's Wife: My husband does not use the computer and is reserve regarding his military years. Today, being Memorial Day weekend we had a most intersting conversation regarding his deployment to Korea (1967-1969)the Vietnam Era and the historical Pueblo Incident. My husband was 18 when he went to Korea and 21 when he returned. Just a few weeks before he was to come home the North Koreans reached an agreement to release the Pueblo Crew. My husband, working in escort, on that cold day of release, was sent to the waiting area just on the south side of the "Bridege of No Return". After CMD Bucher crossed the bridge to the south and freedom, he was taken to the area where the escort service was waiting. CMD Bucher was placed in the car my husband was driving, accompanied by 2 officers and was driven by my husband to a safe and secure location. Even though it does not get the reconigition it should, I am so proud of the Army and especially my husband for being a part of this great historical event. God Bless the Pueblo Crew and their Commander and our Men who brought them home. Maybe someday the Pueblo Crew will get the reconigition they deserve. Anyone else out there who may have shared this historical event or was in Korea '67-'69 feel free to contact me, because I really want to know more.

A Proud Soldier's Wife

P.S. My husband is 55 now, how time has passed.


Keywords: Served with JSA-MP/Escort w/United Nations Command, Military Support Group under SGT Bullock, Operations Officer


Entry: 34345
PUEBLO INCIDENT
WOUNDED KOREAN VET

STEVE GRACE wrote on May 23, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: My life wsa saved by the Pueblo capture. I was to be sent to Viet Nam but was redirected to Korea to help reinforce. I was an instant NCO from Ft. Benning, ranger school infantry. I lead the last MDL patrol at that time for Co b, 2nd/31Bn Aaril 18, 1968. Lead a Hunter/Killer patrol into DMZ on Sunday, April 21. We were attacted at MDL marker 241, I believe. I had one killed and two wounded during the fight. Our entire company ended up on line. Estimate NK dead at 15. I lived with a purple heart, but do belive that I would not have lived if I had been sent to Viet Nam. The man who was killed, took the bullets meant for me and I did not even know his name. I was in country 8 days at the time.

Keywords: DMZ firefight on 21 Apr, 1968


Entry: 33155
PUEBLO INCIDENT
REMEMBERING THE PUEBLO

RICHARD DOTY wrote on March 29, 2003


City and State:

Unit: 12TH SPECIAL OPS SQ

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was assigned to the 12th Special Ops Sq when the Pueblo was captured. I was a Combat Controller at the time. We set up two com/relay stations for use by special forces (SEAL Team/RO-2) and (CIA/Pouch-CObra). Stayed in place for five months.

Keywords: Pueblo Incident


Entry: 33040
PUEBLO INCIDENT
THANKS GENTLEMEN

BLAKE BALL wrote on March 24, 2003


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am doing a report on the USS Pueblo for my high school US History class. I have become intrigued by the story of the Pueblo and the Liberty. I will never know what those men experienced in those long 11 months. I believe these men should be honored as true heroes, along with the crew of the Liberty.

God Bless the USA and the crew of the Pueblo



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Entry: 31020
PUEBLO INCIDENT
SCHOOL PROJECT

JASMINE ENANORIA wrote on January 7, 2003


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I think that the Pueblo Incident was interesting. I'm doing a report at school about the pueblo incident.

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