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Old 08-16-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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I think about Pueblo's crew from time to time.

I was in San Diego getting a minesweep ready for Viet Nam, and we tied up alongside Pueblo, which was also a small ship.
One night I went into town for a few beers, and fell in with a crewmember from Pueblo. For those who speak Navalese, I was an ET; he was a CT, so we had things we could talk about. And some he couldn't.

I was on patrol in Viet Nam when Pueblo fell. There was a scramble to destroy some of the manuals and codes, since they had all been compromised. That, and the Tet Offensive, is sort of a blur, now.

I've scanned the crew list, hoping I would recognize his name, but no luck. There were a BUNCH of CT's on that ship, but maybe I never got his name.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley,az summer/east valley Az winter
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listener~ I also think of the USS Pueblo from time to time. Was deployed to Okinawa when Pueblo was taken. They sent a couple patrol planes from our squadron to Japan for a short time and some groundpounders (not flight crew) including me. First time I was ever in Japan.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:49 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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listener~ I also think of the USS Pueblo from time to time. Was deployed to Okinawa when Pueblo was taken. They sent a couple patrol planes from our squadron to Japan for a short time and some groundpounders (not flight crew) including me. First time I was ever in Japan.
It was a sobering day, wasn't it? I remember the teletype clattering away and our radioman going pale as he read the parts he could share, and then the captain ordered the radioman and quartermaster to get on with the business of destroying books and books of code signs, etc.

The Pueblo's crew received severe beatings after the North Koreans learned what the extended middle finger shown in some of the crew photos meant. The crew told the North Koreans it was a Hawaiian good luck sign. The captain's name was Lloyd Bucher. He 'confessed' to being a spy when the North Koreans threatened to execute his men. He was never court martialed, and died a few years ago.

And there were a couple of enlisted hero's. The Marine they had aboard stood out and was recognized. I also remember a quartermaster (enlisted navigator) named Law was a standout, but I can't find any of the articles I read about him. He has since died, too.
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:42 PM
 
Location: When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic
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In the June 2010 issue of Naval History Magazine, John Prados, a senior fellow with the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, pointed out that after John Antony Walker introduced himself to Soviet officials, North Korean forces seized the USS Pueblo (AGER-2). Prados added that North Korea subsequently shared information gleaned from the warship with the Soviets, enabling them to build replicas and gain access to the US naval communications system, which continued until the system was completely revamped in the late-1980s. So this was the real reason for North Korea to capture the Pueblo as a favor for a Soviet Union.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg/Virginia Beach, VA
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In the June 2010 issue of Naval History Magazine, John Prados, a senior fellow with the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, pointed out that after John Antony Walker introduced himself to Soviet officials, North Korean forces seized the USS Pueblo (AGER-2). Prados added that North Korea subsequently shared information gleaned from the warship with the Soviets, enabling them to build replicas and gain access to the US naval communications system, which continued until the system was completely revamped in the late-1980s. So this was the real reason for North Korea to capture the Pueblo as a favor for a Soviet Union.
Walker was a dirt bag and managed for years to provide information to our enemies that proved harmful to us. That he is at least circumstantially connected to the Pueblo is not surprising to me. By the time he was rolled up, he had brought his son into the racket as well. I believe this was 1985 or so. I could be wrong, though. I was 5 in 1985.

Good history and good personal insights and stories from those of you closer to the incident. Thank you all for sharing.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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This has been a interesting thread. Thanks for posting all your memories.
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