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Author Topic: 1968: THE PUEBLO INCIDENT  (Read 49 times)
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« on: January 23, 2018, 10:26:20 am »

U.S.S PUEBLO was a Navy 'Spy Ship", a smaller trawler/freighter sized ship with a crew of 80+, several machine guns and an array of electronic intercept components, coding and decoding machines and sophisticated radio receivers/ transmitters.

On January 23, 1968, Pueblo was either in international waters, or if one chose to believe the North Koreans, in north Korean territorial waters, surveilling North Korea, and gathering intelligence. The ship was then approached, at sped by several north Korean patrol boats [at least three]. the north Koreans demanded that PUEBLO surrender and follow them to North Korea. Pueblo's captain, Lloyd Bucher made some effort to destroy sensitive materials and equipment, but refused to use his weaponry [including .50 caliber machine guns] to fight off the North Koreans [his calls for assistance and air support were to no avail]. The PUEBLO was taken to a North Korean port, where it remains to this day.

The crew was held until December of that year when, Bucher having signed a confession, the entire crew, including one crewman who had died, were returned to the United States via Panmunjon [As a 2LT with the 3/23 INF, of the 2d ID, I was on a hill, like the rest of the troops near the DMZ (2d ID, 7th ID) on full alert.

The United States was humiliated by the PUEBLO incident. North Korea was emboldened. In the next year they killed 14 American soldiers in the Dmz, and shot down an American plane to, IMO, celebrate Kim Il Sung's birthday. 

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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2018, 05:54:34 pm »

Thanks for this one. Had asked you about it.
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