40th anniversary, capture of the U.S.S. Pueblo

On January 28, 1968, Commander Lloyd Bucher and the crew of the U.S.S. Pueblo were confronted by several armed swift boats from North Korea, and after an exchange of gunfire that resulted in the death of one of the Pueblo crew, the North Koreans took the boat and crew captive.

1968 was a dramatic and mostly bad year for the U.S. The 11-month saga of the crew in captivity often gets lost from accounts of the year.

Among other reasons I track these events, the crewman pulled a series of hoaxes on their North Korean captors that, I believe, helped lead to their release.

4 Responses to 40th anniversary, capture of the U.S.S. Pueblo

  1. Tony Whitson says:


    I’ve been trying to retrieve documentation from the time.

    Funny thing, they weren’t posting to the Internet back then. I guess that’s because Senator Al Gore was still the father of Al Gore, who was in Vietnam then, and had not yet done his part supporting creation of the Internet (which he really did do, despite 2000 lies about Gore being the liar).

    Anyway, one thing I have found is that the capture was apparently Jan 23, not Jan 28.


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