LLOYD M. BUCHER
Lloyd M. Bucher wrote this letter in 1981 on extremely rare
stationery of the USS Pueblo, his ship that was captured by North Korea
in 1968 during the Vietnam War. In it, he talks about President Ronald
Reagan: "I am hopeful that things will begin to improve in our country with
the new administration and spirit that seems to be abroad in the land".
Accompanied by original mailing envelope.
Rare ALS: "L.M. Bucher". 1 page, 8x10½, on extremely
rare stationery of the USS Pueblo (AGER-2). Poway, California,
Feb. 23, 1981. In full: "Dear Mr. Frasier September to February is
a long wait. Sorry for the procrastination. Thank you for your support. I am
hopeful that things will begin to improve in our country with the new
administration and spirit that seems to be abroad in the land. All the best L.
M. Bucher". Folds, creases, not at signature. Otherwise in fine condition.
Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope. Addressed to Jerry Frasier,
Atlanta, Georgia. Postmarked 1981, all else is illegible. One 15¢ color American
flag stamp affixed. Lightly toned and creased. Left edge neatly torn open with
tear on flap. Otherwise in fine condition. On January 23, 1968, the U.S.S.
Pueblo and her 83-man crew were seized in the Sea of Japan by North
Korea, which claimed the American ship was in North Korean waters. The capture
of the 906-ton intelligence-gathering ship, which was escorted to the North
Korean port of Wonsan by four patrol boats, immediately provoked an American
show of force - the carrier Enterprise was ordered to the area in which
the Pueblo was seized and Air Force jet fighters were sent to South
Korea. The Pueblo was the first command for 38-year-old Captain
Bucher (1927-2004), who would lose his ship, one of his men and eleven
months of his life because of the incident. On December 22, 1968, Commander
Bucher and his 81 remaining men walked across a bridge to freedom after the U.S.
signed a statement (which it publicly repudiated) that it was at fault. Bucher
immediately spoke out about the beatings and systematic torture the crew had
received at the hands of their captors. The USS Pueblo was never released
by North Korea. Long snubbed by the U.S. government, the Pueblo crew
finally received Prisoner of War medals in 1990. At the time of the ceremony,
Commander Bucher was quoted as saying: "This should have been done when we got
home. They (U.S. government officials) needed to tell these guys that they had
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