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B/w newspaper photograph of the intelligence-gathering ship USS Pueblo, which was captured by North Korea in 1968 during the Vietnam War, signed by her commanding officer after he retired from the United States Navy
Newspaper photograph signed "Lloyd Bucher/CDR USN (RET)/C/O USS PUEBLO/AGER-2". Blue-toned b/w, 7¼x5½ overall, 6½x5 image, one surface. Taken from an unknown newspaper. 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 served well." Tape at edges. Image is grainy. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: September 1, 1927 in Pocatello, Idaho
Died: January 28, 2004 in San Diego, California

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