Monday, April 16, 2018

USS Pueblo & Crew Remembered 50 Years Later

USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is a Banner-class environmental research ship, attached to Navy intelligence as a spy ship, which was attacked and captured by North Korean forces on 23 January 1968, in what is known today as the "Pueblo incident" or alternatively, as the "Pueblo crisis".

The seizure of the U.S. Navy ship and her 83 crew members, one of whom was killed in the attack, came less than a week after President Lyndon B. Johnson's State of the Union address... The taking of Pueblo and the abuse and torture of her crew during the subsequent 11-month prisoner drama became a major Cold War incident...

Pueblo, still held by North Korea today, officially remains a commissioned vessel of the United States Navy. Since early 2013, the ship has been moored along the Potong River in Pyongyang, and used there as a museum ship at the Pyongyang Victorious War Museum. Pueblo is the only ship of the U.S. Navy still on the commissioned roster currently being held captive. more

PA - Fifty years ago, Frank Ginther of Bethlehem was one of scores of American sailors held captive for nearly a year after their ship, the USS Pueblo, was attacked and seized by North Korea. 

Ginther and 81 shipmates — one other in the crew of 83 died in the attack — survived months of interrogations and beatings. They were finally released after the U.S. agreed to sign a false statement saying the ship had illegally entered North Korean waters...

Today, Ginther, 74, is struggling to recover from brain surgery he underwent shortly before Thanksgiving. He is unable to speak, is being fed through a tube and requires around-the-clock care, according to a friend who is trying to raise money to help Ginther’s wife with expenses. more