Commander Lloyd M. Bucher tells his story of the capture of the USS Pueblo and its crew by the North Koreans. It is told with rare honesty and candor and is a revealing portrait of a man whose quiet courage sustained him and his crew through an ordeal few Naval Officers before him had had to face.
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Commander Bucher's story will probably be debated for many years to come, as it has been in many places where military men congregate. The book reveals how the U S Government let its men down and left the crew of the Pueblo out there without any help or so-called back-up plan. It reveals just how isolated and ignorant the North Korean Communists were, and probably still are. The book is very well written and it is hard to put down. It shows just how brutal a people can be, and how a good sense of humor can get you through it. Bucher's vivid descriptions have been verified by members of the crew. It also shows how terribly the U S Government turned its back on the crewmembers by not issuing the men any POW medals as we were "technically not at war with the North Koreans." (They were issued medals 20 years later.) Probably the best book on the subject, and has several humorous places which makes it fun to read as well. Highly recommended for scholars of Naval...
I found this book an excellent account of the Pueblo incident, and hard to put down. I worked for the Navy as a civilian, and various Intelligence agencies for more than twenty five years. I've always had a fascination with the U.S.S. Pueblo and what happened while the crew was being tortured and starved in North Korea. It accurately portrays what happens when the U.S. Government hangs you out to dry during an Intel. operation that goes sideways. The X.O., Edward R. Murphy, is an interesting study and his follow up book blasting Bucher is sour grapes at best. Commander Bucher brought all the men back with the exception of Fireman Duane D. Hodges, who was destroying classified documents when he was killed. I'm sure the loved ones of the men who returned would take exception to Lt. Murphy's account. A cautionary tale for anyone aspiring to a career in the intelligence gathering field.
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