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Documents: U.S. ruled out military action over USS Pueblo for fear ofwar with Chinese or Soviets, by Steve Liewer, Stars and Stripes
Documents: U.S. ruled out military action over USS Pueblo for fear of
war with Chinese or Soviets, by Steve Liewer, Stars and Stripes
(EXCERPT) European edition, Sunday, January 27, 2002
Thirty-four years ago this weekend, the 82 surviving crew members of
the Navy spy ship USS Pueblo shivered on their bunks in a North Korean
prison. As they listened to screams of their shipmates enduring
beatings and torture, they prayed for U.S. jets to scream in from the
sky and begin the attack they were sure would come soon.
"I was flabbergasted there was no response," said Bob Chicca, then a
Marine Corps sergeant who worked as a translator in the Pueblo’s
secret communications hut. "It took months for me to get that no
[military reaction was going to come. I didn’t like it one bit."
Thousands of pages of recently declassified documents — including
minutes of meetings of President Johns...
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