USS Pueblo's crew, 1968
Chung Tae Won ©Stars and StripesKimpo Air Base, South Korea, December, 1968: USS Pueblo crew members applaud as their skipper, Cmdr. Lloyd M. Bucher, front center, says goodbye to Gen. Charles H. Bonesteel III, commander in chief of the United Nations Command in Korea. The newly-freed sailors were about to leave for the U.S., having spent the past 11 months in captivity after the intelligence ship's capture by the North Koreans. In February, 2021, a federal court A federal court awarded $2.3 billion to several of the ship's crew members and families.
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