Tipton Asks Trump to Address Return of USS Pueblo at Summit in Hanoi
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) asked President Trump to address the return of the USS Pueblo during his summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi Vietnam, which is scheduled for February 27 and 28, 2019.
In a letter to the president, Tipton wrote in part:
“This historic summit provides another opportunity to directly discuss the return of the USS Pueblo (AGER 2), which remains an enduring piece of American history. The storied, American naval intelligence ship is named after Pueblo, Colorado, a city located in Colorado’s Third Congressional District … The time has come for the Pueblo to return home to the United States. The Pueblo is the U.S. Navy’s only commissioned vessel that remains in captivity. I appreciate any dedicated efforts by your Administration to ensuring that the Pueblo is returned home with the dignity and respect it deserves.”
Read the full letter here.
On Jan. 23, 1968, the USS Pueblo and its crew were attacked by the North Korean military while peacefully sailing in international waters. The crew of the ship valiantly tried to resist capture, but they were outgunned and eventually forced to surrender. During the struggle, Petty Officer Duane Hodges was killed by enemy gunfire and multiple members of the crew were injured. After the capture of the USS Pueblo, the remaining 82 crew members were taken to Wonsan, North Korea, and held in captivity for 11 months. The crew members were eventually released but the USS Pueblo was not. For the past 50 years, the USS Pueblo has sat moored in the Potong River and remains the only commissioned vessel by the United States Navy to be held in captivity.