Captain Carl J. Triebes Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
I would like to express my gratitude to Lieutenant F. Carl “Skip” Schumacher for his contribution regarding the anniversary of the USS Pueblo incident (“Hell and Back,” February, pp. 42–47). In it he recounts firsthand the capture of the Pueblo (AGER-2) by the North Koreans on 23 January 1968 while the ship was sailing in international waters. His article helped prevent the 50th anniversary of this event from going completely unnoticed.
My interest in the Pueblo is twofold. I was born in Pueblo, Colorado, and call it my hometown. I also served with Pete Bucher, the commanding officer of the Pueblo, on board the USS Ronquil (SS-396) and was proud to call him a friend. My wife and I remained good friends with Pete and his wife, Rose, until their passing.