Judge Awards Pueblo Survivors, Families $2.3B in Damages
A federal judge ruled in February that the 61 surviving crew members and 110 family members of the USS Pueblo (AGER-2) are entitled to $2.3 billion in compensation for the 11 months of captivity and brutal torture they endured at the hands of North Korea in 1968.
The Pueblo and her crew were conducting research in international waters off North Korea’s east coast, in the Sea of Japan, when they were attacked by the North Korean Navy. A two-hour pursuit ended with the Pueblo surrendering with one dead and ten wounded. While in captivity through 1968, Pueblo crew members were starved and beaten regularly, as well as being forced to participate in North Korean propaganda efforts.