Crew members from the USS Pueblo are holding a reunion in Southern Colorado after the ship was captured by North Korea nearly half a century ago. KRCC’s Rachel Gonchar has more.
Originally an Army freight vessel, the USS Pueblo was transferred to the United States Navy and became an American spy ship. It was renamed after Pueblo County in the 1960’s. In January 1968, North Korean patrol boats captured the ship while it was cruising alone off the North Korean coast.
The crew was held for 11 months and interrogated before being released under an agreement with the U.S. North Korea has since retained the ship.
According to the Pueblo Chieftain more than two-dozen former crew members reunited to attend an unveiling of a painting of their ship at the city auditorium in Pueblo.
The reunion runs through Saturday.