January - September 2010
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 9:23 PM
Subject: Re: USS Pueblo Poem
Good Evening. My name is Terry Cochran and I served aboard the USS Enterprise in 1969. My Aunt, Amanda Letress Cochran wrote a poem about the USS Pueblo and it was sent to LBJ about 1969 and published. Would anyone have a copy of the poem.
From: Alan Carper
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2010 7:56 AM
From: Mark Pickerel
Sent: Sunday, May 30, 2010 7:12 AM
Subject: USS Pueblo
Mr. Hemphill, I am an engineer on the Pueblo (Colorado) Fire Department, and I'm trying to get in touch with the USS Pueblo Veterans Assoc. to show them what we did on our new ladder Truck 1. If you could forward these pictures to someone, I would really appreciate it. The "Home Of Heroes" sign on all of our trucks refers to the 4 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients that have come from Pueblo. I have done quite a bit of research on the USS Pueblo and your name keeps popping up, so I thought you might be the one to contact. Thank you for your time.
From: Paul Krause
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 7:00 AM
Subject: Day of the Release of the Crew
Hello, I wish I’d contacted you years ago…
In December of 1968 I was with the 2nd Aviation Battalion of the 2nd Infantry Division stationed at Stanton Army Airfield, or Alpha 112 as it was called. I was Service Platoon Leader in Company B of the Bn. We were about four miles south of the DMZ I believe. We supported 9 H-23 Raven helicopters, 2 Cessna Birddogs and 2 DeHavilland Beaver aircraft that were at our tiny airfield. The day of the release 11 (?) UH-1D Hueys and one H-121 Shawnee (?) helicopter were flown up north from Seoul to pick up the crew of the Pueblo. The 121 was to pick up and return the remains of Duane Hodges. All the aircraft landed at our little strip to top off their fuel. The Hueys were in line on our runway and the 121 taxied over to our fueling area which was my responsibility within the bn. My p.o.l. specialist, “Winky”, from Waco, Texas and I brought our 5,000 gallon JP-4 tank trailer to the south end of our strip and began topping off the tanks of the Hueys. The weather was closed in, cold and a light snow was falling. After going from ship to ship we stood down and awaited the crews of the choppers to return to their aircraft from our mess areas where they had been having a cup of coffee and getting out of the cold. They soon manned all their aircraft and one by one lifted off and continued their flight north. Soon it was quiet and all of us wondered what was happening “up north”. After what seemed a couple of hours, the faint whop-whop of the Hueys became audible and since the weather had cleared somewhat we soon saw each of them flying directly over us south, toward Seoul. After the last of the Hueys had passed the H-121 passed over. And then all was quiet.
My Company Commander, Capt Jones had flown his H-123 up to the release area for the activities and soon he returned.Someone I can’t remember came out on the runway while Winky and I were refueling the Hueys and snapped a black and white photo of us in the snow with the choppers. It is one of my most memorable family possessions as you might imagine. That day made my 13 months in Korea worth more than I can describe.
Paul Krause, 1Lt Armor, B Company,
2nd Aviation Battalion,
2nd Infantry Division
Muenks, Patrick J (Services)
Sent: Sunday, August 01, 2010 8:12 PM
Subject: My memories of the Pueblo incident