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To: RunningWolf
Yes I forgot all of that. One 50 cal on the open seas aint sh** against a bigger boat At least they should have sent them out with a ship better equipped to get rid of all the intel gear, and maybe one for easier scuttling if needed.

There were boats and Migs as well. The 50 caliber was placed on-board at Tokyo and was in cold heavy seas covered by a tarp. Boucher wanted the ship rigged for E.D. before deployment and rightfully so. It was ignored or denied. The PUEBLO was a one mission ship. What I'm saying is the ship and the crew trained for that single deployment. The Pentagon wasn't gonna put that much into the ship as that was likely it's one and only deployment.

It was a converted ship what from previous I can't remember off the top of my head. True there was fuel on-board. But DFM {Diesel Fuel Marine} has to have a lot of heat and generally a good draft to burn. Ask any farmer what he starts brush fires with. He gets kerosene. Diesel fuel just doesn't cit it. To make it work in boilers you use force draft blowers to create a torch effect. In engines you use forced air intake and compression creating heat.

I don't fault Boucher nor his crew. Nobody could have won that battle under the given circumstances. I understand the Code Of Conduct to Fight but I understand common sense to say the smash and burns were far more critical. Boucher bought them as much time as he could. I think NK had an idea of what they had otherwise they would have sank it. I kinda suspect Boucher figured as much and used it to his advantage as well. LBJ and McNamara lost that ship themselves. It was a disaster waiting to happen.

33 posted on 04/01/2007 1:32:21 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Kool Aid! The popular American favorite drink now Made In Mexico. Pro-Open Borders? Drink Up!)
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To: cva66snipe
It was a converted ship what from previous I can't remember off the top of my head.

It was a small AK type, kind of like the Reluctant in "Mr. Rodgers".

42 posted on 04/01/2007 1:20:09 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (QMC(SW) Ret.)
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