"We should have bombed the Pueblo out of existence decades ago."
We should have supported CDR. Butcher long ago - and prevented this in the first place - now we have the Brits and Iran.
For those of you who do not know - the Pueblo carried the first SATNAV equipment - the stuff you now use to navigate from house to house with - they knew where they were - outside of NKorean waters - same toys our SSBN's used back then to establish a firing base location. Only 12 birds up then.
I know - I used them to position oil rigs and do geodesic survey work after they were partially declassified post Pueblo capture.. Nova and PDP computers and ATT dual channel Sat receivers.
A little respect for the Pueblo please. Let's git her back!
Right on the money. Boucher was made LBJ and McNamara's scape goat. Boucher raised concerns about the ships E.D. capabilities as well. It's darn near impossible to scuttle a U.S. Navy ship. It's even harder when you don't have the means to do so nor destroy classified material in a reasonable time frame.
Although the man IIRC has since passed the Navy owes Boucher a major apology and the history books need to condemn all responsible for ordering that ship there to start with knowing it was a trap.
Two ships within months of each other under attack. One Ships Captain gets rewarded the other a Court Martial. Both situations were likely a direct result of the doings of one Lyndon Baines Johnson.