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Pueblo News Conference / Crew #1309

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 15, 1968
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(Studio) North Korea broadcast news conference with captured "Pueblo" crew mbrs. Voice rptdly. Captain Lloyd Bucher urged Americans to take action to enable crew to return home. ABC obtained film of earlier press conference from Japanese; produced and narrated by North Koreans.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(N. Korea) Film shown. Ofrs. introduced 1st: Captain Bucher; Executive Ofr., Lieutenant Edward Murphy Junior; Research Ofr., Lieutenant Stephen Harris, Lieutenant Junior Grade Fred. Mocker, Ensign Ken. Harris; Chief warrant officer Gene Lacy. Murphy speaks 1st. Seems to admit 5 incursions into North Korean waters in mid-January [MURPHY - describes ship's movements on January 23, day of capture.] Men shown exercising, writing letters and playing ping pong. North Korean narrator says men grateful for recreation when they only deserved punishment for their serious crimes. Med. care stressed in film. Men and officers shown signing letter of apology to North Korea. Voice identified as that of Bucher reads apology. [MURPHY - talks of gentleness of North Korean officers he's met.] [MOCKER - says will never take point in act of aggression like this again.] [S. HARRIS - says cannot continue to support policy of antagonizing innocent people. Will leave Navy to pursue peaceful career.]
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith Narrates

Smith, Howard K.

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