CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 23, 1978
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(Studio) Pueblo incident in 1968, involving North Korea capture of United States spy ship, noted. Report on effect imprisonment in North Korea has had on some of Pueblo's crew.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(San Diego, California) Details of incident, reaction to it and political turmoil of times involved in matter given. North Korean film of Pueblo crew and film of Richard Nixon speaking shown. [NIXON - says it's time for new leadership in American when respect for country sinks so low that country like North Korea can take United States ship.] Admiral's board of inquiry for 3 officers of ship noted; outcome for Commander Lloyd Bucher cited. Films and photos shown. Bucher's life since incident described. [BUCHER - says his attempts at painting at present give opportunity to pursue entirely new career at age 50.] Details given of life of intelligence officer Lieutenant Commander Steven Harris, who stayed in Navy after incident. Interview by Jed Duvall. [HARRIS - would like to have received promotion to higher command. Is convinced Pueblo incident is reason he hasn't advanced.] Executive officer Edward Murphy now has recreational vehicle dealership. [MURPHY - had good thing going for him in Navy and blew it all.] Murphy's decision that he wants to return to North Korea cited. [MURPHY - describes conditions under which he'd like to go back to North Korea.] Bucher's concern with regard to military superiors' lack of analysis and correction of mistakes. [BUCHER - to best of own knowledge, no one ever really investigated how defense establishment allowed this to happen and response once it did. Thinks this is shame.] [HARRIS - isn't confident that Pueblo incident couldn't occur again, today or tomorrow.] Recent changes in military code of conduct and how these words might have made difference to Pueblo crew outlined.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater
5:51:10 STK. MKT. REPORT (Studio)
(Studio) Lack of effect of President Carter's economy proposals so far noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd