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Pueblo Affair / No More Charges #445900

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 06, 1969
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(Studio) Navy court of inquiry recommended court martial for Commander Lloyd Bucher and Intelligence officer Lieutenant Stephen Harris. Court proposed admonition for Pueblo executive officer Lieutenant Edward Murphy, Junior and stronger admonition to Rear Admiral Frank Johnson and Captain Everett Gladding. Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Thomas Moorer recommended letters of reprimand, not court martials. Navy Secretary John Chafee overrules recommendations and says case is over.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(DC) [CHAFEE - charges dismissed because Pueblo crew has suffered enough. Freedom of high seas had been violated.] [Defense Secretary Melvin LAIRD - supports Chafee's decision.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Navy has own code.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(DC) Court of inquiry felt Bucher didn't act in best Navy tradition. Chafee acts on compassion, rather than legalisms.
REPORTER: Robert Goralski

Goralski, Robert;
Huntley, Chet

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