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Pueblo Affair / No More Charges / Reaction #5522

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 06, 1969
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(Studio) Navy court of inquiry recommends court martial for Commander Lloyd Bucher and assistant after 80 days study, but Secretary Navy John Chafee overrules. Pueblo affair closed.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Chafee said Pueblo crew suffered enough. Reprimands by court included 2 of Pacific Fleet command. Court recommended Bucher be court martialed on 5 charges, include not resisting Korean orders. [CHAFEE - says crew suffered enough. Premise of freedom on high seas collapsed and everyone to blame. All charges to be dismissed. Futures not blighted by affair.]
REPORTER: Bill Downs

(Coronado, California) Bucher accompanied by attorney, E. Miles Harvey, and wife, Rose. [HARVEY - says there are no charges that stand.] [BUCHER - anticipated findings. Looking forward to return to normalcy.]
REPORTER: Bill Brannigan

(Annapolis, Maryland) Naval "Don't give up the ship" tradition noted. Annapolis United States Naval Academy slowly changing. Other things besides ships taught.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Intelligence Officer Lieutenant Stephen Harris voices happiness with decision and considers charges dropped.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Brannigan, Bill;
Donaldson, Sam;
Downs, Bill;
Smith, Howard K.

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