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Luncheon: USS Pueblo Story

  • San Francisco Italian Athletic Club 1630 Stockton Street San Francisco, CA, 94133 United States (map)

Companion & author Jack Cheevers, former Los Angeles Times reporter, discusses when USS Pueblo set out for the chilly waters off North Korea that January day of 1968 on what should have been a routine mission of the Cold War: Carry out electronic surveillance of radar stations and watch for passing ships from the Soviet Union...

Books available at the meeting. Prices are $20 for hardcover and $15 for paperback. "Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo" is a comprehensive examination of the 1968 USS Pueblo crisis, focusing on the crew's mission to eavesdrop on North Korean military facilities, the violent attack on their lightly armed ship by communist gunboats, and their struggle to survive nearly a year of torture and degradation in North Korea prisons. "Act of War" also takes a close look at the unconventional negotiations that finally led to the crew's release and the subsequent Navy inquiry that scrutinized Commander Pete Bucher's decision to surrender his ship without a fight. 

NOTE: Starting in May, our catering arrangements at the Club will see a change. First, we have to raise the tariff for the meal to $40. When you reflect upon it,this is the first increase we've seen in at least a decade (by my recollection...). San Francisco is a pretty expensive place to do business, so I think we are still getting a good deal for our money. Second, the Club will offer a choice of two entrees (plus a vegetarian option). We will have you register for your choice when you walk in (details on what this will look like is being worked out); when one option runs out, the choice will default to the second choice. The Club will provide one bottle of house wine for every four diners; additional wine is available for purchase by Companions.

Very respectfully,

Tom S

Thomas L Snyder
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret)
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