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We can say -- confidence.
That war was no tough.
-- -- When fifty million South Koreans.
Live in freedom.
A vibrant democracy.
One of the world's most dynamic economy is in stark contrast to the repression and poverty of the north.
The victory and that is your -- that.
-- -- President Obama yesterday marking sixty years of truce since the end of the Korean War declaring his or her the conflict -- victory for the US.
But -- North Korea they say they want and the north Koreans have now open day war museum.
It's a propaganda centerpiece the US navy ship the only commission navy vessel that is still being held by a foreign nation.
The US -- Pablo was attacked and seized by North Korea miles off the coast to 968.
Ten years that was of course years after the ended the Korean War and during that conflict one sailor.
-- one year old -- Hodges was killed when the north Koreans took the ship.
82 others this -- led by -- -- you see right there there -- held prisoner for eleven months during that time they were starved and severely beaten.
Well now there's a new effort underway to try and get the USS -- back from the hands of the north Koreans.
Profit Hancock was one of those crewmen who was captured on the USS Pueblo in 1968.
He -- secretary of the USS Pueblo veterans association and joins us now Ralph.
First of all thank you so much for being -- this this morning and for your service.
-- good morning -- I'm glad to be here tell us first of all bring us back to that moment.
But what happened the problem was chased by sobs and by migs how how how did this capture go down.
-- -- -- -- -- It was their last day on station we were above fifteen nautical miles from nearest land.
Which was around one son.
And a bar just after launch -- sub chasers started.
Approaching us and then mortar.
Motor torpedo boats.
And -- first sub chaser came alongside.
And displayed flags that want to know your nationality.
And so that time we were not flying the US says the US cents and so we kept and raised the -- sues the American flag went up they started shooting.
And from there it just went downhill.
Torpedo votes then the sub chasers firing at us -- -- to anyone's firing missiles.
In front of us to stop us.
And after two and a half hours they finally boarded the ship.
The -- basically was an aggressive it was a spy ship surveilling the Soviet Union navy and and signal intelligence in North Korea.
And now in North Korea it's a quote did they call it the victorious fatherland liberation war museum we've heard that word -- -- -- before.
How do you feel about the fact that now -- put on.
As a trophy with 250000.
Tourists Lotta Chinese tourists and visited as as as part of the north Koreans are certain goal.
And at that they think they want.
Number one the name of the museum that's that's.
-- come up with some good names that has tripled up.
Just think the complete opposite -- you get a pretty good idea of what's really going on.
It's a shame word is now the ship has been moved in early December.
The head been tied up on the -- on river and used as the shift museum there were a good number of years.
And early December they move -- -- Overland.
Who was called the bolts on river which is actually just the canal and it is next to.
The new addition to the war museum.
And it is encased in concrete.
That becomes the a little bit of a problem in trying to repatriate a ship like that.
-- crew member of Rick -- -- is organizing.
An effort through.
Political effort through congressman and senators to get some action going on getting the ship back.
But the movement and where it is now is really.
Kind of a problem and how that would be handled if it.
Ever came a ball.
You know we -- always about the shenanigans in north Koreans and and and -- regime and it's just unbelievable now when you guys were.
Being held by then you were tortured.
Subject to mock -- executions.
-- mostly turn -- through that time a lot of people very remembered but they don't remember an American hero.
Petty officer -- first class Dwayne Hodges he was 21 years old.
Houston -- -- are again can tell us a little bit about what happened with mr.
Hodges and why we as a country should certainly.
Honor him and his memory because he was the only crewman who was tragically killed during us.
And -- was not pay you communications technician in the communications technicians were members of naval security group we were detachment on board well -- and we ran the equipment.
And when the -- went -- for -- destruction to begin.
We discovered how much material.
Paper material was on board the -- But now became a matter of really doesn't matter if you have any kind of a security clearance at all get in there and help.
And that was doing was doing they were loading.
-- weighted bags to attempt to throw them over the side.
That would contain about a hundred pounds of printed material that was all classified from secret on up.
And when they opened the hatch one time to throw a bag off the Koreans fired a 57 millimeter -- right.
Four feet from the door right into the passageway.
Where there were six men working.
And all -- hit them both mid.
Mid chest down -- to vote their needs and -- took the full blast.
And he was he was a hero of.
From the -- -- we thank you so much for joining us today.
And for your service and efforts on behalf of the USS Pueblo now a museum north Koreans honoring yet.
Let's take one last look at an American hero 21 year old drawing Hodges of -- well are again who was killed on board that ship.
He is buried in the -- well pioneer cemetery.
That's never forget.
We'll be right back.
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