USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is an American Navy intelligence ship which was boarded and captured by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in what is known as the Pueblo incident or alternatively as the Pueblo crisis or the Pueblo affair. Occurring less than a week after President Lyndon B. Johnson’s State of the Union Address and only weeks before the Tet Offensive, it was a major incident in the Cold War.
North Korea stated that it strayed into their territorial waters, but the United States maintains that the vessel was in international waters at the time of the incident.
The Pueblo, still held by the DPRK today, officially remains a commissioned vessel of the United States Navy. It is currently moored along the Taedong River in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where it is used as a propaganda museum ship. It is the only ship of the U.S. Navy currently being held captive.
CDR. Llyod M. Bucher, Commanding Officer of the USS Pueblo
The captured USS Pueblo on display in North Korea
Memorial plaque at the Confederate Prison Museum, Andersonville, Ga.