Crew of captured U.S. Navy ship to reunite in Essex

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Forty years after their ship made history, the surviving members of the USS Pueblo crew are planning a reunion in Essex.

Crew members who were captured and held hostage for nearly a year by North Korea in an international incident will descend on the Inn at Essex, some from as far away as California.

Organizer Ralph McClintock, of Jericho, says he expects 40 of the surviving 69 crew members to attend the event, set for September 10 through September 13.

The ship’s skipper, Commander Lloyd Bucher, died in 2004.

In 1968, one crewman was killed and the rest held hostage after North Korea accused the Pueblo – an intelligence-gathering ship – of crossing into North Korean waters.

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