In 1968, North Korea captured a U.S. Navy war ship and tortured the 82 sailors on board. The Navy’s intelligence vessel, the USS Pueblo, which was sent to spy on North Korea, was seized by North Korea. And to this day, the ship is still being held in Pyongyang.
Exactly 11 months after the Pueblo’s capture, U.S. and North Korean negotiators reached a settlement to allow the surviving 82 crewmen to walk, one by one, across the “Bridge of No Return” at Panmunjon to freedom in South Korea. They returned home to the United States in time for Christmas.
The USS Pueblo remains the only U.S. Navy ship held by a foreign government. It is now a tourist destination for North Korean citizens.Donald Trump successfully demanded that North Korea return the USS Pueblo to the United States at his meeting with Kim Jong-un earlier this month in Singapore.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “captured.”