“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Pueblo Incident (1968)

[Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park]

Pueblo Incident Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, March 7, 2022
1. Pueblo Incident Marker
Inscription.  On 5 January 1968, Pueblo left Yokosuka, Japan, in transit to Sasebo, Japan, from where she left on 11 January 1968, headed northward through the Tsushima Strait into the Sea of Japan. She left with specific orders to intercept and conduct surveillance of Soviet Union naval activity in the Tsushima Strait and to gather signal and electronic intelligence from North Korea.

On 20 January at 5:30 p.m. (17:30), a North Korean modified SO-1 class Soviet style sub chaser passed within 4,000 yards (3.7 km) of Pueblo, which was about 15.4 miles (24.8 km) southeast of Mayans-do at a position 39° 47’ N and 128° 28.5’ E. In the afternoon of 22 January, the two North Korean fishing trawlers Rice Paddy 1 and Rice Paddy 2 passed within 30 yards (30 m) of Pueblo. That day, a North Korean unit made an assassination attempt against the South Korean President Park Chung-hee, but the crew of Pueblo were not informed.

According to the American account, the following day, 23 January, Pueblo was approached by a sub chaser and her nationality was challenged; Pueblo responded by raising the U.S. flag. The North Korean vessel then ordered it to
Pueblo Incident Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, March 7, 2022
2. Pueblo Incident Marker
Click or scan to see
this page online
stand down or be fired upon. Pueblo attempted to maneuver away, but was considerably slower than the sub chaser. Several warning shots were fired. Additionally, three torpedo boats appeared on the horizon and then joined in the chase and subsequent attack. The attackers were soon joined by two MIG-21 fighters. A fourth torpedo boat and a second sub chaser appeared on the horizon a short time later. The ammunition on Pueblo was stored below decks, and her machine guns were wrapped in cold weather tarpaulins. The machine guns were unmanned, and no attempt was made to man them.

U.S. Navy authorities and the crew of Pueblo insist that before the capture, Pueblo was miles outside North Korean territorial waters. North Korea claims the vessel was well within North Korean territory. The mission statement allowed her to approach within a nautical mile (1,852 m) of that limit. North Korea, however, claims a 50-nautical-mile (93 km) sea boundary even though international standards were 12 nautical miles (22 km) at the time. The North Korean vessels attempted to board Pueblo, but she was maneuvered to prevent this for over two hours. A sub chaser then opened fire with a 57 mm cannon, killing one member of the crew. The smaller vessels fired machine guns into Pueblo, which then signaled compliance and began destroying sensitive material. The volume of material on board was so
USS Pueblo (AGER-2) image. Click for full size.
Courtesy U.S. Navy/ Public Domain, March 9, 2022
3. USS Pueblo (AGER-2)
great that it was impossible to destroy it all. An NSA report quotes Lieutenant Steve Harris, the officer in charge of Pueblo’s Naval Security Group Command detachment.
Erected by Hillsborough County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, ColdWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is January 23, 1968.
Location. 27° 58.644′ N, 82° 21.682′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Tampa Bypass Canal Trail and U.S. 301, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located within Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3602 N US Highway 301, Tampa FL 33619, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Liberty Incident (1967) (here, next to this marker); Operation Neptune Spear (May 2, 2011) (here, next to this marker); NATO Air Campaign in Bosnia & Herzegovina (1995) (here, next to this marker); Operation Gothic Serpent (1993) (here, next to this marker); Operation Deny Flight (1993-1995) (here, next to this marker); Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines (here, next to this marker); Operation Provide Promise (1992-1996) (here, next to this marker); Mayaguez Incident (1975) (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Also see . . .
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.

1. A Reckless Act: The 1968 Pueblo Crisis and North Korea’s Relations with the Third World. (Submitted on March 9, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
2. Veterans Memorial Park and Museum Highlights. (Submitted on March 9, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
Paid Advertisements

Mar. 27, 2023