Armed Forces: Heroes or Survivors?

The 82 crewmen of U.S.S. Pueblo were officially welcomed as heroes when they came home after eleven months as captives of Communist North Korea. At the same time, the Navy warned them that they would have to face a court of inquiry. Five admirals were named to investigate the surrender of the electronic spy ship and its crew's conduct in prison, where they signed much-publicized "confessions" to crimes against North Korea's sovereignty.

Could not Pueblo's crew have defended or at least scuttled their ship to keep its secrets out of Communist hands? The question...

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