Letter: Honor those who serve
As a member of the Naval Crypotologic Veterans Association (NCVA) New England, an organization that honors the service and history of the Naval Security Group and its intelligence gathering history in the defense of our freedoms, I was very pleased to read your July 26 article regarding the capture of the USS Pueblo (AGER 2).
I was assigned as a member of the debriefing team when the crew was returned from North Korea in 1969 and learned firsthand of the capture and ongoing torture the crew endured during captivity. This capture is just one of many events that shape the history of our group. We cannot and should not forget other shipmates who were assigned to and perished on the USS Liberty (AGTR 5) in June 1967, when the ship was brutally assaulted in international waters off the Sinai Peninsula by Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo boats. After a two-hour attack, 34 had been killed and 171 wounded.
I had good friends on the Pueblo who returned, and one shipmate on the Liberty who did not. In this day and age when news of security leaks and eavesdropping are rampant, please remember and honor members of all armed forces who have volunteered to put themselves in harm’s way, serving on the front lines, each day in Afghanistan and other countries.
ALAN L. COUTINHO
SCPO, USN (Ret.)