Independent from Long Beach, California on February 26, 1969 · Page 9
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 9

Long Beach, California
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Wednesday, February 26, 1969
Page 9
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A-IO-INDEPENDENT (AK PRESS-TELEGRAM " EPENDENT (AM) -TELEGRAM (PM) CtliU W*d.. Fib. M, 1H» 2 Crewmen Testify in Secret Korean-Speaking Pueblo Marines Tell of Captivity CORONADO (UPI) -Two Marine sergeants who reportedly understood the Korean language told the Navy behind closed doors Tuesday what they heard during 11 months in a North Korean prison after the capture of the USS Pueblo. Robert J. Hammond, 23, Claremont, N.H., and Robert J. Chicca, 24, Chillum Terrace, Md., testified in secret at their own request, a Navy spokesman said. Hammond was described as Pueblo officers as a key figure in maintaining the crew's solid front of hostility toward the North Koreans. Both were employed in the ship's intelligence center, known to the crew as the "spook unit." Pueblo skipper Cmdr. Lloyd Bucher testified earlier that the vessel carried two men with Korean language training. The Navy declined to identify them. The five-admiral court was in closed session all day in the third phase of ·the hearing dealing with the crew's conduct after the vessel's capture Jan. 23, 1968. The entire crew is expected to testify. * * # * THERE WERE only two witnesses Tuesday besides the two Marines. One was senior chief communications technician Ralph D. Bouden, 41, Washington, D.C., who had a sensitive job in the intelligence unit. Also testifying privately was Charles W. Ayling, 23, a communications technician from Staunton, Va. His father, Robert V. Ayling, went to Moscow in 1968 in an unsuccessful effort to arrange a visit to the Pueblo crew. The questions were virtually the same for every man. The court's legal staff, headed by Capt. William R. Newsome, has zeroed in on what it believes were three major violations of the Armed Forces' Code of Conduct for Prisoners of War. The code requires prisoners to give only their name, rank, service number and birthdate. * * * * NEWSOME has shown keen interest in a personal h i s t o r y questionnaire Pueblo sailors were asked to fill out the day after they arrived at their prison in North Korea. The form given the men sought information about past employment, former Navy assignments, social background and relatives. All enlisted men say they filled it out within a few days, though many balked at firsl. Must said they were influenced by beatings, threats cf death and the sight of shipmates who had been tortured. Nearly all have defended the action by pointing out the Communists captured their personnel records with the ship on Jan. 23, 1968, and had the information anyway. Newsome asked every man about the petition for former President Lyndon Johnson which the entire ship's company eventually signed. 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