Independent from Long Beach, California on February 28, 1969 · Page 10
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 10

Long Beach, California
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Friday, February 28, 1969
Page 10
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A-IO-INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELESRAM (PM) Let* (MA, CttH., Frl.. ft*. M, 1*0 MEN QUERIED IN RED 'BAR' Gypsy Tea Room Play New York Times Service CORONADO -- In "The Gypsy Tea Room," the Pueblo's crewmen sipped Korean wine and beer. They sal at wooden tables and listened to the quiet, even friendly, voices of a group of smiling North Korean civilians. "They asked me to po to Russia and visii Moscow," Communications Technician Peter M. bsngenberg told the Pueblo court of inquiry Thursday. "1 said, sure, that seemed to satisfy them." ENGINEMAN Third class Richard E. Arnold said: "They asked me if I'd receive (North Korean) guests when 1 returned to the United States. I told them yes 1 would... 1 beleive I'd call the FBI." A third crewman, Yeoman 3.C. Stephen 'P. Ellis, said quietly: "They asked me if I'd want to come hack to Korea after returning to the United States. I told them no, I don't think thai would be possible." The "Gypsy Tea Room," was a bare 12.-by-l 5-foot area set aside by the North Koreans to apparently to soothe and befriend the Pueblo crew during the crew's 11 months of imprisonment in wooden barracks near Pyongyong, North Korea. Virtually every Pueblo crewman was called separately from his prison cell and taken to the tea room. Each crewman apparently remained only 10 or 15 minutes in the room where plain-looking women in kimono-like dresses sometimes offered them cookies, beer and wine and cigarettes. Two or three Korean civilians asked questions of the Americans. "THEY ASKED me what I thought about our daily life in the compound and what position I thought the United States was in," Gunners Mate l.C. Kenneth Wadley said. "1 responded that our daily living was good and I lied -- 1 told them the United States was in a bad position." Capt. William Newsome, counsel for the court, asked Fireman Richard Arnold, 22, of Santa Rosa, Calif., whether he saw anyone intoxicated. "A few sick people came back, yes sir... they couldn't hold the alcohol. It had been quite a while since anybody had any," Arnold replied. word's ONE DAY SALE! TODAY ONLY, 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. YOUR BEST BUY ON ALL FURNITURE, CARPETING. APPLIANCES. TV. STEREO NOTICE . . . During the month of February each year we place on all merchandise the lowest prices of the year. We. as other businesses, do this to clear out our inventory before the March 1 Inventory Tax. Due to inclement weather, we are unexpectedly overstocked. So we decided that on the last day before TAX INVENTORY we would for one day only spur on sluggish sales by offering an additional amount off on every item in the store. This means that many items are selling for cost -- some far below cost -- and some just a fraction above cost. Come in this Friday and receive courteous help from an owner of the store and BUY THE BEST, at the year's BEST PRICE and always with our BEST SERVICE. 1969 MODELS AT THE LOWEST PRICES OF THE YEAR! 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Wadley, 30, Beave'rton, Ore., one of 11 enlisted men who testified Thursday in the third phase of the inquiry. The Navy is requiring all Pueblo crewmen to explain their conduct following the vessel's capture Jan. 23, 1968. The 11 men who appeared Thursday raised to 44 the number of enlisted witnesses. There were 74 enlisted men on the Pueblo when she was captured. Despite the tributes offered by' crew members, it was an open secret in Coronado that some professional officers feel Bucher broke the Navy's most hallowed traditions by surrendering the vessel. They point out that the Pueblo was virtually undamaged when the North Koreans boarded her and never fired a shot in her own defense. Wadley dissolved in tears at the conclusion of his half hour of testimony, when the court president, Vice Adm. Harold Bowen, asked if he had any final statement. Wadley needed two minutes to compose himself, dabbing at his eyes with a handkerchief, before praising Bucher and Charles B. Law, a 27- year-old petty officer from Chehalis, Wash. Law was Bucher's spokesman to the crew in prison. * * * * NOT ALL testimony given by gun crew boss Wadley was favorable to Bucher. He testified that Pueblo sailors had little training in firing the vessel's .50 caliber machine guns. No procedure had been worked out for unlocking the ammunition containers in battle, Wadley said. He confirmed earlier reports that the Pueblo's T h o m p s o n submachine guns stayed locked in a container during the North Korean attack. Wadley was followed by Yeoman 3.C. Stephen P. Ellis, 26, Los Angeles, who said: "I consider Commander Bucher a wonderful person and 1 Don't wait. NOW ONLY FASHION MATE* Zig-Zag portable sewing machine by SINGER Handy portable sews smooth, straight stitches in forward and reverse Zig-zags to overcast and buttonhole. Special stitch forblindstitching. 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