H.Con.Res.407 - Saluting the life and courage of the late Commander Lloyd "Pete" Bucher, United States Navy (retired), who commanded the U.S.S. Pueblo (AGER-2) at the time of its capture by North Korea on January 23, 1968.108th Congress (2003-2004)
Concurrent ResolutionHide Overview
|Sponsor:||Rep. Akin, W. Todd [R-MO-2] (Introduced 04/21/2004)|
|Committees:||House - Armed Services | Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 09/14/2004 Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
This bill has the status Agreed to in House
Here are the steps for Status of Legislation:
- Agreed to in House
Text: H.Con.Res.407 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)
Text available as:
- PDF (PDF provides a complete and accurate display of this text.) Tip?
Referred in Senate (09/14/2004)
[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Con. Res. 407 Referred in Senate (RFS)] 2d Session H. CON. RES. 407 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES September 14, 2004 Received and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Saluting the life and courage of the late Commander Lloyd ``Pete'' Bucher, United States Navy (retired), who commanded the U.S.S. Pueblo (AGER-2) at the time of its capture by North Korea on January 23, 1968. Whereas on January 28, 2004, Commander Lloyd ``Pete'' Bucher, United States Navy (retired), died and was subsequently buried with honors at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, San Diego, California; Whereas Lloyd Bucher was appointed as a commissioned officer in the Navy in June 1953 and in May 1967 was assigned command of the U.S.S. Pueblo (AGER-2), an auxiliary light cargo ship designated as an environmental research vessel; Whereas the U.S.S. Pueblo, while under the command of Commander Bucher and in international waters conducting an intelligence mission off the coast of North Korea, was attacked by three North Korean torpedo boats and a North Korean sub chaser on January 23, 1968; Whereas the U.S.S. Pueblo was armed only with two .50-caliber machine guns, and the attack resulted in the death of one Navy sailor and the capture of Commander Bucher, his crew, and the U.S.S. Pueblo; Whereas Commander Bucher and his crew were starved and tortured for 11 months, and were repeatedly beaten, burned on steam radiators, and otherwise brutally treated by their North Korean captors; Whereas Commander Bucher bore the brunt of the wrath of the North Koreans; Whereas crewman James Kell said, ``We were all beaten, we all were tortured. But [Commander Bucher] had it double, triple, quadruple what we got.''; Whereas crewman Stu Russell said, ``[Commander Bucher] was a giant. No matter who did what, he was always punished. I simply don't know where he got the strength and courage to go through what he did.''; Whereas on December 23, 1968, the crew of the U.S.S. Pueblo was released, some of whom were crippled or nearly blind because of the brutality and malnourishment they endured; Whereas Commander Bucher retired from the Navy in 1973; and Whereas Commander Bucher is survived by his wife, Rose, their two sons, and several grandchildren: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress-- (1) salutes the life and courage of the late Commander Lloyd ``Pete'' Bucher, United States Navy (retired), who commanded the U.S.S. Pueblo (AGER-2) at the time of its capture by North Korea on January 23, 1968, and who passed away on January 28, 2004; (2) praises Commander Bucher for his exemplary bravery and sacrifice, which were an inspiration to his crew and the United States, while he and his crew were held in captivity for 11 months in North Korea; (3) praises the bravery of the crew of the U.S.S. Pueblo; and (4) expresses its heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Commander Bucher. Passed the House of Representatives September 13, 2004. Attest: JEFF TRANDAHL, Clerk.