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Wednesday, August 17, 2005 | Whenever old salts get together you can be sure they’ll talk of their old ships. The gray beards who hark back to World War II wax nostalgic in remembering things like the submarines. Their brave crews inflicted such terrible damage on the enemy and suffered such horrendous losses in return. Korean War vets can point to USS Midway, a lady that is now a major San Diego tourist attraction. A friend of mine speaks with sadness but pride when he talks of another ship also now a tourist attraction, USS Pueblo. Only thing is, Pueblo is a tourist attraction in Pyongyang, North Korea. Pueblo, a spy ship, was captured by the North Koreans in 1968.

Keith Taylor is a retired navy officer. He can be reached at

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