(Jan. 30) – The House today adopted by acclamation a resolution sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, and Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, commemorating North Korea’s capture of the spy ship USS Pueblo in 1968.
Rep. Esgar and Sen. Garcia were the lead House and Senate sponsors of this year’s resolution, which calls on the North Korean government to return the ship, which is on display at a museum in Pyongyang. After the USS Constitution, “Old Ironsides,” the Pueblo is the second oldest ship on the US Navy’s list of commissioned ships, and it remains a point of honor for Pueblo residents.
“Pueblo is a proud community, a tight-knit community,” Rep. Esgar told the assembled House and Senate. “We are honored and proud to be a part of today.”
“As long as I have a voice, I will continue to call for Kim Jong Un and the North Korean government to return the USS Pueblo to the people of the United States,” said Sen. Garcia, an ex-Marine.
The resolution was one of several adopted on Military Appreciation Day at the Capitol, honoring our military veterans. Rep. Esgar paid tribute to her grandfather, who re-enlisted after his old ship, the USS Arizona, was sunk at Pearl Harbor.