Exhibit on the USS Pueblo opens at the National Prisoner of War Museum
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343
Andersonville National Historic Site is pleased to announce the installation of Remember the Pueblo, a new temporary exhibit at the National Prisoner of War Museum. This exhibit features photographs, textiles, and other three-dimensional items.
The USS Pueblo, a spy ship, was conducting its first and ultimately its last mission in the Sea of Japan in January 1968. The North Koreans seized the ship and accused the crew of spying and intruding into their territorial waters. Over the next eleven months North Korean captors beat and tortured the crew to obtain confession statements. The United States and North Korea were not at war at the time so the crew was treated as criminals and not prisoners of war. The crew was eventually freed and returned home just in time for Christmas with their families. To this day the ship resides in Wonson harbor, North Korea. A commemorative plaque for the USS Pueblo located at the National Prisoner of War Museum was dedicated ten years ago this month. The USS Pueblo exhibit at Andersonville National Historic Site will be on display throughout the summer.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The site features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System and serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm with the museum opening at 8:30 am. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
Did You Know?
A small number of Andersonville prisoners were able to grow crops such as beans and corn. Prisoner diaries and sketches mention this fact and a photograph taken in the summer of 1864 shows corn stalks growing near a shelter. Such an undertaking would require constant guard and demonstrates that prisoners knew they might be captives at Andersonville for quite some time.