View short clips from home movies made by one of the pilots who was part of the Kentucky Air National Guard's activation and deployment of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing in support of the Pueblo Incident (26 January 1968 – 09 June 1969).
On January 23, 1968, the U. S. Navy “spy” ship, PUEBLO was captured off the coast of North Korea precipitated what has become known, as the “Pueblo Incident.” On January 26, the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (TRW) at Shewmaker Air National Guard Base in Louisville was recalled to federal service in support of the growing tension between the United States and North Korea. Wing Headquarters and an enlarged 165th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (TRS) were moved to Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base near Kansas City, Missouri, in July 1968.
During the call-up, the 123rd TRW units flew approximately 20,000 tactical flying hours and delivered almost 320,000 reconnaissance prints to requesting agencies. The command was deployed on important missions to the Panama Canal Zone, the Alaskan Air Command and Itazuke Air Base, Japan. Assigned personnel served on active duty for 16 months and returned to state service in June 1969. Performance during that period attained the unit its first Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA).
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