(1968: The Defining Year)
off the Korean coast and took the officers and crew prisoner.* In
response, the administration called up 14,000 Navy and Air Force Reserves,
so as not to divert any active forces from the Southeast Asia battlefield.
Continued domestic opposition to the war, often led by influential members
of his own party, also served to distract the President's attention.
Although forewarned about a possible enemy offensive, 'it was more massive,'
than President Johnson, like Westmoreland, 'had anticipated.'5
* The North Koreans claimed territorial waters off their coast up to
20 miles, while the U.S. only recognized Korean territorial waters of
3 miles. According to the official inquiry the Pueblo was boarded
approximately 15 miles off the Korean coast. CinCPacFlt, Findings of
Fact, Opinion, etc. of Court of Inquiry, Case ot Pueblo (AGER-2),
n.d., Pueblo File, Post 1Jan46 Comd File (OAB, NHD). See also
Center of Naval History, Comments on draft, dtd Dec94 (Vietnam Comment
File) and VAdm Edwin B. Hooper, Mobility, Support, Endurance, A
Story of Naval Operational Logistics in the Vietnam War, 1965-1968
(Washington: Naval Historical Division, 1972), p. 219.