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Duane Hodges

Date of birth: September 5, 1946
Date of death: January 23, 1968
Place of Birth: Oregon, Creswell
Home of record: Creswell Oregon
Status: KIA

On January 23, 1968, the USS PUEBLO was attacked by North Korean naval vessels and MiG jets. One man was killed and several were wounded. The Eighty-two surviving crew members were captured and held prisoner for 11 months.


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the U.S.S. Pueblo Incident

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Fireman Duane Hodges, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action on 23 January 1968 which serving on board U.S.S. PUEBLO (AGER-2) during the unwarranted attack upon and illegal seizure of that vessel in international waters in the Sea of Japan by North Korean naval and air forces consisting of two patrol boats, four torpedo boats, and two aircraft. When PUEBLO came under fire from these North Korean units, Petty Officer (then Fireman) Hodges, serving in the Engineering Department, rendered invaluable assistance in the face of the intense hostile fire while participating in the unfamiliar task of destroying classified materials. Mortally wounded while carrying out this assignment, Petty Officer Hodges, by his courage, initiative, and inspiring dedication, reflected credit upon himself and upheld and enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: January 23, 1968

Service: Navy

Rank: Fireman

Division: U.S.S. Pueblo (AGER-2)