10 Unintentionally Hilarious Military Incidents–Although I Didn’t Find That Many Were “Hilarious.”

Perhaps a “generation gap” is at work or, more likely, the bloggers didn’t do their research and don’t know what they are talking about.



This is one of those lists one comes across on the internet from time to time. What strikes me about several of the incidents is that I remember them and remember how “un-hilarious” they were. I don’t think there is anything hilarious when men and women are killed.

The one I found most unsettling to see described as “hilarious” is the USS Pueblo incident.  You can judge for yourself by following the link above.


USS Pueblo on display  in Pyongyang, North Korea

photo taken in 2009 by Kristoferb and courtesy of Wikimedia

Obviously, the bloggers who wrote this list are younger and I genuinely believe that had they investigated the entire story of the USS Pueblo, they would have realized the incident was never and will never be “hilarious.”

US Navy officers and men were tortured. Several American sailors were killed in the unprovoked attack on the Pueblo. In terms of providing “distant cover” for the spy ship should she get into trouble, I think the best that can be said is that the US Navy did not cover itself in glory that day.

The incident of the USS Pueblo was an embarrassment for the United States at the height of the Cold War and an embarrassment to the US Navy. But lest we forget, the greatest burden was borne by the crew who were imprisoned, starved, tormented and tortured by the North Koreans for eleven months.

After protracted negotiations, the 82 surviving crew members were released on 23 December 1968. They were brave men and we should not forget them.

Should the captain of the ship have fought the ship till she sank even though he had few weapons and would have lost most of the crew KIA? That is not for me to say. Perhaps only men and women who were serving in the US Navy at that time could sit in judgement.

Suffice it to say, that only a handful of US warships have ever been boarded and captured. According to Wikipedia, the USS Pueblo remains a commissioned warship of the US Navy and is the oldest commissioned ship after the USS Constitution.



 USS Pueblo (AGER-2) off San Diego, California 19 October 1967

(official US Navy photo)








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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/