Obit: 'Pete' Bucher, Captain of Captured U.S.S. Pueblo We remember Navy skipper Lloyd "Pete" Bucher, who helped his crew survive nearly a year of torture in North Korea in 1968. Bucher died Thursday in California at the age of 76. His ship, the U.S.S. Pueblo, was attacked and captured by North Korea. Questions about Bucher's confession while in captivity were raised afterwards, but his crew supported him.