By John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan
On could 12, 1975, lower than weeks after the autumn of Saigon, Khmer Rouge naval forces seized the S.S. Mayaguez, an American box send, off the Cambodian coast within the Gulf of Siam. The quick army reaction ordered through President Gerald Ford used to be designed to recapture the Mayaguez, held at anchor off the island of Koh Tang, to free up her workforce, and to illustrate U.S. power and get to the bottom of within the fast aftermath of America's so much humiliating defeat.Guilmartin, a former air rescue helicopter pilot stationed in Thailand, presents a special and compelling account of the Mayaguez–Koh Tang main issue, laying off new gentle at the politics, the strategies, the orders, the high-level choice makers, and the battling males entangled in a vital army motion that just about led to catastrophe for U.S. forces.". . . an excellent and incredibly transparent tactical examine that gives some extent of departure for broader reflections at the nature of contingency and uncertainty in all army operations."--Foreign Affairs"This is an outstanding ebook. . . [Guilmartin's] paintings transcends the occasions themselves, illustrating various features of guys in conflict. His insights and observations are compelling."--Journal of army History". . . written with the aptitude and pleasure of an experience novel. Even those that recognize the result and the teachings of the Mayaguez incident will locate this e-book demanding to place down till finished."--Proceedings
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The 21st crews stayed behind to sling-load the F-5s and A-37s aboard the carrier until a spate of broken slings and dropped aircraft prompted cancellation of the operation, and they departed for Nakhon Phanom. < previous page page_25 next page > < previous page page_26 next page > Page 26 Chapter 2 The Incident About a quarter past two in the afternoon of 12 May 1975, Burton Coombes, third mate of the container ship SS Mayaguez, cruising off the Cambodian coast en route from Hong Kong to Sattahip, Thailand, sighted a gunboat headed his way.
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A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang (Texas a&M University Military History Series) by John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan