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By John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan

ISBN-10: 0585175071

ISBN-13: 9780585175072

ISBN-10: 0890966656

ISBN-13: 9780890966655

On might 12, 1975, below 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 speedy army reaction ordered by means of President Gerald Ford was once designed to recapture the Mayaguez, held at anchor off the island of Koh Tang, to free up her team, and to illustrate U.S. energy and unravel within the speedy aftermath of America's so much humiliating defeat.Guilmartin, a former air rescue helicopter pilot stationed in Thailand, offers a different and compelling account of the Mayaguez–Koh Tang hindrance, laying off new mild at the politics, the strategies, the orders, the high-level choice makers, and the scuffling with males entangled in an important army motion that almost resulted in catastrophe for U.S. forces.". . . an excellent and highly transparent tactical examine that provides some extent of departure for broader reflections at the nature of contingency and uncertainty in all army operations."--Foreign Affairs"This is an outstanding publication. . . [Guilmartin's] paintings transcends the occasions themselves, illustrating a number of features of guys in battle. His insights and observations are compelling."--Journal of army History". . . written with the aptitude and pleasure of an experience novel. Even those that be aware of the result and the teachings of the Mayaguez incident will locate this publication difficult to place down till finished."--Proceedings

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Aftermath: Analysis and Lessons 145 Appendix A. Tactical Communications 162 Appendix B. The H-53: An Air Force Pilot's Perspective 167 Notes 189 Glossary 223 Bibliography 225 Index 231 Page ix Illustrations SECTION 1. Beginning page 65 An H-53 rescue helicopter Air force H-53s Side cockpit window, H-53 aboard USS Midway USS Midway replenishing at sea Vietnamese refugees aboard USS Midway Mayaguez at anchor Helicopter crew Rescue KC-130 tanker prior to aerial refueling Village on Koh Tang SECTION 2.

16 Safety personnel and senior officers viewed tactical approaches with suspicion. ). Not surprisingly, training in tactical approaches was progressively curtailed. By the spring of 1975, regulations prohibited turning approaches lower than 500 feet above the ground. The great majority of the pilots assigned to the 21st and 40th, then, had received only a sketchy orientation in tactical approaches during their initial H-53 training. The regulations also said that you could do anything you needed to do to survive in combat, but combat is no place to try out a demanding maneuver for the first time.

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