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A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang by John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan

By John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan

On may well 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 rapid 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 team, and to illustrate U.S. energy 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, offers a different and compelling account of the Mayaguez–Koh Tang quandary, laying off new mild at the politics, the strategies, the orders, the high-level selection makers, and the scuffling with males entangled in a very important army motion that almost resulted in catastrophe for U.S. forces.". . . a super and particularly 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 publication. . . [Guilmartin's] paintings transcends the occasions themselves, illustrating various features of fellows in battle. His insights and observations are compelling."--Journal of army History". . . written with the aptitude and pleasure of an event novel. Even those that be aware of the end result and the teachings of the Mayaguez incident will locate this e-book challenging to place down until eventually finished."--Proceedings

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Third Mate Dave English ordered the radio operator to transmit an SOS in Morse code on standard maritime distress frequencies. He then broadcast an emergency message in the clear on HF (high frequency) voice radio (a long-range radio; see Appendix A). The ship's position was 09°48'N, 102°53' E, about seven nautical miles southeast of Poulo Wai. Within minutes, a boarding party from the gunboat had taken control of the ship for the Khymer Rouge government of Cambodia. It was 1421 hours local time in the Gulf of Siam.

Conversely, enlisted aircrew experience in the two units was high. Sgt. 12 Rescue aircrews also included pararescuemen, parachutetrained and medically trained combat rescue specialists, called PJs for the symbol entered in the aircraft forms to record a parachute jump. A bare majority of the 40th's PJs were young two- and three-stripers on their first or second assignment. The rest, however, were staff sergeants and above, almost all with combat experience. Sgt. 13 Measured by the parameters established by air force standardization and training directives, the aircrews were extremely competent.

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