9781849084253

The Last Boarding Party The USMC and the SS Mayaguez 1975

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    9781849084253

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    1849084254

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-09-20
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
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Summary

On April 30, 1975, the final curtain of America's long involvement in the Vietnam War fell. North Vietnamese forces captured Saigon while thousands of South Vietnamese refugees attempted to flee on foot, boat, and aircraft. The American public believed that the events in Southeast Asia had finally come to a bitter end. Less than two weeks later, President Gerald Ford ordered air, naval, and Marine forces to conduct combat operations in waters off Cambodia. On May 12, communist Cambodian Khmer Rouge elements seized the S.S. Mayaguez, an American merchant ship, and its crew in international waters. This act of piracy created an incident where U.S. Marine Corps elements attempted to rescue the Mayaguez, one of the most controversial raids in recent history. This book will track every development in the mission , an eventual success that demonstrated American resolve to use military forces in foreign policy issues after the Vietnam debacle.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
Southeast Asia in turmoilp. 4
America charts a new pathp. 7
A powder keg in the Gulf of Thailandp. 8
Originsp. 9
"Mayday"p. 10
Initial Strategyp. 11
"What are our options?"p. 14
"This is not an easy operation"p. 19
Intelligence: The key to planningp. 21
America: Limited forces, limited optionsp. 23
The Planp. 24
Operational conceptp. 25
Conflicting prioritiesp. 28
Taking Koh Tangp. 30
Attacking the mainlandp. 33
Command, control, and communicationsp. 35
The Raidp. 38
The Khmer Rouge take actionp. 38
America respondsp. 41
Recovering the Mayaguez: "Marines over the side"p. 42
Green Lizards, Fighting Redcocks, and Mighty Shrikes go to warp. 46
Koh Tang: A costly initial assaultp. 48
The second wavep. 61
The rescuers need rescuep. 64
Analysisp. 71
The Mayaguez's Legacyp. 71
National Leaders and the futurep. 74
Conclusionp. 76
Bibliographyp. 78
Indexp. 80
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