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 by means of President Gerald Ford used to be designed to recapture the Mayaguez, held at anchor off the island of Koh Tang, to disencumber her group, and to illustrate U.S. power and unravel within the instant aftermath of America's such a lot humiliating defeat.Guilmartin, a former air rescue helicopter pilot stationed in Thailand, offers a special and compelling account of the Mayaguez–Koh Tang concern, laying off new gentle at the politics, the strategies, the orders, the high-level selection makers, and the combating males entangled in an important army motion that almost led to catastrophe for U.S. forces.". . . a super and quite transparent tactical research 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 quite a few facets of guys in warfare. His insights and observations are compelling."--Journal of army History". . . written with the aptitude and pleasure of an experience novel. Even those that understand the end result and the teachings of the Mayaguez incident will locate this ebook tough to place down until eventually finished."--Proceedings
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Against these measures stood the embassy's reluctance to act and the general sense of complacency that prevailed among many Americans in Saigon. On 13 April, Major General Smith's deputy, Brig. Gen. Richard Baughn, USAF, convened a marineDefense Attaché Office meeting to assess the situation and evaluate evacuation plans. 56 In the meantime, Eagle Pull was executed. TF-76 withdrew to Subic Bay in the Philippines for badly needed upkeep on 15 April. It arrived around midday on the seventeenth, only to be alerted for redeployment the following afternoon.
Previous page page_17 next page > < previous page page_18 next page > Page 18 Like Option I, Option II was initiated de facto. This came in the unlikely form of Operation Babylift, a humanitarian airlift of orphaned infants to the United States. The Attaché Office took advantage of Babylift to thin out the ranks of nonessential personnel by assigning female embassy staffers as escorts for the infants and in early April obtained approval to use military aircraft that otherwise would have departed empty.
I have no doubt that they, at least, learned from the events of May 1975, and it would be interesting to know how they applied their lessons. Though peripheral to the central purposes of this study, the same point also applies to prominent news media figures, to members of Congress, and to their staffs. Comparison of their actions and utterances in the two cases should be instructive, and this study will provide greater resources with which to do so. < previous page page_31 next page > < previous page page_32 next page > Page 32 Chapter 3 Strategy and Setting Operational risk and the uncertainties from which risk flows are invariably present in war, a point on which all serious theorists and practitioners concur.
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