By Clayton K. S. Chun
On April 30, 1975, the ultimate curtain of America's lengthy involvement within the Vietnam conflict fell. North Vietnamese forces captured Saigon whereas hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese refugees tried to escape walking, boat, and plane. the yank public believed that the occasions in Southeast Asia had eventually come to a sour finish. below weeks later, President Gerald Ford ordered air, naval, and Marine forces to behavior strive against operations in waters off Cambodia. On may well 12, communist Cambodian Khmer Rouge parts seized the S.S. Mayaguez, an American service provider send, and its staff in overseas waters. This act of piracy created an incident the place U.S. Marine Corps parts tried to rescue the Mayaguez, the most arguable raids in contemporary heritage. This ebook will tune each improvement within the undertaking , an eventual good fortune that confirmed American get to the bottom of to exploit army forces in international coverage concerns after the Vietnam debacle.
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The 9 MAB personnel and equipment started to load onto the Hancock and the Mobile within hours. Their potential missions included taking Poulo Wai, occupying Kompong Som, landing on Koh Tang, and seizing the Mayaguez. The task force left Subic Bay at 0700hrs the next day. While 9 MAB staff monitored the Air Force Command Net for information, the marines heard about the 7AF helicopter rescue of the Koh Tang assault force. The planning for combat operations turned to a rescue mission. The 2/4 and HMH-462 marines stood ready in case the USAF helicopters failed.
Confusion set in. Orders from the White House at 0729hrs then directed CINCPAC not to launch the Coral Sea’s aircraft against Kompong Som. Five minutes later, the JCS staff sent a verbal message to CINCPAC to use all communications means to divert and cancel the first mission. By 0744hrs, the JCS cancelled all of the cyclic air strike missions on the mainland, one minute before TOT for the Coral Sea aircraft. Four minutes later, another order from the NMCC restored the first attack mission to hit the Cambodian mainland and conduct battle damage assessment (BDA).
Prepared food, cold and uneaten, was on the bridge. Khmer Rouge sailors had left the ship unmanned. The American military party that took control of the ship did not find any weapons; allegedly, $5,000 in cash went missing from the captain’s cabin. com The Last Boarding Party – The USMC and the SS Mayaguez 1975 The marines who took the Mayaguez were well armed with M-16s, shotguns, M-79 grenade launchers, M-60 machine guns, and other weapons. These marines could only watch as activities heated up on Koh Tang island, in the background.
The Last Boarding Party - The USMC and the SS Mayaguez 1975 (Raid) by Clayton K. S. Chun