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Ira A. Hunt, Jr.

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813142081

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813142081.001.0001

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The Mayaguez Incident

The Mayaguez Incident

(p.299) 4 The Mayaguez Incident
Losing Vietnam

Ira A. Hunt

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter Four details how, in April 1975, two weeks after the U.S. withdrawal from South Vietnam, the Cambodian Khmer forces commandeered a U.S. merchant ship, the SS Mayaguez, in the Gulf of Thailand and the subsequent U.S. recovery of the ship and crew. USSAG made plans for a helicopter assault staged at Utapao, the closest U.S. base in Thailand, in order to recover the ship. It also details the assault against Cambodian forces on Koh Tang Island after the Mayaguez and its crew had been recovered, but which was still unknown to those leading the assault.

Keywords:   The Mayaguez Incident, The Mayaguez, Khmer, Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tang Island, Utapao

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