from the Mayaguez Incident

McMichael, William H.
September 2010
Military History;Sep2010, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p17
The article discusses the military strategy lessons that could be learned from the Mayaguez incident involving Khmer Rouge's seizure of the American container ship Mayaguez in 1975. It explains that the successful rescue of the 44 crew of the Mayaguez was completed at a cost of 44 lives and five helicopters. The author suggests that the bloody confrontation could have been avoided if the U.S. considered diplomatic options and accurate intelligence reports were provided.


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