The Last Boarding Party: The USMC and the SS Mayaguez 1975

The Last Boarding Party: The USMC and the SS Mayaguez 1975

by Clayton Chun, Steve Noon, Alan Gilliland, Mariusz Kozik
     
 

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Just two weeks after the close of the Vietnam War, communist Cambodian Khmer Rouge elements seized the S.S. Mayaguez in international waters. Believing they had to act quickly, United States Marines boarded the ship, only to find the crew had been removed. They then launched an assault on a nearby island where they believed the crew had been taken. Instead of a

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Just two weeks after the close of the Vietnam War, communist Cambodian Khmer Rouge elements seized the S.S. Mayaguez in international waters. Believing they had to act quickly, United States Marines boarded the ship, only to find the crew had been removed. They then launched an assault on a nearby island where they believed the crew had been taken. Instead of a quick strike against a limited foe, the Marines encountered major opposition and were quickly pinned down. With large numbers of Cambodians closing in all around, the a desperate firefight developed as US forces tried to extract the Marines. This book recounts the bloody struggle on Koh Tang island, as a badly botched hostage rescue turned into a desperate evacuation.

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"...a concise account of a military engagement that includes many photographs, maps, charts, and illustrations. Chun provides a clearly written narrative..." -Marc Leepson, Books In Brief

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849088770
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/20/2011
Series:
Raid , #24
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
File size:
15 MB
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Meet the Author

Clayton K.S. Chun, Ph.D., is on the U.S. Army War College faculty at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania where he teaches courses on national security, strategy, and economics. He completed a military career in the U.S. Air Force and has published work in the fields of national security, military history, and economics.
Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art college in Cornwall. He's had a life-long passion for illustration, and since 1985 has worked as a professional artist. He has provided award-winning illustrations for the publishers Dorling Kindersley, where his interest in historical illustration began. Steve has illustrated over 30 books for Osprey.

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