By John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan
On may possibly 12, 1975, below 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 way of President Gerald Ford was once designed to recapture the Mayaguez, held at anchor off the island of Koh Tang, to disencumber her team, and to illustrate U.S. power and unravel within the quick aftermath of America's so much humiliating defeat.Guilmartin, a former air rescue helicopter pilot stationed in Thailand, presents a different and compelling account of the Mayaguez–Koh Tang problem, laying off new mild at the politics, the strategies, the orders, the high-level determination makers, and the scuffling with males entangled in a very important army motion that almost resulted in catastrophe for U.S. forces.". . . an excellent and enormously transparent tactical learn that provides some extent of departure for broader reflections at the nature of contingency and uncertainty in all army operations."--Foreign Affairs"This is a phenomenal e-book. . . [Guilmartin's] paintings transcends the occasions themselves, illustrating quite a few facets of fellows in conflict. His insights and observations are compelling."--Journal of army History". . . written with the aptitude and pleasure of an event novel. Even those that comprehend the end result and the teachings of the Mayaguez incident will locate this booklet demanding to place down until eventually finished."--Proceedings
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This is a much less routine procedure in helicopters than in fixed-wing aircraft and was even less so with air force versions of the H-53, for reasons that are addressed in detail in Appendix B. Suffice it to say at this point that helicopters are extremely complex machines, as difficult to maintain as to fly. Before Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind, I had been responsible for performing the check flights on the last 40th aircraft brought into commission before deploymentone flight control rigging check done at night before Frequent Wind was particularly memorableand had flown each of the aircraft in question in the ensuing operation.
In addition, the 56th SOW was reducing personnel strength in anticipation of base closure within a year,21 which caused shortfalls and turbulence in manpower. By contrast, the 40th was high on the Rescue Service's list of priorities, and maintenance was fully manned. The advantages of fewer layers of bureaucracy and more manpower were apparent. 22 Experienced helicopter maintenance personnel of my acquaintance considered wing-level maintenance less satisfactory than organic squadron maintenance.
Decisions had emerged from a series of modifications, reinforcements, and vetoes that made little individual imprint on the conscious mind and were quickly forgotten. I came away from the experience with two lessons: first, my understanding of the way in which a well-trained helicopter crewand by extension any well-trained, closely knit crew operating complex machineryfunctions under the stress of combat had changed materially. Second, and more important to the purpose at hand, I had become keenly aware of just how perishable the memory of combat is.
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