The Last Battle: The Mayaguez Incident and the End of the Vietnam War

By: Wetterhahn, Ralph

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On May just days the American Embassy in 12, 1975, after Saigon was evacuated, Khmer Rouge forces seized the SS Mayaguez. Three days later, President Ford launched a military raid to rescue the crew of the merchant ship. But as the attack began on Koh Tang Island, the hostages were being released from an entirely different location. Incomplete intelligence reports had unwittingly sent the marines into a bloodbath. In the ensuing chaos many soldiers died, and three machine gunners were mistakenly left behind as they steadfastly defended the American retreat.

In this remarkable book, journalist and Vietnam veteran Ralph Wetterhahn re-creates the story of the Mayaguez incident and poignantly reveals, for the first time, the harrowing fate of the three young marines who were forgotten by their comrades, indeed by their country. The Last Battle is a riveting narrative of combat, courage, and governmental blunders that serves as a metaphor for the entire Vietnam War.

Title: The Last Battle: The Mayaguez Incident and the End of the Vietnam War

Author Name: Wetterhahn, Ralph

Categories: BOV - War - Vietnam,

Publisher: Plume: 2002

ISBN Number: 0452283337

ISBN Number 13: 9780452283336

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: IM1001

Description: 0452283337