The Four Days of Mayaguez
of the most controversial and dramatic incidents in the
post-Vietnam period was the retaking of the American
cargo ship Mayaguez after it was seized by the
revolutionary government forces of Cambodia. The
whole truth of what happened during the capture, the
attack, the recovery - as well as why President Ford made
the decision he did, and the human stories of the crew
members themselves - had not been told until then.
Roy Rowan sailed
aboard the Mayaguez after her recovery and
conducted extensive (and in many cases exclusive)
interviews with the captain and crew, and later with the
President in the White House.
Here, in a revealing
and perhaps historic narrative, Roy Rowan details the
diplomatic effort to obtain the release and tells why the
Marines, the Air Force, and the Navy were ordered to
It is a compelling
story of bold confrontation and heightening drama, of
the courage and heroism of the captured crew and the
Marines during those four tension-filled days.
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