U.S. ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodians (46 words)

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  • Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)
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  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 10.4.1: Thai, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laos Writing and Culture.


The U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez and its crew of 39 were seized by Cambodian forces in the Gulf of Siam on 12 May 1975. During rescue operations, U.S. Marines attacked Tang Island and U.S. warplanes bombed Cambodian air bases. Cambodia surrendered the Mayaguez and its crew.

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Richert, Lucas Paul. "U.S. ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodians". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2008
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=5702, accessed 16 October 2017.]

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