In May of 1975, the U.S. merchant vessel
SS Mayaguez and her crew were taken hostage in a crisis that would challenge the national security decision making of acting chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. David C. Jones
and President Gerald R. Ford.
Follow National Defense University Professor and Research Fellow Christopher Lamb as he analyzes decades of mischaracterization and extracts lessons on mission command philosophy, civil-military relations, and national security reform. Download the book here.
Above: U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Ray Porter, left, and Capt. Walt Wood raise the American flag above the Mayaguez on May 15, 1975. Naval History and Heritage Command Vietnam Collection. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Chan)