“It was something he wanted to do,” Ms. Guerra said. “He wanted to go and serve his country and do his best.”
He died just seven months after enlisting.
Twelve of the 13 missing servicemen are now confirmed to have died, Maj. Parker said. She said she could not discuss the 13th because an investigation is ongoing.
The Mayaguez operation is considered the last U.S. military engagement in Southeast Asia after the long and bloody war in Vietnam. The last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam in 1973, and the South Vietnamese capital fell to North Vietnam on April 30, 1975, just two weeks before the Mayaguez engagement.
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