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As the situation worsened in February and March, he collapsed the regional advisory and intelligence structure, bringing affected Americans and Cambodians to Phnom Penh for evacuation by air. By the end of March, Americans were concentrated in the capital, and the embassy staff had been reduced to a minimum. 3 Insertion of a marine ground security force (GSF) to maintain order around the helicopter landing zones (LZs) was integral to Option III. Operational control would be exercised by USSAG (United States Support Activities Group).

Most of my published work has been in the early modern period with an emphasis on operational and technological issues. S. Air Force Academy, from which I graduated in 1962. Before attending graduate school, I served as a helicopter pilot in Southeast Asia during 196566, where I was assigned to Detachment 5, 38th Air Rescue Squadron, based at Udorn, Thailand. Det. 5 was the first permanently constituted long-range combat aircrew recovery helicopter unit ever and was the lineal antecedent of the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron described below.

Both were anticipated by contingency plans. Both were to be implemented on orders from the ambassador. Both were delayed until Communist victory was imminent. In the end, both depended on military helicopters. Eagle Pull was a model operation. The early success of the Khymer Rouge dry season offensive, launched on New Year's Eve 1974, provided the trigger. 2 Ambassador John Gunther Dean directed the preparation of prioritized lists of evacuees. As the situation worsened in February and March, he collapsed the regional advisory and intelligence structure, bringing affected Americans and Cambodians to Phnom Penh for evacuation by air.

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