Andres GarciaLance Corporal
H&S CO, 2ND BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
27 October 1954 - 15 May 1975
Carlsbad, New Mexico
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The database page for Andres Garcia
Andres Garcia, from Carlsbad, New Mexico, was involved in the rescue of the merchant ship S.S. Mayaguez on May 15,1975. During the mission, the helicopter in which Andres was riding was shot down off of the coast of Koh Tang Island, near Cambodia. Andres, along with several other Marines, was lost. While the mission to rescue the crew of the Mayaguez was ultimately a success, with the 39 crewmembers being rescued, it came with a high price. May Andres and the others lost in this effort rest in peace.
From a friend,
From his brother.
The Mayaguez IncidentAfter the fall of Cambodia and South Vietnam to the Communists, Cambodian forces captured the US-registered ship SS MAYAGUEZ, taking her to the offshore island of Koh Tang. President Gerald Ford directed that the ship should be recaptured and her crew freed by use of force.
The USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43) battle group and an assault group from the 9th Marines were directed to land on the island and retake the ship and crew. Although intelligence estimates indicated that the island was lightly held, in fact there were a considerable number of Cambodian troops in place -- and they had hand-held weapons suitable for use against helicopters.
The Marines staged through U-Tapao RTAFB in Thailand and were landed by USAF CH-53A helicopters. As the helicopters approached shore, the aircraft were taken under fire and four were brought down:
Eventually the US and Cambodian governments agreed to attempt the recovery of remains from the raid and in 1995 a number of human remains were repatriated. During May and June of 2000, the US government announced the positive identification of nine of the missing men. Lance Corporal Garcia's remains were in this group, with the announcement of his identification coming on 8 May 2000.
As of 29 Apr 2003, eight men who participated in the MAYAGUEZ raid haven't come home:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 12/13/2004