The Nation: The Captain's Log: A Tale of Terror

After the arrival of the Mayaguez in Singapore, Captain Miller, 62, of Fountain Valley, Calif., held a press conference at which he gave a detailed account of the seizure of his ship. Miller occasionally gave way to tears when he spoke of the American flyers and Marines who participated in the rescue mission. Excerpts from his account:

At 14:20 on May 12 I first saw them. I was challenged by one gunboat. He shot over my bow with anti-aircraft machine-gun fire. Then he threw a rocket over me. Seven armed men, anywhere from 10 to 30 years old, boarded the vessel, shouldering...

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