Eugene G. Windchy. New York: Doubleday, 1971. 358 pp. Illus. $7.95.
Reviewed by Commander W. S. Buehler, U. S. Navy
(Commander Buehler, a 1956 graduate from the University of Michigan, has served on various ships and staff, both in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets. He was operations officer on board the USS Maddox (DD-731) from 1963 to 1965, which included the Gulf of Tonkin incident. He is presently in the logistics division on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific.)
Eugene Windchy’s Tonkin Gulf is probably the most comprehensive analysis written to date of the attacks on the USS Maddox (DD-731) and the USS Turner Joy (DD-951) in August 1964, and the very significant aftermath. The second attack (at night), the one that convinced President Lyndon B. Johnson that he had better destroy North Vietnamese naval facilities in the area, has always been questioned by his opponents as to whether the attack, in fact, took place.