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    Steve Gough · 9 years ago
    I stayed at the Thayer during a visit to West Point and could not help but be awed by the history that place holds. West Point itself is an amazing place, a trip through the Museum alone will take you more than a day and the whole experience is not to be missed but my mind kept coming back to the hotel. It stands on the grounds of the Academy and has a guest list of some of the most influential people of our time. The walls in that place have some tales I'm sure.
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    Valerie · 9 years ago
    You've done it again, Michael. You've brought back a memory which should not be forgotten. These were patriots and victims we need to remember. Thank you, yet again though am positive it will not be the last time these words are spoken in regards to your thoughtful patriotism. God bless...Merry Christmas.....and remember we think of you.
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    Sue Pruett · 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I was a young teen when this took place, and my memories are fairly vague. This brings them into better focus.
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    UnitedWeStand · 9 years ago
    Shhhh...don't mention the Canadian contribution.

    Oh oh I just did.
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    Nancy · 9 years ago
    And thank you to the Canadian government for issuing those passports used to help the hostages escape.

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    Tammy Horton Keys · 9 years ago
    I had shamefully forgotten this until I started reading. You keep the perspective we all need to be thinking about, how precious our freedom is. To you I wish a safe, and blessed Christmas.
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    Victoria · 9 years ago
    Thank you for this story Michael, I had faint memory as a 20 year old. You know, its getting hard to read your posts without crying, makes my mascara drip, ha.

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    Dennis · 9 years ago

    I spent 6 1/2 month in Diego Garcia in support of Operation Eagle Claw.

    The children left behind from that loss were the genesis for The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (

    In recognition of the past role of Special Operations, and their emerging/increasing role as the "Tip of the Spear" worldwide. It's appropriate to both remember their sacrifices and take care of the children they leave behind.

    Vaya con Dios.
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    Shukri · 9 years ago
    Were the embassy personnel who were held hostage the same personnel who engineered the overthrow of iran's democratically elected government in "Operation Ajax". If so they are not heroes but unethical individuals who lack courage. True heroism also includes the ability to refuse illegal orders.
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    Nancy · 9 years ago
    I am glad that this group has taken the time to remember these historic events. I only wish that they were taught more extensively to those growing up so that they don't forget how round the world is and that the US has been instrumental in so many very pivitol points in previous times. The efforts to rescue these diplomats was long in coming, but we are a People that does not forget it's own. I think our comradery is part of the Light of Americans that shines out to the rest of the world!
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    Abigail · 9 years ago
    Very rarely will you ever find that more than a few people "at the top" ever actually know what is going on and why to the full extent, & the "why" is less and less reliable as it trickles down to the masses. It isn't clear in the history books that we read in school or the books and articles that mention it what went on or why, so you can't know unless you actually read a book on the subject by someone who was there. If you're lucky enough to read the full story in classified documents, you are one of the very privileged few. As a military member who is finding out more and more that our military doesn't get the credit it deserves for heroism or even just tedious work that has to get done, and gets far too much credit for disasters and crimes (you really think every soldier, sailor, marine, airman is privy to government conspiracies, works as an assassin, has ninja skills and a crazy loaded secret bank account?!), I would like to admonish the person whose identity is only Shukri on his or her comment to please read up on the actual incident, why it happened, how it happened, and who these people present at this embassy were before bringing in their negative feedback, accusing them of being anything but victims of horrible political turmoil: I applaud you, Mr. Yon for bringing up this reminder for everyone, including those of us who weren't around when it happened, and all of the survivors of such an ordeal. I'm sure that the physical and psychological trauma were no less than harrowing, and I'm proud to say that I am a patriotic American serving in our military because of the influence of people throughout our history like y'all and the patriots before you. Thank you.
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    Dan · 9 years ago
    Michael, thanks for posting this great story about this historic event for the 30 year reunion of their freedom! It has been thirty years of freedom for the former hostages and thirty years of oppression for the 70 million Iranians who live under the Mullahs oppression as the Mullahs personally steal and embezzle all of Iran's oil wealth (Rafsanjani is one of the wealthiest people in the world) Someday maybe the Iranian people can free themselves from the mullahs and the radicals who took the hostages thirty years ago and live in a free and prosperous Iran.
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    Tyler · 9 years ago
    Thanks for this Michael. A good, and necessary reminder. When I was in grade school we actually had one of the hostages come and talk to our class. I cannot remember his name, but that visit has always stuck in my memory.
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    Peter · 9 years ago
    Sometime in 2009, I heard on NPR an interview with one of the Iranian students involved with the storming of the embassy. What was so ironic (of a certain magnitude) is that, according to this student, what was meant to be something of a "prank" was soon co-opted by more ideological zealots among them. One thing led to another, and suddenly the United States was faced with a hostage situation. The world, it seems, has never been the same.
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    SALMA.Sh · 9 years ago
    id rather start with "im an Iranian". my name's Salma and i know that some of you might have seen my posts here on Michael's magazine, but as soon as i received the post about the Iran's rescue, i just thought i want to write a few lines for my fellow American friends.
    every year,on the same day the American authorities were held hostage, they role the American flag on the floor of each building, each organization, most of the schools and universities, pretty much every where for the people to step on as a sign of disrespect...
    it happens every year and i swear to God i would stop it, if i could. if only i had the power to do so, i would. but since there's almost nothing i could do about this, here's my "sorry" letter to the people i have been friends with for over 6 years, people i have learned from, people i have trusted, the people i care about... the Americans.
    this is what i want to happen from deep inside of my heart: to see us, our two countries in peace someday and i do hope that if its going to happen in this world, then i pray that i am still alive that very day. i will pray...

    To us
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    Tim · 9 years ago
    I remember the hostages traveling from Andrews to the White House. I was parked along the road side with my wife and child waving "Old Glory" and yellow balloons, ribbons and flags everywhere. The outpouring was immeasurable. It was an amazing sight to behold and one never to be forgotten. The pride we felt as a unified nation at that point is almost indescribable.
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    Max · 9 years ago
    I feel so sad for you Salma. You know, the longer I live the more I have come to believe that most "ordinary" people wish to get along. Religion and politics do the stirring up. I'd be willing to bet the vast majority of Iranians would be like this person.
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    MrsHenn · 9 years ago
    Assassinations, race riots, Watergate. PLO. OPEC. Carter. I was 18 then, in college engineering, science, business. Our Embassy attacked, our Diplomats imprisoned, our troops dead in a suide attempt at rescue. I had some Iranian friends, students, who peacefully protested the United States. Sit-ins like Americans. So I had to ask, Why? They said, it's not the Americans, it's the US govt. How's that work I said? You have our people imprisoned, your freedom to come here for education, and to protest us, even stay here. Why come here? They said they were not free. Sent by the Shah to the best schools, required to return home to work for the Shah. Their families all had "disappearances in the night", taken by the secret police. Some came back. Thousands didn't. If they stayed here, their families were forfeit. They wanted democracy and freedom. They wanted the Shah gone and the US to drop it's support, and then Ayatollah could make him go. I said, that's crazy, He will enslave you. But arrogance and desperation combined and they said, We can controll the mulllahs. They were more like us than any foreign nationals I have ever met. To this day I grieve for them, enslaved by the mullahs. But I bless Reagan for his strength in getting our hostages back. Those American heroes were our first casualties in this war with Iran. Having them home was the brightest day I had seen. A gigantic hole in our hearts was filled at last. I was 21.
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    Joanne · 9 years ago
    I worked for a gentleman who later went on to become one of the passengers on the very last plane out of Tehran before the escape of Americans became impossible. The story of his getting on the plane and relief as he flew out was quite dramatic. He was over there working on "a top secret project". I suspect we can all pretty much surmise good candidates for the project. He had to get from near the Northern border down to Tehran and get on the plane. We're both retired now, of course.

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    Joanne · 9 years ago
    I cried for Iran when Iran fell. The Shah was not a nice fellow. But by in large it appears the people he had imprisoned were far far worse than he was. He was dragging Iran kicking and screaming into the world community as a nation with freedom and respect for women. As a woman that means a lot to me and meant a lot at the time.

    I pray for the future of Iran. And thank you for your respect for us. I hope Iran can be worthy of the world's respect and friendship in the future.

    {^_^} Joanne

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