35 years ago…
Operation Eagle Claw, was a United States Armed Forces operation ordered by US President Jimmy Carter to attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis by rescuing 52 diplomats held captive at the embassy of the United States, Tehran.
The White House announced the failed rescue operation at 1:00 AM the following day. The embassy hostages were subsequently scattered across Iran to make a second rescue attempt impossible. Iranian Army investigators found nine bodies, eight Americans and one Iranian civilian. 44 Iranian civilians captured gave eyewitness accounts of the operation.
Eight U.S. service members died during the mission. A memorial honoring them is located in the Arlington National Cemetery. On 25 April 1980, Major General Robert M. Bond read out President Jimmy Carter’s eulogy at a memorial service to them.
IN HONOR OF MY FALLEN BROTHERS APRIL 25, 1980
COLD WAR HELL
Joined the Army at seventeen
I was just a kid, barely weaned
Six weeks of basic they said was enough
That should do it, that should make you tough
Traveled around the country, then to a foreign land
Guard the ammo depot private ! Understand !
Terrorists took Americans hostage the president said
Some were hurt and maybe dead
Terrorists from Iran
Why would they do that? I tried to understand
The President ordered Operation Eagle Claw
This should run smooth and go off without a flaw
Rescue helicopters staged at “Desert One”
They were supposed to get the job done
It turned bad in the desert sand with everything disarray
We lost eight of my brothers that day
Eight of America’s best
Eight heroes laid to rest
If you said that wasn’t a war, so your not a vet
I probably tell you, you were never in the service I bet
No medals, No glory…
Just that I was there and this is there story
I serviced my country with pride and honor, I’m here to tell
That was Cold War Hell.
Author; Tony Daiuto
U.S. Army ’78-’81