24 April 1980 – Operation Eagle Claw - An ill-fated military operation to rescue the 52 American hostages held in Tehran ends with eight U.S. servicemen dead and no hostages rescued.
With the Iran Hostage Crisis stretching into its sixth month and all diplomatic appeals to the Iranian government ending in failure, President Jimmy Carter ordered the military mission as a last ditch attempt to save the hostages. During the operation, three of eight helicopters failed, crippling the crucial airborne plans. The mission was then canceled at the staging area in Iran, but during the withdrawal one of the retreating helicopters collided with one of six C-130 transport planes, killing eight soldiers and injuring five.
The next day, a somber Jimmy Carter gave a press conference in which he took full responsibility for the tragedy. The hostages were not released for another 270 days until after President Ronald Regan was sworn in.
Today, we remember and honor those eight lost: Maj. Richard Bakke, Maj. Harold Lewis Jr., Tech. Sgt. Joel C. Mayo, Maj. Lyn McIntosh and Capt. Charles McMillan II, all from the 8th SOS, as well as Marine Sgt. John Harvey, Cpl. George Holmes Jr. and Staff Sgt. Dewey Johnson. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Since 2002, Special Ops Survivors(SOS) has offered survivor transition assistance, educational grants, and resiliency workshops to hundreds of SOF military widows from all four branches. In 2017 SOS expanded its eligibility criteria to go back to January of 1980 to meet the needs of those military widows who lost their heroes in combat, training, or line of duty related injuries or illnesses. Since 24 Apr 1980 the US Special Operations community has lost 1109 Service Members and left behind over 900 widows and 1363 children.
Thanks to your support, Special Ops Survivors remembers their sacrifices and honors their legacy and will do so for years to come!
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