Operation Eagle Claw

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Air Commandos attend the Operation Eagle Claw memorial ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 23, 2017. Operation Eagle Claw was an attempted hostage-rescue mission in 1980 that resulted in five, 8th Special Operations Squadron Airmen and three Marines sacrificing their lives when two of the involved aircraft collided at the Desert One staging site. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) 8th SOS hosts Operation Eagle Claw memorial ceremony
Team Hurlburt gathered together to remember Operation Eagle Claw at a memorial ceremony June 23, and pay tribute to the five Air Commandos assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron and three Marines who lost their lives during the mission.
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Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, stands before the presentation of the colors during a ceremony commemorating the 35th Anniversary of Operation Eagle Claw at the airpark on Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 24, 2015. Operation Eagle Claw was an attempted rescue mission April 24, 1980, into Iran to recover more than 50 American hostages captured after a group of  radicals took over the American embassy in Tehran Nov. 4, 1979. The mission resulted in the deaths of eight American service members at a remote site deep in Iranian territory known as Desert One. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Holt)

Sacrifices made during Operation Eagle Claw remembered 35 years later
More than 300 people gathered to celebrate and remember the servicemembers who were a part of Operation Eagle Claw 35 years ago during a ceremony at the air park here, April 24. Operation Eagle Claw, conducted April 24, 1980, was a joint-services mission to rescue Americans who were being held hostage by a mob in Tehran, Iran, since Nov. 4, 1979.
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