Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Captain Charles T. McMillan II
United States Air Force
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Only son of
Charles T. and Nora Long McMillan
Corryton, Tennessee, Born Oct. 4, 1951
A Tennessee volunteer who gave his life
while attempting to rescue 53 American
hostages in Iran, on Apr. 25, 1980
”A privilege of many to love our country,
but destiny decrees that some make
the supreme sacrifice”
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Heroes. A significant historical date for this entry is April 25, 1980.
Location. 35° 57.682′ N, 83° 54.98′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker can be reached from South Gay Street south of Main Street Southwest, on the right when traveling south. Marker is embedded in the east wall of the old Knox County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Main Street Southwest, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Knoxville (a few steps from this marker); Katherine Sherrill Sevier (a few steps from this marker); Governor John Sevier (a few steps from this marker); Sarah Hawkins Site of First Block House (a few steps from this marker); Knox County Spanish American War Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Knoxville Girl (within shouting distance of this marker); Commemorating the Treaty of Holston (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
Also see . . . Captain Charles T. McMillan II. In November 1979 Iranian militants took 53 Americans in the US Embassy in Tehran hostage. On April 25, 1980, the rescue attempt, dubbed "Operation Eagle Claw," came to a flaming end on the floor of the desert near Tehran. Eight Americans — five amen and three Marines -- were killed when the rotor of a helicopter sliced into the fuselage of a transport aircraft. The hostages were finally released by the Iranians after 444 days in captivity. (Submitted on June 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.