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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Memorial to the USAF Dead in Operation Eagle Claw

Desert One, Iran

 

1980

 
Memorial to the USAF Dead in Operation Eagle Claw image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. Memorial to the USAF Dead in Operation Eagle Claw
Inscription.
Greater love has
no man than this,
that a man lay
down his life for
his friends.
John 15:13

On the night of
April 1980, these
men gave their
lives in the
gallant attempt
to free the
American hostages
in Iran.

In memory of
Maj. Harold Lawton Lewis, Jr.
Maj. Lyn Davis McIntosh
Maj. Richard Lynn Bakke
Capt. Charles Thomas McMillan, II
TSgt. Joel Columbus Mayo

 
Erected by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Location. 30° 24.801′ N, 86° 42.049′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and
Memorial is on the left front. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. Memorial is on the left front.
access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A.A.F. / U.S.A.F. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial (here, next to this marker); Spirit 03 (here, next to this marker); Jockey - 14 Memorial (here, next to this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (a few steps from this marker); MC-130P Combat Shadow (a few steps from this marker); Combat Talon Aircrew S-59 (a few steps from this marker); Combat Talon Aircrew S-01 (a few steps from this marker); A-26 Counter-Invader (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
Operation Eagle Claw Memorial Cenotaph in Arlington National Cemetery. image. Click for more information.
By Jtesla16 - Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0), 2009
3. Operation Eagle Claw Memorial Cenotaph in Arlington National Cemetery.
Listing all of the American forces killed in the attempted rescue attempt, including the five shown on this memorial.
Click for more information.
 Remembering Failed Iranian Mission. (Submitted on December 13, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitaryNotable EventsWar, Cold
 
“Wreckage at Desert One, Iran (April 1980) where eight Americans died.” image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain, 1980
4. “Wreckage at Desert One, Iran (April 1980) where eight Americans died.”
A photo of the "Desert One" landing site, a piece of desert in Iran used by U.S. forces as a refueling point in an attempt to rescue U.S. hostages in Iran. On 24 April 1980 a U.S. Navy Sikorsky RH-53D Sea Stallion (BuNo 158760, visible at right) collided with a U.S. Air Force Lockheed EC-130E Hercules (s/n 62-1809, wrecked in the foreground) during refueling after the mission was aborted. Both aircraft were destroyed, eight crewmen died. In the background is one of the five intact, but abandoned RH-53Ds.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 13, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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