Fox News Reporting: Americans Held Hostage in Iran
On November 4, 1979, America had its first showdown with radical Islam when the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran was stormed by students hoping to stage a...
Jan 25, 2013
On November 4, 1979, America had its first showdown with radical Islam when the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran was stormed by students hoping to stage a...
Jan 25, 2013
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-- think could be old -- an embassy in Washington DC.
-- -- an -- building.
-- abandoned since 1980.
When diplomatic relations were severed between our two nations.
Hello I'm Greta Van Susteren and this is Fox News reporting.
Thirty years ago a group of militants stormed the American Embassy in downtown Tehran and took the staff hostage.
They -- 52 Americans for 444.
Many consider -- the American flashpoint in the war against radical Islam.
-- -- political nightmare gripped a nation and crippled Jimmy Carter's presidency.
He -- hostage crisis of nineteen -- -- was a watershed moment in our nation's history.
This is the story of those who lived through it.
Nestled against a beautiful L worst mountains is Tehran Iran's capital -- stripe filled history dates back 2500 years to the Persian empire.
Today it's a modern city some seven million people sneaking into the brutal rule.
And nuclear and fix -- president Ahmadinejad.
Relations between United States in Iran have been troubled for sixty years.
And -- epicenter was the taking of American hostages.
The 1970s to run was exotic blend of western ideas.
And conservative Islamic values but in 1979 trouble was clearly brewing when greens Kevin -- and -- -- -- Arrived its marine security guard I arrived at the embassy and -- We arrived around 10 o'clock at night and got into a bullets have ridden -- with a quite a bit of burning.
Tires in the streets as we get away from the airport to -- and.
-- see my first encounter to Iran.
Was a late night coming in with several other Marines yeah.
The next morning.
We'll issue a did the -- read over the loudspeakers.
Open windows and saw -- the beautiful mountains if -- -- Political officer John -- -- An acting ambassador -- blank and -- -- State Department diplomats the State Department send out pretty message asking for volunteers.
To go serve in Tehran.
I had lived in Iran before taught.
Hopefully she suddenly needed someone -- And turned them to me and -- -- going there for four to six weeks.
-- -- -- -- The Marines and diplomats were four of the seven the American station at the US embassy a sprawling 27 acre compound in the -- -- -- Investor Langdon a -- -- State Department official.
-- the tension on the streets it.
The country was in the grip.
Of a revolution.
The 38 years Iran had been ruled by -- raise a -- The pro western monarch who in 1941 following his father.
-- ascended the throne.
By the early fifties he was embroiled in a power struggle with his democratically elected prime minister Mohammed was shot.
CIA chief Alan Dulles approval for operation Ajax a coup which in 1953.
Ousted -- out there.
CIA -- was ugly.
It was wrong.
-- -- Our.
Partner if you are allies in the region at a time very considerable strain.
And dependent on him he -- more muscular.
Because it right this ship.
Off the shelf is.
The -- ruled Iran with an iron fist there was agitation and we'll be in that country and professional -- another question to.
Demonstrations on the streets.
By mid 1978.
He Ronnie and start to rally against their leader.
We get the message -- professional.
No longer serve the interest of the people living room.
On January 16 1979.
The -- was overthrown.
In his glamorous wife her majesty Vera -- a Boeing 727 including Egypt.
On February 1 the influential Shiite cleric.
Ayatollah Khomeini himself -- by the shots than fifteen years earlier.
-- a triumphant return from France.
Iran's Islamic revolution.
The streets of their own exploded.
Thirteen days after -- mean -- return.
The embassy was seized by an orange.
A group of leftists.
And -- the authorities at the time.
Did re activate chase everywhere and back off -- yeah.
And restored the embassy to American authorities.
A march 31 millions B Ronnie is voted to establish an Islamic government.
A day later Islamic Republic of Iran as -- country we know today was created Ayatollah Khomeini was its de facto leader.
They were still some of this post revolutionary for the idea that anything was -- the other side instead of things.
After the revolution they were getting worse.
In Washington DC president Jimmy Carter was struggling with serious domestic issues.
Inflation was about 10%.
And people are waiting gas lines.
We consider this crisis.
In the growing doubt about the meaning of our lives.
Now Carter and his team had to focus on a crisis halfway across the world.
Wanted to reopen our embassy.
Reached after people after the takeover in early part of 1979.
-- -- -- -- good relationships that could totally thought that a number of people around comet.
Democrats and liberal orientation.
That we might in time of being able to cooperate -- Yeah.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- We knew them because it was different states we will be taking on too there's an in depth of anti American feeling.
Was under -- But all -- together hindsight say yes this is combustible.
-- labeled the great Satan America tried to develop relations with the newly -- Meanwhile the shot was a man without a country sick stay in the world insurgency -- He was also battling as serious illness lymphoma we were aware that the strong ones.
From a heavily guarded Villa in the Mexican resort town of -- vodka.
The shop pleaded to Carter for entry into America for treatment.
That feeling was.
He had been very oil.
Outline of the states.
And we should treat trampled on October 22 1979.
The shot secretly arrived in New York City.
President Carter decided that our hospitality.
As a nation justified or bring him here for cancer treatment all that exacerbated the situation human.
We learned that.
The administration had decided to make the shot my sense was that we were.
Essentially being -- The Islamic Republic of Iran one of the -- return to stand trial for his alleged crimes.
Protests in the streets getting a little bit more free.
And some -- and bigger and violent even the burning of the American flags.
Burning of the effigies of President Carter.
A group of five university students began to plan action against the American Embassy.
-- representatives were.
Islamic fundamentalists that one of the shot to be returned and they -- the United States to effectively withdraw from Iran.
And as they saw it stop meddling in Iran in affairs.
According to mark -- years of researching the current president of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Was one of the five original planners.
Our marketing job was very definitely part of the governing group that decided to go after the American Embassy they saved it.
This was planned.
Essentially is as a 1970s style.
Students city and they would go in make some brave statement and issue a communique.
And march out within hours -- became something much more.
November 4 obviously -- -- Hell broke loose I was in the U Foreign Ministry that morning on an official call -- wasn't on duty.
But I was in the building I was inside the capturing buildings and I'll never forget.
As I walked into the demographer who gave Milwaukee -- he had recall recall changed course community.
I turned tail and ran back to the main building there were already -- premium to its yield concrete walls of the compound and it's hundreds of -- injured coming over walls -- -- it.
The -- -- received by gun -- revolutionaries the question how was how long would it last.
By early morning November 4.
An angry -- hitting golf the American Embassy compound in downtown Tehran.
Lot of them were students when they first came in the gates.
To me they've been ceased to be students they were terrorists.
I'm low inflation attention since going there again you know this weekend -- was -- it and thinking you're hearing him a young kid.
In -- foreign country 101000 miles away from my home.
-- -- -- Fifteen broke into the building -- -- basement window so I made my way down to that lower level with my shotgun.
Loaded it prepared to use it if it was necessary or orders for doing that fired don't antagonize the host government -- on its way.
So all of a sudden around the left.
-- for a Romanian women complexion doors.
And -- -- push from the back.
These are running in limit.
For being used as shields we were screaming into our pockets for direction you know they're coming again.
Others are entering the building what he wants to do.
Making their way to the second floor of the Chancery.
-- -- her many limber and dozens of other embassy personnel barricaded themselves behind a steel door.
I had the bright idea I can go out outside the door and talk to these people and maybe you talk them out of what -- were doing it was a terrible.
Meanwhile Germany and eleven others had locked themselves in the CIA communications -- They would evade capture for another two hours.
I was basically just assisting in destroying classified material.
In destroying computer equipment for hours into the season they too were taken captive they came rushing in.
And -- just one at a time and blindfolded us handcuffed us and it really appear that -- was being set up to be executed.
Across town investor Langdon had just finished meetings at Iran's Foreign Ministry when he learned of the events.
I couldn't go back because it was being overrun at that moment and was clear from day one that I was gonna roll back.
For the compound.
That we were in effect.
By 2 PM 66 Americans including investor Bruce -- and -- hostages in Iran.
Another six Americans had disappeared from the embassy during the chaos -- -- about -- later.
I hear your happens in the middle of the night and the cold by the operations center -- Indicating this takeover -- take place themselves.
I quickly showered and dressed and well.
The Carter administration was caught off guard and scrambling the assumption was that this was a bunch of Yale University -- you who were.
And neither do -- -- Has borne more statements coming out who ran indicating.
Some satisfaction part of the -- government became apparent to us.
The government has basically taken over.
Working closely with -- secretary of state Cyrus Vance and national security advisor is a big GM presents ski.
President Carter's first action was to send this letter to Ayatollah Khomeini.
I think because they can't sign a very different view you partially.
It was like getting.
You people who had total disagreement about what that is -- greens reading this thing.
The letter asked to.
Released unharmed all Americans presently detained in Iran.
The content of the letter was greatly.
Discussed and hope this good it can do that no impact.
The six days after writing a letter Carter stopped all oil imports from Iran.
He then issued an executive order freezing eight billion dollars with a B -- assets the United States.
The president was also facing additional political challenges.
Senator Ted Kennedy declared his run for president a week later Ronald Reagan -- The same if I'm elected realized -- you -- concerned position.
Fully informed governor David is sometimes -- patience as to what was happening.
We missed the the fact that the Iranian people.
Dishonest and under the leadership and shock.
Iranian revolutionary course was built.
-- -- patriots great Satan.
Brave Americans have been taken hostage in violation every -- -- law.
Back in -- the 66 hostages seven of them women.
-- held in various rooms and buildings throughout the embassy and spent all day every day for the for several days and it's straight back chair.
Arms and likes to that chair -- you're -- not allowed to speak.
For the first thirty days got to go the rest search -- to speak as I remember.
It was twice.
Interrogated and I don't know what they were after at the Foreign Ministry and -- -- and was concerned about his embassy staff.
And I south.
In charge suppose.
Everybody and cross town in my embassy.
But I couldn't reach them.
Then a glimmer of hope.
-- November 17.
Thirteen people were suddenly released all of the women in all of the African American hostages except for Chuck Jones Charlie Jones and -- -- and split.
And -- the Politico the political advisor.
And stayed -- Cultural affairs officer and the one.
Black communique here I think -- just given them a hard time.
He -- -- of -- there were now 53 Americans being held hostage in Iran.
I think it might not think Paterson is -- -- -- Paris but the fake mustache and glasses.
That's next on Fox News reporting.
The 53 hostages -- celebrated.
The media savvy captors used the holiday -- -- propaganda tool and -- the Americans in front of cameras.
There's a 22 year old rocky sick man.
And a twenty year old Kevin permanent.
My effort was solely designed to get in front of that TV and talk.
So that my family could hear and see.
President Jimmy Carter ordered the White House Christmas tree to remain unless.
Until the hostages came home.
I'm more -- cold weather it could drag on until after Christmas for afternoon here.
And -- -- and believing that -- -- wasn't the only international crisis.
I'm Christmas Eve the Soviet Union.
Under Leonid Brezhnev invaded Afghanistan.
The United States and the Soviet Union had enormous.
Nuclear arsenals and there was a great fear that conflict in the Middle East -- it.
Trigger all out nuclear war in the early -- January and February were all work very hard on that night out.
One option chosen by the president was to send his 36 year old chief of staff Hamilton Jordan to Paris to meet secretly -- Iran's foreign minister Sadek.
Got the day.
Impetus for a -- trying to.
The Golf Channel that somebody who could make decisions.
Free the hostages.
Journey traveled in disguise.
Our chief political person running over to Paris.
With a fake mustache and last thing goes that it was.
We're serious but I don't think you needed to him club.
-- -- Indicated.
Civilian government there but not -- -- the clerics were really in control.
There is diplomacy began to -- the military option.
Began to increase.
The embassy takeover -- American special operators shifted into high gear.
The highly specialized delta force under the command of colonel Charlie -- where it began developing a rescue plan.
Charlie was was founder of the bill.
Charlie was very unique here.
And he was also -- -- tremendous determination.
-- -- law's major general and GM was designated to be the task force commander.
Didn't we liberals -- in the situation room.
-- -- -- -- Your family lived in the southern -- And Florida.
Where we -- -- you know with president.
It was that time together at that point you could tell -- that could be any easier this chocolate.
Being the man is charged.
And the president that made it clear that it.
Whatever happens -- this is risky I'm an optical.
The hostage crisis -- down with no end in sight.
But there was some good news remember the six Americans who disappeared the day -- the takeover.
Six of my staff that morning and managed to slip out the back door of the embassy.
-- rest of of their colleagues and has been from being taken hostage.
Suddenly three months later they reappeared.
Out of factory they found refuge in the end residents of the Canadian about thanks to.
Cooperation between Canadian us and we'll see day.
They were given false documents.
And were able to leave.
It's been called the Canadian -- But for those 53 left behind their nightmare continued as days became weeks.
They came in in mid February 1980.
And around one or 2 in the morning.
I was already asleep they made it very dramatic -- -- they came in they had masks they had their rifles.
Which was -- news.
Blindfolded us stripped this down to -- shorts.
Like this against the wall started changing -- And it was it was -- friends can scare it was scary as they were chamber in rounds in their automatic weapons.
They would run up and down the hallway shouting out execution commands at the top of their loss and I was extremely frightened at the time my worst day it was an infringement and -- -- -- and I thought it was it did.
Negotiations -- the Ayatollah -- really -- -- and that man and keep authorizes the military watched.
Operation eagle -- is just ahead.
It's Tony Orlando and -- In 1973 yet.
I yellow ribbon rally hole and three.
This song became the battle cry for the hostages' families across America who prayed every day for the safe return of their loved ones.
The tradition was started by investor Bruce -- his wife Penelope at their home in Bethesda Maryland.
She's chosen big oak tree in my front yard which is very big oak -- to time in the she felt was the first of those children the most repeated.
Everywhere across the country within the next several months.
Others pay tribute in different ways like Pennsylvanian Tom Flynn.
It all started when I was trying to explain to my sons who were pre teenagers about the amount of time that was going -- this was going on life.
Came up with the idea of putting up.
-- -- -- for each day that America was held hostage.
Green's sergeant Kevin -- had been held captive in the US embassy from more than five months when his distraught mother Barbara Tim arrived in Tehran.
My mom didn't understand the time.
She was very much being used as a pawn by the Iranians.
We would like to thank you -- and I need the opportunity to see my -- They blindfolded me.
Through the blanket over my head a I was brought in and seated in this room and literally moments later.
The door opens and in -- my mom.
And I thought this was very surreal in a dream I stood up we hugged one another and they -- -- next one another and we had a very brief seven to ten minute conversation.
One thing I do know I become a better person and I become stronger person.
The guards came in and said that the Ayatollah was thinking about maybe as a goodwill gesture.
Sending me back with my mom and step dad and I told them right away -- there's no way you know you make sure my mom gets out of here.
But I'm not going anywhere.
In Washington President Carter was desperate to end the crisis that was tearing at his presidency.
The only person who could do that really -- -- And the people around him and they weren't corporate.
Which led finally Carter to conclude that the only option that he had -- try to use the military operation to rescue.
After months of military planning major general Jim bought and delta forces colonel Charlie back with.
Had designed a high risk rescue plan.
The operation that day concocted this.
-- -- -- The whole concept was that we would fly the help.
Supported by its ranger contingent.
By C 130 into a desert strip called doctor -- -- we called it desert war.
We would land there under the cover of dark.
When the USS -- offshore -- sea stallion helicopters with marine pilots would be poised to launch and then to have the helicopters leave the limits of -- Rondo who so we can refuel because we didn't have the refueling capability than helicopters at that time.
The strike force built a force on the helicopters.
-- to a second location which was actually to the north east Tehran we would drive to the -- eliminate the guards.
Go over the walls.
Rescue the hostages.
We would then.
Cross into the soccer stadium next door in the helicopters were flying into the city load them -- the helicopters.
And then fly out to a Iranian air field.
And bring in enough aircraft for us to load all the hostages that all of us would come out with them hostage.
There was division within the Carter administration over whether to try this mission.
Just before the operation began we -- a final meeting -- big office.
Secretary of state Cyrus Vance was away from Washington.
Didn't have that -- Warren Christopher.
I was -- of that meeting as a surprise to me they told me agenda was to discuss possible rescue operation.
Because of that time advances and what to do it and -- progressive disagreed with the operation and he felt it because I wanted yeah on Capitol Hill.
When fans returned to DC he was told the president gave the order to carry out the operation.
I've never seen him more pops out in fact some.
Made it his resignation when Carter decided against him not announcing it.
Publicly about notifying the president he was gonna leave the administration.
If they went ahead.
Just two weeks before the operation was to begin.
Combat controller John Carney was asked to secretly fly into Iran and set up the landing strip at desert one.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Because they know -- backwards.
And so after that meeting that was that I was skeptical of their into the to insert into the desert and so the that you're beacons of the landings of.
And he did.
The operation to rescue the hostages was ready to launch on April 24.
We had a board that had the photographs.
-- all with short biography.
Every one of those hostages we looked at those photographs multiple times today we -- the best opportunity to identify.
Friend and -- As quickly as possible so we can get those hostages.
I think all of us were dressed and -- change.
-- jackets had been dyed black most people had a beard.
I want -- on the lead -- -- C 130 combat child.
-- in the -- over Iran the C 130s you right into a fierce sandstorm Jonas -- home.
Just a mass rolling gospel.
I was flying through -- -- Goldman and the pilots -- climate.
Number one -- that tell that in that quotes from the minute the H cease giants took -- for desert -- And award came around very quickly that the helicopters were behind schedule one of them had some navigational problems and set down in the -- you know the one.
Turned around went back to them it's which was quite controversial to this day.
And that six of them got there and that was a drop dead number.
It only took a few minutes before we we're.
And form one of the helicopters was not operational it wouldn't be able to fly but what's response was.
-- the mission tonight.
We can return try to do it more so you've got.
Force C 130s -- with their engines -- Six helicopters.
And there they have turned their -- bullets constantly so you've got a lot of energy on that does -- floor one of the helicopters had just.
Completely refueling and he was attempting to -- position as he lifted up I think that in the dark.
And maybe even the confusion.
There on the ground.
I think he would vertigo -- he lost his equilibrium.
-- forward that the size of the aircraft.
And now we've got a missile.
The -- hung in the balance -- -- Carter's chances for re election.
More on Fox News reported.
-- -- -- in desert operation eagle claw the mission to rescue the American hostages.
Had become a catastrophe.
-- -- -- -- Probably no more than a hundred feet from it and wouldn't it.
Helicopter crashed into the C 130 and immediately exploded erupted into huge ball of fire -- -- -- five.
And we'll read some perspective.
CH 53 helicopters and now we've got to -- this news.
And should welcome to your point there were about 45 of the delta guys and she -- -- that was miraculous of the home.
Lot of heroics -- on inside that aircraft.
Eight men lost their lives that night.
Three Marines and five airmen.
We stood in the desert and watched.
-- Wreckage of those two aircraft and watched a river comrades -- I think it was probably.
The lowest experience of my life.
We felt that we had.
-- -- nation down we felt that we had let the hostages.
Do you Ronnie was discovered the wreckage and paraded the images on national television the fabled.
In Phoenix game.
If he continues on -- things we know today was bleak period are here for me and from my colleagues there were heroes in the hostage crisis.
And over the three Marines and five airmen who selflessly gave their lives that we might have an opportunities and -- To the families of those who got into a room and I would express admiration -- -- For the courage.
-- their loved ones in the song that I feel perfect -- -- I can see that blood draining seem to be just out of his face the mood was very somber her.
This operation but people had so much hold court and had failed.
Really reached a lot -- Very little -- tend to pay the Carter administration.
As is often labeled insane.
And on the presidential campaign trail.
The crisis is proving to be -- huge obstacle for Carter's reelection bid.
The kinds of pressure.
And the spring of 1980.
On the White House.
Were enormous governor Reagan recognized from the get go.
That we have only one president of the time and the the onus of this problem rested squarely upon president Carter's shoulders.
During the summer of 1980 governor Reagan and President Carter became their respective party's nominee.
And there was news out of Egypt.
The Shah of Iran was dead.
-- the age of sixty.
With a shot.
I think there was a feeling that.
At least one of the major brands that theory.
-- little -- we've made every attempt to.
Used to death -- As a reason to start negotiations.
So it was a great surprise and early September when we heard that -- -- wanted to meet.
American negotiator the president -- -- said to me tortured or any -- -- any time he was.
The response on the part of the students to the rescue mission behavior.
Analysts -- And deepen the problems for all of us.
To worsen the conditions of imprisonment for most of my totally knows that today people -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- What happened was this thing.
Out if Tehran.
To separate the hostages most of the 53 Americans were ripped from their rooms in the middle of the night handcuffed and moved out of the embassy to parts unknown.
And he -- -- it over us.
Showed they didn't remove the blanket to vote the next morning we rolled that way for six hours to a small village that we later learned was only about twenty miles from the Soviet and Afghan border.
It was in that location that it was that I spent my only two hours outdoors.
In the entire 444 days of captivity.
By the end here most of the hostages were back into Iran that they were now held in prisons including here at the notorious event.
Today it still houses prisoners including those opposed to the current regime.
About six months is how long we spent -- prison.
-- twenty by thirty square foot room.
The concrete walls iron door net until we get in prison do we realize that there were other hostages -- -- -- -- ourselves.
Across in gasoline and until we get into prison.
And we saw markings on the prison -- that he had been there so we then -- he appears held hostage so we -- the vote.
And solitary confinement for -- less than three weeks.
Enough to appreciate it.
All of my colleagues had suffered can be hellish coalition it.
The clock was -- and that Carter administration as Election Day you know.
And the president desperately hope the hostages are leaks under his lines.
One of the 53 hostages 28 year old consular officer Richard queen was suffering from multiple sclerosis.
He was released after 251 days of captivity.
This illness may have been evident even before it was taken hostage by this hostage experienced -- and that's the -- -- eventually.
And they are responsible for that group.
Each hostage struggle to survive the grim reality of captivity.
I was brought up a very staunch Catholic and my parents -- from -- some day.
You're gonna hope that you have -- and he better be on your side and never today everything that sure enough cash or -- right tried to sleep anywhere between fifteen and eighteen hours a day.
Here's my way to escape.
Do you Washington president Carter's bid for re election was slipping away from the middle of a hard fought campaign.
Did this hostage crisis going on a president who refuse to leave the White House -- on the campaign trail the team for Ronald Reagan was very aware of the high stakes.
The thinking being well maybe President Carter -- com -- Baylor.
Get the hostages out in October and swing the momentum his way so we were guarded against that kind of -- to respond.
In my view the Reagan -- got involved through one week vacation and in the CIA director -- -- At the time Casey was Reagan's campaign manager who I believe Ronald Reagan or George Bush was involved in trying to stop the -- -- coming home.
I don't believe that -- I believe that we in case she did absolutely that's absolutely.
Reject it rains made the decision on the timing.
We did it -- -- -- final weekend before election television coverage was.
Nothing but hostages -- blindfolded leading marks -- Desert one wreckage and it just went on.
-- hostages have been held for exactly one year as Americans cast their ballots on November 4.
For the fortieth president.
He was a landslide.
I would do my.
Was to justify.
Days after his defeat Carter made one final push to get a deal done.
We've really got the breakthrough we've been waiting.
The Iranians that if I had the Algerian doesn't come -- here.
So in early January Warren Christopher boarded a plane for Algeria.
And on the eve of inauguration day came the turning point.
I've gone back to my hotel this issue power and his political comeback.
He's admitted his side.
The Algiers accords were now find out an eighty billion dollars to be running assets were on frozen rather.
And that's right that's very.
Gingrich when they came in said.
Which is definite bag that you would be going around very quickly and just like -- you're gonna go very quickly after.
Forum for -- for days they would come in our room all the time and tell us that there's a deal.
-- the deal fell through.
This time it would not the 52 hostages were loaded on -- buses.
-- -- that we started hearing.
Claims that -- mournful -- ourselves this year hard straight you wouldn't say McCain and realized you're being released we.
Heard the crowds outside the boss screaming death to America.
Yankee go home I don't think I've ever run as fast as I have.
Getting through that -- -- of people kicking Edison spitting -- us.
Throwing things and cheering and yelling.
And chanting and this group clearly had no class at all as we got up onto that plane and ran up and down those miles I was very happy secretly.
I fighting one another hugging one another.
We're sitting here in the premises these -- you mislead very quickly.
We begin that flight to freedom.
As the noon hour approached and inauguration day inside the Oval Office there was still no confirmation of the hostages had been freed.
I think you -- has made a conscious decision.
Not to greet the until -- could deliver the hostages to -- -- -- I have to do all the possibilities it.
This was one last dig President Carter.
Hi Ronald Reagan do solemnly swear that I -- -- having just been sworn it was able to announce the release of the hostages.
At the traditional luncheon in statuary -- -- capitol right after the and all.
Some thirty minutes ago.
The planes burying our prisoners.
Left Iranian airspace.
Breakfast any bitterness to me and he deserves great credit I think for his steadfastness.
And getting them released.
Less than a day after Reagan's inauguration.
The Boeing 727.
-- the hostages landed in Wiesbaden Germany.
We were approached by the Carter administration asking if we would solution here.
The President Carter to go.
To Germany to -- hostages and we thought that would be appropriate thing to do I'm sitting here today alive.
Because of the decisions until.
It looked back and -- can deal with making it through a situation like that.
I should be -- opportunity.
He came home we were treated as heroes and ticker tape three New York City.
Greeted at the White House by the president that's the kind of remarkable war.
For the masses of people everywhere and for office.
When -- length and finally walked up the driveway to his home in Bethesda Maryland.
He took down that yellow ribbon his wife Penelope had tied to the tree.
And it was our homes and provided that ultimate welcome home.
Stay tuned for more Americans held hostage in Iran Fox News report.
At the door to this -- Will -- -- open.
He's not republic of -- -- under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and hardline clerics -- think that is the world.
All the words and actions and strike was not as though he writes -- democracy.
-- -- -- 444.
Days of captivity and sacrifice.
-- -- -- never be forgotten.
The crisis that began thirty years ago needs to be remembered to understand what is happening today.
-- this morning I'm not about us.
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