Paul Lewis arrived at the U.S. embassy in Tehran as Marine security guard about 14 hours before it was taken over by a mob of people who claimed to be student protesters. In fact, it was the first Iranian terrorist attack on the United States in a conflict that turned 40 years old on Monday.

"This isn't a day I usually celebrate," said Lewis, who was a sergeant at the time.

The Iranian hostage takers initially thought Lewis was a spy so they kept him separate from the other Americans and interrogated him intensely for the first month of his 444-day captivity, he told Task & Purpose on Monday.

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(Reuters/Carlos Barria)

President Donald Trump on Monday mistakenly named a supreme leader of Iran who has been dead since 1989 as the target of new U.S. sanctions.

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