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.
ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's compound disappeared in a mushroom cloud after being obliterated by a U.S. airstrike following the successful Oct. 26 Delta Force raid, according to video released by the Pentagon on Wednesday.
"It looks pretty much like a parking lot with large potholes right now," said Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command.
McKenzie, who was the operational commander for the special operations raid into northwest Syria, revealed more details about the mission during a Pentagon news briefing.
A Marine who drowned while saving two children in San Diego last week was a master sergeant who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan while serving nearly two decades in uniform.
Master Sgt. Jeffrey Briar was a command and control systems chief with Tactical Training Exercise Control Group, based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. Briar died in an accidental drowning on Sept. 22, after saving two children, according to data from the Naval Safety Center, which tracks serious mishaps and accidents.
Col. Matthew Reid, the Tactical Training Exercise Control Group's director, told Military.com that Briar was "one of our best."
Marine Corps Pfc. Grady J. Crawford returned home Friday, nearly 70 years after his mother received a telegram saying he'd gone missing on a frozen battlefield in the Korean War, thousands of miles from where he'd grown up in Dallas.
His arrival begins a long-delayed homecoming celebration for Grady's family and a day of reflection for a lost son of the city who died in a bleak and distant war.