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Operation Rice Bowl (1980)
After thousands of Iranian militant students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, 66 Americans were seized and held hostage. The attempt to rescue them ended in disaster at the Desert One refueling site in April 1980. As a result, the Holloway Commission convened to analyze why the mission failed and recommend corrective actions. This led to the gradual reorganization and the birth of United States Special Operations Forces. (courtesy photo)

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