Operation Eagle Claw
Display Recognition

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      • Example Display Recognition
      • Applicable Military Branches
      • Display Types
      • Issue Requirements
      • Issue Regulations
      • Who May Apply
      • Administration Processing and Delivery
      • How To Apply For This Display Recognition and/or Medal
      • Mailing Address
      • Questions?
      • Other Display Recognitions
      • Military Service Websites
      • Example Display Recognition:
        Actual Size: 8 1/2 x 11
        All Five Service Branches, Army, Coast Guard,
        Marine and Navy are Applicable.

        Military Branches

        All Military Service branches are applicable:
        Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy

        Pictured: Shadowbox Patch

        Who May Apply

        • Veteran recipients
        • Active Duty recipients
        • Family Members of recipients
        • Estate Inheritors

        Display Types

        You have four display types to choose from:
        Black & White (No Color)
        Heavy Bond Enclosure

        Heavy Bond Enclosure
        Colors: Regal, Black, Navy
        Trimmed in Appearance Gold

        Ready for Mantle or Shelf Display

        Issue Requirements

        Applicant must submit an unaltered DD-214 photocopy displaying activation or service during the Operation's mission period 23 to 25 April 1980.


        This Display Recognition is available ONLY to authorized recipients who possess orders, or authorization form, or release documentation that confirms award eligibility. (See "Issue Requirements"). To obtain either a Display Medal or a Display Recognition for your authorized award you will be required to provide military-issued documentation authorizing your award. There are no exceptions.

        You must NOT submit a military issued document or photocopy that:

        • has been altered in any way by you after
          the original's official issue
        • contains information or corrections or
          additions that you entered
        • lists awards or training you knowingly did not receive
        • contains highlighting, colorizing or other markings you entered

        Be advised that on request any knowingly fraudulent document sent by you will be released to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that may result in prosecution and/or fine/imprisonment.

        Email Questions, or Phone: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

        Personnel Branch
        Processing and Delivery

        Style Admin Shipping Total
        Full Color .PDF (Printable) $7.50 Emailed $7.50
        Published Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $12.60 USPS $26.60
        Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $12.60 USPS $31.60
        Full Color Printable Certificates
        on CD-Rom (minimum 20 Certificates)
        $7.50 $7.50 By Count

      • *** USPS USPS Shipping fee based on 1 Certificate shipped to any U.S. state, FPO or APO
      • ** USPS USPS Shipping fee based on 1 Certificate shipped to any U.S. state, FPO or APO
      • Contact The War Library for international shipping cost
      • How to Apply

        You may apply for your Display Recognition using a...

      • Check Debit card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Charge card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Personal, Business, Bank or Cashiers Check ( Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • Money Order (* Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • (* Upon reception of required documentation)

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include an unaltered COPY of your DD-214 or other pre-arranged document(s).


        Mailing Address

        Records Chief (REC-AMW)
        The American War Library
        817 East Via Carmelitos Ste 319
        Long Beach CA 90805-7549


        Click here for answers to common questions

        Email: Operation Eagle Claw Display Recognition Inquiry

        Telephone: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

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        Issue Regulations
        Operation Eagle Claw

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        Authorized to all Active and Activated military personnel For Deterrent Service During the Operation Period. Operation Eagle Claw, also codenamed Operation Evening Light, was activated on 24 April 1980 as a combined Service Branch effort to free fifty-two American and Allied hostages taken against their will in one of the most glaringly illegal international acts, that of Violating the sovereign soil designated as a foreign Embassy. This Operation, if successful, would have put almost the entire city of Tehran to sleep using a suppression aerosol enabling the rescuers to simply walk in and collect the hostages with zero anticipated casualties among friend or foe. Your Service During this Emergency Operation was Highly Valued in Discouraging Aggression from other Global Sources.

        Participating units directly involved:

      • USS Nimitz (CVN-68), Marine Detachment and Battle Group (USS California (CGN-36), USS South Carolina (CGN-37) and USS Texas (CGN-39))
      • USS Coral Sea (CV-43), Marine Detachment and Battle Group
      • 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta Force), including mission commander Col. Charlie Beckwith and subsequent notables Maj. Peter Schoomaker (later Army Chief of Staff), Maj. William G. Boykin (later Lt. Gen.), and MSG Eric L. Haney (later Command Sergeant Major and author of Inside Delta Force)
      • 75th Ranger Regiment
      • United States Army Special Forces
      • USS Okinawa (LPH-3), 31st M.E.U., 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, and HMM-165 (see numerous Navy and Marine Corps deployment reports)
      • USAF 1st Special Operations Wing, 8th and 16th Special Operations Squadrons (AC-130/MC-130), USAF RED HORSE units, and numerous support organizations
      • USAF Brand X (Early US Air Force Special Operations Command Combat Control Team)
      • USAF 1st Combat Communication Group
      • Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN (RH-53D Sea Stallions)
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