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Hostages return from Iran, 1981
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 29, 2018
Stephanie James ©Stars and Stripes
Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany, January 21, 1981: Free after 444 days of captivity in Iran, Americans who were held hostage by followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini arrive at Rhein-Main, where thousands of people turned out to greet them. The 52 former captives were whisked away for medical tests and a meeting with former President Jimmy Carter, whose term of office expired a few hours earlier.
Some 1981 Stars and Stripes stories about the ex-hostages:
Thousands cheer hostages in emotional return to freedom
Hospital ready to pamper captives
Airmen and soldier crews busy all night preparing for the Nightingales' arrival
'I breathed a big sigh of relief ...'
No longer hostages, 'returnees' reported in good spirits
Welcomers at Wiesbaden: 'Part of history'
Chronology of a crisis