Iranian hostage 1979

Posted: 5/09/2006 by Floyd in

Elizabethtown, Ky. Found a story on the Iran hostages who were taken in November 1979, the ordeal lasted until January 1981. Don Hohman was one of these hostages and came out very bitter about what happened and was subjected to him, in Don's own words, "if it was my doing, there would be a nuke in Tehran right now." Hohman who is now 63 told of many abuses such as being beaten, and mock executions and psychologically tortued throughout what became known as the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Hohman also said that Iran had never been held responsiable for taking the hostages, now with the country back in the news, it would be a good time to hold Iran accountable, Hohman said. There is also a bill that Hohman would like Congress to pass providing compensation for the hostages and their families, under the act the former hostages are asking the United States to take money out of the Iran "frozen assets," still under the control of the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Hohman also said "we are the first victims of terrorism and we have been forgotten." U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis R-Ky. is co-sponsor of the compensation bill, who said that Iran is probably the most pressing problem facing the world after the global war on terror. Hohman was an Army medic and at the age of 37 when he was taken hostage along with 71 others on November 19,1979 when Iranian extremist took over the American embassy. In the mock executions he and others were subjected to, they would be marched out and did not know the guns had blanks in them until they were fired, Hohman also said Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of the captors during the hostage crisis, "He was in the interrogation room when I was interrogated, he can deny that all he wants but you never forget a face like that." Hohman is hoping Americans pay more attention to Iran and those who remember the hostages will support the compensation request," if it doesn't happen now when Iran is in the lime-light, its never going to happen," Hohman said.
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  1. lee says:

    Hi, Floyd!
    Gosh--it really is a small world: I attended WKU as an undergraduate (Go Big Red!), and I met my husband, a native Kentuckian, there.

    Just wanted to stop by and say hello, but I'll visit again soon.

  1. Floyd says:

    Hi lee, stop by and visit anytime you want and feel free to comment on anything.