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Argo the movie & The Canadian Caper

Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:00 pm

My wife and I went to see the movie Argo last night. The "Canadian Caper" was the popular name given to the joint covert rescue by the Canadian Government and the Central Intelligence Agency of six American diplomats who evaded capture during the seizure of the United States embassy in Tehran, Iran, and taking of embassy personnel as hostages by Islamist students and militants on November 4, 1979.

On January 27, 1980, the American diplomats, now travelling with Canadian passports, boarded a flight for Frankfurt, Germany, at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport. They arrived in the nation safely. The Canadian embassy was then closed that day, with our Ambassador, Ken Taylor and remaining staff returning to Canada.

The story is well know and the links give more of the details - http://international.gc.ca/history-hist ... eng&view=d and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Caper

At the time I was a student at Kaiserslautern American High School in Germany, and as a show of appreciation to Canada, the ROTC at the school presented Canadian and American flags to 6 Canadian students.

Presentation of Canadian & American Flags - February 1980
Back Row - Kathy Gulyas, Paul Sweeney, Bill Randall (ROTC), Donna Sweeney
Front Row - Ken Harlton, Debbie Noble, Julia Jaknunas
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Re: Argo the movie & The Canadian Caper

Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:55 pm

That's a cool story, Paul.

Saw the film a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed it.