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November 4, 1979 - January 20, 1981 - 66 Original Captives - 63 were held at Embassy, three were held at Foreign Ministry Office.

Thirteen were released from November 19-20, 1979 and one was released on July 11, 1980. Fifty-two remaining hostages endured 444 days of captivity until their release on Inauguration Day, January 20, 1981.

13 hostages released

From November 19-20, 1979, thirteen women and African-American personnel that had been captured and held hostage were released:

  • Kathy Gross, 22 - Secretary
  • Sgt. James Hughes, 30 - USAF Administrative Manager
  • Lillian Johnson, 32 - Secretary
  • Sgt. Ladell Maples, 23 - USMC Embassy Guard
  • Elizabeth Montagne, 42 - Secretary
  • Sgt. William Quarles, 23 - USMC Embassy Guard
  • Lloyd Rollins, 40 - Administrative Officer
  • Capt. Neal (Terry) Robinson, 30 - Administrative Officer
  • Terri Tedford, 24 - Secretary
  • Sgt. Joseph Vincent, 42 - USAF Administrative Manager
  • Sgt. David Walker, 25 - USMC Embassy guard
  • Joan Walsh, 33 - Secretary
  • Cpl. Wesley Williams, 24 - USMC Embassy Guard

1 hostage released

On July 11, 1980, 28-year old Vice Consul Richard I. Queen, who had been captured and held hostage, was released because of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

52 remaining hostages released

The following fifty-two remaining hostages were held captive until January 20, 1981.

  • Thomas L. Ahern, Jr., - Narcotics Control Officer
  • Clair Cortland Barnes, 35 - Communications Specialist
  • William E. Belk, 44 - Communications and Records Officer
  • Robert O. Blucker, 54 - Economics Officer Specializing in Oil
  • Donald J. Cooke, 26 - Vice Consul
  • William J. Daugherty, 33 - 3rd Secretary of U.S. Mission
  • Lt. Cmdr. Robert Englemann, 34 - USN Attaché
  • Sgt. William Gallegos, 22 - USMC Guard
  • Bruce W. German, 44 - Budget Officer
  • Duane L. Gillette, 24 - USN Communications and Intelligence Specialist
  • Alan B. Golancinksi, 30 - Security Officer
  • John E. Graves, 53 - Public Affairs Officer
  • Joseph M. Hall, 32 - CWO Military Attaché
  • Sgt. Kevin J. Hermening, 21 - USMC Guard
  • Sgt. 1st Class Donald R. Hohman, 38 - USA Medic
  • Col. Leland J. Holland, 53 - Military Attaché
  • Michael Howland, 34 - Security Aide, held at Iranian Foreign Ministry Office
  • Charles A. Jones, Jr., 40 - Communications Specialist, Teletype Operator. (only African-American hostage not released in November 1979)
  • Malcolm Kalp, 42 - commercial officer
  • Moorhead C. Kennedy Jr., 50 - Economic and Commercial Officer
  • William F. Keough, Jr., 50 - Superintendent of American School in Islamabad, Pakistan, visiting Tehran at time of embassy seizure
  • Cpl. Steven W. Kirtley - USMC Guard
  • Kathryn L. Koob, 42 - Embassy Cultural Officer; one of two female hostages
  • Frederick Lee Kupke, 34 - Communications Officer and Electronics Specialist
  • L. Bruce Laingen, 58 - Chargé d'Affaires, held at Iranian Foreign Ministry Office
  • Steven Lauterbach, 29 - Administrative Officer
  • Gary E. Lee, 37 - Administrative Officer
  • Sgt. Paul Edward Lewis, 23 - USMC Guard
  • John W. Limbert, Jr., 37 - Political Officer
  • Sgt. James M. Lopez, 22 - USMC Guard
  • Sgt. John D. McKeel, Jr., 27 - USMC Guard
  • Michael J. Metrinko, 34 - Political Officer
  • Jerry J. Miele, 42 - Communications Officer
  • Staff Sgt. Michael E. Moeller, 31 - Head of USMC Guard Unit at Embassy
  • Bert C. Moore, 45 - Counselor for Administration
  • Richard H. Morefield, 51 - U.S. Consul General in Tehran
  • Capt. Paul M. Needham, Jr., 30 - USAF Logistics Staff Officer
  • Robert C. Ode, 65 - Retired Foreign Service Officer on Temporary Duty in Tehran
  • Sgt. Gregory A. Persinger, 23 - USMC Guard
  • Jerry Plotkin, 45 - civilian businessman visiting Tehran
  • MSgt. Regis Ragan, 38 - USA NCO assigned to Defense Attaché's Office
  • Lt. Col. David M. Roeder, 41 - Deputy USAF Attaché
  • Barry M. Rosen, 36 - Press Attaché
  • William B. Royer, Jr., 49 - Assistant Director of Iran-American Society
  • Col. Thomas E. Schaefer, 50 - USAF Attaché
  • Col. Charles W. Scott, 48 - USA Officer, Military Attaché
  • Cmdr. Donald A. Sharer, 40 - USN Air Attaché
  • Sgt. Rodney V. (Rocky) Sickmann, 22 - USMC Guard
  • Staff Sgt. Joseph Subic, Jr., 23 - Military Police, USA, Defense Attaché's Staff
  • Elizabeth Ann Swift, 40 - Chief of Embassy's Political Section; 1 of 2 female hostages
  • Victor L. Tomseth, 39 - Senior Political Officer, held at Iranian Foreign Ministry Office
  • Phillip R. Ward, 40 - Administrative Officer