We have yet to see any major U.S. newspaper or television channel reminding Americans that back in 1988, a U.S. warship in the Persian Gulf accidentally shot down an Iranian civilian airliner, killing all 290 people on board.
Iran Air Flight 655, a scheduled passenger flight was shot down on 3 July 1988 by a surface-to-air missile fired from USS Vincennes, a guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy. All 290 people on board, including 66 children, were killed. The plane was hit while flying over Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, along the flight’s usual route.
Some analysts blamed the captain of Vincennes, William C. Rogers III, for overly-aggressive behaviour in a tense and dangerous environment.
In 1990, Rogers was awarded the Legion of Merit
“for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as commanding officer.”