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2 Vincennes Officers Get Medals;Citations Do Not Mention Downing of Iranian Airliner That Killed 290
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Moore, Molly
Date: Apr 23, 1990
Start Page: a.09
Section: A SECTION

The Navy has awarded special commendation medals for "meritorious service" to two of the top officers who were serving on the USS Vincennes at the time the cruiser shot down an Iranian airliner over the Persian Gulf with 290 people aboard.

"Mistakes were made on board Vincennes," retired admiral William J. Crowe Jr., then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in his review of the incident, adding, "This regrettable accident, a byproduct of the Iran-Iraq war, was not the result of culpable conduct aboard Vincennes."

"Having watched the performance of the Vincennes for a month before the incident, my impression was clearly that an atmosphere of restraint was not her long suit," wrote [Cmdr]. David R. Carlson, skipper of the frigate USS Sides, which monitored the jet's downing. Carlson added, "My guess was that the crew of the Vincennes felt a need to prove the viability of Aegis {the highly sophisticated anti-aircraft system on the cruiser} in the Persian Gulf, and that they hankered for an opportunity to show their stuff."

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