USS Tarawa, USS St. Louis, and USS Barbour County

Fifty-two Need Freeing, the American Iranian Hostage Rescue Force at Sea

In this painting, USS Tarawa (in the foreground), USS St. Louis, & USS Barbour County, (Battalion Landing Team, First Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Amphibious Unit) are portrayed in rough seas, combat ready and steaming towards Iran to show force, prepared to strike and free the 52 hostages held for 444 days. January 1981.