37 American sailors killed when Iraqi warplane attacks 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 17 1977)

Video: 'Remembering USS STARK (FFG-31)'

(Sunday, May 17, 1987, 10:10 p.m. local time) — 37 American sailors were killed tonight when an Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf (click here to watch news reports at the time).

Iraq apologized for the attack, calling it a mistake, and paid more than $27 million in compensation.

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