This is from The Guardian of April 4, 2007:
[Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] also presented medals to three members of the Revolutionary Guard naval patrol that seized the Britons as they searched an Indian-registered merchant ship just outside the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which divides Iran and Iraq.
This is from the New York Times of July 4, 1998:
July 3, 1988, heading from Bandar Abbas to Dubai, across the Persian Gulf, an Iran Air widebody on a regularly scheduled flight was shot down by the naval cruiser Vincennes with the loss of 290 lives, 57 of them children.
An Iranian official, speaking on the tenth anniversary, said, “This was not an accident. If it had been an accident they would have treated the commanders differently. They wouldn’t have given medals to people who had caused such an accident.”
In 1990, Lieutenant Commander Scott Lustig, the Vincennes’s anti-air warfare officer, was awarded two Navy commendation medals for his service on the Vincennes. The ship’s commander, Will C. Rogers III, was given the Legion of Merit for ‘exceptionally meritorious conduct’ during the period of his command.”
Ed. note: Richard Cheney was secretary of defense at the time. Earlier his boss, George Herbert Walker Bush, had said, “I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don’t care what the facts are.” Despite this admirable show of patriotism, United States taxpayers wound up paying $300,000 for each wage earner Captain Rogers had killed, and $150,000 for non-wage-earners. The Iranians got $40 million for the loss of the plane.