Bruce Laingen

updated 11/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

NOVEMBER 4 was the 15th anniversary of the capture of 72 Americans by Iranian militants in Tehran. Bruce Laingen, 72, the U.S. embassy's chargé d'affaires, prefers not to remember that day. "We celebrate Jan. 20, the day we were released," he says. Laingen, who spent 444 days in captivity and retired from the Foreign Service in 1987, says he has no malice toward the Iranian people. "To the extent that there was pain—and there was pain," says Laingen, who became a grandfather after his release, "time has softened it."

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