Anderson Family ‘Will Not Rest’ Until Hostage Freed
OCALA, Fla. (AP) _ A nephew of an American held hostage in Lebanon vowed to step up media pressure to gain his relative’s freedom and said the second family death in less than four months had strengthened family resolve.
″In my father’s name, in my grandfather’s name, we will not rest until we bring Terry home,″ said Glenn Richard Anderson III, whose uncle, Terry Anderson, 38, chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was kidnapped in Beirut March 16, 1985.
He eulogized his father, Glenn Anderson Jr., 46, Monday night in this Central Florida community, promising that he would ″fulfill my father’s vow to bring his brother home.″
Glenn Anderson Jr. died Saturday of lung cancer. His father, Glenn Anderson Sr., 69, died Feb. 15, also of cancer. Both had made last-wish videotape appeals to Terry Anderson’s captors asking that he be freed before they died.
The appeals were broadcast over Beirut television, but gained no apparent response.
″I promised him (his father) to help shoulder the load to help bring his brother home,″ said the younger Anderson prior to the memorial service. ″My father worked ceaselessly, despite his health problems, on behalf of Terry and the other captives. I will do the same.
″I know Dad didn’t like to criticize too much. But the current administration only understands media pressure. I want him (President Reagan) to think about it every day.
″We want our government to remember there are still Americans over there... It’s been 15 months, with Terry sitting in the same room with people who don’t even speak the same language, and he finds out that first his father died and then his brother died.″
Glenn Anderson Jr. was to be cremated and his ashes buried in Batavia, N.Y., where the family lived for many years. Two sisters, Peggy Say and Judy Blouin, live there.
Mrs. Say said over the weekend she has received a visa and will travel to Lebanon next week to meet with President Amin Gemayel.
John Crane, who acted as family spokesman in Ocala on Monday, said the family believes Terry Anderson will eventually be released, but ″When he comes home, it will be a bittersweet return.″
Glenn Anderson Jr. is survived by his wife Jean, four children, three stepchildren, two sisters, three brothers and two grandchildren.
In addition to Anderson there are four other Americans believed held by a fundamentalist sect of Shiite Moslems known as the Islamic Holy War: William Buckley, 58, a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut; the Rev. Martin Lawrence Jenco, 51, a Roman Catholic priest from Joliet, Ill.; David Jacobsen, 54, administrator of the American University Hospital; and Thomas Sutherland, 55, acting dean of agriculture at the American University of Beirut.