April 11, 1991 |
Now that spring is here, Frank H. Reed is heading for the golf course, trying to tone up muscles still flabby from the 44 months he spent as a bound and blindfolded hostage in Beirut. Robert Polhill, a captive for 22 months, is fighting to learn to speak again, having lost his larynx to throat cancer surgery. It has been a year since Reed and Polhill were released, the last two Americans to emerge from imprisonment.
April 30, 1990 |
An American educator held hostage in Beirut, Frank H. Reed, will be freed within 48 hours, according to statements delivered to news offices in the Lebanese capital Sunday evening. The statements were accompanied by photos of Reed, a native of Malden, Mass., the first hard evidence of him since his kidnaping on Sept. 9, 1986.
May 30, 1990 |
Freed hostage Frank H. Reed urged a crowd of several thousand in Malden, Mass., to remember those still held captive in the Middle East as he spoke at a homecoming celebration. He was joined by his wife and other relatives in front of City Hall. Reed, 57, head of the Lebanese International School when gunmen abducted him in 1986, said he was torn between the desire to stay close to home and the urge to publicize the plights of the remaining 16 Western hostages.
May 6, 1990 |
Freed hostage Frank H. Reed pronounced himself in good health Saturday, saying: "I'm beautiful, I'm OK." Reed said his kidnapers "treated me fine" the last six months of his captivity and joked that "room service was pretty good." His doctors said they were pleased with how he looked, even though his weight had dropped from 185 pounds to about 140 now. "Our early evaluations are good," said Brig. Gen. Robert W. Poel, commander of the Malcolm Grow Air Force Medical Center.
July 13, 1987 |
Lt. Col. Oliver L. North and others were aware that the arms-for-hostages program may have contributed to the seizure of Americans in Lebanon as well as the release of three U.S. hostages, documents show. North, during his testimony at the congressional Iran- contra hearings last week, defended selling U.S.-made weapons to Tehran on the grounds that three men were freed, and "there was no terrorism while we were engaged in (the deal) until it started to come unraveled."
May 8, 1990 |
The White House on Monday rebuffed former hostage Frank H. Reed's appeal for the United States to negotiate for the freedom of the remaining 16 Western hostages in Lebanon. White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater said that Reed "obviously has been through a torturous and brutal ordeal." He suggested that Reed's comments stemmed from "the frustration and anger" of his more than three years in captivity.