September 26, 1988 |
Navy diver Clinton Suggs testified today he figured he had just five minutes to live after Arab hijackers shot fellow sailor Robert Stethem and threw him out of a hijacked TWA jetliner. Suggs testified at the murder and air piracy trial of Mohammed Ali Hamadi. The Lebanese Shia Muslim is charged in the June, 1985, hijacking, in which Stethem, a 23-year-old U.S. Navy diver, was killed and 39 Americans were held hostage for 17 days.
June 17, 1985 |
The passenger killed by terrorists aboard a hijacked plane in Beirut has been identified as Robert Stethem, a 24-year-old Navy frogman from Waldorf, Md., Rep. Roy Dyson's office said today. Stethem, a member of the Naval Seal Program who was eight months short of completing his four-year Navy tour, was identified through fingerprints, medical records and identification of friends, said Katie Tucker, a spokeswoman for Dyson.
July 1, 1985 |
Here is a transcript of President Reagan's remarks Sunday about the release of the hostages from TWA Flight 847: Good afternoon. The 39 Americans held hostage for 17 days by terrorists in Lebanon are free, safe and at this moment on their way to Frankfurt, Germany. They'll be home again soon. This is a moment of joy for them, for their loved ones and for our nation, and America opens its heart in a prayer of thanks to almighty God.
January 26, 1989 |
U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem said shortly before he was slain on a hijacked TWA jetliner that he was ready to die to save the lives of other passengers, a witness testified Wednesday. Australian Ruth Henderson told a Frankfurt court how she tried to comfort Stethem after he had been badly beaten by the hijackers of Trans World Airlines Flight 847 in June, 1985. Stethem was later shot to death and his body thrown onto the runway at Beirut airport.
May 18, 1989 |
A court on Wednesday convicted Mohammed Ali Hamadi of air piracy and murder in the killing of a U.S. sailor in the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner and sentenced him to the maximum term allowable under West German law--life imprisonment. The parents of slain Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem, Patricia and Richard Stethem of Port Tobacco, Md., sat silently facing Hamadi as Chief Judge Heiner Mueckenberger delivered the verdict and sentence. Later, the Stethems indicated that a "more severe" punishment should have been imposed.
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November 28, 2001
"Terrorism Victim Is Remembered" (Nov. 22), on the U.S. Navy destroyer Stethem, provoked a memory. It also shows the U.S. government knows nothing about good publicity. Just think of the worldwide impact if our president had announced that the air attack on the Taliban had begun with a missile fired from the Stethem, named after Robert Dean Stethem, a victim of terrorism on June 14, 1985 [from an airplane hijacking]. I was on that airplane, TWA Flight 847, when Stethem was executed, and it would have meant a lot to me and most likely many other members of the passengers and crew, including his construction battalion buddies who did survive.