Anderson (Terence) Terry(1947– ) journalist, hostage; born in Lorain, Ohio. After college he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam as a combat journalist. Joining the Associated Press in 1974, he went to cover events in Beirut (1982), where he was kidnapped by Islamic extremists in 1985. He became the longest held American hostage and the last released (December 1991), and was paid tribute by many of his fellow hostages for the strength, humor, and ingenuity he demonstrated in keeping their morale alive.
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