The Daily Spectrum 19 Feb 1984, Sun Page 4

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The Daily Spectrum 19 Feb 1984, Sun Page 4 - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 9, 1 984 PACE 2 DAILY...
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 9, 1 984 PACE 2 DAILY SPECTRUM Ray Hunt's body flown back from Italy Slain diplomat praised as man of peace WASHINGTON (UPI) Slain American diplomat Lea-mon Lea-mon Lea-mon Ray Hunt, the director of the Sinai multinational peace-keeping peace-keeping peace-keeping force who was slain in Italy, was praised Saturday as a man of peace felled by terrorism. Hunt's body was flown from Rome, where he was gunned down by terrorists Wednesday, to Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland. Kenneth Dam, deputy secretary of state, consoled Hunt's wife, Joyce, and praised Hunt's more than three decades of service to America. 'In cause of peace' "Ray Hunt died in the cause of peace," Dam said. "It is a cruel irony that, like many others who devoted their lives to the highest aspirations of mankind, he was the victim of the evil of terrorism which haunts our world today." Dam spoke in behalf of Secretary of State George Shultz, who was out of the country. "The full and successful life of service which Ray Hunt led, and the sacrifice he made, should inspire us to rede-dicate rede-dicate rede-dicate ourselves to building a more peaceful world in which hatred and violence have no place." Dam said. Military represenatives and members of the international international diplomatic community, many wiping away tears, stood solemnly on the tarmac as Hunt's flag-draped flag-draped flag-draped coffin coffin was lowered from the plane. The Navy Band played funeral music and a military honor guard stood nearby. Gunmen attacked car Hunt, 56, was killed by two gunmen who attacked his car with automatic weapons as it stopped at a traffic light near his Rome apartment Wednesday night. His chauf- chauf- f eur, who survived the attack uninjured, was the only witness. witness. A Milan radio station later received a call from a man who said he was with the Fighting Communist Party, linked to Italy's terrorist Red Brigade, saying it claimed responsibility for killing Hunt. The caller said the group demanded the United States withdraw from Lebanon and that Italy pull out of NATO. Hunt was a retired Foreign Service diplomat who served as director of the Multinational Force and Observers Observers in the Sinai, which monitors the area under terms of the Israeli-Egyptian Israeli-Egyptian Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. The headquarters of the force, with about 800 U.S. soldiers, is in Rome. Hunt, born at Mill Creek, Okla., served in diplomatic posts m the Middle East, Africa and Asia. His last post was as the No. 2 official in the Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Lebanon, in 1977. . He retired in 1977 and was appointed director of the observer observer force in 1981. First terrorist attack The murder of Hunt was the first terrorist attack on a U.S. official in Italy since Brig. Gen. James Dozier, attached attached to NATO, was kidnapped by members of the Red Brigade in December 1981. He was freed by Italian commandos commandos a month later, and the arrests that followed devastated devastated the Red Brigade. j '( ' is' There is concern that the killing of Hunt means a resur- resur- sSiSltSTSbiwi WASHINGTON - The flag-draped flag-draped flag-draped coffin of slain Andrews Air Force Base. Hunt, director of the Sinai Alexandria, Va. Richard Murphy, assistant secretary for American diplomat Leamon Ray Hunt is carried Multinational peace-keeping peace-keeping peace-keeping force, was slain in the Middle East, is to give the eulogy. from an Air Force plane after arriving from Rome at Italy. (UPlj

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