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Archive for Sunday, July 13, 2008

Rescued Colombia hostages head home

July 13, 2008

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— Three Americans freed after being held more than five years by rebels in Colombia gave thanks Saturday and urged people to not forget other hostages who were left behind.

They headed home to Florida after 10 days of treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston.

"We're going to go home now, we're going to rest, we're going to unwind for about a month and a half," said Marc Gonsalves, who boarded a plane with Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell.

The men had been held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, since their drug surveillance plane went down in the jungle in February 2003.

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