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Doug Higley
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Just got the news...they were visiting with relatives of my terrific Daughter in Law...Parents are besides them selves...kids went over unaccompanied on a learning trip...one in high school the other in grammer school. Both the best of the best.

Thoughts please. I'm not a religious person but in this case I might bend.

Really brings it home ya know.
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Hang in there Doug.

There can't be anything worse than one's children or grandchildren in harm's way - nothing. Thoughts and prayers with you and them - but mostly for those involved and responsible.
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You need not be religious Doug, You care for your family and you are worried. I will pray in your place. Hold on my friend.
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Yeah...I didn't mean I wanted thoughts on the situation...I miss worded...I meant as you two guys are doing to keep THEM in your thoughts.
Thanks Randy

and Thanks cliffg37...I accept the proxy offer...you have my power of heavenly attorney. Thanks.

Doug
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They just need to contact the US embassy and they'll get them to Cyprus. It is a quick hop in a helo from Beirut (I know, I took it). They may already be out but just not able to get hold of you.
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Nope...they are on a list and are in the mountains somewhere...they were near some action and were taken out to the mountains that's all I know. The embassy is working on it but there are thousands of Americans needing evac. It'll play out.
Emotionally they are rock solid Higley's so they'll come out with souveneers.
They live in Florida when not global hopping. geesh.

Bev Bergeron is set to do the little ones 8th BD party in November. She'll be there.

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They'll get 'em out. There is a difference between kids visiting and a family who had a kid in the US and them moved back when the kid was two months old 30 years ago. They'll be home before you know it.
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I agree with Steve V Doug...The Marines will get them out safe and sound.

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I have no doubts...if there's anything I have unquestioned faith in it's the US Military.

Thanks
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Good man. Lemme tell you an interesting story about Lebannon. While I was there, this was when the Marine Barracks were blown up, there was a photo shown in the states of a Marine at a check point that was published in the US in some paper. In the photo the grunt is geared up in full combat gear and on a sand bag is a pack of cigs. Someone actually complained, and it was passed down, that it wasn't appropriate to have cigs in view! We had to pocket 'em after that.
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Doug... hang in, our thoughts and wishes for their safe return are with you. KEEP US POSTED.
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Do not underestimate the power of prayer my friend, I will pray for you. I am ex Navy and I have faith in our Armed Forces also, so keep a stiff upper lip. All will work out in God's time.
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Thoughts and prayers for a safe return of your family will continue to go out until I hear they are on U.S. soil. If I remember correctly (and I may not be), Ole Chesty never left a man behind...and I don't think the Marine philosophy has changed!

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Thanks again all.

No word yet today.
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Hey Doug,
I don't know how I missed this thread but know that my prayers go up along with others' for the safety of your loved ones as they find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time. Although sometimes things like this have a purpose or happen for a reason. I would love to be there when they arrive, settle down and tell the story they will have to tell.
In the meantime, take care and please keep us informed if you can.

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My brother's friend from our school and synagogue is in Israel right now. It is very scary to know someone that is stuck in all that right now. I'm sure that anyone in Israel and surrounding places will get out safely, but either way, it is a tense time.

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God bless you and the grandkids, Doug. You're all on my prayer list.
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Just recieved the good news that the kids are aboard a Greek Ship on the way to Cyprus. It is an interesting story as to how the girls, with the 16 yr old acting as an independent agent, negotiated their way on that boat...Rather than wait for the US Embassy to get around to extraction they freelanced it. Like I said...Great and smart kids. On their way home. Thanks for all the thoughts and kind words. Will update eventually as more word comes in.

Interesting in that the ship was for Greeks and was Full and they did not want to take Americans or Canadians (The 71 year old Grandfather who is Canadian was with them I understand.) They were sitting in a Chinese restaurant run by a couple of American Chinese guys who were talking about the Greek ship. They boogied on down to the dock and with the help of another American passerby 'talked' their way on board...(supposedly a very animated scene! hahaha)
So now there needs to be a flight found and all will be well...


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About 230 Lebanese dead so far, the vast majority of them civilians according to the BBC... Twenty-five Israelis dead, of which 13 were civilians

Sadly, for these, there was no rescue, no safe haven... now only prayers.
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Doug,

I am so glad to hear that they are on their way home!

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