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Naval officer, crewmates help rescue Americans from Beirut

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LT Ted Kush pauses in Cyprus after the USS Nashville arrived from Beirut with another shipload of American evacuees. The Baptist layman described the rescue mission as “one of the most meaningful events” of his nearly 21-year naval career. Photo by Mike Logan
LIMASSOL, Cyprus (BP)--Naval supply officer Ted Kush didn’t realize his latest deployment aboard the USS Nashville would include a mission of mercy involving the evacuation of hundreds of American citizens fleeing war-torn Lebanon.
    But when the desperate call for help came, Kush and his crewmates on the U.S. Navy transport ship responded with everything they had -– from their own pillows and mattresses for exhausted families to comforting hugs for frightened kids.
    “When we were asked to do this evacuation, we didn’t even have enough cots to accommodate the crew,” said Kush, a Southern Baptist layman, as he helped another group of U.S. citizens disembark from the ship in the Cypriot port city of Limassol July 23.