The bodies of the diplomats murdered by Arab Black Septembrists in Khartoum were flown home on Monday (March 5).
The bodies of the diplomats murdered by Arab Black Septembrists in Khartoum were flown home on Monday (March 5). The bullet riddled bodies of the three diplomats were found in pools of blood in the basement of the Saudi Arabian Embassy when the Black Septembrists surrendered after the 59 hour siege.
President Nixon sent a Boeing 707 to collect the bodies of the American Ambassador Cleo Noel and his deputy, George Curtis Moore. The fiancee of the other murdered diplomat, Belgian Charge D'Affaires Guy Eid, was at Khartoum's airport.
After the bodies had been loaded onto the 'plane, the widows of the American diplomats, Mrs. Lucile Noel and Mrs. Sarah Moore, and their children, said goodbye to members of Khartoum's diplomatic community at the airport. Some envoys wept as the coffins went by. A military band played the Scottish music of farewell - Auld Lang Syne. Mrs. Noel embraced four US marines who accompanied the coffins.
At Andrews Air Force Base near Washington the coffins were received with military honours, including a gun salute. Secretary of State William Roges was at the air base.
Full military funerals were to be held at Arlington Cemetery on Wednesday (March 7).
SYNOPSIS: There were emotional scenes at Khartoum Airport on Monday as the bodies of the diplomats, murdered by Black Septembrists, were flown home.
The coffin of the Belgian Charge D'Affaires, Guy Eid, was loaded first. He died with the United States Ambassador to Sudan, Cleo Noel and his deputy, George Curtis Moore, in the basement of the Saudi Arabian Embassy.
The coffins of the American diplomats were loaded by fork lift truck into an aircraft specially sent by President Nixon. The diplomat's children came aboard to be with their mothers.
Mrs. Lucille Noel and her son John said farewell to Sudanese officers and diplomats - as a military band played the Scottish music of farewell, Auld Lang Syne.
A kiss from Curtis Moore's daughters for a marine accompanying the coffin.
The coffins were flown to Andrews Air Base, near Washington where they were given full military honours. With them was the Sudan Ambassador to Washington and the Sudanese Minister for Public Services, Mr. Abdel Abdulla.
The official reception party was led by the United States Secretary of State Mr. William Rogers.
There was also a military gun salute at the airport.
Full military honours were planned for when the two diplomats receive a heroes funeral at Arlington on Wednesday.
The day after the coffins arrived, the names of Mr. Noel and Mr. Moore were added to a plaque honouring American diplomats who have died in foreign service. President Nixon said that those nations which compromised with terrorists today, could be destroyed by them, tomorrow.
The President recalled that foreign service officials had once been asked if the Government should give in to blackmail demands to release American hostages. The answer had been a unanimous No. Mr. Abdel Abdulla has personally expressed his countries' condolences to President Nixon. The United States has asked for the death penalty to be imposed on the killers.