Sep 1969, Hanoi
Chi Minh's Mourners Include U.S. By ALBERT E. KAFF TOKYO (UPI) - Mourners from 12 more nations, including the United States, flew into Hanoi today for Ho Chi Minh's funeral. Ho's successors won new pledges of full Soviet support for their war effort. The Vietnam News Agency, In a dispatch from the North Vietnamese capital, said Gus Hall, secretary general of the U.S. Communist party, was among the arrivals th}s morn- Ing from Moscow. Hall* joined Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin and other officials from the Communist "bloc and non-Communist na : tions as well in mourning the death of the 79-year-old North 'Vietnamese president. Kosygin laid a wreath at the foot of Ho's bier in Ba Dinh Hall Sunday. On it was inscribed this pledge: § §,§.:, "...The Soviet people- are firmly convincted that the Vietnamese people...will obtain new victories in building socialism and in defending their homeland against imperialist aggression. "In this endeavor," the Vjetna mese people can always believe in the full support of the Communist party and govern ment of the.,Soviet Union." Later, the Soviet news agency Tass said, Kosygin met with the top* ; leaders of North Vietnam to discuss the war and Moscow-Hanoi relations. Tass reported "an atmosphere ol friendship and complete mutual understanding." Moscow Radio earlier h criticized the Communist Chinese premier, Chou En-lai, for leaving Hanoi before Ho's funeral, scheduled for Wednes day. The broadcast callec Chou's move "disrespectful" o Ho. Chou's departure Friday be fore Kosygin arrived underscored the split between the two Communist giants, both o whom are reported jockeying for influence among the leader ship council Ho left to govern North Vietnam. § § § Broadcasts and news dis patches from Hanoi describee long lines of North Vietnamese waiting to view Ho's body in B Dinh. Hall. They said Ho's rubber ^sandals lay in a box a his feet and that he wa; dressed in the plain outfit he wore on his strolls in Hanoi. Delegations from the Sovie Union, Bulgaria, Hungary, Eas Germany, Mongolia, Poland Czechoslovakia, France, Bri tain, the United Slates, Japan Italy, India, Sweden and Canada were among the 20 foreign nations represented in the North Vietnamese capital. A Vietnam News Agency report said the death of Ho hat depleted supplies of flowers am of his portrait, with Hano residents using the flower for 'wreaths and the portraits to hang in their homes.