A report in Monday's editions incorrectly identified Lindsey Dubs as the daughter of Adolph Dubs, slain U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, and his widow, Mary Dubs. Lindsey Dubs is the ambassador's daughter by a previous marriage.
The flag-draped coffin of Ambassador Adolph Dubs, who was kidnaped and slain in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week, was flown to Andrews Air Force Base yesterday. The coffin was met by President Carter, members of the diplomatic corps and a military honor guard.
Carter called the occasion "a sad and painful moment for the United States of America." Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance pledged to "spare no effort to protect diplomats overseas."
"Events in Kabul and Tehran remind us that diplomacy has become dangerous, as well as demanding," Vance told Dubs' widow, Mary Ann, who accompanied her husband's body home, and about 100 U.S. and foreign officials gathered in bitter cold at the air base.
Mary Ann Dubs broke into sobs as she attempted to speak. She was comforted by the president, who escorted her and her daughter, Lindsey, to a waiting car for a procession to Arlington National Cemetery, where Dubs will be buried tomorrow.
Dubs, 58, was killed Wednesday in a gun battle between police and terrorists who had kidnaped him in Afghanistan's capital.
"We're here to pay tribute to a good man, a courageous man," Carter said, following a 19-gun salute. "We express our outrage at the senseless terrorism of those who pay inadequate value to human life."
Vance posthumously presented The Secretary's Award to Dubs. It is the highest honor granted by the Department of State. The inscription read: "For inspiring leadership, outstanding courage and devotion to duty, for which he gave his life, Kabul, Feb. 14, 1979."