WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 1964 (UPI) - Deputy Defense Secretary Cyrus R. Vance said today he hoped the military crisis over the Tonkin Gulf is over but at the same time he said he expected that Communist guerrillas would step up their terrorist activities in So Vance revealed that the present U.S. Navy destroyer patrol in the Tonkin Gulf would be ended in the next few days. But other patrols will be sent later into that area, which is bounded by North Viet-Nam and Red China.
However, Vance predicted that Red China would be asked by North Viet-Nam to supply combat planes and that they would be forthcoming.
He declined to speculate on whether Red planes, if moved into North Viet-Nam, would be piloted by Communist Chinese or North Viet-Namese. But he pointed out that North Viet-Namese pilots "have been receiving training," presumably from the Red Chinese.
He said, "I want to make it very clear that I think we are in for a long, hard, frustrating war. "I can't predict and I doubt that there's anybody who can predict how long this will go on."
Congress yesterday further bolstered Johnson's hand and assured friend and foe alike that it overwhelmingly agreed with the President's action against Viet-Namese PT boat bases by approving a joint resolution upholding the decision.
The emergency resolution, passed by the Senate 88 to 2 and in the House by a 414-to-0 vote, approved "all necessary measures" by the President "to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression.
Minutes after the congressional action, Johnson praised the votes as "a demonstration to all the world of the unity of all Americans. They prove our determination to defend our own forces, to prevent aggression and to work firmly and steadily for peace and security in the area."
To keep the allies informed of U.S. preparedness and reasons for the raids on the Viet-Namese, former Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge is being sent by Johnson to their capitals to explain the purpose of the raids.
The resolution approved by Congress was requested by Johnson Wednesday after he had ordered U.S. Navy planes to bomb North Viet-Namese torpedo boat bases.
In the Senate, the only negative votes were by Wayne Morse (D-Ore.) and Ernest Gruening (D-Alaska).
Morse, an outspoken critic of U.S. policy in Viet-Nam, called the resolution "a pre-dated declaration of war" and said he would not let his "hatred, detestation and disgust" with Communist methods cause him to "go outside the constitution."
The timing of President Johnson's announcement Tuesday night of the attack was a subject of White House and congressional discussion yesterday.
The White House said Johnson's announcement, at 11:36 p.m. EDT Tuesday, that air action was in progress against the torpedo boat bases was made after he was informed by Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara that U.S. planes had left their carrier.
The Defense Department said Thursday the attack did not take place until 1:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday.
White House press secretary George E. Reedy said "it had been anticipated that the path of the aircraft to their targets would be within range of the North Viet-Nam radar and it was believed that the American people should be informed of the retaliatory action by their own government rather than by reports from Hanoi (capital of North Viet-Nam)."