This volume introduces students to the most controversial incident of the vietnam war - the my lai massacre when almost 400 vietnamese civilians were killed in four hours the authors discuss the ramifications of the cover-up and the ensuing investigations for the american public, policymakers, the. It reveals anguish, suffering, rationalization, blame and the placing of blame it well may be that there will never be an explanation for my lai, but for assuring that even those who have no living memory of that event will not now be able to forget it, a peabody award is presented to american experience: my lai. In bilton and sims's account of my lai, four hours in my lai, two soldiers describe the enemy with frightening accuracy varnado simpson's description is filled with torment and frustration, even twenty years later, according to bilton and sims. Another key turning point during the vietnam war was the my lai massacre the mass killing of vietnamese civilians by us soldiers took place on march 16, 1968, but did not become public until.
In high school, many students tell me, my lai is not discussed an american tragedy don't think that young students are the only products of a whitewashed history of the vietnam war. My lai was just one of several hamlets in song my village in fact, everyone agrees that the first shots fired at my lai were against an old man who was farming when the helicopters came in he waved at them and they shot him. Paul meadlo was a young farm boy whose life was drastically changed because he failed to question orders meadlo admitted to shooting his rifle into groups of people, including the group of people in a ditch, when ordered to so by william calley. The my lai massacre took place on mar 16, 1968 it was late april of 1968 when ronald ridenhour first heard of 'pinkville' and what had allegedly happened there.
The my lai massacre on march 16, 1968 the angry and frustrated men of charlie company, 11th brigade, americal division entered the vietnamese village of my lai this is what you've been waiting. The my lai incident on march 16, 1968 was purely a military crime of obedience (newman) american soldiers are accustomed to being treated poorly by the natives of an occupied country, but it still influenced the actions that occurred on march 16. When he returned to the us, he faced criminal charges for the my lai incident once again, the narrator compared the plight of calley to the story of jesus: he took the blame, he took it for us all. In my opinion, these editorialists who sought to make all americans feel guilty for what happened at my lai tragically misplaced the blame for this horror while some editorialists disparaged american society, others lauded it for having the courage and wherewithal to bring one of its own to trial.
At first light on the morning of march 16, 1968, 105 soldiers of charlie company, a unit of the us 11th light infantry brigade, moved unopposed into the vietnamese hamlet of my lai. This archive is the transcription of the examination of lieutenants william calley this examination took place in 1970 and was a part of his trial after he was convicted of the premeditated murder of 22 vietnamese civilians as part of the operation at my lai in 1968. The massacre took place in the hamlets of my lai and my khe of son my village in south vietnam (eg 'pinkville') before the my lai massacre , the united states tactic was to kill 'viet cong members' until they gave up. X the my lai massacre profoundly impacted american's perception of the war the massacre further infuriated, energized, and recruited more people to the anti-war movement. Within months, the my lai massacre would take place it was also at this time when a force of south korean marines patrolling near the village of phong nhat (sometimes spelled phong nhut) came.
The my lai affair was a disaster for the nixon administration, which was already under fire from the press and the anti-war movement calley went to trial in november 1970, charged with giving orders that led to the murder of 109 vietnamese civilians. Instead of placing the blame for television's extensive coverage of my lai and casualties solely on the media, he claims that the media only covers what makes a profit: the media tends to cover what they think they will sell, so while i have no use for the bulk of them (media types), i do not feel they ought to get all the blame. Some military observers concluded that my lai showed the need for more and better volunteers to provide stronger leadership for the troops as the vietnam war dragged on, the number of well trained and experienced career soldiers on the front lines dropped sharply as casualties and combat rotation took their toll. Ever after the truth had come out, though, virtually no one was punished — except for platoon leader william calley, who alone was given the full blame for the entire my lai massacre for the deaths of hundreds of innocent people, calley was sentenced to nothing more than house arrest (he was originally sentenced to prison, but president. Four hours in my lai [michael bilton, kevin sim] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers uncovering the secrets behind the 1968 my lai massacre in vietnam, this is a brutal, cautionary tale that serves as a painful reminder of the worst that can happen in war.
In just about all counts, the general strategy was a total, massive failure, which my lai was a significant part of that with an other war, maybe, but in vietnam, the politicians probably did not know who was running north vietnam , to what extent they would go, enough significant flaws to exploit for likely traction, and the us's own. I visited my lai (as the hamlet was called by the us army) for the first time a few months ago, with my family returning to the scene of the crime is the stuff of cliché for reporters of a. Placing blame for the my lai massacre essay of unarmed south vietnamese in the my lai village in march 1968 united states soldiers shot, beat, and burned innocent unarmed farmers, women, and children. William laws calley jr (born june 8, 1943) is a former united states army officer convicted by court-martial of murdering 22 unarmed south vietnamese civilians in the my lai massacre on march 16, 1968, during the vietnam war.
The red-haired miami native known to friends as rusty became the face of the massacre, which was named after one of the sub-hamlets where the killings took place, my lai 4. At my lai, the night before the killings there was a ceremony, consisting of a memorial for the dead sergeant and a military briefing in which the men were encouraged to kill randomly we don't have any such information about haditha.