The my lai massacre during the vietnam war saw us soldiers kill hundreds of innocent civilians — and get away with it son my, south vietnam march 16, 1968. The vietnam war is a very controversial subject for many americans this lesson discusses the events of the my lai massacre, arguably one of the. My lai massacre takes place in vietnam on this day in 1968, a platoon of american soldiers brutally slaughter more than 500 unarmed civilians at my lai , one of a cluster of small villages located.
Meet the participants later that month, ridenhour heard accounts of the incident from two other members of charlie company, and he searched fruitlessly for an official report on my lai. My lai massacre, also called pinkville massacre, mass killing of as many as 500 unarmed villagers by us soldiers in the hamlet of my lai on march 16, 1968, during the vietnam war charlie company my lai, a subdivision of son my village, was located in the province of quang ngai, roughly 7 miles (11 km) northeast of quang ngai city. In this dec 4, 1969, file photo, us army capt ernest medina, a key figure in the 1968 my lai massacre during the vietnam war, speaks at a news conference at the pentagon according to. Summary report a the son my village incident during the period 16-19 march 1968, a tactical operation was conducted into son my village, son tinh district, quang ngai province, republic of vietnam, by task force (tf) barker, a battalion-size unit of the americal division.
My lai, vietnam - the shudder of artillery fire woke the boy at 5:30 am three american soldiers appeared at his family's home a couple of hours later and forced the mother and five children. Howard jones's my lai: vietnam, 1968, and the descent into darkness explores infamous vietnam massacre comprehensive and as thorough account as we are. The my lai massacre took place on mar 16, 1968 read the letter that changed the way americans saw the vietnam war subscribe what followed was an account of the march 16, 1968, massacre at. Vietnamese villagers killed by american soldiers during the my lai massacre in 1968 village of son my, along the central coast of south vietnam, as part of a mission to find and destroy a. The my lai massacre is probably one of the most infamous events of the vietnam warthe my lai massacre took place on march 16 th 1968 my lai was a village of about 700 inhabitants some 100 miles to the southeast of the us base of danang.
Military law experts and historians discussed the vietnam war's my lai massacre of 1968, when us army soldiers killed between 300 and 500 unarmed vietnamese civilians in and near the village. The only us army officer convicted over the 1968 massacre of vietnamese civilians at my lai made an extraordinary public apology while speaking to a small group near the military base where he. My lai typifies the tragedy that was vietnam and sadly is all too often not well taught or known by the general public and is even used by some to downplay the rest of the war as if my lai was this sole incident of barbarism, rather than the worst of many many actions and policies that lead to immeasurable death and suffering in vietnam, laos.
My lai massacre memorial site, near quang ngai, vietnam in 1989, the british television station yorkshire television broadcast the documentary four hours in my lai as part of the itv networked series first tuesday. American soldiers burned numerous homes during the my lai massacre on march 16, 1968, in my lai, south vietnam account published in newspapers march 16 reported that us infantrymen. 1968: my lai massacre the my lai massacre, in which american army soldiers killed between 300 and 500 civilians in the village of my lai, vietnam, clouded perceptions of the us military for years photograph by ronald l haeberle, from the report of the department of the army review of the preliminary investigations into the my lai incident.
The my lai massacre — the worst american atrocity of the vietnam war — took place 50 years ago next month on march 16, 1968, although us citizens did not become aware of it until 20 months. In 1968 us soldiers murdered several hundred vietnamese civilians in the single most infamous incident of the vietnam war the my lai massacre is often held to have been an aberration but. Two tragedies took place in 1968 in viet nam one was the massacre by united states soldiers of as many as 500 unarmed civilians-- old men, women, children-- in my lai on the morning of march 16.
Seymour m hersh returns to vietnam to visit the site of the my lai massacre the scene of the crime a young writer for the new yorker, who in 1968 had published a devastating account for. Of the soldiers involved in the my lai massacre, only one - lt william calley - was convicted of a crime he served three days in prison here's a further look at what happened to some of. Although ken burns and lynn novick had been taking a chronological approach to the vietnam war, the filmmakers delayed the coverage of the horrifying my lai massacre, which occurred in 1968.
The mỹ lai massacre, was the vietnam war mass killing of between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians in south vietnam on march 16, 1968 it was committed by us a. Villagers in my lai during the 1968 operation and massacre the vietnam war produced many indiscriminate killings, civilian casualties and war crimes perhaps the best known is the killing of vietnamese villagers by american soldiers at my lai in march 1968 soldiers from 'charlie' company. Vietnam marked 50 years since the my lai massacre on friday in a memorial ceremony at the site of the killings that was attended by survivors of the massacre, their families, and around 60 us. 50 years after my lai massacre in vietnam, revisiting the slaughter the us military tried to hide 1968, us soldiers attacked the vietnamese village of my lai even though the soldiers met.