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My Lai Massacre

My Lai Massacre






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    • What was the My Lai Massacre? By: Danny Dillon
    • Overview
      • My Lai is a small South Vietnamese community
      • Massacre occurred March 16, 1968
      • In all, there were about 500 casualties
      • 26 US soldiers later tried for war crimes
    • What Happened?
      • US Troops were in search of enemy b/c there had been many US casualties in and around My Lai
      • Soldiers rounded up hundreds of civilians
      • Many raped, beaten, tortured before shot to death or injured
    • Casualties
      • Over 500 Vietnamese casualties
      • Many were women, children and even animals
      • Many were “suspected” as enemy fighters by US soldiers
      • Killed by firearms, grenades, bayonets
    • Cover-up and Investigation
      • Successfully covered up for nearly 18 months
      • Although massacre occurred March 16, 1968, reports didn’t surface until late 1969
      • First reports claimed that there had been 128 Vietcong casualties and 22 civilian casualties in a “fierce fire fight”
      • American public learned of massacre 2 months after US soldiers were tried in September 1969
    • US Troops
      • While on trial, many claimed that they were ordered to kill civilians
      • 26 charged with war crimes but only one convicted of murder (Calley, Jr.)
      • Lieutenant Robert Calley, Jr. charged with several counts of premeditated murder
      • Supposedly killed over 100 Vietnamese by himself
      • Calley, Jr. sentenced to life in prison before his sentence was repeatedly reduced
      • Only served four and a half months in prison
    • Outcomes
      • Over 500 Vietnamese Casualties
      • 26 US soldier convicted of war crimes, one sentenced to prison
      • Massacre prompted widespread outrage around the world
      • Reduced US support of Vietnam War
    • Bibliographic Reference
      • Gilbert, Marc Jason. "My Lai Massacre." 2008. Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL.  24 Oct. 2008 http://www.worldbookonline.com
      • Joseph, William A. &quot;The My Lai Massacre&quot; Vietnam War Atrocities 11 Nov. 2003. Wellesley College. 26 Oct 2008 <http://www.wellesley.edu>.
      • “ 'Blood and fire' of My Lai” CNN World News Online 16 Mar. 1998. Gale Group Database. Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL. 27 Oct. 2009. <http://www.cnn.com>