What was the My Lai Massacre? By: Danny Dillon
Overview <ul><li>My Lai is a small South Vietnamese community  </li></ul><ul><li>Massacre occurred March 16, 1968  </li></...
What Happened? <ul><li>US Troops were in search of enemy b/c there had been many US casualties in and around My Lai </li><...
Casualties <ul><li>Over 500 Vietnamese casualties </li></ul><ul><li>Many were women, children and even animals </li></ul><...
Cover-up and Investigation <ul><li>Successfully covered up for nearly 18 months </li></ul><ul><li>Although massacre occurr...
US Troops <ul><li>While on trial, many claimed that they were ordered to kill civilians </li></ul><ul><li>26 charged with ...
Outcomes <ul><li>Over 500 Vietnamese Casualties </li></ul><ul><li>26 US soldier convicted of war crimes, one sentenced to ...
Bibliographic Reference <ul><li>Gilbert, Marc Jason. &quot;My Lai Massacre.&quot; 2008. Glenbrook South High School, Glenv...
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My Lai Massacre

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

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