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my lai historical accuracy with the book in the lake of the woods by tim o'brian

my lai historical accuracy with the book in the lake of the woods by tim o'brian

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  • 1. MY LAI MASSACRE Gwynne Hernandez
  • 2. In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O‟Brian is highly historically accurate in regards to the My Lai massacre. This is especially seen in the descriptions of the victims and sexual assault that came with the massacre as well as the role of Lt. Calley in My Lai.
  • 3. Source: “Harry Stanley, a machine gunner from the Charlie Company, observed… „Further, he saw fifteen or twenty people, mainly women and children, kneeling around a temple with burning incenses, who were praying and crying. They were all killed by shots in the head.‟” (My Lai Massacre) “Paul Meadlo, a Private First Class, testified that he recollected that women were allegedly saying "No VC" and were trying to shield their children. He remembered that he was shooting into
  • 4. In the Lake of the woods: “Q: Can you describe them? A: they were women and little kids Q: What were they doing? A: They was lying on the ground, bleeding all over. They was row of corpses lay in the “ A dead.” ( pink to purple sunshine of O‟Brian 144) the trail– teenagers and old women and two babies and a young boy,” (O‟Brian 107). At his feet sat a wailing infant. A middle aged women was draped across a bundle of straw, not quite dead, shot in the legs and stomach,” (O'Brian 106).
  • 5. “Between them, Calley and Meadlo mowed down a hundred villagers.” (Encyclopedia.com) “Robert Maples told of entering the village and seeing Calley and Meadlo firing into a ditch full of civilians. (Encyclopedia.com) “…as I looked down, I seen a woman try to get up. As she got up I saw Lt. Calley fire and hit the side of her head and blow the side of her head off.” (Encyclopedia.com)
  • 6. “Lieutenant Calley came out and said take care of these people, So we said okay so we stood there and watched them. Then he came back and said „I though I told you to take care of theses people.‟ We said „We are.‟ He said, „ I mean kill them.‟ I was a little stunned and I didn‟t know what to do … I stood behind them and they stood side by side. So they-- Calley and Meadlo-- got on line and fired directly into the people… It was automatic. The people screamed and yelled and fell.” (O‟Brian 132 )
  • 7. “Seymour Hersh described the details of the assault in 1972, noting that GIs singled out the girl in the black blouse, „started to pull at her blouse‟ and „attempted to fondle her breasts.‟ He describes the presumed mother as „fighting off two or three guys inquiry testimony, “In his at once‟ to try to Haeberle protect that a group of soldiers were explains the girl.‟ (Weiscamp) trying to „see what she was made of,‟ and that they „started stripping her, taking her top off,‟ Additional testimony from the investigation
  • 8. “Sorcerer found a pretty girl with her pants down. She was dead too. Her hair was gone… he came across a GI with a woman‟s black ponytail flowing from his helmet. The man wiped a hand across his crotch.” (O‟Brian 106) Deeper into the village, just off the trail, they came across a young female with both breasts gone. Someone had carved a C
  • 9. Works Cited Evans, Colin, Evans,, and "Calley, William 1943-." American Decades. 2001. "William Calley Court-Martial: 1970." Encyclopedia.com. HighBeam Research, 01 Jan. 2002. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. "My Lai Massacre." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Aug. 2013. Web. 08 Dec. 2013. O'Brien, Tim. In the Lake of the Woods. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1994. Print.

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