The mỹ lai massacre (/ ˌ m iː ˈ l aɪ / vietnamese: thảm sát mỹ lai, [tʰâːm ʂǎːt mǐˀ lāːj] ( listen)) was the vietnam war mass murder of unarmed south vietnamese civilians by us troops in sơn tịnh district, south vietnam, on 16 march 1968. The my lai massacre became a defining symbol of the vietnam war some deemed the massacre as an aberration others called it a symptom of deeper problems—of leadership, training, and morale for this part of the vietnam exploration: 1 identify the diverse factors that contributed to the my lai massacre 2. The my lai massacre was one of the most horrifying, brutal, degrading, and disgraceful acts committed against civilians throughout the entirety of the vietnam war, and us servicemen were behind it all. On march 16, 1968, the my lai massacre took place during the vietnam war as us army soldiers searching out viet cong fighters and sympathizers killed unarmed villagers in two hamlets of son my village estimates of the deaths vary from 347 to 504.
The my lai massacre increased to some extent domestic opposition to the us involvement in the vietnam war when the scope of killing and cover-up attempts were exposed. My lai massacre in 1968, ron ridenhour, an infantryman in vietnam, wrote a letter to president nixon detailing the murder of 500 civillians by the us army in what would come to be known as the my lai massacre. Today is friday, march 16, the 75th day of 2018 there are 290 days left in the year on march 16, 1968, the my lai massacre took place during the vietnam war as us army soldiers searching out. Figure in my lai massacre during vietnam war ernest medina dies in marinette medina was an army captain on march 16, 1968, when american troops under his command killed hundreds of unarmed.
The massacre at my lai was convoluted at the time it took place and still is as it stands in history i believe the cia used the phoenix program and task force barker personnel, unbeknowing to the grunts but known to the officers, to try to rid the pinkville area of established and infiltrated vc in the area hamlets. 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. An american war criminal and a former us army officer involved in the my lai massacre on march 16, 1968, during the vietnam war in march 1968, lieutenant william calley led his platoon into the hamlet of my lai in south vietnam.
A secondary school revision resource for gcse history about modern world history, vietnam and what happened after the vietnam war [my lai: the place where us during the vietnam war. 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. 689 pages of department of defense documents dealing with the my lai massacre 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. The my lai massacre: 33 disturbing photos of the war crime the us got away with view gallery on march 16, 1968, us army soldiers acting on orders from their commanding officers massacred several hundred innocent vietnamese civilians.
The my lai massacre was one of the most horrific incidents of violence committed against unarmed civilians during the vietnam war a company of american soldiers brutally killed most of the people—women, children and old men—in the village of my lai on march 16, 1968. The my lai massacre is often held to have been an aberration but investigative journalist nick turse has uncovered evidence that war crimes were committed by the us military on a far bigger scale. 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. Read the letter that changed the way americans saw the vietnam war american military helicopters in flight during the my lai massacre on mar 16, 1968 in my lai, south vietnam ronald l haeberle. 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.
Lt william calley was the only american convicted of his role in the massacre of more than 500 innocent vietnamese civilians in the village of my lai during the vietnam war but hersh was not. Or click here to register if you are a k-12 educator or student, registration is free and simple and grants you exclusive access to all of our online content, including primary sources, essays, videos, and more. The my lai massacre represents the worst, most dehumanising kind of civilian wartime death the horrors of war and confusion over who and where the enemy was certainly contributed to an atmosphere of paranoia among the us ranks, which were at their numerical height in 1968. A vietnamese survivor of the my lai massacre alpha history's website on the vietnam war contains 199,474 words in 248 pages this site was updated last on september 13th 2018.
In his keynote speech seymour hersh reviewed the my lai massacre and talked about investigating the incident in march 1968, during the vietnam war, a us military unit entered the south. I originally thought that this massacre was to kill all the mixed or amerasian babies that were born during this time period however, i did a google search and apparently my lai is a city in vn and all south vietnamese got killed.
The my lai massacre took place early in the tet offensive, a major push by the communist viet cong — national front for the liberation of south vietnam — forces to drive out the south vietnamese government troops and the us army. The my lai massacre was the mass murder conducted by a unit of the us army on march 16, 1968 of 347 to 504 unarmed citizens in south vietnam, all of whom were civilians and a majority of whom were women, children, and elderly people. My lai and my song are not the exploited examples of communists revisionism rather they represent the brutality of the us war on the vietnamese a brutality so institutionalized that it is surprising only my lai made it to the us head lines. My lai cannot compare with the massacre by communist forces of 2,810 vietnamese civilians in hue during tet 1968 my lai was so shocking to us, however, because atrocities are not the accepted american way of war.