Though their first three months in Vietnam passed without any direct contact with North Vietnamese-backed forces, by mid-March the company had suffered 28 casualties involving mines or booby-traps.
Though their first three months in Vietnam passed without any direct contact with North Vietnamese-backed forces, by mid-March the company had suffered 28 casualties involving mines or booby-traps. Army as the Viet Cong. Just two days before the massacre the company had lost a popular sergeant to a land mine.
Henderson, the 11th Brigade commander, urged his officers to "go in there aggressively, close with the enemy and wipe them out for good".
Some, including platoon leaders, testified that the orders, as they understood them, were to kill all guerrilla and North Vietnamese combatants and "suspects" including women and children, as well as all animalsto burn the village, and pollute the wells.
If a man was running, shoot him, sometimes even if a woman with a rifle was running, shoot her. The other two companies from TF Barker were ordered to secure the area and provide support if needed.
The area was designated a free fire zonewhere American forces were allowed to deploy artillery and air strikes in populated areas. On approach, both platoons fired at people they saw in the rice fields and in the brush.
Harry Stanley, a machine gunner from Charlie Company, said during the U. Army Criminal Investigation Division inquiry that the killings started without warning. He first observed a member of 1st Platoon strike a Vietnamese man with a bayonet.
Then, the same trooper pushed another villager into a well and threw a grenade in the well. Next, he saw fifteen or twenty people, mainly women and children, kneeling around a temple with burning incense. They were praying and crying. They were all killed by shots in the head. All detainees were pushed into the ditch and then killed after repeated orders issued by Lieutenant Calley, who was also shooting.
He recollected that women were allegedly saying "No VC" and were trying to shield their children. Then, the children who were old enough to walk got up and Calley began to shoot the children".
Livestock was shot as well. I walked up and saw these guys doing strange things Setting fire to the hootches and huts and waiting for people to come out and then shooting them As I walked in you could see piles of people all through the village They were gathered up into large groups.
I saw them shoot an M79 [grenade launcher] into a group of people who were still alive. But it was mostly done with a machine gun. They were shooting women and children just like anybody else.
We met no resistance and I only saw three captured weapons. We had no casualties. All of a sudden the GIs just opened up with M16s.
Beside the M16 fire, they were shooting at the people with M79 grenade launchers He observed his men firing into a ditch with Vietnamese people inside and he then started shooting, with an M16, from a distance of five feet.
After that, around After the initial sweeps by 1st and 2nd platoons, 3rd Platoon was dispatched to deal with any "remaining resistance". During this operation, between 60 and people, including women and children, were killed.
While some soldiers of Charlie Company did not participate in the crimes, they neither openly protested nor complained later to their superiors.
They encountered no enemy fire and found no weapons in My Lai itself".To call the My Lai Massacre a "black eye" for the U.S.
military is to call the entire Vietnam war just a "minor misunderstanding." So horrific was the gunning down of women, children, and the elderly, that the act was labeled by many as an atrocity.
Background. In July , the Geneva Accords officially ended the First Indochina War. The My Lai Massacre Images Group/REX/Shutterstock “It’s hard even to talk about My Lai, it’s so distressing, so upsetting, and so incomprehensible, but we have to reckon with that as well,” said Novick.
My Lai Massacre, also called Pinkville Massacre, mass killing of as many as unarmed villagers by U.S. soldiers in the hamlet of My Lai on March 16, , 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.
the mai lye massacre. Topics: Vietnam War, Kill, Communism Pages: 2 ( words) Published: March 31, The My Lai massacre 1. Sources 33 and 34 do and don’t make to same point.
Source 33 is about they are going to kill the idea of communism not just to . Later, when the U.S.
Army started its investigation, the media changed it to the Massacre at Songmy. Currently, the event is referred to as the My Lai Massacre in the United States and called the Sơn Mỹ Massacre in Vietnam. The incident prompted global outrage when it became public knowledge in November A hectare (acre) Sơn Mỹ Memorial dedicated to victims of the Sơn Mỹ (My Lai) massacre was created in the village of Tịnh Khê, Sơn Tịnh District, Quảng Ngãi Province of Vietnam.
The graves with headstones, signs on the places of killing and a museum are all located on memorial site.