A book report on my lai 4

Early inthe 11th Infantry Brigade had established a standard procedure for making body counts, which required an on-site identification of a dead enemy soldier before the body could be reported.

Women dove to cover their children. Some of the photographs from the massacre were published. The Viet Cong kidnapped and killed 35, south vietnamese officials and often committed similar massacres where over people were killed, but none of this was ever covered by the media. Westmoreland and Koster had served together in the Pentagon during the nineteen-fifties, both in key staff jobs, and Westmoreland had later become Superintendent of West Point. By , he had served in the operations office—the sensitive planning and coordinating post known to the military as G-3—of the Far East Command, in Tokyo, and also as Secretary of Staff of the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Powers, Europe, in Paris. Visit Website William Calley Army commanders had advised the soldiers of Charlie Company that all who were found in the Son My area could be considered VC or active VC sympathizers, and ordered them to destroy the village. Sergeant Ritchie, as one of the chief administrative clerks in division headquarters, worked directly for Colonel Parson. The Army later charged Lieutenant Willingham with involvement in the death of twenty civilians, but the charges were dismissed by an Army general a few months later without a hearing. After that would probably come a promotion to lieutenant general, and perhaps an assignment as a corps commander in Germany, or even in South Vietnam again. A few yards away was a fortified bunker with full communications, in case of attack. Thompson and his crew flew dozens of survivors to receive medical care. Early in , the 11th Infantry Brigade had established a standard procedure for making body counts, which required an on-site identification of a dead enemy soldier before the body could be reported. The platoon was hastily reorganized, with a sergeant in command, and ordered to continue its mission.

Specialist Fourth Class Ronald J. Only one G.

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Precisely what information Michles and his platoon leaders gave their men is impossible to determine, but their briefings—like a similar briefing by Captain Ernest L.

Holmes, who was a private first class at the time of the operation, summed up the recollections of many G.

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One who did was Reid. I have studied the Vietnamese culture myself from other books The rules, unfortunately for the Vietnamese, had little to do with the way the war was being fought. Lieutenant Willingham, according to many witnesses, ordered two machine gunners in his platoon to set up their weapons outside the hamlet. But My Lai 1 was screened by a thick hedge and heavily guarded by booby traps. I also discussed some of my findings with former members of the Army who had been directly connected with the Peers commission. Yet in February, , the Criminal Investigation Division, at the request of the Peers commission, secretly undertook a census of civilian casualties at My Lai 4 and concluded that Charlie Company had slain three hundred and forty-seven Vietnamese men, women, and children in My Lai 4 on March 16, —a total twice as large as had been publicly acknowledged. Thus, while almost no one today denies the massacre happened, many continue to believe Calley was made a scapegoat for the entire incident. Calley's officer above him who REALLY gave the initial orders was never investigated, though it was proven that he also participated in the massacre. No significant facts about the Calley investigation or about the massacre itself were made public at the time, but the facts did gradually emerge, and eleven days after the first newspaper accounts the Army announced that it had set up a panel to determine why the initial investigations had failed to disclose the atrocity. The three-star general, then fifty-five years old, had spent more than two years as a troop commander in Vietnam during the late nineteen-sixties, serving as commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division and later as commander of the I Field Force. We found out later, well, about fifteen minutes or so, it was Charlie Company from over in the other direction.

As a matter of fact, Lt. It is later estimated that approximately civilians were murdered, and probably no VC were in the area.

my lai a brief history with documents summary

Hugh Thompson, the helicopter pilot who stopped the My Lai massacre, later told the news program "60 Minutes" that he was ostracized and received death threats upon his return from Vietnam.

Every military engagement or tactic, including such details as the allotment of helicopters for combat assaults, had to be personally approved by him.

Barker, Jr. To the Americans who operated in the area, Pinkville meant Vietcong guerrillas and booby traps. Other atrocities, such as a similar massacre of villagers at My Khe, are less well known. This time, three G. Larry G. That would indicate that in some cases not the highest calibre of people were being provided. A few G. Early in , the 11th Infantry Brigade had established a standard procedure for making body counts, which required an on-site identification of a dead enemy soldier before the body could be reported. Hersh was press secretary for the Senator Eugene McCarthy early in his campaign for Democratic Presidential nomination.
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The My Lai Massacre