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. In this dec 4, 1969, file photo, army capt ernest medina, a key figure in the 1968 my lai massacre during the vietnam war, speaks at a news conference at the pentagon medina died on may 8, 2018. Survivors mark the 50th anniversary of the my lai massacre during the vietnam war msn of charlie company were sent on what they were told was a mission to confront a crack outfit of their. Hugh thompson, who has died aged 62, was the helicopter pilot who tried to halt the my lai massacre of more than 500 villagers by american troops during the vietnam war at one point, he rescued. Amy goodman: vietnam war veteran eric herter, speaking today on this, the 50th anniversary of the my lai massacre, when us forces slaughtered more than 500 vietnamese women, children and old men.
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 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. On march 16, 1968, american soldiers, mainly lt william calley's 1st platoon, c company, 1st battalion, 20th infantry regiment, murdered at least 347 civilians in and around son my, vietnam, an area which the americans called my lai. File - in this dec 4, 1969, file photo, us army capt ernest medina, a key figure in the 1968 my lai massacre during the vietnam war, speaks at a news conference at the pentagon.
The my lai massacre, which took place on the morning of march 16, 1968, was a watershed in the history of modern american combat, and a turning point in the public perception of the vietnam war. My lai was a terrible event however, it is true that civilians, including small children, were used by the vc and nva as combatantsthe little girl whose teddy bear exploded when she walked in to a group of gisthe vietnamese barber whose body was found in the wire after a night time attack. The infamous my lai massacre was one of the utmost critical events during the vietnam war that contributed to the wide-ranging hatred towards the war the charlie company (company c) soldiers from the11th infantry brigade  who took part in the murders of countless innocent civilians knew what had occurred in pinkville village was wrong.
The my lai massacre, vietnam on the morning of march 16, 1968, at war with vietnam, soldiers of charlie company, a unit of the american division's 11th brigade arrived in my lai, the northern part of south vietnam. A vietnam war vet returns for the first time to meet survivors of the my lai massacre and set the record straight 16 mar 2018 08:59 gmt vietnam , war & conflict , united states. The communists, on the other hand, murdered something in the neighborhood of 60,000 villagers in cold blood during the war (including several massacres as big or bigger the my lai) and marched another 50,000 civilians into the jungle which were never heard from again (presumably also murdered. The my lai massacre on march 16, 1968 the angry and frustrated men of charlie company, 11th brigade, americal division entered the vietnamese village of my lai this is what you've been waiting.
The ghosts of my lai in the hamlet where us troops killed hundreds of men, women and children, survivors are ready to forgive the most infamous american soldier of the war. The my lai massacre was the most notorious episode in modern us military history, but not an aberration in america's war in vietnam the us military's own records, filed discreetly away for three decades, described 300 other cases of what could fairly be described as war crimes. Children perform at a war memorial dedicated to the victims of the my lai massacre in the village of son my during a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the massacre on march 16, 2018. Milwaukee (ap) — former army capt ernest l medina, a key figure in the my lai massacre during the vietnam war, has died in wisconsin he was 81 medina was an army captain on march 16, 1968, when american troops under his command killed hundreds of unarmed vietnamese civilians. Today, 40 years after charlie company platoon leader william calley stood trial for the my lai massacre, we're asking those questions again last spring, army sergeant robert bales was arrested and charged with killing 16 afghan villagers, including nine children, in a shooting rampage that echoes my lai, wounded knee, and other dark moments.
Detroit remembers the vietnam war on the anniversary of the my lai massacre designated my lai in central vietnam the soldiers of charlie company had been briefed the night before that all the. 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. 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. My lai massacre was the vietnam war mass murder of between 347-504 unarmed civilians in south vietnam 3-16-68, by us army soldiers of charlie co 1st battalion, 20th infantry regiment most victims were women, children, infants, and elderly people.
Charlie company, the unit deployed in my lai 4 on the day of the massacre led by 2lt calley, was one of at least three that swept my lai 4 william doherty and michael terry — soldiers in the 3rd platoon who killed the wounded in the ditch. One of the uglier examples of this was the my lai massacre, which saw between 347 and 504 vietnamese civilians murdered by american troops of charlie company during the vietnam war many of these victims were women and young children.
My lai is a painful episode of the american experience to watch at times, but it should be seen and discussed, so that we may understand how the whole of the vietnam war in general, and this massacre in particular, so severely damaged the heart and soul of our nation. Early on march 16, 1968, a company of soldiers in the united states army's americal division were dropped in by helicopter for an assault against a hamlet known as my lai 4, in the bitterly. 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 in march 1968 soldiers from 'charlie' company.