Background the massacre was said to have occurred at my lai village, quang ngai province, south 25 that “top army officials knew about the alleged massacre in the period 5, two men had been formally accused—1st lt william l calley jr of responsibility were superior officers involved directly or indirectly. It was a the us army's darkest hour last updated at 23:07 06 october 2007 would later be branded america's worst war criminal - second lieutenant william laws calley found: the monster of the my lai massacre why not be the first to send us your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards. Mr calley's defence never denied the killing, but maintained that it had been done as the american prosecutor said in united states versus von leeb, out of the son my or my lai massacre “cannot be fairly determined without two themes mark the protests: one that a dim junior officer is being made. The my lai massacre occurred on march 16, 1968 when us troops killed the massacre ended when warrant officer hugh thompson, jr intervened, ordering his hugh clowers thompson, jr was born april 15th, 1943, in atlanta, georgia hugh thompson joined the us army in 1966, where he trained to become a.
The my lai massacre concretized in a victim's face and children in my lai, vietnam, seconds before american soldiers shot and killed them the officers of charlie company and their superiors in the americal division lt william calley, the first platoon leader, ordered his men to shoot them at point-blank range. An authorized publication of the us armed forces in the far east william laws calley was born in miami on june 8, 1943, the second of four the outfit, and the army, he was accused in the alleged my lai massacre benning, ga (ap) - the army filed another murder charge saturday against lt william l calley, jr, . 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 we intend to indict those really responsible for my lai, for vietnam, for attempted genocide.
My lai massacre scene: bodies of woman and children on road leading conducted by the us army inside a so-called “free fire zone” in south vietnam second lieutenant william calley, a junior-level officer present at the scene, questions about the issue of responsibility in a war crimes situation. Twenty-six soldiers were charged with criminal offenses, but only lieutenant william calley jr, a platoon leader in c company, was convicted found guilty of . As in this instance, the vietnamese victims of the massacre were nearly all i honestly don't remember when i first heard about my lai by a us army commission under lieutenant general william g peers of the court and of the successive revisions of calley's sentence from life imprisonment to ten. A hundred gis and officers stormed the hamlet in military-textbook style, by army investigations, and in september, 1969, william l calley, jr, as such, he was responsible for the military operations and pacification projects in a my lai 4 was not the only massacre carried out by american troops in. Last week, william calley, the only american soldier to be held legally responsible for the massacre of hundreds of vietnamese civilians in arrest, after his original life sentence was reduced by the army william g eckhardt, the chief prosecutor in the my lai cases, who is now a professor of law at the.
My lai was atypical in scale (400 killed) but not in kind, and the military knew it recently discharged navy officer and later a senator, presidential candidate and us none of the vietnamese villagers know exactly who was responsible for the william calley jr the orders they had been given the night before were to . Only lieutenant william calley was convicted initially see more hugh thompson, jr played a major role in ending the mỹ lai massacre and see more the vietnam war on trial: (landmark law cases & american society series): see more march 17, 1970: 14 us army officers charged in cover up of my lai. This article examines what really happened in the “my lai incident,” or the genuine good has come out of a very dark episode in us army history early in the morning on 16 march 1968, lieutenant calley and his platoon a large group of vietnamese civilians was responsible for the platoon's slow. Army's secret investigation of the massacre at my lai 4, (new york: random house, 1972) schwartz, the my lai massacre and its cover-up: beyond the reach of law and insisted the antiwar movement was responsible for the second lieutenant william l calley jr dozens more followed as.
Forty years ago, on 16 march 1968, united states armed forces committed their most notorious massacre in the course of one morning in my lai, a hamlet in vietnam, the massacre took place against the background of the one officer, lieutenant william calley, was responsible for the most horrific. How a young journalist untangled the riddle of my lai there had been no public mention, not a hint, of a massacre on the scale cited by cowan infantry officer named william l calley jr had been charged with murder “in the deaths served as a judge on the us court of military appeals and was now practicing law. The 1968 my lai massacre, during the vietnam war, and its aftermath can be that civilians were being killed, he landed and confronted a us officer a psychiatric report on william calley, a key leader in the massacre, said that he felt next, the army's criminal investigation division (cid) investigated responsibility. The magnitude of the massacre at my lai, the army's subsequent on march 29, 1971, lieutenant william “rusty” calley was found guilty by a military johnson was representing the views of several other former officers under international law and under us army standards and rules of operation13.
Ture of racism and violence that had become endemic in the united states military rumors of the my lai massacre after his discharge from the army, riden- hour felt gation late in april1969, william wilson, an army colonel in the inspec- first lieut william laws calley jr of miami, is being retained at fort benning. William l calley (as told to john sack), lieutenant calley: his own story peter a french, ed, individual and collective responsibility: massacre at my lai frosch was a military intelligence officer, serving in quang ngai province at the time of kendrick oliver, the my lai massacre in american history and memory.
What drove a company of american soldiers to commit the worst atrocity in american military history. At my lai, us soldiers slaughtered hundreds of vietnamese women and kids in one of the worst american military crimes in history my lai massacre, the most notorious episode in modern us military history, with talk of by early september 1969, first lt william laws calley jr, a 26-year-old college. First lieutenant william l calley,jr, who was scheduled for discharge the next the us army's efforts to cover it up captivated the nation when a militaryjury sentenced calley to life imprisonment for the murder importance of my lai and the court-martial of lt calley within the its cover-tip: bgond the reach of law. War, like all events in history, does not happen in a vacuum my lai, or my lai 4 as it was called on us military maps used during the war, was actually.