Just two-and-a-half weeks after the my lai massacre, april 4th, 1968, dr martin luther king jr would be assassinated in memphis, tennessee he was just 39 years old. The massacre in my lai and the trial of lieutenant william calley shocked the nation the war in vietnam was gaining unpopularity and the the nixon administration down played the horrific atrocity of the incident while officers in vietnam tried to cover it up. What is the legacy of the my lai massacre as we mark the 50th anniversary of that tragic event i’m certainly not an expert on war crimes but recently i attended an all day conference on the slaughter at my lai (vietnam) that left me shaken.
Standoff at my lai this activity is not intended to draw general conclusions about the united states, the vietnam war, or even the mai lai incident this activity is intended to provide a case for case study analysis and application of just war criteria (jus in bello. Photos of victims of the my lai massacre in vietnam galvanized public awareness about the barbarity of the war (photo taken by u s army photographer ronald l haeberle) as the round-up. Reading the pictures is dedicated to the analysis of news photos and media images rtp on twitter, looking back at the vietnam war and the iconic photographs that mark that era, the my lai massacre captured public awareness largely due to the 1969 public release of graphic photographs taken by army photographer ronald haeberle.
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. That the massacre at my lai 4 occurred was a logical extension of a war designed to succeed through attrition the war strategy at the very top involved targeting the innocent in order to starve the vietcong and north vietnamese army of the material and political support that it needed to continue operating. Voices from the my lai massacre author: joseph jelen school: northwood high school grade level: ap (9-12) time estimated: 1 day (80 minute period) brief overview in this lesson students will evaluate public reaction to the my lai massacre and extend that understanding to better understanding public perception of the vietnam conflict. The vietnam war and the my lai massacre - george herring the_vietnam_war_and_the_my_lai_massacrepdf: file size: 547 kb: file type: pdf: download file glossary - people and terms people_and_terms_glossarypdf: powered by create your own unique website with customizable templates. Standoff at my lai another side to my lai while the only penalty served for the massacre of some 500 unarmed children, women, men, old people at my lai was calley's 3 ½ year prison/house arrest term, there is no serious denial that the my lai massacre occurred.
The massacre at my lai was not the only time american troops committed war crimes against vietnamese civilians, but it was the single worst instance its severity, its cover-up and the eventual. People my age (56), plus or minus 5 years, know what my lai was, and what it means, without having to say massacre my lai was the starting point for americans to doubt the innate and inherent goodness, of our troops, our people, and our motives. Case study on the my lai massacre how representative is the my lai massacre as evidence of american experience in vietnam the vietnam war on trial: the my lai massacre and court-martial of lieutenant calley, d analysis historically, vietnam and my lai offer a warning about the nature of warfare, particularly in. 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 occurred 50 years ago this week in vietnam an opera featuring the kronos quartet and van-anh vanessa vo tells the story of an american soldier who tried to stop his own troops.
In late 1969 seymour hersh broke the story of the 1968 my lai massacre, during which us troops slaughtered more than 500 civilians in quang ngai province, far north of the delta some months later, in may 1970, a self-described grunt who participated in speedy express wrote a confidential letter to william westmoreland, then army chief of. The my lai massacre (pronunciation (help nfo), approximately [mi˧˩˥'lɐːj˧˧])  (vietnamese: thảm sát mỹ lai) was the mass murder of 347 to 504 unarmed citizens in south vietnam, entirely civilians and some of them women and children, conducted by us army forces on march 16, 1968. 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, approximately 504 civilians. Hugh clowers thompson jr (april 15, 1943 – january 6, 2006) retired as a united states army major, and formerly a warrant officer in the 123rd aviation battalion, 23rd infantry division, who played a major role in ending the my lai massacre in sơn mỹ village, sơn tịnh district, quảng ngãi province, south vietnam, on march 16, 1968. The tet offensive, and the my lai massacre kyle hadyniak university of maine vietnam war, government officials, most notably former secretary of defense robert television’s historic role in the vietnam war warrants its own explanation and analysis.
My lai anniversary at time to reconsider iraq forty years ago an atrocious event changed the course of the vietnam war the my lai massacre shocked americans and marked a turning point in how the. 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. The most famous battlefield atrocity, the 1968 my lai massacre, which was mostly covered up and pinned on one lt william calley, again shows burns putting his directorial thumb on the scale rather than call the massacre “murder,” as it was originally described by novick, burns switched the script to read that “the killing of civilians. The my lai massacre the my lai massacre was a mass murder of innocent vietnamese civilians it is known as the worst atrocity of the vietnam war lieutenant william calley led the first platoon of charlie company during its service in the quang ngai province in vietnam.
The exhibit, which offers the chance to send letters to both the vietnam veterans memorial in washington, dc, and to the my lai massacre museum in vietnam, runs through 4 pm sunday at the. The my lai massacre changed public opinion against the war, which was the major reason why the us lost the war the us weren't defeated on the ground, they were defeated at home 0bs3n3 9 years ago. If americans remember my lai, they likely know that something awful happened there on this 50th anniversary, it is worth recalling the grotesque details, in the hope of preventing a future my lai.
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 tuesdayusing eyewitness statements from both vietnamese and americans, the program revealed new evidence about the massacre. The my lai massacre was the deliberate murder by us troops of 504 innocent civilians, including women, children and grandparents in the vietnam village of my lai on march 16, 1968 more would have died but for the heroic intervention of a us helicopter crew led by hugh thompson.