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Article The Truth Behind My Lai

Discussion in 'Vietnam War' started by AAR Galileo, Mar 19, 2018.

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  1. AAR Galileo

    AAR Galileo Mi Staff Sergeant TAARB MI.Net Member Mi.Net Supporter

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    This year is the 50th anniversary of the Mi Lai massacre. I was always wondering why only one man was found guilty. The times made a series of article about Mi Lai.

    On March 16, 1968, Capt. Ernest Medina led his infantry company in an assault on the village of Son My, along the central coast of South Vietnam, as part of a mission to find and destroy a battalion of the National Liberation Front, also known as the Vietcong. One of the hamlets within the village was called My Lai.


    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/16/opinion/the-truth-behind-my-lai.html

    The Photographer Who Showed the World What Really Happened at My Lai
    http://time.com/longform/my-lai-massacre-ron-haeberle-photographs/

    Only One Man Was Found Guilty for His Role in the My Lai Massacre. This Is What It Was Like to Cover His Trial
    http://time.com/5202268/calley-trial-my-lai-massacre/
     
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    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    Wow! thats a shocking story and the images... well even more so.
    I have no idea why this happened and would never judge any situation or action without the full story but it seems from the accounts in the links that this was a massacre that could have been avoided with better leadership

    Tragic
     
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    AAR Galileo Mi Staff Sergeant TAARB MI.Net Member Mi.Net Supporter

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    When I was in the army, we had a series of courses about the Geneva convention, unlawful orders and when we can disobey. They give us scenarios and we had to make a decision and sometimes it was very difficult to chose to follow or not the orders. I remember one scenario when as a servant of a M2 machine gun we were ordered to fire at sheeted trucks, a great dilema!
     
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    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    Yes orders are one thing but it seems that a lot of what happened here did so without any specific orders and according to the accounts its not the first time that they committed acts like this. Don't get me wrong, and as I said previously it is difficult to understand and in someways judge, I wasn't there so can only go off what I have just read.
     
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    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    This via Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_Massacre
     
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