By Maj. Danny Sjursen
Source: Read full article at Truthdig
Just after dawn on March 16, 1968, a company of U.S. Army infantrymen, led by Capt. Ernest Medina and spearheaded by Lt. William Calley, entered the small hamlet of My Lai in Quang Ngai province, South Vietnam. The villagers, mostly women and children, had no idea what was coming that day. If they had, they’d have fled.
Despite facing zero resistance and finding only a few weapons, Calley ordered his men to execute the entire population. In all, some 500 Vietnamese civilians were executed, including more than 350 women, children and babies. Other senior leaders in the chain of command had advised the soldiers of Charlie Company that all people in the village should be considered either Viet Cong or VC supporters. Medina and Calley were ordered to destroy the village. They did so with brutal precision and savagery.
I’ve heard accounts of this event (Sy Hersh talking about it on “Scheer Intelligence,” for ex., that I believe characterized a couple Americans as cold-blooded but did not suggest that all the soldiers who participated shared this mindset. Might want to qualify this or be more specific; though we know the outcome, I’m not sure we can…