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My Lai massacre. By. Makayla Watkins, Stanly Haynes, and Kyle Ankney. Background. My Lai lay in the south Vietnamese district of Son My. This was a heavily mined area where the Vietcong were deeply entrenched .

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my lai massacre

My Lai massacre

By. Makayla Watkins, Stanly Haynes, and Kyle Ankney

  • My Lai lay in the south Vietnamese district of Son My.
  • This was a heavily mined area where the Vietcong were deeply entrenched .
  • Numerous members of the Charlie Company had been maimed or killed in the area in the preceding weeks.
  • The agitated troops ,under the command of Lt. William Calley, entered the village poised for engagement on March 16, 1968.
the massacre
The Massacre
  • As the mission unfolded it soon turned into the massacre of over 300 apparently unarmed civilians ( includes women, children, and the elderly).
  • Calley ordered the men to enter the village firing, though there had been no report of opposing fire.
  • Eyewitnesses say that old men were bayoneted , praying women and children were shot in the back of the head
  • Calley said to round up a group of villagers ,ordered them into a ditch, and mowed them down with machine gun fire

investigations and questions
Investigations and questions
  • Word of the massacre did not reach the American public until November, 1969
  • The gruesome details of My Lai reached the American public, serious questions arose concerning the conduct.
  • Investigating the massacre found widespread failures of leadership, discipline, and morale among the army’s fighting units.
language of the war
Language of the war
  • AIRBURST- explosion of ammunition in the air
  • AIR CAV- air cavalry, referring o helicopter-borne infantry.
  • ARCOMS- Army commendation medals
  • ARTY- artillery
  • BAC SI- Vietnamese term for medical corpsman; doctor
  • BIRD- any aircraft, usually helicopters
language of the war cont
Language of the war cont.
  • BLUELEG- infantryman, a.k.a. “grunt”
  • CAV- nickname for air cavalry
  • C&C – command and control
  • CHERRY- a new troop replacement
  • CHURCH KEY- bottle opener
  • CRACKER BOX- field ambulance
  • They used various forms of artillery, both stationed and carried into the field.
  • Infantrymen carried lighter guns on patrol, using them to provide close up, mobile support.
  • The larger guns, positioned at firebase throughout the south.

photos of the massacre
Photos of the massacre