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Brutality in the Vietnam War. Since the US Couldn’t differentiate between friend and foe, we had to assume most were foes. Used a weapon called Napalm Gelatinized gasoline Sticks to what it burns White phosphorous Burns EXTREMELY hot Keeps burning through your body until removed. Napalm.

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since the us couldn t differentiate between friend and foe we had to assume most were foes
Since the US Couldn’t differentiate between friend and foe, we had to assume most were foes
  • Used a weapon called Napalm
    • Gelatinized gasoline
    • Sticks to what it burns
  • White phosphorous
    • Burns EXTREMELY hot
    • Keeps burning through your body until removed
june 8 1972
June 8, 1972
  • South Vietnamese military is trying to destroy a village controlled by the Viet Cong.
  • Accidentally drops napalm & white phosphorous on the village of Trang Bang.
my lai massacre
My Lai Massacre
  • You will be responsible for knowing the answers to these questions. Answer them IN YOUR NOTEBOOK
  • What happened at My Lai? What effect did it have on the American public?
  • Why was it difficult to distinguish between guerillas and civilians in the Vietnam conflict?
  • Why, more specifically, did men from Charlie Company massacre Vietnamese civilians?
  • What role you think the Viet Cong\'s tactic of hiding among civilians played in the massacre? Did it in any way justify the soldiers\' behavior?
  • How did the truth about My Lai eventually come out?
  • Describe the investigation into the massacre. What was the outcome?
essay take home
Essay (take home)
  • Write a five-paragraph essay describing what you think you would have done had you been in My Lai as a member of Charlie Company. Defend your answer.
  • DUE MONDAY. TYPED & BRING TO CLASS
  • Give this some thought! Would you have disobeyed orders?
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