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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


Napalm
Napalm foe, we had to assume most were foes


June 8 1972
June 8, 1972 foe, we had to assume most were foes

  • 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 foe, we had to assume most were foes

  • 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) foe, we had to assume most were foes

  • 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?