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My Lai Massacre. A person who breaks the rules of war is a criminal and should be tried for their actions. A soldier should always obey orders. War must be governed by clearly defined rules and regulations. My Lai Massacre.

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my lai massacre
My Lai Massacre
  • A person who breaks the rules of war is a criminal and should be tried for their actions.
  • A soldier should always obey orders.
  • War must be governed by clearly defined rules and regulations.
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My Lai Massacre

Agitated troops, under the command of Lt. William Calley, entered the village poised for engagement with the elusive enemy.

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My Lai Massacre

As the "search and destroy" mission unfolded, it soon degenerated into the massacre of over 300 apparently unarmed civilians including women, children, and the elderly.

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My Lai Massacre

According to eyewitness reports offered after the event, several old men were bayoneted, praying women and children were shot in the back of the head, and at least one girl was raped and then killed.

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My Lai Massacre

Despite claims that he was following orders from his commanding officer, Captain Medina, Calley was charged with premeditated murder for ordering the shootings.

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My Lai Massacre
  • He was initially sentenced to life in prison.
  • However, President Nixon made the controversial decision to have Calley released from prison.
  • Calley's sentence was later adjusted, so that he would eventually serve only four and one-half months in a military prison at Fort Benning.

Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley-click

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My Lai Massacre
  • The enemy is everywhere.
  • The enemy is not human.
  • No personal responsibility.
  • The pressure to act was great.
  • Natural dominance of a psychopath.
  • The use of firepower.
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