It was during the US imperialist intervention of the Vietnam War that one of the most shockingly blatant episodes of more recent US war crimes took place. It was named, The Mỹ Lai Massacre.
On 16th March, 1968, that US soldiers from Company C, Ist Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division, murdered 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians. The slain included men, women, children and small infants. Some of the females were gang-raped and their bodies then mutilated.
Although, during a subsequent investigation, 26 soldiers were charged with criminal offences, only one, Company C Platoon leader, Lieutenant William Calley Jr, was ever convicted. Calley was first given a life sentence which was then commuted to three and a half years under house arrest.
My Lai and My Khe are two hamlets of the village known as Son My in Quang Ngai province. The US military used the slang name…
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