The My Lai massacres was one of the most tragic and horrific mass killing of innocent civilians that happened during the Vietnam War. During this massacre the Americans killed as many as 500 innocent South Vietnamese people, this included women, children and the elderly. American soldiers were given information that there were Viet Cong and Viet Cong sympathizers in the village of Son My, they were given order to destroy the village. When the soldiers got to the village they found no Viet Cong but instead they rounded up women, children and old men and murdered them in a very brutal way, this included rape, and torture. The Army commander Calley dragged many people mostly children into a ditch and executed them with a machine gun. The most important thing about the My Lai massacre was that not a single shot was fired against the Americans. The My Lai massacre ended when Warrant Officer William Hugh landed his helicopter between the soldiers and the citizens and threatened to open fire if they continued.
After the Mai Lai Massacre, Richard Nixon continued the "vietnamzation" including the withdrawal of troops and the transfer of the control over ground operations to South Vietnamese. Among the troops that were still in Vietnam, the morals were low and the anger and frustration were high, this cause over 1/3 of the troops to become addicted to drugs.
|This is only some of the many innocent people that were murdered during the My Lai Massacre.|