Introduction

On March 16, 1968 , American soldiers went into a small village in Vietnam called My Lai and killed approximately 400 unarmed civilians. Two years later the American public found out what had happened at My Lai. The government called it an incident while others called it a massacre. One person, Lt. William Calley, was charged with the killings. He served less than four years on house arrest. No others were found guilty of the killings or the cover up that the government was accused of doing.


Assignment

Explain the events that led up to the killings and what happened that day in the village of My Lai. Was there a cover up by the government of the events? How did the story finally go public? What was the public reaction to the actual sentence that Calley served? What are the reactions and the message today, from both the general public as well as the survivors, concerning My Lai and the war overall?


Overview

Vietnam Online: The My Lai Massacre
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/vietnam/trenches/my_lai.html

Into the Dark: The My Lai Massacre by Mark Gado; Chapters 1-15
http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/mass/lai/index_1.html

An Introduction to the My Lai Courts-Martial. By Doug Linder
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/mylai/Myl_intro.html

Murder in the name of war - My Lai
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/special_report/1998/03/98/mylai/64344.stm

Background on the My Lai Hearings and Reports
http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/MyLai_bckgr.pdf

Court Adjourns on My Lai
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,905582,00.html


Primary Sources

Report of the Department of the Army Review of the Preliminary Investigations into the My Lai Incident. Volume I - The Report of the Investigation
http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/RDAR-Vol-I.pdf

Volume II - Testimony
http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/RDAR-Vol-IIBook21.pdf

Volume III Exhibits; Book 6 - Photographs
http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/RDAR-Vol-IIIBook6.pdf

Investigation of the My Lai Incident
http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/MyLaiReport.pdf

Frontline: Remember My Lai
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/programs/transcripts/714.html

Documents Relating to the Court Martial of William L. Calley
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/mylai/MYL_calt.HTM

Documents Relating to the Court Martial of Ernest L. Medina
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/mylai/MYL_MEDT.HTM

My Lai survivors gather to pray for victims Associated Press
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/03/16/vietnam.mylai.ap/index.html

My Lai survivors recall tragedy by Ben Stocking
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4176/is_20080316/ai_n24938476