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.
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?
Vietnam Online: The My Lai Massacre
Into the Dark: The My Lai Massacre by Mark Gado; Chapters 1-15
An Introduction to the My Lai Courts-Martial. By Doug Linder
Murder in the name of war - My Lai
Background on the My Lai Hearings and Reports
Court Adjourns on My Lai
Report of the Department of the Army Review of the Preliminary Investigations into the My Lai Incident.
Volume I - The Report of the Investigation
Volume II - Testimony
Volume III – Exhibits; Book 6 - Photographs
Investigation of the My Lai Incident
Frontline: Remember My Lai
Documents Relating to the Court Martial of William L. Calley
Documents Relating to the Court Martial of Ernest L. Medina
My Lai survivors gather to pray for victims – Associated Press
My Lai survivors recall tragedy by Ben Stocking