one of the most horrific incidents of violence committed against unarmed civilians during the vietnam war. A company of american soldiers brutally killed most of the people- women, children, and old men.
what caused the lai massacre..
this stemmed from previous events in the vietnam war. The tet offensive, which occurred during the first two months of 1968, was a large military invasion of south vietnam by north vietnam. Many vietnamese were gathered and executed in ditches, homes were burned and crops were destroyed.
William Calley. A former united states army officer convicted by court-martial of murdering 22 unarmed south vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre on March 16, 1968.
Vietnamese women were raped; other civilians were clubbed and stabbed. Some victims were mutilated with the signature "c company" carved into their chest. One soldier testified later, saying " i cut their throats, cut off their hands, cut out their tongues, and scalped them. A lot of people were doing it and i just followed. I lost all sence of direction."