In 1969, Americans were shocked to find out that an American lieutenant, William Calley Jr. led a
massacre of innocent civilians in My Lai. The event took place in a small village in northern South
Vietnam where the soldiers believed the Viet Cong were hiding.
Because they were not able to find any rebels, the American soldiers huddled them up and shot "anything
that breathed." The citizens consisted of old men, women, and children and totaled to about 500 people.
The massacre ranged from different types of torture and deaths. Women and girls were raped, mothers
would hold dying children in their arms, and alot of them were put into ditches and were shot by machine
The High Commander of the division stopped the massacre and tried to cover the incident, however it was
uncovered and published in the "New York Times" by Shermesch Hersh.
Only some soldiers were held responsible for the incident but only Lt. Calley was convicted and imprisoned.