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49 years ago today, a tragedy happened in a place call My Lai

March 16, 1968 | U.S. Soldiers Massacre Vietnamese Civilians at My Lai

By The Learning Network, NYTime.com

On March 16, 1968, during the Vietnam War, United States troops under the command of Lt. William L. Calley Jr. carried out a massacre of about 500 unarmed men, women and children in the village of My Lai.

The C Company, also known as the “Charlie Company,” of the 11th Brigade, Americal Division, was ordered to My Lai to eliminate the Vietcong’s 48th Battalion. On the night of March 15, Capt. Ernest Medina, the commander of Charlie Company, told his men that all civilians would leave the village by 7:00 the following morning, leaving only Vietcong soldiers and sympathizers. He ordered them to burn down the village, poison wells and wipe out the enemy.

Ronald Haeberle/U.S. ArmyWomen and children were victims of the My Lai massacre on March 16, 1968.Read more at: http://ameriforce.net/49-years-ago-today-tragedy-happened-place-call-lai/