Category Archives: My Lai

The Unlearned Lesson of My Lai

“When U.S. Army soldiers ended their massacre of elderly men, women, and children in a South Vietnamese hamlet 50 years ago—on March 16, 1968—perhaps 500 civilians lay dead. The green troops expected to meet Vietcong forces, but instead found unarmed … Continue reading

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The Tiger Force Atrocities

Members of Tiger Force on patrol in October 1967. “The memory haunts Bill Carpenter even 50 years after his tour in Vietnam ended. An elderly villager dressed in white had just carted geese over the dark Song Ve River when … Continue reading

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‘Random Murder, Rape, and Pillage’: A US Soldier Describes 1968 in Vietnam

“Richard Brummett was born into a family of true believers—in Jesus, in war, and in a particular idea of America. He spent his youth at odds with, and trying to live up to, his father, a combat veteran of World … Continue reading

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Jonathan Schell

“Jonathan Edward Schell (August 21, 1943 – March 25, 2014) was an American author and visiting fellow at Yale University, whose work primarily dealt with campaigning against nuclear weapons. His work appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, and TomDispatch. … Continue reading

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Winter Soldier (1972)

“Winter Soldier is a 1972 documentary film chronicling the Winter Soldier Investigation which took place in Detroit, Michigan, from January 31 to February 2, 1971. The film documents the accounts of American soldiers who returned from the War in Vietnam, … Continue reading

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On the fiftieth anniversary of the My Lai massacre

Mosaic at the memorial at My Lai “Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the My Lai massacre. On the morning of March 16, 1968, American forces entered the village and gathered up all living things: elderly men and women, infants … Continue reading

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Radio Atlantic: How Has America Changed Since 1968?

“As 2018 begins, tensions and tumult in America are high. But before the end of 1968, Conor Friedersdorf reminded us in The Atlantic, ‘Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy would be assassinated; U.S. troops would suffer their deadliest … Continue reading

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