My Lai

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My Lai
SBS  |  October 19, 2010

What drove a company of American soldiers - ordinary young men from around the country - to commit the worst atrocity in American military history? On the morning of 16 March, 1968, 140 young soldiers of Charlie Company entered the village of My Lai, in central Vietnam. By the end of the day, they had shot and killed between 300 and 507 unarmed and unresisting men, women and children, none of them apparently members of the enemy forces.

What drove a company of American soldiers - ordinary young men from around the country - to commit the worst atrocity in American military history? On the morning of 16 March, 1968, 140 young soldiers of Charlie Company entered the village of My Lai, in central Vietnam. By the end of the day, they had shot and killed between 300 and 507 unarmed and unresisting men, women and children, none of them apparently members of the enemy forces.

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