The my lai massacre became symbolic of the vietnam war in the eyes of many americans, and thus it was of great value to the antiwar movement few people, however, really understood what happened or why and the court-martial of the platoon commander concerned, second lieutenant william rusty calley, did little to clear up the confusion. The matter could not be smothered, and in november of 1969, journalist seymour hersh exposed c company's massacre of civilians at my lai there had been attempts at cover-up. Part 1 it will make you want to move to canada made by peednama. Media coverage of the my lai massacre on march 16, 1968, the men of charlie company entered the village of my lai under the hersh, seymour m cover-up new york: random house 1972 --- my lai 4 a report on the massacre and its aftermath new york: random house 1970 kinnard, douglas the war managers hanover, nh: university press of new. Three us servicemen who had tried to halt the massacre and protect the wounded were initially denounced by several us congressmen as traitors in an attempt to cover up the massacre they received hate mail and death threats and found mutilated animals on their doorsteps.
The mass killings of hundreds vietnamese in my lai is known as one of the darkest chapters of us military history mai lai village twelve other military officers were charged with crimes related to the massacre, including the cover-up all were acquitted of criminal charges. The my lai courts-martial are the stories of two tragedies growing out of american involvement in viet nam one was the massacre by united states soldiers of as many as 500 unarmed civilians-- old men, women, children--in my lai on the morning of march 16, 1968. The cover up continued for over a year until private ron ridenhour began a campaign to shed light on the events the story finally broke in november 1969 this forced the us army to open an investigation.
My lai impacted the war greatly, as it proved to be a major cover up by the united states military, which did nothing for the trust of the american people the united states government backed up the military 100%, and now the american citizens had no trust in the government which didn't help too much being at war. Abstract the 1968 my lai massacre, during the vietnam war, and its aftermath can be conceptualized as a struggle over outrage examination of the events reveals that the perpetrators and their commanders took various actions that inhibited outrage from the unprovoked killing of civilians. Janei jones, makenzee johnson, demontray brown my lai massacre high-ranking us army officers some how managed to cover it up for a year before a soldier made revelations that he had heard of the massacre this lead to a special investigation into the matter cover up critics of the war argued that.
Which was worse—the massacre or the cover-up 9 what relevance was it that atrocities had been committed against us servicemen in the area in the days immediately preceding the my lai operation. Reddit gives you the best of the internet in one place get a constantly updating feed of breaking news, fun stories, pics, memes, and videos just for you passionate about something niche reddit has thousands of vibrant communities with people that share your interests alternatively, find out what’s trending across all of reddit on r/popular. Beware the wrath of the centurions’ the officer responsible for the attempted cover-up was sentenced to be dismissed from the marines, but the verdict was overturned on appeal: only two other patrol members served significant prison sentences the my lai massacre has come to symbolise all that was worst about the us armed forces. Democracy now lifts up the voices of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times sy, to tell us the story of this massacre and the cover-up pinkville was the us army.
“only the united states of america would not cover it up, one of the biggest hindrances to a productive examination of my lai was the unreasoned anti-united states rhetoric coming from audiences in both this country and abroad heroes emerge from shame of my lai massacre”. My lai massacre cover-up following the massacre, both the us and south vietnam attempted to cover-up the issues this would enrage the public and create world tensions as people demanded for transparency. Immediately after the massacre, the us military filed false reports on the event in order to cover up the harsh reality that really happened. The two prominent pbs documentaries made about the massacre, the 1989 frontline episode, “remember my lai,” and the 2010 american experience episode “my lai,” do not make the connection (though a vietnamese woman in the frontline episode mentions rape.
Villagers in my lai during the 1968 operation and massacre the vietnam war produced many indiscriminate killings, civilian casualties and war crimes perhaps the best known is the killing of vietnamese villagers by american soldiers at my lai in march 1968 soldiers from ‘charlie’ company. My lai massacre the event known as the my lai massacre was one of the darkest moments of the vietnam war, and further fueled the already growing anti-war movement in the united stateson march 16, 1968, us army troops murdered more than 300 unarmed vietnamese women, children, and elderly persons. The my lai massacre was a search and destroy mission that went wrong when the us ended up killing thousands of women and children with no vietcong connections word of this back in the us caused protests against the war.