My Lai Massacre

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  • Created by: Joel Ford
  • Created on: 25-02-13 20:59
When did the My Lai Massacre occur?
16th March 1968
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What did the Americans think that the area was?
A Vietcong stronghold
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Why didn't the Americans trust the Vietnamese civilians?
They could be disguised or lying to them as others had before
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What was perhaps the main reason for the massacre?
US soldiers wanted to avenge the deaths of their fallen comrades
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Who led the Americans?
Lieutenant. William Calley
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How many helicopters were used?
Nine helicopters were used
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How many platoons were involved?
Three platoons were involved
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How did the Americans destroy the food of the Vietnamese?
They killed animals and cut down trees
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How were the houses destroyed?
They were burnt by soldiers
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How many people were taken prisoner?
One man
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How many weapons were found?
Three weapons
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How did the US public react and what did it achieve?
They were appalled and ended the war by protesting
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What did some of the US soldiers involved do out of guilt?
They committed suicide
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What did some US soldiers use as an excuse for killing the civilians?
They said they were only following orders
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How was the platoon leader who was most responsible for the massacre punished?
He was given a life sentence but came out after three years
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How many people were estimated to have been killed?
Anywhere between 175-500
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