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Though their first three months in Vietnam passed without any direct contact with North Vietnamese-backed forces, by mid-March the company had suffered 28 casualties involving mines or booby-traps.
Army as the Viet Cong. Henderson, the 11th Brigade commander, urged his officers to "go in there aggressively, close with the enemy and wipe them out for good". Those present later gave differing accounts of Medina's response. Some, including platoon leaders, testified that the orders, as they understood them, were to kill all guerrilla and North Vietnamese combatants and "suspects" including women and children, as well as all animalsto burn the village, and pollute the wells.
If a man was running, shoot him, sometimes even if a woman with a rifle was running, shoot her. The other two companies from TF Barker were ordered to secure the area and provide support if needed.
The area was designated a free fire zonewhere American forces were allowed to deploy artillery and air strikes in populated areas. Lacross   and Captain Medina's command post remained outside. On approach, both platoons fired at people they saw in the rice fields and in the brush.
Harry Stanley, a machine gunner from Charlie Company, said during the U. Army Criminal Investigation Division inquiry that the killings started without warning.
He first observed a member of 1st Platoon strike a Vietnamese man with a bayonet. Then, the same trooper pushed another villager into a well and threw a grenade in the well.
Next, he saw fifteen or twenty people, mainly women and children, kneeling around a temple with burning incense. They were praying and crying. They were all killed by shots in the head.
All detainees were pushed into the ditch and then killed after repeated orders issued by Lieutenant Calley, who was also shooting. He recollected that women were allegedly saying "No VC" and were trying to shield their children.
Then, the children who were old enough to walk got up and Calley began to shoot the children". Livestock was shot as well. I walked up and saw these guys doing strange things Setting fire to the hootches and huts and waiting for people to come out and then shooting them As I walked in you could see piles of people all through the village They were gathered up into large groups.
I saw them shoot an M79 [grenade launcher] into a group of people who were still alive. But it was mostly done with a machine gun.
They were shooting women and children just like anybody else. We met no resistance and I only saw three captured weapons. We had no casualties. As a matter of fact, I don't remember seeing one military-age male in the entire place, dead or alive.
All of a sudden the GIs just opened up with M16s. Beside the M16 fire, they were shooting at the people with M79 grenade launchers I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
He observed his men firing into a ditch with Vietnamese people inside and he then started shooting, with an M16, from a distance of five feet. After that, around After the initial sweeps by 1st and 2nd platoons, 3rd Platoon was dispatched to deal with any "remaining resistance".
During this operation, between 60 and people, including women and children, were killed. While some soldiers of Charlie Company did not participate in the crimes, they neither openly protested nor complained later to their superiors.
They encountered no enemy fire and found no weapons in My Lai itself". They landed their helicopter by a ditch, which they noted was full of bodies and in which there was movement. Thompson, shocked and confused, then spoke with Calley, who claimed to be "just following orders".
As the helicopter took off, Thompson saw Mitchell firing into the ditch. Thompson landed and told his crew that if the soldiers shot at the Vietnamese while he was trying to get them out of the bunker that they were to open fire on these soldiers.Some reporters have drawn connections between the press' grudging evolution on Cosby and a painful chapter in my own family's history.
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