All Quite On The Western Front

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My Lai Massacre On March 16, 1968 the 11th Brigade of Charlie Company, American Division, crept into the small jungle village of My Lai 4. "This is what you've been waiting for, search and destroy, and you've got it," said their superior officers. This was the first thing that went wrong, the wrong attitude. First secure your landing area, then seek out any threats and overcome them. When the news of the so-called "massacre" came about, it caused great controversy throughout the U.S.My Lai 4 is located in South Vietnam. More specifically Son My, which is a heavily guarded area of Viet Cong trenches. Many men of Charlie Company had been killed in this area. Lieutenant Calley commanded the troops. This area, being known to be a hot bed, meant that the soldiers had a preconception that there would be Viet Cong. This was a mistake on all parts. The Charlie Company were expecting a fight, and when they saw nothing was stirring they made their own fight with extreme acts of aggression.As the mission was executed so were the civilians. It turned out to be the massacre of over 500 unarmed civilians including children, women, and the elderly. Lieutenant Calley ordered his troops open fire on the village even though there had been no report of enemy fire. According to several eyewitness reports, at least one girl was raped then killed, many old men were stabbed with bayonets, and praying civilians were shot in the head. Calley's actions were reported as to have rounded up a group of the villagers, ordered them into a ditch, and mowed them down with a machine gun. Now these actions are not justifiable. If Calley knew that the people were actually civilians at the time, he is definitely murdering innocent people. The same innocent people that we are trying to protect from the spreading communist epidemic. Otherwise it is just a trigger...

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