In fact she was unarmed. A separate investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division lead to charges against both Calley and Medina as well. This letter sparked official investigations of both the massacre itself and the subsequent cover-up. At this point, Koster suggested Henderson conduct an investigation, but he did not follow up with Henderson regarding the requirements of a thorough investigation. By 11:15 that morning, Thompson's helicopter had returned to the base.
Two months later, on June 13, Colonel Barker and Captain Michles the Bravo Company during the My Lai operation were killed when their two helicopters collided in midair. Army platoon accused of murdering more than 500 women, children and elderly in a Vietnam village 50 years ago, died in Marinette last week at age 81. Ultimately, Koster's only reprimand for his involvement in the cover up came in the form of a demotion from Major General to Brigadier General. Q: Did you say your purpose in being in the area was to look for weapons? He lives in Marinette, Wisconsin. The intelligence soldiers received was inaccurate and they encountered no resistance in the village of My Lai and a neighboring community. Among the victims were 182 women—17 of them pregnant—and 173 children, including 56 infants.
Midway through the month, Wilson interviewed Captain Medina, who admitted that Henderson had been directed to conduct an investigation. No cause of death was given. . After high school graduation, Medina worked in a variety of jobs. He later became a member and president of the Rotary Club, according to his obituary. The company was owned by F.
That November, a selection of Haeberle's personal photographs were published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer showing dozens of Vietnamese civilians -- many women and children -- lying dead or merely seconds from death. Major General Koster, commander of the Americal Division, however, countermanded this order and told Medina that no further examination was necessary. The inquiry report deadline was set for March 14, 1970, within the two-year statute of limitations window set from the date of the incident. Ron Ridenhour was drafted in March of 1967 and received basic training, advanced infantry training, and parachute training. I was not to hear until sometime later how many or, you know, the great number of civilians that had been killed.
I was in the middle of the command group, there was a Vietnamese male, a small boy, that started moving form the edge of the wood line in front of the command group. Later that month, Ridenhour heard accounts of the incident from two other members of Charlie Company, and he searched fruitlessly for an official report on My Lai. Q: And when was that? Medina died May 8, according to an obituary written by his family. Q: And you thought this woman had a weapon? Not all the men of Charlie Company participated in the Massacre, and even fewer were ever charged. The story about a possible massacre of Vietnamese civilians by American soldiers was sold to Dispatch News Service, was published in 35 papers two days later. Bernhardt claimed he was then treated with blatant carelessness with his life; he was sent to the front of the line whenever they faced enemy fire and was denied multiple applications for a transfer. During the meeting, Henderson was instructed to conduct an investigation into the events of the previous day.
The cause was not given. Lieutenant William Calley Lieutenant Calley, Courtesy: Corbis Lieutenant William Calley led the First Platoon of Charlie Company during its service in the Quang Ngai province in Vietnam. Medina was eventually cleared and acquitted of all charges but his military career was over. Charlie Company killed 504 villagers in just three to four hours, most of them women, children and elderly men. He worked as a salesman for a helicopter manufacturer for a while, and later went into real estate.
Massacre at My Lai Shortly before 7:30 am on March 16, 1968, Son My village was shelled by U. Moreover, the troops of Charlie Company were ordered to destroy crops and buildings and to kill livestock. He was acquitted in a court-martial over the massacre. The intelligence soldiers received was inaccurate and they encountered no resistance in the village of My Lai and a neighboring community. After serving in the Navy for three years, Thompson joined the Army in 1966 in hopes of becoming a pilot.
Dennis Davis editor of the antiwar newspaper Last Harass is given an undesirable discharge. Lieutenant Calley was convicted of premeditated murder of least 22 civilians at a lengthy court-martial ending in March 1971. The pictures from his personal camera, however, he kept for himself, later explaining that he believed they would have been destroyed had they been turned in alongside the official Army photos. Following the operation at My Lai, Ron Haeberle submitted the black and white rolls to the Army. Unlike his comrades' triple loads of ammunition, Haeberle was armed only with two cameras — an Army standard for official pictures, and his own for personal use. Ridenhour had seen the murder of helpless civilians himself, but when he heard about what happened at My Lai, he knew this was a much larger scale. Medina left the army to move to Menomee, Michigan, where he worked in a helicopter manufacturing company owned by the defense lawyer in his court-martial, F.