Massacre at Pinkville
March 15, 2008 7:17 AM Subscribe
40 years ago
posted by madamjujujive (45 comments total)
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tomorrow, more than 500 villagers were raped, tortured, and slaughtered
(disturbing images) by American soldiers in a hamlet nicknamed Pinkville. Four Hours in My Lai
tells the story. Part 1
Amidst the carnage, a few courageous souls distinguished themselves. Hugh Thompson, Jr.
tried to stop events and rescued some children. (Prior mefi thread
). Events were covered up for a year until whistle blower Ron Ridenhour
wrote a letter
that triggered an investigation leading to Seymour Hersh's reporting
, the first wide public airing of the atrocities.
The My Lai Courts-Martial 1970
found Lt. Calley guilty and sentenced him to life, but he was pardoned by Nixon and today, is a jeweler in Georgia
. No one else was held publicly accountable. Varnado Simpson
, the soldier whose story opens and closes the video clips in the post, killed himself in 1997.
Oliver Stone is working on a film called Pinkville
based on My Lai events. Production has been delayed doe to the writer's strike.