My Lai: A Brief History With Documents

Paperback | January 15, 1998

byJames S. Olson

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The massacre at My Lai on March 16, 1968 continues to haunt students of the Vietnam War as a moment that challenges notions of American virtue. James Olson and Randy Roberts have combed unpublished testimony and gather a collection of eyewitness accounts from those who were at My Lai and reports from those who investigated the incident and its cover-up.

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The massacre at My Lai on March 16, 1968 continues to haunt students of the Vietnam War as a moment that challenges notions of American virtue. James Olson and Randy Roberts have combed unpublished testimony and gather a collection of eyewitness accounts from those who were at My Lai and reports from those who investigated the incident...

James S. Olson is a Distinguished Professor ofHistory at Sam houston State University. He is a historian of recent U.S. history as well as popular culture. He also has a special interest in Vietnam and has edited the Dictionary of the Vietnam War (19988) and written The Vietnam War: Handbook of the Literature and Research (1993) and, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:222 pages, 8.22 × 5.49 × 0.39 inPublished:January 15, 1998Publisher:Bedford/St. Martin's

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  Foreword
  Preface
    
  Introduction: The Road to My Lai
    America's Longest War
    The Ground War in Quang Ngai
    Charlie Company
    The My Lai Massacre
    Aftermath
    
  1. The Official Story
       1. Jay A. Roberts, Press Release, March 1968
       2. Frank A. Barker Jr., Combat Action Report, March 28, 1968
       3. William Westmoreland, Testimony before Congressional Committee, 1970
    
  2. The Official Rules of Modern Warfare
       4. William Westmoreland, Testimony before Congressional Committee, 1970
       5. Wallet Cards
    

Training in the Rules of Land Warfare
       6. Herbert L. Carter, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       7. Peers Commission, Training of 11th Brigade, 1970
    
  3. Experience in War: December 1967 to March 14, 1968
       8. Peers Commission, Military Situation in Quang Ngai Province, 1970
       9. Michael Bernhardt, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       10. William L. Calley, Combat Experience before My Lai, 1970
       11. Jay A. Roberts, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
    
  4. The Briefings: March 15, 1968
       12. Peers Commission, Pre-Operation Briefings, 1970
       13. Eugene Kotouc, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       14. Ernest L. Medina, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       15. Max D. Hutson, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       16. Gregory T. Olsen, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       17. Harry Stanley, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       18. Ronald L. Haeberle, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       19. Herbert L. Carter, Testimony to the U. S. Army CID, 1969
       20. Robert W. T'Souvas, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       21. Thomas R. Partsch, Journal Entry, March 15, 1968
       22. Robert E. Maples, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       23. Nguyen Dinh Phu, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       24. Michael Terry, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       25. Dennis Conti, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
    
  5. The Assault on My Lai
       26. Dennis Conti, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       27. Herbert L. Carter, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       28. Michael Terry, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       29. Robert E. Maples, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       30. Larry Polston, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       31. Varnado Simpson, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       32. Hugh Thompson Jr., Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       33. Ernest L. Medina, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
       34. Nguyen Hieu, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       35. Nguyen Bat, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       36. Summary of Rapes, 1970
       37. Do Vien, Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1970
       38. William L. Calley, Testimony at Court-Martial, 1970
    
  6. The Cover-Up
       39. Hugh Thompson Jr., Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       40. Carl Crestwell, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       41. Ernest L. Medina, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
    

Testimony from Charlie Company
       42. Michael Bernhardt, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       43. Dennis Conti, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       44. Herbert L. Carter, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       45. Oran K. Henderson, Report of Investigation, April 24, 1968
       46. Oran K. Henderson, Statement to Peers Commission, April 24, 1968
       47. Vietcong Leaflet, 1968
       48. National Liberation Front Committee Notice, March 28, 1968
       49. Summary of Son My Chief's Letter, April 11, 1968
       50. Tran Ngoc Tan, Report to Quang Ngai Province Chief, March 28, 1968
       51. Thomas R. Partsch, Journal Entries, March 16-18, 1968
       52. Brian Livingston, Letters Home, March 16 and 19, 1968
       53. Samuel Koster, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
    
  7. Exposure and Investigation
       54. Ronald Ridenhour, Letter to Military and Political Leaders, March 29, 1969
       55. William Wilson, "I Had Prayed to God That This Thing Was Fiction," 1990
    

Newspaper Accounts
       56. Robert M. Smith, Officer Kept in Army in Inquiry Into Killing of Vietnam Civilians, November 13, 1969
       57. E. W. Kenworthy, Resor Called to Testify About Alleged Massacre, November 26, 1969
       58. Fred Graham, Army Lawyers Seek Way To Bring Ex-G.I.'s to Trial, November 26, 1969
       59. Photographs from Life Magazine, 1969
    Public Reaction
       60. Notes and Comment, December 20, 1969
       61. The Great Atrocity Hunt, December 16, 1969
    
  8. Culpability
       62. J. Anthony Lukas, Meadlo's Home Town Regards Him as Blameless, November 26, 1969
       63. William L. Calley, Testimony at Court-Martial, 1970
       64. Paul Meadlo, Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
       65. Lewis B. Puller Jr., From Fortunate Son: The Autobiography of Lewis B. Puller Jr., 1991
       66. Peter Steinfels, "Calley and the Public Conscience," April 12, 1971
       67. Richard M. Nixon, From RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, 1978
       68. William C. Westmoreland, From A Soldier Reports, 1976
    
APPENDICES
    
  Glossary
  A My Lai Chronology (1967-1974)
  Questions for Consideration
  Suggested Readings
  Maps
    
  Index

Editorial Reviews

"My Lai impresses me both with the editors' exhaustive and extensive efforts to document the...massacre and its implications and, especially, with the superb introduction--one of the most graceful and potent pieces of historical writing I have come across in recent years. This volume will certainly make a valuable contribution to...modern U.S. history."