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My Lai : A Brief History with Documents

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780312142278

ISBN10:
0312142277
Media:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/15/1998
Publisher(s):
Bedford/St. Martin's
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Summary

This volume introduces students to the most controversial incident of the Vietnam War - the My Lai massacre when almost 400 Vietnamese civilians were killed in four hours. The authors discuss the ramifications of the cover-up and the ensuing investigations for the American public, policymakers, the anti-War movement and the soldiers involved. They examine the causes of the massacre and the issues of culpability and human rights. The narrative is built around 70 primary documents drawn mainly from testimony and reports from the government enquiry into the outrage.

Author Biography

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, with Randy Roberts, Where the Domino Fell: America and Vietnam, Second Edition (1996). Olson is the author of many other books and articles, including The Ethnic Dimenion in American History, Second Edition (1995); Saving Capitalism (1988); amd, with Randy Roberts, John Wayne: American (1995).

Randy Roberts is professor of history at Purdue University. His primary research areas are sports and popular culture within the larger context of recent American histroy. He is an award-winning biographer and is highly visible in the field of post-1945 American history. Among his more important books are Heavy Justice: The State of Indiana v. Michael G. Tyson (1994); Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler (1979); and Papa Jack: Jack Johnson and the Era of White Hopes (1983). Roberts has served frequently as a consultant for PBS News, HBO, and the History Channel.

Table of Contents

Foreword v(2)
Preface vii
Introduction: The Road to My Lai 1(25)
America's Longest War 3(3)
The Ground War in Quang Ngai 6(4)
Charlie Company 10(10)
The My Lai Massacre 20(3)
Aftermath 23(3)
1. The Official Story
26(8)
Jay A. Roberts
1. Press Release, March 1968
27(1)
Frank A. Barker Jr.
2. Combat Action Report, March 28, 1968
28(4)
William Westmoreland
3. Testimony before Congressional Committee, 1970
32(2)
2. The Official Rules of Modern Warfare
34(7)
William Westmoreland
4. Testimony before Congressional Committee, 1970
35(3)
5. Wallet Cards
38(3)
Training in the Rules of Land Warfare 41(3)
Herbert L. Carter
6. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
42(1)
Peers Commission
7. Training of 11th Brigade, 1970
43(1)
3. Experience in War: December 1967 to March 14, 1968
44(12)
Peers Commission
8. Military Situation in Quang Ngai Province, 1970
45(4)
Michael Bernhardt
9. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
49(3)
William L. Calley
10. Combat Experiences before My Lai, 1970
52(2)
Jay A. Roberts
11. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
54(2)
4. The Briefings: March 15, 1968
56(19)
Peers Commission
12. Pre-Operation Briefings, 1970
57(2)
Eugene Kotouc
13. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
59(3)
Ernest L. Medina
14. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
62(1)
Max D. Hutson
15. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
63(1)
Gregory T. Olsen
16. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
64(1)
Harry Stanley
17. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
65(1)
Ronald L. Haeberle
18. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
66(1)
Herbert L. Carter
19. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
67(1)
Robert W. T'Souvas
20. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
68(1)
Thomas R. Partsch
21. Journal Entry, March 15, 1968
69(1)
Robert E. Maples
22. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
69(1)
Nguyen Dinh Phu
23. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
70(2)
Michael Terry
24. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
72(1)
Dennis Conti
25. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
73(2)
5. The Assault on My Lai
75(38)
Dennis Conti
26. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
76(3)
Herbert L. Carter
27. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
79(3)
Michael Terry
28. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
82(1)
Robert E. Maples
29. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
83(3)
Larry Polston
30. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
86(2)
Varnado Simpson
31. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
88(2)
Hugh Thompson Jr.
32. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
90(3)
Ernest L. Medina
33. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1969
93(1)
Nguyen Hieu
34. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
94(3)
Nguyen Bat
35. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
97(2)
36. Summary of Rapes, 1970
99(3)
Do Vien
37. Testimony to U.S. Army CID, 1970
102(6)
William L. Calley
38. Testimony at Court-Martial, 1970
108(5)
6. The Cover-Up
113(9)
Hugh Thompson Jr
39. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
115(2)
Carl Creswell
40. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
117(2)
Ernest L. Medina
41. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
119(3)
Testimony from Charlie Company 122(24)
Michael Bernhardt
42. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
122(2)
Dennis Conti
43. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
124(1)
Herbert L. Carter
44. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
125(2)
Oran K. Henderson
45. Report of Investigation, April 24, 1968
127(2)
Oran K. Henderson
46. Statement to Peers Commission, 1970
129(4)
47. Vietcong Leaflet, 1968
133(3)
48. National Liberation Front Committee Notice, March 28, 1968
136(3)
49. Summary of Son My Chief's Letter, April 11, 1968
139(1)
Tran Ngoc Tan
50. Report to Quang Ngai Province Chief, March 28, 1968
140(1)
Thomas R. Partsch
51. Journal Entries, March 16-18, 1968
141(2)
Brian Livingston
52. Letters Home, March 16 and 19, 1968
143(1)
Samuel Koster
53. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
144(2)
7. Exposure and Investigation
146(17)
Ronald Ridenhour
54. Letter to Military and Political Leaders, March 29, 1969
147(5)
William Wilson
55. "I Had Prayed to God That This Thing Was Fiction," 1990
152(11)
Newspaper Accounts 163(11)
Robert M. Smith
56. Officer Kept in Army in Inquiry Into Killing of Vietnam Civilians, November 13, 1969
163(3)
E. W. Kenworthy
57. Resor Called to Testify About Alleged Massacre, November 26, 1969
166(4)
Fred P. Graham
58. Army Lawyers Seek Way To Bring Ex-G.I.'s to Trial, November 26, 1969
170(2)
59. Photographs from Life Magazine, 1969
172(2)
Public Reaction 174(4)
60. Notes and Comment, December 20, 1969
174(2)
61. The Great Atrocity Hunt, December 16, 1969
176(2)
8. Culpability
178(22)
J. Anthony Lukas
62. Meadlo's Home Town Regards Him as Blameless, November 26, 1969
179(3)
William L. Calley
63. Testimony at Court-Martial, 1970
182(4)
Paul Meadlo
64. Testimony to Peers Commission, 1970
186(1)
Lewis B. Puller Jr.
65. From Fortunate Son: The Autobiography of Lewis B. Puller Jr., 1991
187(2)
Peter Steinfels
66. "Calley and the Public Conscience," April 12, 1971
189(2)
Richard M. Nixon
67. From RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, 1978
191(2)
William C. Westmoreland
68. From A Soldier Reports, 1976
193(7)
APPENDICES 200(13)
Glossary 200(3)
A My Lai Chronology (1967-1974) 203(2)
Questions for Consideration 205(2)
Suggested Readings 207(3)
Maps
210(3)
Index 213


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