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My Lai 4A History Class Book Report On March 16 1968 Charlie Company was sent into a small VietCong village called by the US My Lai 4 Their instructions bycommanding officers were kill every man woman child and animalin the village Burn all the homes nothing should be walkinggrowing or crawling Orders were followed and as I read the first 65 pages of thisbook I was exposed to the detailed death of 306 civilians mostlywomen small children and old people There was no threat to anyAmerican GIs there were no Viet Cong Solders in the area I readof the rape of a 14 year old girl by twenty GIs in front of theparents They were all shot after the GIs were done with theirbusiness This was only one of many Most of the murders wereconducted BY ORDER OF OFFICERS to round-up the families from theirhomes forced into ditches and shot Women dove to cover theirchildren Later children just old enough to walk crawled out fromunder their mutilated mothers bodies only to be shot as targetpractice by the GIs It is later estimated that approximately 500civilians were murdered and probably no VC were in the area I could go into detail about the killing However most of thebook was devoted to the time before the massacre and afterward Theofficers and GIs of Charlie Company were introduced in the beginningof the book the officers had been social outcasts all their life LT Calley Medina Both had decided to devote their life to themilitary The GIs were selected for Charlie Company specificallybecause they had all scored too low on the initial exam to be put intoa regular battalions After the massacre nothing was done As a matter of factCharlie Company was praised for having the most kills in one day By late 1969 most of the GIs in Charlie Company were civilians againand a few began
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