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On March 16 1968 in the Vietnam War a massacre of Vietnamese 1968 a unit of the US army Americal division called the Charlie Company led by Lt William L Calley invaded the small Viet Cong village called My Lai 4 Their instructions by commanding officers were to kill every man woman child and animal in the village Soldiers were told to burn all the homes and nothing should be walking growing or crawling were followed by the soldiers which lead to the death of 306 civilians mostly women small children and old people Most of the murders were conducted by the order of officers Families were taken from their homes forced into ditches and shot Many of the victims were raped before they were murdered All livestock was killed and the village wells were poisoned Women tried to save their children and the children later crawled from under their dead mothers bodies only to be shot by officers It is later estimated that approximately 500 civilians were murdered During the afternoon Charlie Company cleaned up to make sure all the houses and goods in My Lai 4 were destroyed Within an hour My Lai 4 was ended It was burned to the ground and its people were dead By night the Viet Cong were back in My Lai 4 helping the survivors bury the dead which took five days Most of the funeral speeches were made by the Communist guerrillas After the event took place all the villagers became communist Charlie Company was acclaimed for having the most kills in one day They began to cover up for what happened at My Lai the next day Many of the soldiers saw a lot of the killing but no one saw all of the killing The cover up continued until 1969 False reports were made by US Army personnel The only person who knew what had really happened that day was Ron Haeberle
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