The My Lai settlement was located in Quang Hgai province and was part of the Son My village. Quang Hgai was a frequent target for American and South Vietnamese bombing attacks because it was thought to be the fortress of the National Liberation Front (NLF) or Viet Cong (VC). VC guerrillas took control of Son My in March 1968. On March 16, after Charlie Company of the American Divisions 11th Infantry Brigade received word of the VC gain, a unit led by Lieutenant William L. ...
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...nt of America and the U.S. troops that remained in Vietnam. At the time, America possessed a great split between those who believed in participating in the Vietnam Conflict and those who did not. This split only worsened when the news of the massacre was released, which snubbed America’s foundation of nobility and unity. Additionally, troops in Vietnam suffered from an unsalvageable decrease in morale and lost the will to fight. GIs bore divergence from their superiors due to lack of trust. After the My Lai massacre, commanders’ intentions were constantly questioned because they had lead their men to turmoil and scandal once before. It still remains unclear just how many South Vietnamese lives were taken during that day by the brutish massacre, but it is a great loss of more than just lives: America lost nobility, unity, and the sentiment of nationwide morale.
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