My Lai


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My Lai

a village in S Vietnam where in 1968 US troops massacred over 400 civilians

My Lai

 

a hamlet in the village of Song My, in the province of Quang Ngai, South Vietnam. My Lai has become a symbol of the inhuman brutality of the American military during the war of aggression in Vietnam. On Mar. 16, 1968, approximately 500 inhabitants were shot to death, buildings were burned, and domestic cattle and crops were destroyed. The American military strove through these actions to intimidate the people of South Vietnam and force them to halt their support of the patriotic forces, which were waging a just battle for freedom and independence. The My Lai massacre aroused the indignation of people in countries throughout the world, including the USA.

My Lai

American army division annihilates population of entire Vietnamese hamlet (March 16, 1968). [Am. Hist.: Kane, 450]