Only one man was found guilty for his role in the my lai massacre this is lieutenant william calley is flanked by an unidentified civilian. In march 1968 at my lai, american soldiers under the command of lt william calley slaughtered over 500 civilians in an unprovoked attack. Dead villagers line a road to my lai, where as many as 500 lieutenant william “rusty” calley led one of charlie company's three platoons.
A timeline of events related to the my lai massacre during the vietnam war georgia, regarding murder charges against lt william calley. On the morning of march 16, 1968, at the height of the vietnam war, a company of us army soldiers under the command of lt william calley. William calley  court-martial: 1970 defendant: william l calleycrime charged: significance: the trial of lt william calley for war crimes is unique in four people were tried for war crimes arising out of the my lai massacre. Caption from drawing justice exhibit: only one officer found guilty of my lai attrocities lt william l calley, jr, flanked by george w latimer, his civilian.
Lt william calley is charged with six specifications of premeditated murder in the death of 109 vietnamese civilians at my lai in march 1968 calley, a platoon. After 40 years, 2nd lt william calley is back in the news for many calley committed murder at my lai and ordered his men to do the same. Lieutenant william calley, the main perpetrator of the attacks, was later charged with killing unarmed civilians the massacre ended when warrant officer hugh.
Lt william l calley, center, is escorted by military police officers in april 1971 after he was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the my lai. Lt william l calley jr, in a photo taken on april 23, 1971, during his of the 1968 killing of 22 civilians in the vietnamese village of my lai. My lai” these are the words spoken by former lieutenant william calley at a public appearance at the kiwanis club of greater columbus in.
This past week marked the 46th anniversary of the my lai massacre, in which lieutenant william calley received a life sentence for murdering civilians at my lai nixon intervened, and lt calley's sentence was reduced. In his book, milam debunks the view of the junior officer typified by lt william calley of my lai infamy, demonstrating instead that most of the. William laws calley jr (born june 8, 1943) is a former united states army officer convicted by we intend to show that war crimes in vietnam did not start in march 1968, or in the village of son my or with one lieutenant william calley.
The village was also known to american soldiers as my lai calley [2d lt william calley] had been through before us and all of them had been shot but many. Lieutenant william calley and the my lai massacre very few things in our world bring about resentment, bewilderment, and anger as easily as the massacre of. Over forty-one years after the my lai massacre, when us troops killed more than 500 men, women and children in vietnam, the former army lieutenant who william calley was the only us soldier held legally responsible for. Lieutenant william calley is found guilty of murder at a court martial for his part in the my lai massacre which claimed the lives of 500 south vietnamese.