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Son My Museum

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In the early hours of 16 March 1968, a group of American soldiers known as Charlie Company landed by helicopter into the rural village of My Lai with the mission to root out Viet Cong fighters.

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What they found were peasant farmers, mostly women, children and the elderly, in their homes eating breakfast about to start their day. In less than five hours, 504 civilian lives would be brutally erased in what became known as the My Lai Massacre, one of the most horrific atrocities against civilians in American military history of the time.

Son My Museum: Sombre and haunting. Photo taken in or around Son My Museum, Quang Ngai, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Son My Museum: Sombre and haunting. Photo: Cindy Fan

My Lai (pronounced mee lie) lies 15 km northeast of Quang Ngai city near the coast. It is actually one hamlet within the village of Son My (son mee). The massacre took place in two hamlets, on US army maps shown as My Lai 4 and My Khe 4 in an area the army named Pinkville based on the colour it ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 2,200 words.)

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