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1969 – Vietnam War: My Lai Massacre: Journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story

12 November

The Mỹ Lai Massacre was the Vietnam War mass killing of between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam on March 16, 1968. It was committed by U.S. Army soldiers from the Company C of the 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade of the 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division. Victims included men, women, children, and infants. Some of the women were gang-raped and their bodies mutilated. Twenty-six soldiers were charged with criminal offenses, but only Lieutenant William Calley Jr., a platoon leader in C Company, was convicted. Found guilty of killing 22 villagers, he was originally given a life sentence, but served only three and a half years under house arrest. Continue reading “1969 – Vietnam War: My Lai Massacre: Journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story”

1965 – Operation Piranha

7 September – On this day

In Vietnam, Operation Piranha was a US Marine Corps operation that took place on the Batangan Peninsula south-east of Chu Lai, lasting from 7 to 10 September 1965. Continue reading “1965 – Operation Piranha”

1970 – Operation Jefferson Glenn begins

5 September – On this day

Operation Jefferson Glenn was the last major operation in which U.S. ground forces participated in Vietnam. Continue reading “1970 – Operation Jefferson Glenn begins”

1967 – Vietnam

4 September – On this day

In South Vietnam the U.S. 1st Marine Division launches Operation SWIFT, a search and destroy operation in I Corps Tactical Zone (the region south of the Demilitarized Zone). Continue reading “1967 – Vietnam”

1945 – Vietnam declares independence

2 September – On this day

Hours after Japan’s surrender in World War II, Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh declares the independence of Vietnam from France which held Indochina including Vietnam as a colony. Continue reading “1945 – Vietnam declares independence”

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