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My Lai Massacre Museum, Quang Ngai

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Visit the notorious war crime scene at My Lai Massacre Museum, a brick pavilion detailing the murder of over 500 Vietnamese by invading US troops in March 1968. Built in 1978, the museum has memorial wall with names of the victims, housing an impressive armorial and a collection of photographs and documents. Check out life-size sculptures of US troops at the execution site and a model of the hamlets. A monumental memorial sculpture dedicated to the victory of defiant Vietnamese women stands in the garden also featuring restored artillery shelter a restored house of some of the victims. Our Quang Ngai vacation trip planner makes visiting My Lai Massacre Museum and other Quang Ngai attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • If you want to reflect on Vietnamese history, specifically the Wars of Independence against France and America, this is the place. It's not everyone's cup of tea but the site is small, the Gardens ver...  read more »
  • We were staying in Hoi An and had an extra day unexpectedly to fill. We decided to hire a private car and driver to take us out to where the My Lai massacre took place. It was a long drive - just unde...  read more »
  • The coastal road is a broad new paved stretch, not so busy. In some places it is with road works so the entire coastal route is not completely finished yet. The landscape is mainly flat, some rivers crossed where you see the early fishermen in their boats that try to capture their catch with traditional methods in large networks. The journey takes us nearly three hours before we find out to Son My. Hoang, stop at a few occasions to question their way even if he uses his GPS. All the time calling it in his mobile phone, it is his manager who constantly asks questions to him. Finally arriving in Quang Ngai, a sleepy provincial capital, it is a hidden gem with old archaeological findings. In the surrounding area we find the Son My (more precisely the village of My Lai 4) is known for the horrific massacre that took place in 1968. Now that's a grim memorial park laid out in the village of Tu Cung. In the Museum's dark granite building depicted the events with uncanny detail. Here are photos from the massacre that shocked the world and which strongly contributed to opposition to the war grew in the United States. There are lots of motorcyckeltaxis in Quang Ngai, which offers to run the tour 15 km East to Son My. During the Viet Nam war was seen in the area around Quang Ngai as the Vietcong. What happened? During some morning hours on 16 March 1968, a platoon of American soldiers into the area to take revenge on the guerrillas. Over the course of four hours was the worst documented American war crimes during the Viet Nam war, when American soldiers systematically murdered 504 unarmed Vietnamese, half of which were women and children. It was a perfectly normal day in Son My in Viet Nam, the area with three small villages, which are only separated by rice paddies which gradually begun shifting from green to Golden yellowish. Not far from harvest, before the hard work would take most people's time. You could take it a bit easier and enjoy the beautiful morning. As usual, most awakened as the sun began to find its way up over Elephant Hill at five o'clock in the morning. In several of the small houses with their distinctive grass roofs set families gathered for the day's first meal, rice and sweet potatoes. Others had already been out to dinner and was headed out to the fields to keep track of the important crop. Some women had gently laid down their vegetables in the hemmaflätade baskets and left to the market to try to sell some. This massacre was revealed by Hugh Thompson. He saw that something was wrong with the myriad of bybors corpses lay on the ground, landed his helicopter, demanded to know what was going on but was ordered into the air again by Lieutenant Calley. It took more than a year before the massacre became known. But when it became known all over the world and especially in the United States as more and more Americans have turned against the war in Viet Nam. Son My massacre became a kind of turning point in the war. Thompson was awarded 30 years after massacre u.s. Army's highest award (for situations that are not combat) "Soldier's Medal" for his intervention in the Son My. The event was documented closely by arméfotografen Ronald l. Haeberle. The event, which was plunged into darkness by the military, would probably have been forgotten if not for the private soldier Ronald Ridenhour, who himself took part in the massacre, had started to describe it all in letter to u.s. authorities; Ridenhour wrote some 30 letters to the White House, Pentagon, State Department and United States Congress. Even the journalist Seymour Hersh contributed to the thing became known. Picture evidence, documentation and the information ögonvittnesskildringarna afterwards from the massacre gave momentum to the international protest movement against the Viet Nam war. At a trial in 1970 were Lieutenant William Calley to account for the massacre and sentenced to life in prison for 22 cases of killings of Vietnamese civilians. He needed only to sit three days in military prison, because the penalty was reduced to house arrest on orders from president Richard Nixon. He was paroled in 1974, after three and a half years of his sentence served. Until 2009, he never talked about the incident. But in August 2009 he held a speech in which he asked for forgiveness for what he had done. There will be time to go back to Da Nang, it becomes for me to figure out how these atrocities could be carried out and, in addition, be kept secret for a long time. To learn from history should be an important factor, especially for those who have the power to influence similar incidents like the one in Son My.
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