Image: Ronald L. Haeberle
My Lai Massacre Bodies
Flying over the sparse villages of Vietnam, helicopter pilot Officer Hugh Thompson struggled to see where the flames and screams rising from the ground, were coming from. He lowered the aircraft in order to distinguish bodies from bamboo. As he had grown accustomed to seeing, Officer Thompson observed spurting blood, burning land and people engaged in combat. However, Officer Thompson was taken aback to find the fallen were not soldiers, but rather women and children.
“We kept flying back and forth, reconning in front and in the rear, and it didn’t take very long until we started noticing the large number of bodies everywhere. Everywhere we’d look, we’d see bodies. These were infants, two, three, four, five-year-olds, women, very old men, no draft-age people whatsoever.”