Atrocity, Authenticity and American Exceptionalism: (Ir)rationalising the Massacre at My Lai

@article{Oliver2003AtrocityAA,
  title={Atrocity, Authenticity and American Exceptionalism: (Ir)rationalising the Massacre at My Lai},
  author={Kendrick Oliver},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  year={2003},
  volume={37},
  pages={247 - 268}
}
On the morning of 16 March 1968, the men of Charlie Company, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, US Army, entered the village of Son My, on the coast of Central Vietnam. The company was led by Captain Ernest Medina. In charge of the company's 1st Platoon was Lieutenant William Calley. The company encountered no enemy forces, no opposing fire of any kind. Its only casualty was self-inflicted. Nevertheless, by early afternoon, over 400 villagers lay dead. Those killed were – almost… 
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