“I heard a lot of firing and thought, ‘Hell, we must be in a hot zone.’ But after a couple of minutes we weren’t taking any fire, so we started walking toward the village. I saw what appeared to be civilians. Then I saw a soldier firing at them. I could not figure out what was going on. I couldn’t comprehend it.”
50 years ago today, the massacre at My Lai changed the course of the Vietnam War.
Combat photographer Ron Haeberle was there to document the atrocities that laid bare an appalling truth: American “boys” were as capable of unbridled savagery as any soldiers, anywhere.
Tap the link in our bio to see the graphic photos and read Ron’s exclusive, first-person account of the horror he witnessed.
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