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Vietnam / My Lai Massacre / Eyewitness / South Vietnam #201276

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 24, 1969
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(Studio) Army orders General Court-martial of Lieutenant William Calley, Junior on 6 charges of premeditated murder in deaths of 109 villagers of My Lai in 1968. In 1 charge, accused of shooting not less than 70. Trial to be in Fort Benning, Georgia. Could get life in prison or death penalty. 3-Star General to study original investigation which decided against disciplinary action last year Eyewitness report
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(No Location Given) [Paul MEADLO - says we landed near village. sergeant Mitchell ordered "gook" shot. We searched village and gathered 40-45 people in center of village. They were men, women, children, and babies. Lieutenant Calley said he wanted them dead. He started shooting, and ordered me to. Fired 60-70 shots; could have killed 10-15. Did it because ordered to do so. Seemed like right thing to do because I lost a buddy. About 370 killed. Captain Medina could have stopped it. Don't know whether or not Calley was under Medina's orders. Can't anything happen to me because I'm out of service. God punished me when I stepped on a land mine next day.]
REPORTER: Mike Wallace

(Studio) Meadlo lost part of leg. South Vietnam absolved United States of massacre at village.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Wallace, Mike

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