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Dr. Gary Hylander Presents 1968 @ 50:
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most tumultuous years in American History. This is a three-part lecture series on the Presidency of Lyndon Johnson with particular attention to the year 1968.
The first part of this series focuses on the TET Offensive. Part 2 focused on the My Lai Massacre. Part 3 will focus on the Pentagon Papers (November 18, 2018 at 4PM @ Westborough Library).
The My Lai Massacre:
The nature of search and destroy missions exacerbated the violence of the Vietnam War. Told to go into an area and clear it completely of any Vietnamese, platoon leaders quickly lost any distinction between the Viet Cong and the general Vietnamese population. American policy had transformed all Vietnamese into the enemy. The ultimate consequences of such an attitude came in the village of My Lai. That day, more than 350 Vietnamese villagers were murdered. The only serviceman to be charged with this massacre was platoon leader Lt. William Calley.