When they completed their investigation of the My Lai massacre, the Peers Commission concluded that a systematic cover-up of the incident had occurred at every level of command in the Americal Division. Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson, the helicopter pilot who had rescued some of the villagers, had reported the incident to his chaplain, Captain Carl Creswell, and to Colonel Oran K. Henderson, commander of the 11th Infantry Brigade, but a thorough investigation of the allegations never took place. It was not until Ronald Ridenhour’s letter of March 29, 1969, more than a year after the massacre, that the army launched a formal investigation.
KeywordsCivilian Casualty American Troop Helicopter Pilot Automatic Rifle Fire Vietnamese People
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