Hugh Thompson dies

Hugh ThompsonHugh Thompson, the American hero who stepped in during the Mai Lai massacre, has died. 

Mr Thompson and his crew came upon US troops killing civilians at the village of My Lai on 16 March 1968.  He put his helicopter down between the soldiers and villagers, ordering his men to shoot their fellow Americans if they attacked the civilians. A platoon commander, Lt William Calley, was later court-martialed and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the killings. President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence to three years’ house arrest.

Fortunately, nothing like that would ever happen these days.

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Owen Barder

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