Thu. Apr 18th, 2024

VietNamNet Bridge – On the morning of March 16, Mr. Ronald Haeberle, the author of the set of My Lai massacre photos returned to Son My village in the central province of Quang Ngai to see the witnesses after 45 years.

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Fatal morning through Ron Haeberle’s memoirs 

 

My Lai massacre, commemoration, us soldiers, vietnam war 

Unlike the first return to Son My in October 2011, in the second trip
back to this painful land–on the occasion of the 45th commemoration
anniversary of the My Lai massacre, Ronald Haeberle was confident to
walk to visit each village road and alley, to see the survivals after
the horrific morning on 16/3/1968. He meticulously took notes and photo
of the witnesses who survived in the My Lai massacre.

 

My Lai massacre, commemoration, us soldiers, vietnam war 

On the morning of March 16, 1968, war photographer Ronald Haeberle
followed a U.S. military unit to enter the village of Son My. Over the
yellow-ripened rice fields, farmers – including women, the elderly and
children – were working. U.S. soldiers shot to death hundreds of farmers
and moved into the village to burn houses and shoot old men, women and
children. The massacre began at 8 am and took place within 4 hours.

 

My Lai massacre, commemoration, us soldiers, vietnam war 

In late 1969, the My Lai massacre photos were published on the Life
Magazine, for the first time announcing to the world the true horror of
the death of 504 innocent people. In the second time back to Son My,
Ronald said that he needed to finish the rest to express his heart for
the innocent victims. Walking on the village road between the paddy fields, Ronald took
photo of the survivors of the My Lai massacre who now have a peaceful
life and no longer have to be afraid of guns. He said, this peaceful
scene made the harassing sense in his heart burn out.

 

My Lai massacre, commemoration, us soldiers, vietnam war 

 

My Lai massacre, commemoration, us soldiers, vietnam war 

He came back to the Gon tree in Tu Cung hamlet, in Tinh Khe commune,
the place where 45 years ago U.S. soldiers killed at the same time 15
people (mainly women and children).

 

My Lai massacre, commemoration, us soldiers, vietnam war 

He also visited the well, where Mr. Truong Tho was thrown down by
U.S. soldiers. According to Ronald, not only him but other reporters
also recorded the barbaric image of American soldiers dragging Mr. Tho
from his house and throwing him into the well in the morning of March
16, 1968.

 

My Lai massacre, commemoration, us soldiers, vietnam war 

On the occasion of the 45th commemoration day of the My Lai massacre,
the Management Board of the Son My Relics in collaboration with the HCM
City Museum of War organized a photo exhibition entitled “Vietnam War
Crimes,” that touched the heart of thousands of people and international
tourists.

 

My Lai massacre, commemoration, us soldiers, vietnam war 

The occasion of the 45th year commemoration day of the My Lai
massacre, on 16/3, the Management Board evidence of Paint My
collaboration–with HCM City War Museum exhibited more than 100 photos
on the theme “War Crimes the Vietnam War.”
 

VNE

By vivian