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Haunting 'Ghosts of My Lai' Documentary to Air on Newsmax TV

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By    |   Sunday, 03 Dec 2017 12:25 PM

On March 16, 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, a company of U.S. Army troops entered My Lai, South Vietnam, and a neighboring hamlet in search of Viet Cong soldiers and villagers suspected of aiding them.

Thus began what has been called the "most shocking episode of the Vietnam War," a tragedy chronicled in the documentary film "The Ghosts of My Lai," which airs on Newsmax TV on Saturday, December 9 at 9:30 p.m./ET.

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The Americans found no Viet Cong soldiers in the hamlets. But before the day was done, members of the U.S. force massacred as many as 504 unarmed men, women, and children, including infants. Women were raped. Homes were set on fire.

After an initial cover-up, details about the so-called "My Lai Massacre" began to emerge in September 1968, stunning the nation and creating increased momentum for anti-war crusaders. Two months later, 26 U.S. soldiers were charged with crimes, but only one was convicted: Lieut. William Calley Jr. was sentenced to life in prison, but President Nixon intervened and he served 3 1/2 years of house arrest.

"The Ghosts of My Lai" looks at the My Lai horror through the interwoven narratives of three U.S. soldiers who were present at My Lai that day: radioman Fred Widmer, who participated in the slaughter; helicopter crewman Larry Colburn, who intervened in an effort to stop it; and photographer Ron Haeberle, who ultimately revealed it to the world.

In a Pittsburgh classroom and in present-day My Lai, these deeply scarred veterans tell their unforgettable stories with candor, grief, and insight. We also hear from several of the survivors of the event that reshaped the American public's perceptions of the war.

Viewer discretion is advised.

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On March 16, 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, a company of U.S. Army troops entered My Lai, South Vietnam, and a neighboring hamlet in search of Viet Cong soldiers and villagers suspected of aiding them.
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