Tue, 04/21/2015 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Ron Haberle’s photos of My Lai were published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer more than a year after the events of March 16, 1968. Pictured: A soldier burning down a hut in My Lai village.

Credit: Ron Haberle; courtesy of National Archives

The 1968 My Lai massacre, its cover-up, and the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities.

“I felt then and I still do that I acted as I was directed, and I carried out the orders that I was given, and I do not feel wrong in doing so, sir.”
 − Testimony of Lt. William Calley at his court martial, 1970
What drove a company of American soldiers — ordinary young men from around the country — to commit the worst atrocity in American military history? Were they “just following orders” as some later declared? Or did they break under the pressure of a vicious war in which the line between enemy soldier and civilian had been intentionally blurred? Today, as the United States once again finds itself questioning the morality of actions taken in the name of war, director Barak Goodman focuses his lens on the 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke ranks to try to halt the atrocities and then bring them to light. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: My Lai airs Tuesday, April 21 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.
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