The United States Army has charged one of its generals with the murder of eight Vietnamese civilians in 1968 and 1969.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: GENERAL DONALDSON: "These charges are based upon an investigation and the report, prepared by the Army's Criminal Investigation Division, which has been a one-sided report. Certain parts of this report and investigation have just now been made available to me and to my counsel. I would like to say that I have full faith in the United States Army. The army has been my life and I have full confidence in the U.S. military judicial system."
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Background: The United States Army has charged one of its generals with the murder of eight Vietnamese civilians in 1968 and 1969. The charges have been brought against Brigadier General John Donaldson, the highest ranking officer to face charges of murder in Vietnam, who is now stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland. He was a former commander of the 11th infantry Brigade in Vietnam--of the same division in which convicted mass murdered Lt. William Calley Jnr. served. General Donaldson was charged with covering up the My Lai slaying in which Calley was involved, but the accusations were later dropped. The murders with which he is now charged took place some months after My Lai.