• Short Summary

    UNITED STATES ARMY CAPTAIN ERNEST MEDINA DENIED ON WEDNESDAY (1 APRIL) A CHARGE -- MADE ONLY A FEW HOURS EARLIER -- THAT HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PREMEDITATED MURDER OF ALL SOUTH VIETNAMESE CITIZENS ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE MY LAI INCIDENT IN MARCH, 1968.

  • Description

    1.
    LV WOMAN STANDING OVER GRAVE IN FIELD
    0.05

    2.
    MV VILLAGER PREPARES TOMBSTONES (2 SHOTS)
    0.14

    3.
    GV GRAVES IN FIELD
    0.18

    4.
    SCU CAPT. MEDINA SPEAKS (SOF)
    1.46


    TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 4): CAPT. MEDINA: WHEN I FIRST BECAME INVOLVED IN THE MY LAI INCIDENT, I HAVE SAID ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS THAT I DID NOT ORDER A MASSACRE AND THAT I DID NOT SEE ONE TAKE PLACE. FROM THE BEGINNING OF MY INVOLVEMENT IN THE MY LAI INCIDENT, I HAVE CONSISTENTLY FOLLOWED ONE STANDARD OF CONDUCT, AND THAT IS TO TELL THE COMPLETE TRUTH. I AM A PROFESSIONAL SOLDIER, I AM LOYAL TO MY COUNTRY AND I HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE. I WILL RELY ON THE TRUTH TO PROVE MY INNOCENCE. I HAVE FULL COOPERATED WITH ALL COMMITTEES INVESTIGATING THIS INCIDENT WHEN THERE WERE NO CHARGES PLACED AGAINST ME, AND THIS REMAINS TRUE TODAY, WHEN CHARGES ARE BROUGHT AGAINST ME. I ONLY HOPE THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL RESERVE ITS JUDGEMENT UNTIL THE ESTABLISHED FACTS, OR THE TRUE FACTS, ARE ESTABLISHED IN A COURT OF LAW. MY FAMILY AND I WILL CONTINUE TO RELY ON THE TRUTH AND I'M SURE THAT WITH GOD'S HELP, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL.




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    Background: UNITED STATES ARMY CAPTAIN ERNEST MEDINA DENIED ON WEDNESDAY (1 APRIL) A CHARGE -- MADE ONLY A FEW HOURS EARLIER -- THAT HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PREMEDITATED MURDER OF ALL SOUTH VIETNAMESE CITIZENS ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE MY LAI INCIDENT IN MARCH, 1968. MEDINA TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, THAT HE HAD NOT ORDERED A MASSACRE NOR HAD SEEN ONE TAKE PLACE.

    MEDINA, 34, WAS THE IMMEDIATE SUPERIOR OF LIEUTENANT WILLIAN CALLEY, WHO LED THE PLATOON THAT SWEPT THROUGH THE HAMLET AND ALLEGEDLY KILLED AN ESTIMATED 175 TO 200 CIVILIANS. THE WORDING OF THE MURDER ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MEDINA MADE IT CLEAR HE WAS BEING CHARGED AS A PRINCIPAL INVOLVED IN CAUSING THE KILLINGS, NOT WITH ACTUALLY CARRYING THEM OUT HIMSELF.

    SO FAR, THE ARMY HAS CHARGED 25 OFFICERS AND MEN IN CONNECTION WITH THE INCIDENT.

    IN MY LAI, IN FEBRUARY, GRAVESTONES WERE PLACED OVER SOME OF THE GRAVES OF THE VILLAGERS ALLEGEDLY KILLED BY THE AMERICAN TROOPS. THE GRAVESTONES WERE BEING PREPARED BY A FORMER MY LAI VILLAGER LIVING IN A NEARBY REFUGEE CAMP.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8GQNK6LHL4F8XUKGOK5AY38WA
    Media URN:
    VLVA8GQNK6LHL4F8XUKGOK5AY38WA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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