The Army dismissed "for lack of evidence" all charges against Captain thomas K. Willingham, an?
The Army dismissed "for lack of evidence" all charges against Captain thomas K. Willingham, an army officer accused of the alleged massacre of civilians at the town of My Khe in the Son My area of South Vietnam on March 16, 1968, on the same day that 12 other Americans are alleged to have slaughtered civilians at My Lai, two miles east of My Khe, in a separate incident.
Willingham, 25, was accused of unpremeditated murder in the killing of 20 Vietnamese civilians. He was also accused of making false official statements in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The charges were filed last february 20 -- two days before Willingham's scheduled release from active duty.
Lieutenant-Colonel Herman L. West, to whom the charges were referred, determined that "based on available evidence", no further action would be taken to prosecute those charges.
Willingham, has been kept on active duty pending the investigation and disposition of the charges against him. He is stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland where he was notified of the decision in a telephone call form Fort McPherson, Georgia.
Lieutenant William L. Calley, Junior, is still to be court-martialled on charges of premeditated murder in connection with the death of 102 civilians at My Lai. Thirteen men have been charged with murder, rape, assault and other offences and two soldiers and 22 civilians who had been released from the army are under investigation. In addition, 13 other officers have been charged with dereliction of duty in field investigations of the alleged massacre in the Son My and My Lai area.
Captain Willingham and his attorney spoke to a reporter.