Colonel Oren K. Henderson, former commander of the U.S. Army's 11th Brigade of the Americal?
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Background: Colonel Oren K. Henderson, former commander of the U.S. Army's 11th Brigade of the Americal Division, said Wednesday (26 November) that he is no longer certain that his troops didn't assassinate Vietnamese villagers at My Lai in 1968. Col. Henderson, who is attached to the Armed Forces Staff College, said that until two weeks ago? I would have sworn it could not happen without me knowing about it. Henderson said that press and television reports in the last week - especially those from eyewitnesses-had put doubt in his mind.
Henderson stated that, at the time, he had questioned all troops operating in the My Lai area and was satisfied that there had been no shootin of civilians.
He had made an oral report to the commanding officer of the Americal division, he said, following confirmation from helicopter pilots that they had seen no shooting of civilians during support operations over the area. The report, he added was made the first of April, 1968. A written report on the incident was filed two weeks later, said Henderson.