Jan. 6, 2006: Hugh Thompson, Jr. Passes Away

Hugh Thompson, Jr. in 1966.In memory of Hugh Thompson, Jr. who died this day in history, 2006 (age 62).

On March 16, 1968, during the My Lai Massacre, Chief Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson blocked fellow U.S. troops with his helicopter, had his crew train machine guns on them, and rescued a group of civilian Vietnamese villagers hiding in a bunker. His actions led to an end to the brutal massacre.

Learn more from this ballad by David Rovics.

A related new book is Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse that documents (tragically) that My Lai was not a rare event. Learn more from this Democracy Now! broadcast.

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