Vietnam 1968 - a turning point

Behind today's door - The New York Times, 1969.

Vietnam 1968 - a turning point

Watch the two short video clips on the Tet Offensive and the My Lai massacre. 

Read Source A (which is about 3 times as long as the baby boxes of text they give you in the exam). Write an answer for either:

What can you learn from Source A about American tactics in Vietnam?

How Useful is Source A for understanding American tactics in Vietnam? 

Source A:

Vietnamese Say G.I.'s Slew 567 in Town

By Henry Kamm for the New York Times

Truongan, South Vietnam, Nov. 16 -- A group of South Vietnamese villagers reported today that a small American infantry unit killed 567 unarmed men, women and children as it swept through their hamlet on March 16, 1968.

The villagers told their story in the presence of American officers at their new settlement. The officers refused to comment pending the outcome of an Army investigation into charges of murder against Lieut. William Laws Calley Jr., 26 years old, of Miami.

The provincial Governor, Col. Ton That Khien, said today in an interview that the killings had occurred, but he added that the number of dead was perhaps exaggerated.

A heavy artillery barrage awakened the villagers, around 6 A.M. It lasted for an hour, then American soldiers entered the village meeting no opposition. They ordered all inhabitants out of their homes.

Although the area had been largely under Vietcong control, the villagers had engaged in no hostile action against the Americans and bore no arms.

When the houses had been cleared, the troops dynamited those made of brick and set fire to the wooden structures. Then the Vietnamese were gunned down where they stood.

Colonel Khien, who is 40 years old and considered friendly to Americans, said he admired the pacification work done in this province by the Americans division and considered the killings an unfortunate exception. On the whole, he said, American troops were more solicitous of Vietnamese lives than his own troops are.