Forgotten hero of My Lai
Madam –Vincent J Lavery, (Letters, Sunday Independent, Nov 3, 2013) refers to the contribution of journalist Seymour Hersh in his expose of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.
There is also an often forgotten hero in this ghastly event. That person is US helicopter pilot, Captain Hugh Thompson. The My Lai massacre was the slaughter of innocent Vietnamese villagers in 1968 by the US army. The army rampaged through the village of My Lai killing all in sight; men women and children.
Those still alive were pursued by the Army as they fled to the nearest ditch. It was here that Capt Thompson happened across this atrocity. From his airborne viewpoint he could clearly see what was happening. Then in an act of bravery and with total disregard for his own safety he set his helicopter down between the Vietnamese civilians and the pursuing soldiers.