This account of the Son My massacre appeared in the May 27,
1968, issue of Viet Nam Courier, published in Hanoi and cir-
culated throughout the world. It understates the actual deaths,
but the larger account was amplified in the U.S. press over a
year later. The Vietnamese have also released voluminous docu-
mentation on similar crimes.
The Women's Committee for Liberation of Son My village, Son Tinh district, Quang Ngai province (South Viet Nam), has just denounced the massacre of 502 people, most of them women and children, perpetrated by U.S. troops on March 16.
The unheard-of savagery and magnitude of the massacre
were denounced in a letter sent to the PLAF fighters calling on them to exact vengeance. The letter gave the following details:
"At 6:30 A.M. on March 16, 1968, all the enemy batteries installed around Son My started pounding the village for more than half an hour. The eleven choppers came in, strafing the locality and landing American troops whose sanguinary intention was visible on their faces. They shot at all that came in sight: men, women, children, elderly people, plants and animals, and destroyed everything: crops, fruit-trees, houses . . .
"The inhabitants, who were going about their work, setting off for market or for fishing, had hardly time to run to safety when the GIs came and fell on them.
" Vo Thi Phu, mother of a 12-month-old baby, was shot dead. She had only time to say to Tuyet, a 12-year-old girl, 'Tell my husband that my savings are hidden under the door step and he should take good care of our child.' The baby, which tried to suck at its mother's breast, cried when it found only blood instead of milk. The Yankees got angry and shouted 'Viet Cong, Viet Cong,' and heaped straw on mother and baby and set fire to it.
"Other GIs pulled Mui and Mot out of their trench, beat them, threw into the same trench and blew it up with a mine: