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One soldier set fire to the family's thatched house while the others tossed grenades into the shelter.The My Lai Massacre was the most notorious episode in modern U.S. military history, but not an aberration in America's war in Vietnam.The U.S. military's own records, filed discreetly away for three decades, described 300 other cases of what could fairly be described as war crimes. Estimates of civilians killed during the U.S. ground war in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973 are generally 1 million to 2 million.The average U.S. soldier could not be sure who the enemy was, rarely encountering one directly. Soldiers later testified to the U.S. Army investigating commission that the bloodletting began quickly when Lt. William L. Calley Jr. led Charlie Company's first platoon into My Lai that morning.Calley was convicted in 1971 for the murders of 22 people during the rampage.
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