Exposure and Investigation
On March 29, 1969, Ronald Ridenhour, a Vietnam War veteran, wrote a letter to American political leaders outlining what he had heard about the events at My Lai and calling for a thorough investigation. The letter triggered formal inquiries in Congress and in the U.S. army. More than seven months later, on November 13, 1969, Seymour Hersh’s investigative articles about My Lai appeared in newspapers around the country, as did a piece by Robert M. Smith in the New York Times. Early in December 1969, Life magazine published Ronald Haeberle’s graphic color photographs of the massacre. The cover-up of the incident, which had been systematic at all levels of command in the Americal Division, was finally over. The entire world now knew about My Lai.
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