William Calley

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William Calley
Calley's mugshot
Birth nameWilliam Laws Calley Jr.
Born (1943-06-08) June 8, 1943 (age 78)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1967–1971
RankUS Army O1 shoulderboard rotated.svg Second lieutenant[1]
Unit1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
Battles/warsVietnam War
Mỹ Lai massacre

William Laws Calley[1] (William Laws Calley, Jr.) (born June 8, 1943) is a convicted American war criminal.

He was held responsible and found guilty[2] for the killings of the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War. Of the 26 officers and soldiers first charged for their part in the My Lai Massacre or the cover-up, only Calley was convicted. He was sentenced to a life term, but was put on house arrest instead. William Calley only spent three years on house arrest then was released.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "WSB-TV newsfilm clip of a reporter John Philp conducting street interviews with civilians and soldiers outside the commissary following the conviction of Lieutenant William Calley for his role in the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War, Fort Benning, Georgia". Civil Rights Digital Library. University System of Georgia. 1971-03-30. Retrieved 2009-08-22. Second lieutenant William Calley was a member of the Alpha Company, 1st battalion, 20th infantry regiment, 11th infantry brigade while in Vietnam.
  2. "Daily Mail: The Monster of the My Lai Massacre – October 6, 2007". London. October 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-15.