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In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Fear of the enemy, and fear of the leaders drive many soldiers to
dehumanize the enemy, fear is Satan's weapon of control.
It doesn't work except with the guilty.
[3:175] It is the devil's system to instill fear into his subjects.
Do not fear them and fear Me instead, if you are believers.
Paul Meadlo admitted to shooting his rifle into groups of people,
including the group of people in a ditch, when ordered to do so by
William Calley. When asked why he followed an order to kill
women and children, Meadlo stated that he believed he could
be shot if he disobeyed an order, and that in the past Calley
had kicked him when he failed to follow orders.
During his retreat, Meadlo stepped slightly off the trail and a land
mine exploded, blowing off his foot. Calley’s face was cut by a
piece of flying shrapnel.As he was flown off, he cursed Calley
shouting, “You’ll get yours! God will punish you Calley!”
While recovering in the hospital, Meadlo firmly believed that
God was punishing him for his conduct.
I walked over to the ground units and said,
"Hey, there's some civilians over here in this bunker.
Can you get them out?" They said, "Well, we're gonna get them out with a hand grenade." I said, "Just hold your people right here please, I think I can do better."
So I went over to the bunker and motioned for them to come out, everything was OK. At that time I didn't know what I was going to do, because there was more than three or four there, more like nine or ten or something like that. So I walked back over to the aircraft and kind of kept them around me and called the pilot that was flying the low gunship and said, "Hey, I got these people here down on the ground, and you all land and get them out of here." So he agreed to do that, which I think was the first time a gunship's ever been used for that. There's enough of them there that he had to make two trips and he picked them up and took them about ten miles or so behind the lines and dropped them off.
It was probably one of the saddest days of my life.
I just could not believe that people could totally lose control and I've heard people say this happened all the time. I don't believe it. I'm not naive to understand that innocent civilians did get killed in Vietnam. I truly pray to God that My Lai was not an everyday occurrence. I don't know if anybody could keep their sanity if something like that happens all the time. I can see where four or five people get killed, something like that. But that was nothing like that, it was no accident
whatsoever. Pure premeditated murder. And we're trained better than that and it's just not something you'd like to do