WASHINGTON, saturday (AFP) - After more than 40 years, the former US army officer found guilty of organizing mass killings in the Vietnamese community of My Lai during the Vietnam war has made a public apology.
“There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel remorse for what happened that day in My Lai,” former lieutenant William Calley told members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus, Georgia.
“I feel remorse for the Vietnamese who were killed, for their families, for the American soldiers involved and their families. I am very sorry.”Calley spoke on Wednesday, but due to a restricted audience his remarks did not become known until now.
The killings that occurred on March 16, 1968 in the South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai prompted widespread outrage around the world.