by Mike Pyatt
Americans value photos and images. We’re reminded a picture’s worth a thousand words. Six years of unrelenting televised anti-war protests softened an ever obsequious public’s will against the Vietnam War. The graphic photos hastened its demise. The New York Times and other major news outlets did their best to stoke anti-war sentiment. Second Lieutenant, William Calley was charged with six specifications of premeditated murder on September 5, 1969, associated with the MyLai Massacre of around four hundred unarmed South Vietnamese civilians on March 16, 1968. He was convicted of personally murdering twenty two civilians and sentenced to life imprisonment. His sentence was reduced on appeal to twenty years, and further reduced to ten years by the Secretary of the Army. Many thought Calley was the “scapegoat”. He was paroled in 1974, after serving a third of his ten year sentence. His photo appeared on the April 12,1971, Time Magazine, titled, “Who Shares the Guilt?”.