William Calley, the U.S. Army second lieutenant, was convicted on 22 counts of murder in the infamous 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam.
At right is the Calley we remember. This Associated Press photo was taken in November 1970 as his Fort Benning trial began.
At left is the Calley who this week, for the first time, apologized for his actions during a question-and-answer session with the Greater Columbus Kiwanis Club. He’s no longer the young man who was imprisoned in that black-and-white picture.
The new photo and the following text come via the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:
“There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel remorse for what happened that day in My Lai,” Calley [said]. His voice started to break when he added, “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 now lives in Atlanta with his son. He remains stripped of some of his civil rights:
“No, I still cannot vote,” he said. “In fact, I’m not even supposed to go into the post office, I guess.”
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