The thawing of a face once frozen in time

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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Will Jones - Atlanta

August 21st, 2009
5:53 pm

Many move here to share in the joy and glory of the best city in the world: the future of America –

Atlanta, Georgia.

Ehrlichman used to live here too.

Rain falls on the good and on the evil.

Calley will not be redeemed until he understands the Machine which used him and the character he lacked – to help to bring to justice the “Fifth Column” of the Roman Anti-Christ which killed John and Martin and sent us to shed innocent blood and to die in Vietnam on behalf of popish global evil.

Judd

August 21st, 2009
6:55 pm

Dash Riptide

August 21st, 2009
7:05 pm

HE SAID CALLEY WILL NOT BE REDEEMED UNTIL HE UNDERSTANDS THE MACHINE WHICH USED HIM AND THE CHARACTER HE LACKED – TO HELP TO BRING TO JUSTICE THE “FIFTH COLUMN” OF THE ROMAN ANTI-CHRIST WHICH KILLED JOHN AND MARTIN AND SENT US TO SHED INNOCENT BLOOD AND TO DIE IN VIETNAM ON BEHALF OF POPISH GLOBAL EVIL.

Edgar LeJeune

August 21st, 2009
7:38 pm

Good to see anti-Catholic diatribe in the comments of people even today. Who else can we blame? How about the hearts of misguided men and women who love to hate?

Russlaw

August 21st, 2009
8:05 pm

It’s time we forget the past and deport Mr. Calley to Scotland.

Will Jones - Atlanta

August 21st, 2009
9:42 pm

Those who “forget” the past are doomed to repeat its “errors;” and in the case of Vietnam the same, identical sectarian faction, led by Vatican banker Rockefeller/CFR, the Roman Catholic CIA, and their lineal descent of fake and treasonous “Americans” – closet-queens and draft-dodgers like W., Cheney, and Rush, adulterating hypocrites like Ensign, Gingrich, and Mark Sanford, and toilet-stall perverts and pedophiles like Larry Craig and Mark Foley, directly serve the schemes and treasons of the Roman Catholic Anti-Christ: promoting illegal immigration to destroy the Middle Class and the non-Roman Catholic Blacks, debasing the currency through the collusion of its bankers of the patently unconstitutional Fed, and cheating the 9/11-committing Bush into office.

Jefferson said the families who have lived in the same castles on the same hills in Europe for two and three thousand years is “the real Anti-Christ.” Who of those who have subjected their sons and daughters to the pedophile priesthood of Babylon and have come to Our Country to pretend to be one of us, shall now tell us that he or she is more enlightened than Thomas Jefferson?

Let’s take the Fasces off the front wall of the House of Representatives and cure Our Nation of fascism…starting by trying and frying Bush and Cheney for 9/11. Those who support treason can be “convinced” to join them on the gallows.

There are more of us than there are of “them.”

Death for Treason

Dash Riptide

August 21st, 2009
10:31 pm

Mr. WhatDoIKnow

August 21st, 2009
10:45 pm

Will, you are a little man with a little wee wee. Where is The Kimmer when we need him?

Sunny Perdoo

August 21st, 2009
10:58 pm

After My Lai, Calley said he was a “God fearing Republican”.

Now he admits he was a murderer.

He sounds like all Republicans.

ButlerDawg

August 22nd, 2009
12:10 am

Boy, this story sure stirred up the aging hippies and their spawn of neo-anarchists! Funny how these people who once claimed to be peace-lovers and more recently, “community organizers”…now (through many years of self-loathing and hatred of country) expose their true darksides to all on a frickin message board! Do this country a favor and please relocate your sorry rear-ends to some country in Europe…you serve no purpose here!

Pope Juan Busho Clintano XXVVIII, via Rome and Will Jone's dental work

August 22nd, 2009
3:47 am

Will Jones is nuts. Leave him a alone. He will start complaining to Jumbo G and you will be censored for messing with him. I would like to point out hat both Will Jones and Jumbo Galloway are democrats. Just saying.

Will Jones - Atlanta

August 22nd, 2009
3:56 am

It amazes what passes for “American,” “ButlerDawg.”

Troubled yourself to read “The New Pearl Harbor,” yet?

Try reading the Founders’ writings – Mr. Jefferson was a prophet of G-d.

Bother trying to understand the whig utopian ideals in the Latin Mottoes which is The Creed engraved on The Great Seal (depicted on the back of the One Dollar Bill).

America isn’t for chumps and fools. Great men and women received in covenant with the One G-d this prophesied Land of Promise. Think there’s more than one, single Creator? Get a clue.

Truth and Justice must rule by the sovereign People, or we’re just like every other country being subjugated by Mammon-worshipping philistines, megalomaniacs, and psychopaths.

Let’s we true Americans prove Our American Blood, and cast the Beast of the Roman Anti-Christ into the Pit and off our shores.

clyde

August 22nd, 2009
6:22 am

Calley has had a long time to reflect on his actions in My Lai.We send young men to war and they sometimes do things we don’t expect them to do and then we exact a price for their mistakes.A good system for those who stay home and judge.

dave

August 22nd, 2009
7:33 am

Forgiveness anyone?

Wont Jones

August 22nd, 2009
7:48 am

Jim:
I wish you had gone a little deeper with the background on the Calley story. I was just a boy at the time and fascinated to remember the name. Wikipedia says Nixon reduced his sentence from prison to house arrest, Gov Carter protested and “asked Georgians to drive for a week with their lights on.[6] Indiana’s governor asked all state flags to be flown at half-staff for Calley, and Utah’s and Mississippi’s governors also disagreed with the verdict.[6] The Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, New Jersey, and South Carolina legislatures requested clemency for Calley.[6] Alabama’s governor George Wallace visited Calley in the stockade and requested that Nixon pardon him. 79% of Americans polled disagreed with Calley’s verdict.”

So not such a simple yes-no event as some might now think.

War is ugly, and men at war are uglier. Good thing it is ugly, or we’d do it more often.

Will Jones - Atlanta

August 22nd, 2009
8:04 am

Forgive Bush1 and Nixon for killing Kennedy to reverse NSAM263, his Vietnam withdrawal order issued after 120 Americans had died in Vietnam since the fall of Dien Bien Phu?

Forgive Major Colin Powell for smearing Hugh Thompson, Jr. to cover-up the My Lai Massacre?

Forgive the Roman Catholic Church for contriving through its banker David Rockefeller and his Council on Foreign Relations to lie us into false war against a Jeffersonian Nationalist, Ho Chi Minh, whose “crime” was to wish the Babylonian pedophile priesthood and its plantation slave aristocracy off his little country’s soil?

Forgive E. Howard Hunt and his hit-team of Roman Catholic MIami Cubans for killing John Kennedy in their fight to win the world for the pope?

Righteousness comes first, by The People. Then conviction and confession, if meant to be, before execution.

Forgiveness only comes after confession and repentance. There is but one G-d.

Death for Treason

Calley was a Commissioned Officer sworn to The Oath Hugh Thompson proved can be followed in combat. Hugh Thompson died a hero and a great Georgian. Calley lives accursed.

Justice for Our Dead of Vietnam: Justice for Our Dead of 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq: Death for Bush and Cheney – Rockefeller and the Roman Anti-Christ expropriated and extirpated in America and around the world.

The Beast of the Roman Anti-Christ must be cast into the Pit. There is none but the American People who have the blood and power to do the casting.

Obama’s election is but a start. America must bring to justice those whose treason through the generations is inarguable.

Calley should have never been commissioned, or Median, or Koster, or Powell. Those who made them “officer” should be punished.

Nixon killed Kennedy. His body should be exhumed and thrown in the ocean, his library and memory erased, as justice for the 58,000 of us he sent to die for his overlords Knight of Malta Prescott Bush and Vatican banker David Rockefeller.

Will Jones - Atlanta

August 22nd, 2009
8:07 am

“Medina”

redneck recluse

August 22nd, 2009
8:42 am

Will Jones – Atlanta August 22nd, 2009 3:56 am

You made comments at 5:53 pm, 9:42 pm, 3:56 am & 8:04 AM.

P/S – Thomas Jefferson was an agnostic or atheist. He changed day to day. Read his letters not the public documents. Sorry.

bobby coleman

August 22nd, 2009
9:02 am

shame. the God of my understanding, surely must be saddened, by what happened, and what is said here today.
the dude screwed the pooch. he’s paying for it now, whether or not we’ll admit it. a mile in a man’s moccossins is his to travel.
all of us will be judged the rite way, not by some folks who place themselves in a position of power they don’t have.
God bless the dead and gone, the children who suffered, and bless the poor fools who pulled the triggers.
bobby c.

sad brotha

August 22nd, 2009
9:29 am

Calley did serve his country, and unfortunately served badly. It was our society who lowered the standards and allowed Calley to be placed in a leadership position. With that being said, the draft dodgers and student deferment crowd, who stood idly by and threw stone,s can now be looked on as part of the problem and not solution. They, the tens of thousands who served in this “Noble Cause” must not be tainted by the weak (student deferrers and dodgers). LBJ and McNamara have blood on their hands, and it is not just American boy’s blood either.

I will refuse to comment on the lunacy of Will Jones.

Forgiving Dan

August 22nd, 2009
9:41 am

To: Mr “Will Jones – Atlanta”

What belief system are you citing from when you say:

“Forgiveness only comes after confession and repentance. There is but one G-d.”

And who is your one G-d?

My God is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who said in

Mark 11:25

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Mr Calley is not the person with the problem of being forgiven, its you.

I think you are getting confused with salvation.

And that is a matter between Mr Calley and God, not Mr Calley and you.

Give it up and become a part of the city too busy to hate.

LiptonNoSoup4you

August 22nd, 2009
10:57 am

People need to ignore will jones. He is either a drug addict or an alcoholic. He claims to have served in the military, but too many other posters have ‘crossed him up’ on details. Will jones never offers substantive evidence of his claims, and cannot offer proof of any statement he makes. Please ignore him, Pray for him, but ignore his posts. He is a sick person.

LiptonNoSoup4you

August 22nd, 2009
11:00 am

By the way, I cannot judge Mr.Calley. Nor can anyone. That will up to God Jehovah to do.

Will Jones - Atlanta

August 22nd, 2009
12:44 pm

A Court Martial judged Calley and rightfully found him guilty of mass murder: the shedding of innocent blood.

Courts are given to us to establish justice and to “sweep evil” from Our Land. Those who pretend not to see evil are part of it.

There is but One Creator G-d of the Universe with which America’s Covenant and Creed is established.

Annuit Coeptis is the People’s shared and enshrined Creed which circumscribes politically acceptable acknowledgement of the perfect, invisible G-d. We are The New Secular Order, Novus Ordo Seclorem,: the individual is sovereign as The People.

The Old Sectarian Order of king and pope is dead in America. G-d is legally accessible to each of us without a mystery priesthood of Babylonian pedophiles.

All other reference, worship, or affiliation, in the public common is not of the civil religion of Americanism.

There is but One G-d, Creator of the Universe.

JFK-assassin Richard Nixon perverted justice when he commuted Calley’s sentence to shield his own guilt for killing John Kennedy and putting us in Vietnam on behalf of the Roman Anti-Christ.

Evil must be swept from Our Land.

Those who continue to defend traitor Nixon’s conduct and that of traitors Bush and Cheney, proven to have committed 9/11 by “The New Pearl Harbor,” by Emeritus Professor David Ray Griffin, PhD, a patriotically donated, free download on Google Scholar: http://www.angelfire.com/biz/hankramey/The%20New%20Pearl%20Harbor.pdf .

“redneck recluse” Read the Adams-Jefferson “post-road correspondence.” It’s like having one’s hand in “the wall-socket of G-d.” Those who reject the manifest prophecy of Thomas Jefferson, America’s anointed Founder, have no part of the G-d of Creation. Those who deny America’s covenental affirmation of full-of-grace Obama’s election by The People, as anointed by G-d to repel the risen Babylon in our midst whose treasons, perversions and crimes are undeniable, are servants of the fascist plutocracy destined by G-d for the gallows.

If you are unable to discern the “hand” of G-d in the prophetic wisdom and philosophical pronouncements of Thomas Jefferson, as well as in his earthly ministry, you are unable to discern G-d, and are merely projecting your own want onto America’s Author, Founder, and Prophet, are a traitor to America and a witting or unwitting agent of the Roman Anti-Christ.

Evil must be swept from Our Land that Justice be established and Righteousness achieved in Truth.

Bush and Cheney committed 9/11. Those who oppose The People’s Elect, Barack Obama, and support Bush’s and Cheney’s treason by denying the proven truth available for all to know, are traitors, and wisely, but cravenly, remain anonymous.

Death for Treason

Hippies suck

August 22nd, 2009
3:25 pm

I know this story must give flashbacks for when it was cool to hate the military. Nowadays, they have to hide their disdain and resentment. I bet all you 1960’s hasbeens all have Chirs Mathew’s- esque thrills running up and down your legs.

Bill White

August 22nd, 2009
11:36 pm

Calley is a hero just like Ollie North. Very few understand the complexities of the battlefield. Calley is forgiven in Sane America’s mind.
Here are more heroes:
Newt Gingrich-promoted fiscal responsibility with Contract With America.
Ronald Reagan-fiscal resp., strong military
Both Bushes-for staring down Islamo-Fascism
All of the Rockefellers-for creating wealth in the free markets worldwide.
All of the Popes-for promoting a culture of life
We are in the greatest country on Earth. A man can make it on his own here. I fear that these opportunities are being taken away starting with gov’t-controlled health care, cap and trade, restrictive gun laws, FCC rules ready to shut Rush down and more.

Will Jones - Atlanta

August 23rd, 2009
11:22 am

Bill White is neither American nor man. His wife and children will discover it soon enough:

To Samuel Kercheval
Monticello, January 19, 1810
SIR, — Yours of the 7th instant has been duly received, with the pamphlet inclosed, for which I return you my thanks. Nothing can be more exactly and seriously true than what is there stated; that but a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandising their oppressors in Church and State; that the purest system of morals ever before preached to man, has been adulterated and sophisticated by artificial constructions, into a mere contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves; that rational men not being able to swallow their impious heresies, in order to force them down their throats, they raise the hue and cry of infidelity, while themselves are the greatest obstacles to the advancement of the real doctrines of Jesus, and do in fact constitute the real Anti-Christ.

Rafael

August 23rd, 2009
10:28 pm

Will Jones – Atlanta. All of this sophistry is pure Gunnyism. Interesting, though.

ButlerDawg

August 23rd, 2009
11:05 pm

Plus, how can you blame the death of 58,000 soldier in Vietnam solely on Nixon?
Was it not Kennedy who paved the way to get us there in the first place? Was it not Johnson who saw to it that over 500,000 troops end up in country (Vietnam) without a real plan to win the war?
So transparent, Will. Your hatred of Republicans and everything conservative will eat you up!

Willie Jonze

August 23rd, 2009
11:40 pm

I am koo koo bananas crazy.

Will Jones - Atlanta

August 24th, 2009
6:18 am

Kennedy (NSAM263) ordered our military withdrawal from the pope’s fiefdom of Vietnam where the 5% Roman Catholic colonial false-elite of pedophile priests and the “Dragon Lady’s” Golden Triangle heroin “entrepreneurs” owned 95% of the country’s wealth. Buddhists – 95% of the population – were de facto slaves, having failed to “get into bed” with the force America’s Founder correctly identified as “an engine for enslaving mankind,”"the real Anti-Christ.”

Who here claims to be more intelligent than Thomas Jefferson?

President Kennedy’s Executive Order 11,110 had also rid America of the pope’s bankers of the unconstitutional Federal Reserve System, which since 1913, with the help of the Robber Barons’ “bought and paid for” Congressmen and Senators and unconstitutional Internal Revenue Act, had formed the financial basis for the subjugation of the initially, credally sovereign People.

The on-going “Wall Street Bailout’s” welfare fascism, printing money to shore up the crumbling Federal Reserve’s false-elite, is forced on President Obama and the American People by the same faction which had Bush and Cheney commit 9/11, Bush’s father and Nixon kill Kennedy and King to send us to die in Vietnam, and for which Prescott Bush toiled as he funneled monies from the Roman Catholic collection plate in America through Rockefellers’ family bank to the author of “I Paid Hitler,” papal baron Fritz “The Rockefeller of Germany” Thyssen.

Wonder why illegal immigration isn’t stopped? Read the Roman Catholic Church’s published stratagem for taking America “back”: “The National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic MInistry,” then count the percentage of self-identified Roman Catholics – those willing to subject themselves and their children to the pedophile priesthood of Babylon America’s Founder, Author, Prophet and Genius identified as “the real Anti-Christ” – in Congress, in addition to the Roman Catholic bloc on the Supreme Court which explicitly violated The Constitution’s “disputed Federal elections shall be resolved in Congress” admonition, to appoint Hitler’s banker’s grandson and Kennedy’s and King’s assassin’s son to the White House to commit 9/11.

This is not a civil discussion between persons of good consciences with differing opinions as to right and wrong.

This is the eternal conflict between good and evil; between Whig and Tory: Is G-d for “the Many” or for “the few?” Is America for G-d by “Annuit Coeptis,” or to be subjugated by those among us who pervert, lie, murder, steal, molest, and rape?

Bush and Cheney committed 9/11. Read “The New Pearl Harbor” should you be inspired to “follow Truth wherever it may lead,” and to be fully American worthy of the name.

Those who oppose the People’s elected president as he tries to lift us out of the hole dug by Rome’s “Fifth Column” are traitors. Know them and know the workings of evil among us.

This is not a game. Our dead of Vietnam and 9/11, of Iraq and Afghanistan, the innocent blood shed by Bush and Cheney’s treasonous faction in service to Mammon and Anti-Christ must be avenged that America be righteous once more.

Obama is but a start in the right direction.

Death for Treason

cletus T. rockafella

August 24th, 2009
6:34 am

“Obama is but a start in the right direction.” Absolutely, IF you are for the destruction of America and are pro socialism. It is obvious that WJ mere pulls data from Wikipedia when citing ‘facts’, but proves his metal as a pure, tried & true socialist.

Will Jones - Atlanta

August 24th, 2009
2:09 pm

It is for good reason you use a joke name, “cletus.”