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Peers Inquiry of the Massacre at My Lai

Location: Microfilm DS 557.8 M9 P428 1996


On March 16-19, 1968, during the Vietnam War, American troops massacred between 400 and 500 Vietnamese peasants and Viet Cong guerrillas in the village of My Lai.  This collection is the transcripts of an investigation conducted by General William R. Peers and others into the My Lai massacre and the subsequent cover-up of information by 14 military officers.

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“The records comprising this micropublication are subdivided into four groupings or volumes.  Two of the volumes, Volumes II and III, are further subdivided into  “books” (e.g. Volume II, Book 24).  Volume I consists of the investigative report.  Volume II consists of the transcripts of testimony subdivided into thirty-one books.  Volume III comprises the supporting directives, operational/after-action reports, maps, overlays, sketches and drawings, statements, photographs, and administrative documents. Volume IV consists of statements collected by the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Division during its investigation of My Lai and the case against Lieutenant Calley and other officers. ” (Microfilm Guide to Vietnam War Research Collections: The Peers Inquiry of the Massacre at My Lai – Microfilm DS 557.8 M9 P428 1996 Guide) There is no subject index for this collection, but there is a reel index.


Microfilm Guide to Vietnam War Research Collections: The Peers Inquiry of the Massacre at My Lai. (Microfilm DS 557.8 M9 P428 1996 Guide).

Related Web sites are Declassified CIA Documents on the Vietnam War – providing an in-depth indexing of the CIA declassified documents on the Vietnam War  and, where possible, a link to the full-text documents available at Virtual Vietnam Archive (VVA).

For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out these
Subject Categories:

My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968 -- Sources.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Atrocities -- Sources.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- United States -- Sources.

Time Period: 20th Century  

Subject keywords: Military History, Vietnam War