this powerful obituary of Larry Colburn, who died at age 67. He was one of three men aboard a U.S. Army helicopter who helped stop the My Lai massacre. Excerpt:
Mr. Colburn was the last surviving member of a three-man helicopter crew that was assigned to hover over My Lai on Saturday morning, March 16, 1968, to identify enemy positions by drawing Vietcong fire.
Instead, the men encountered an eerie quiet and a macabre landscape of dead, wounded and weaponless women and children as a platoon of American soldiers, ostensibly hunting elusive Vietcong guerrillas, marauded among defenseless noncombatants.See generally United States v. Calley.