Sơn Mỹ Memorial

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The Sơn Mỹ Memorial (Di tích Sơn Mỹ) is a memorial to victims of the My Lai Massacre.[1] It is located in the village of Tịnh Khê, Sơn Tịnh District, Quảng Ngãi Province. U.S. soldiers killed at least 347 Vietnamese in this area on March 16, 1968.[2] The memorial was built in 1978. At the time of the massacre, Sơn Mỹ was a village that included Mỹ Lai and several other hamlets. Because Mỹ Lai was not the only hamlet involved, the Vietnamese media refers to the event as the "Sơn Mỹ massacre."[1]

Sơn Mỹ was divided into four hamlets: Mỹ Lai, Co Luy, My Khe, and Tư Cung.[3] The U.S. Army designated the various sectors of each hamlet in the form My Lai (1), My Lai (2), etc. The massacre took place, most notably in My Lai (4) (Xom Lang subhamlet) and in My Khe (4) (My Hoi subhamlet), but also in My Lai (5) (Binh Dong and Binh Tay subhamlets) and in Tư Cung.

The memorial is in the former hamlet of Tư Cung. In 2003, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced an 11.7 billion dong contract to upgrade the building.

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  1. ^ a b "Commemorating victims of Son My massacre" VOV News, March 13, 2012.
  2. ^ "My Lai incident", Columbia Encyclopedia, 2007.
  3. ^ Oliver, Kendrick, The My Lai Massacre in American History And Memory, 2006, p. 192

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Coordinates: 15°10′48″N 108°53′11″E / 15.18000°N 108.88639°E / 15.18000; 108.88639