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WO1 Hugh Thompson Jr. (1943-2006) testifies in the court martial against 2LT William Calley for war crimes, Fort Benning, Georgia. Nov 1970. Thompson was an OH-23 helicopter pilot who put his helicopter between Vietnamese civilians and US Army soldiers to prevent further slaughter at My Lai. Unfortunately, despite conviction, Calley got off extremely lightly, barely living a year behind bars. His conviction was overturned in 1974, and he lived the rest of his life a freeman.

Colonel Harry G. Summers Jr. declared that Calley and his associates should have been hanged, drawn, and quartered, with their remains placed “at the gates of Fort Benning, at the Infantry School, as a reminder to those who pass under it of what an infantry officer ought to be.”

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WO1 Hugh Thompson Jr. (1943-2006) testifies in the court martial against 2LT William Calley for war crimes, Fort Benning, Georgia. Nov 1970. Thompson was an OH-23 helicopter pilot who put his helicopter between Vietnamese civilians and US Army soldiers to prevent further slaughter at My Lai. Unfortunately, despite conviction, Calley got off extremely lightly, barely living a year behind bars. His conviction was overturned in 1974, and he lived the rest of his life a freeman.

Colonel Harry G. Summers Jr. declared that Calley and his associates should have been hanged, drawn, and quartered, with their remains placed “at the gates of Fort Benning, at the Infantry School, as a reminder to those who pass under it of what an infantry officer ought to be.”

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According to my almost always-correct calculations, if Vietnam built its own Vietnam War wall, using the names of every Vietnamese killed during the war, it would be ~350ft (~1.1km) tall and
~10,800ft (~3.2 km) long.

Wait let me try this again.

Ok I figure that the Vietnam Wall is ~250 feet long and ranges from 8 inches to 10ft in height because it’s a giant triangle. That’s an area of 86,110 ft. The wall has 58,276 names. So each name probably takes up about 1.5 sq feet of space.

The highest accepted death toll for Vietnamese from 1955-1975 is 3,812,000. If each Vietnamese name takes up an area of 1.5 ft, then Vietnam’s memorial would be 5,718,000 sq ft. Unfortunately we don’t know the perimeter of the hypothetical so let’s just make up a height. How about 12 ft. So the Vietnamese Wall would be 476,000 ft long or 90 miles

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