The United States Army is taking action to avoid repetitions of the My Lai massacre in South Vietnam.
GV Fort Benning training school
GV Soldiers marching in training school (2 shots)
GV Int. Soldiers in class
SCU Capt. Edgar Smith lecturing class (SOUND ON FILM)
GV Soldiers then stand up in class
TRANSCRIPT: Captain Edgar Smith (SEQ. 6): "Take care of your prisoner." That's not a real good order, kind of vague, you know. "Take care of your prisoner." Sergeant comes over and -- whack! -- beats him viciously about the head and shoulders. He says: "I took care of him, sir. He wont' cause any problem." He's carried out his orders, apparently lawfully -- lawful orders -- but carried it out in a malicious manner. Or, its the type of an order which is obviously unlawful, and order which he knew or should have known to be unlawful. Now what kind of orders are we taking about there? "Kill that prisoner. Torture that prisoner. commit this crime." In that event, the man who follows the order and the man who gives the order find themselves in the same boat -- liable to prosecution. This class, believe me, it won't save your life in Vietnam. But it might save somebody's life when then come home. Alright, thank you gentlemen.
Initials OS/044 AH/OS/049
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Background: The United States Army is taking action to avoid repetitions of the My Lai massacre in South Vietnam. At Fort Benning, Georgia -- scene of the court martial of Lt. William Calley -- the Army has started a course of psychological training for potential officers.
The instructor, Captain Edgar Smith, started off by teaching his class the difference between good and bad order: