I met Larry Colburn in 1998 when he and Hugh Thompson returned to Viet Nam for the first time since the war. They met with victims of the My Lai Massacre, including survivors whose lives they helped to save during those awful hours of March 16, 1968. They were welcomed and embraced by villagers who shed tears of gratitude for their intervention that day, when they turned the guns of their helicopter against American soldiers to halt the carnage, at least temporarily, and allow life-saving evacuation of some of the victims. The meeting was emotional. Larry and Hugh wept as villagers thanked them for their actions that day.
At a time when the term “heroes” is misused and cheapened, Larry and Hugh, and their fellow crew member Glenn Andreotta, were true heroes in the finest sense of the word. More importantly, they were decent human beings who clearly understood the difference between right and wrong.
December 16, 2016
Lawrence Colburn dies; helped end Vietnam’s My Lai massacre
By: Chevel Johnson
The Associated Press
Lawrence Manley Colburn, a helicopter gunner in the Vietnam War who helped end the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers by U.S. troops at My Lai, has died. He was 67.
Lisa Colburn, speaking with The Associated Press on Thursday evening, said her husband of 31 years was diagnosed with cancer in late September and died Tuesday. Tiếp tục đọc “Lawrence Colburn dies; helped end Vietnam’s My Lai massacre”