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Ha My massacre[1]
Quảng Nam Province
Location Hà My village, Quảng Nam, South Vietnam[1]:xiii
Date 25 February 1968
Target Ha My villagers
Attack type
Deaths 135[1]:1
Perpetrators ROK Marines

The Hà My Massacre was a massacre purportedly conducted by the South Korean Marines on 25 February 1968 of unarmed citizens in Hà My village, Dien Duong commune, Điện Bàn District Quảng Nam Province in South Vietnam. According to South Korean anthropologist Heonik Kwon, it was reportedly conducted in retaliation for Vietcong mortar fire that killed a South Korean Marine artillery Daewi (Captain), a Sangsa (First Sergeant) and four soldiers. The attack was preceded by two hours of shelling by 152 mm artillery, during which helicopters were circling overhead the village and machine-gunning those that tried to escape. Later helicopters and trucks transported almost 200 Marines to the village who killed many more civilians at close quarters.[1]:xiii[1]:2 The victims were 135 women, children and elders from the thirty households.[1]:1[2] After the massacre, the Marines bulldozed a shallow grave and buried the victims' bodies en masse and later used napalm bombs from helicopters in an attempt to destroy any evidence.[1]:1 Kwon states that this assault against the corpses and graves is remembered as the most inhumane aspect of the incident.[3]

The commune later became a hotbed for partisan activity, remaining resistant to Korean forces in the region until they were relegated to guarding bases later that year and until their departure in 1973.[3] The commune would later earn the designation as a Hero District of the People's Armed Forces of the PAVN. In December 2000, a memorial for the 135 victims was founded in Hà My village.[1]:138

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Kwon, Heonik. After the Massacre: Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai. University of California Press. p. 55. ISBN 9780520247970. 
  2. Kathleen M. Adams, Kathleen A. Gillogly (2011). Everyday Life in Southeast Asia. Indiana University Press. p. 241. ISBN 9780253223210. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kwon, Heonik. "Anatomy of US and South Korean Massacres in the Vietnamese Year of the Monkey, 1968". The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. 

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