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bullwinkle428 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-07-08 10:07 AM
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14. From the Vietnam War, U.S. Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson, Jr.
Thompson risked his own life in order to stop a war crime that involved the almost certain deaths of multiple civilians:

"Thompson took off again, and Andreotta reported that Mitchell was now executing the people in the ditch. Furious, Thompson flew over the northeast corner of the village and spotted a group of about ten civilians, including children, running toward a homemade bomb shelter. Pursuing them were soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, C Company. Realizing that the soldiers intended to murder the Vietnamese, Thompson landed his aircraft between them and the villagers. Thompson turned to Colburn and Andreotta and told them that if the Americans began shooting at the villagers or him, they should fire their M60 machine guns at the Americans:<4> "Y'all cover me! If these bastards open up on me or these people, you open up on them. Promise me!" He then dismounted to confront the 2nd Platoon's leader, Stephen Brooks. Thompson told him he wanted help getting the peasants out of the bunker:<5>"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Thompson%2C_Jr.
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