My Lai village is located in Tinh Khe town, Quang Ngai province. It is the place where the massacre took place. On June 13th 1968, US soldiers massacred 502 villagers, most of whom were women and children. Under the request of US army, the soldiers madly shot 500 villagers who had no weapons. More seriously, before being killed, many victims were raped, tortured and beaten. The soldiers also burned houses, killed the animals and poison the local water.
US army failed to conceal their crime. The truth had come to light and the US army had to come in for international condemnation. In late 1969, only a soldier was convicted. This event was the reason that decreased the reputation of US army and brought its degradation in 1972
Nowadays, tourists visiting My Lai village can see the pictures taken during the time of the massacre. They are displayed at My Son historic house. The house was built in 1978 and was recognized as a specially important national historical site in 2002. It shows important proof about the crime of the US army and the sufferings of Vietnamese people.
My Son historic house has total area of 2,4 hectares. It received a sponsor of 11,7 billions Vietnam dong from The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism for conservation and upgrading. It is comprised of dining room, living room and room for documentary showing.