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Hugh Thompson

Data de nascimento: 15. Abril 1943
Data de falecimento: 6. Janeiro 2006

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Hugh C. Thompson Jr foi um piloto de helicóptero que serviu durante a guerra do Vietnã. Se tornou conhecido na história da guerra por sua iniciativa em interromper o massacre de civis na aldeia vietnamita de My Lai, no distrito de Sơn Tinh, Vietnã do sul.

Nascido na Geórgia, Thompson se alistou na Marinha em 1961 e no Exército em 1966, onde fez treinamento como piloto de helicóptero.

Voluntário para o Vietnã, foi integrado numa força de reconhecimento aéreo cuja missão era sobrevoar as florestas vietnamitas e atrair o fogo inimigo para marcar a localização de soldados do vietcong e informar sua localização. Ele pilotava um helicóptero Hiller OH-23 Raven. Faziam parte de sua tripulação, operando metralhadoras M-60 nas laterais do helicóptero, o soldado Lawrence Coburn e o chefe de tripulação Glenn Andreotta, que mais tarde também receberiam com Thompson o reconhecimento por sua ação em My Lai.

Citações Hugh Thompson

„What a great man. There are so many people today walking around alive because of him, not only in Vietnam, but people who kept their units under control under other circumstances because they had heard his story. We may never know just how many lives he saved.“

—  Hugh Thompson, Jr.
Col. Tom Kolditz, head of the Army academy's behavioral sciences and leadership department. http://www.nola.com/newsflash/louisiana/index.ssf?/base/news-22/1136568553158920.xml&storylist=louisiana

„He was the guy who by his heroic actions gave a morality and dignity to the American military effort. At war sometimes things get topsy turvy, so he was a moral example at a time when things were pure evil.“

—  Hugh Thompson, Jr.
Douglas Brinkley, Tulane history professor. http://www.nola.com/newsflash/louisiana/index.ssf?/base/news-22/1136568553158920.xml&storylist=louisiana

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„Don't do the right thing looking for a reward, because it might not come.“

—  Hugh Thompson, Jr.
In a 2004 interview with AP. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/07/national/07thompson.html

„You can't imagine what courage it took to do what he did.“

—  Hugh Thompson, Jr.
Seymour Hersh, journalist who ""broke"" the My Lai massacre story. http://www.nola.com/newsflash/louisiana/index.ssf?/base/news-22/1136568553158920.xml&storylist=louisiana

„These people were looking at me for help and there was no way I could turn my back on them“

—  Hugh Thompson, Jr.
In a 1998 interview with AP. http://www.nola.com/newsflash/louisiana/index.ssf?/base/news-22/1136568553158920.xml&storylist=louisiana

„They said I was screaming quite loud. I threatened never to fly again. I didn't want to be a part of that. It wasn't war.“

—  Hugh Thompson, Jr.
In a 2004 interview with US News & World Report. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/07/national/07thompson.html

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„I'm going to go over and get them out of the bunker myself. If the squad opens up on them, shoot 'em.“

—  Hugh Thompson, Jr.
To Spec. Lawrence Colburn, giving him the order to fire on any fellow US Army soldiers if they attempted to kill a group of unarmed Vietnamese civilians. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/pacificnw/2002/0310/cover.html

„He was treated like a traitor for 30 years, so he was conditioned to just shut up and be quiet. Every bit of information I got from him, I had to drag it out of him.“

—  Hugh Thompson, Jr.
Trent Angers, Thompson's biographer http://www.nola.com/newsflash/louisiana/index.ssf?/base/news-22/1136568553158920.xml&storylist=louisiana

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