By JESSICA BUJOL, Associated Press Writer -- Saturday, Jan 7, 2006, 8:06 AM ET
Hugh Thompson Jr., a former Army helicopter pilot honored for rescuing Vietnamese civilians from his fellow GIs during the My Lai massacre, died early Friday. He was 62.
Thompson, whose role in the 1968 massacre did not become widely known until decades later, died at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Alexandria, hospital spokesman Jay DeWorth said.
Trent Angers, Thompson's biographer and family friend, said Thompson died of cancer.
"These people were looking at me for help and there was no way I could turn my back on them," Thompson recalled in a 1998 Associated Press interview.
States of America
is watching over you, Papa San
of the brave you were born
you returned from Nam
rotor blades cut through the skies
light of your conscience
GIs, dying children and women
in your mind, compassion within your soul
the killing you did
history has you in its place
feelings seized me in my former birthplace...
Linh Duy Vo
January 8, 2006 -- 3:33 AM©
From Hue to My Lai to the South China Sea
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