William Calley

Convicted US-war criminal from the Vietnam War

William Laws Calley[1] (William Laws Calley, Jr.) (born June 8, 1943) is a convicted American war criminal.

William Calley
Calley's mugshot
Birth nameWilliam Laws Calley Jr.
Born (1943-06-08) June 8, 1943 (age 81)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1967–1971
Rank Second lieutenant[1]
Unit1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
Battles/warsVietnam War
• The Mỹ Lai massacre happened during a military expedition

He was held responsible and found guilty[2] of some of the killings of the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War. Of the 26 officers and soldiers that were charged for their part in the My Lai Massacre or the cover-up, only Calley was convicted. He was sentenced to a life in prison, but that was changed to 20 years in prison, and later to 10 years in prison. He was put on house arrest instead. Calley only spent three years on house arrest, and was then released.

After punishment from the military court system


In 2009, Lieutenant Calley was speaking (at a Kiwanis Club in Georgia, USA) and said that (he feels remorse, and that) "There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel remorse for what happened that day in Mỹ Lai. I feel remorse for the Vietnamese who were killed, for their families, for the American soldiers involved and their families. I am very sorry."[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "WSB-TV newsfilm clip of a reporter John Philp conducting street interviews with civilians and soldiers outside the commissary following the conviction of Lieutenant William Calley for his role in the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War, Fort Benning, Georgia". Civil Rights Digital Library. University System of Georgia. 1971-03-30. Retrieved 2009-08-22. Second lieutenant William Calley was a member of the Alpha Company, 1st battalion, 20th infantry regiment, 11th infantry brigade while in Vietnam.[permanent dead link]
  2. "Daily Mail: The Monster of the My Lai Massacre – October 6, 2007". London. October 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
  3. "Calley apologizes for role in My Lai massacre". msnbc.com. August 22, 2009. Retrieved April 8, 2017.