Watch the Ghosts of My Lai documentary and read document 29-3 “Military Discipline in an Unpopular War” from Reading the American Past.
1) According to the documentary and the document, what could a soldier expect in Vietnam? Was it similar to or different from the experience of soldiers in other American wars? Explain.
2) What difficulties did the government have in controlling American troops in Vietnam? Explain.
3) How did soldiers respond to the violence of this war? Use details from the documentary and the documents to support your answer. What impact do you think this would have on the soldiers upon returning home?