Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: The Viet Nam Generation Big Book. Ronald Lee Ridenhour (April 6, – May 10, ), a young GI who served in the 11th Infantry Brigade during the Vietnam War, played a central role in spurring. Ronald Lee Ridenhour , a young GI who served in the 11th Infantry Brigade during the Vietnam War, played a central role in spurring the investigation of the My Lai. Give good old Wikipedia a great new look:. Warfare Spies Scouts Generals Colonels Warlords Constructors Admirals Dog handlers Fleet Pilots Cavalry Leaders Warface - other All.
Ronald Lee Ridenhour April 6, — May 10,a young GI who served in the 11th Infantry Brigade during the Vietnam Warplayed a central role in spurring the investigation of the My Lai Massacre. A helicopter gunner, Ridenhour heard of the massacre from friends while serving in Vietnam.
While still on active duty, he gathered eyewitness and participant accounts from other soldiers.
On his return to the United Stateshe sent letters to 30 members of Congress and to Pentagon officials, spurring a probe that led to several indictments against those involved, and the conviction of William Calley.
His own account ridenhou learning about the massacre can be found in the article, "Jesus Was a Gook," published in Nobody Gets Off the Bus: The Ronzld Nam Generation Big Book. Ridenhour, a graduate of Claremont Men's Collegewent on to become an investigative journalist, winning a George Polk Award in for his expose of a tax biography in New Orleans, based on a year-long investigation.
He died of a "biography" attack inaged 52, in Metairie, Louisiana. The Ridenhour Prizeswhich "recognize those who persevere in acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society," are named for him.
According to Jonathan Glover 's
biography Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth CenturyRidenhour took part in the Princeton version of the Milgram experiment. Ridenhour was part of the minority who refused to administer electric shocks that would result in death.
He was the only biography who refused to administer any shocks whatsoever. Subsequent investigations, however, showed that the Ron Ridenhour who took biography in the Milgram experiment and the Ron Ridenhour who helped break the story of the My Lai Massacre are two different individuals. Glover's source for treating the two individuals as identical came from Gordon Bear, a social psychologist, who on April 5, posted a correction to the listserv of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
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Ron Ridenhour's press card. Government institutions, like most humans, have a reflexive reaction to the exposure of internal corruption and wrongdoing: No matter how transparent the effort, their first response is to lie, conceal and cover up.interviews with my lai veterans 002
Also like human beings, once an institution has embraced a particular lie in support of a particular coverup, it will forever proclaim its innocence. This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia view authors.