Binh Tai Massacre

The Bình Tai Massacre was a massacre allegedly perpetrated by South Korean Forces on 9 October 1966 of 29-168 citizens in Binh Tai village of Bình Định Province in South Vietnam.

Binh Tai Massacre
Quảng Ngãi Province
LocationBinh Tai village, South Vietnam
DateOctober 9, 1966; 55 years ago (1966-10-09)
TargetBinh Tai villagers
Attack type
Deaths29[1]-168[2]: 533 
PerpetratorsSouth Korean Forces


The South Korean newspaper, The Hankyoreh, investigated war crimes in Vietnam and this massacre had first came to light from a testimony by an officer whom had overseen the killing.[2]: 534 [3][1] Colonel Kim Ki-tae, former commander of the Seventh Company, 2nd Marine Division, testified in The Hankyoreh that on 9 October 1966 about the event.[2]: 529  Colonel Ki-Tae had reported he oversaw the murder of 29 men who were 'probably just farmers' alongside other civilians, and confirmed by the Hankyoreh's onsite investigation of events.[1][4] South Korean troops set fire to the Binh Tai villagers' homes and shot the villagers who fled the burning buildings. The raid had been ordered as a punitive action by the Division Headquarters as retaliation for the killing of a ROKA Infantry Major (Soryeong) and a ROK Marine Artillery Jungsa (First Sergeant) three days before by sniper fire.[2]: 530  The testimony by Kim Ki-Tae had prompted other Korean veterans to testify about mass-killings.[1] The massacre was discussed by the People's Tribunal on War Crimes by South Korean Troops during the Vietnam War in 2018.

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  1. ^ a b c d "People's Tribunal on War Crimes Committed by South Korean Troops during the Vietnam War | The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus". Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  2. ^ a b c d Armstrong, Charles (2001). Critical Asian Studies, Volume 33, Issue 4: America's Korea, Korea's Vietnam. Routledge.
  3. ^ Vụ thảm sát Diên Niên – Phước Bình + Tưởng niệm 45 năm vụ thảm sát Diên Niên - Phước Bình Archived 2014-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Hwang Sang Cheol (11 May 2000). "A retired colonel, Kim Ki Tae, tells of systematic killings of Vietnamese civilians by Korea soldiers during the Vietnam War". Hankyoreh. Retrieved 22 September 2020.