|James E. Paul|
|Born|| ca. 1947|
|Penalty||Sentenced to 22 years in prison|
|Date|| May 16, 1970|
|Location(s)||Tay Ninh, Vietnam|
SP4 Paul, a member of the 125th Signal Battalion, was from Alamagordo, New Mexico. That evening a company, which had just returned from fighting in Cambodia, wanted to watch a show at an outdoor bleacher. Several soldiers from other units, inlcuding Paul, wanted to join them, but were told to leave, when some of the members of the company objected to their presence. A short scuffle ensued, after which the men left, but apparently they were angry about their expulsion, and when one of them stated that they should take revenge later, Paul replied "I'm not going to wait!"
The 22-year-old went to fetch an M-16 assault rifle, and a couple of minutes later returned to the bleacher and opened fire on the soldiers present. Afterwards he headed back to his room, where he told his roommate Edward F. Lane: "I just shot some 'rabbits'," and put his weapon under his bunk, before they went together to the "Free World Club" in Tay Ninh. Asked by Lane, if he had aimed when shooting, Paul noted that he had targeted a sergeant with a gun, but didn't hit him.
Paul was later arrested, but maintained his innocence. During his trial he did not testify, and on September 14 the same year he was found guilty of two counts of voluntary manslaughter and ten counts of assault with intent to commit voluntary manslaughter. He was dishonorably discharged from service and sentenced to 22 years confinement at hard labor.
- ↑ GI kills 2, wounds 16 at Viet show, Youngstown Vindicator (May 16, 1970)
- ↑ Two Yanks killed by GI in Viet, The Miami News (May 16, 1970)
- ↑ Soldier charged with two murders, The Gettysburg Times (May 26, 1970)
- ↑ Soldier charged in slayings, The Owosso Argus-Press (May 26, 1970)
- ↑ Soldier Is Convicted In Manslaughter Case, Tropic Lightning News (October 5, 1970)
- ↑ Alamogordo GI given 22 years for slaying two, Albuquerque Journal (September 16, 1970)
- ↑ Alamogordo soldier given prison term, Las Cruces Sun News (September 15, 1970)
- ↑ Joe Edward Raber at the 5th Infantry Regiment Association
- ↑ Gary Richard White at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund