William Wilson, a retired Green Beret colonel, is a veteran of the parachute invasions of France and Holland in World War II and took part in the defense of Bastogne with the 101st Airborne Division. Wilson served as an intelligence officer on the Joint Staff in Vietnam and, after retiring from the Army, helped build “Camp David Accord” air bases in the Negev Desert. Fredric Paul Smoler, who teaches history and political theory at Sarah Lawrence College, helped in the preparation of this article.
He didn’t want the job but felt he should do it. For the first time, the soldier who tracked down the My Lai story for the office of the inspector general in 1969 tells what it was like to do some of this era’s grimmest detective work.