A young American lieutenant who orders the troops under his command to murder innocent Vietnamese villagers, including women and children, at Thuan Yen. Calley is the only soldier who doesn’t show any signs of guilt for his actions, and later tries to intimidate his troops into keeping silent about the acts of murder they’ve committed. Calley is the only soldier ever convicted for his role in the My Lai massacre.
The timeline below shows where the character Lieutenant William “Rusty” Calley appears in In the Lake of the Woods. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13: The Nature of the Beast
Chapter 16: Evidence
...was destroyed long before “it” destroyed him. Other soldiers in Vietnam claim not to remember “it”—Calley, for instance, can’t recall how many dead bodies he saw in a ditch, though Paul... (full context)
Chapter 21: The Nature of the Spirit
...world to Sorcerer, and observes, “Fuckers just don’t die.” The soldiers are mostly silent, although Calley is talkative, saying that “gooks are gooks.” When Calley claims that the operation in My... (full context)
...head exploding, and thinks that the villagers are gradually merging into one huge, bloody mass. Calley laughs and makes wisecracks about the mess, and other soldiers cry, urinate, and resume firing... (full context)
Chapter 25: Evidence
Chapter 26: The Nature of the Dark