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Vietnam vet who bragged of killing civilians dies in Missouri

William Doyle, a tough-talking Vietnam War veteran who helped lead a decorated platoon that killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in a case concealed by the Pentagon for decades, died Nov. 6 in Springfield, Mo. He was 75.

Doyle was a team leader on the Army's famous Tiger Force in 1967 when some members began executing women and children in a bloody rampage that lasted seven months.

A wiry staff sergeant with the ace of spades tattooed to his trigger finger, Doyle bragged that he shot so many civilians that he lost count.

''We killed anything that moved,'' he told reporters from The Toledo Blade for a series that won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. "My only regret is that I didn't kill more.''

Though Army investigators recommended that he and 17 others be charged with war crimes, including murder and assault, no action was taken.

Read the full story at MiamiHerald.com.

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