Vincent P. McCauley, who organized a national movement to free Army Lt. William L. Calley after his conviction for killing 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians, died Friday. He was 86.
McCauley, a Philadelphia lawyer who moved to Georgia after World War II, started the "Free Calley Movement" after Calley's 1971 conviction at nearby Fort Benning.
The slayings took place in March 1968 in My Lai, South Vietnam.
McCauley organized rallies for the soldier and defended him against civil lawsuits brought by families of the My Lai victims. He also pushed for Calley's pardon.
Calley's sentence was reduced from life in prison to 10 years in 1974 by Army Secretary Howard "Bo" Callaway. Calley was released after three years under house arrest.