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Hathcock’s record and the extraordinary details of the missions he undertook made him a legend in the U. He was honored by having a rifle named after him: Hathcock was born in Little RockArkansas on May 20, He grew up in Wynne, Arkansas, living with his grandmother after his parents separated for the first 12 xarlos of his life. While visiting relatives in Mississippi, he took to shooting and hunting at an early age, partly out of necessity to help feed his poor family.

He would go into the woods with his dog and pretend to be a soldier and hunt imaginary Japanese with the old Mauser his father brought back from World War II. He hunted at that early age with a. Hathcock dreamed of being a Marine throughout his childhood, and so on May 20,at the age of 17, he enlisted in the U. InHathcock started his deployment in the Vietnam War as a military policeman and later became a sniper after Captain Edward James Land pushed the Marines into raising snipers in every platoon.

Land later recruited Marines who had set their own records in sharpshooting; he quickly found Hathcock, who had won the Wimbledon Cup, the most prestigious prize for long-range shooting, at Camp Perry in Snipers often did not have an hathcoxk third party present, making confirmation difficult, especially if the target was behind enemy lines, as was usually the case.

Hathcock estimated that he had killed between and enemy personnel during his time in the Vietnam War. Rewards put on U. Hathcock held the record for highest bounty and killed every known Vietnamese marksman who sought him to collect it. These Marines were aware of the impact Hathcock’s death would have and took it hafhcock themselves to make themselves targets in order to confuse the counter-snipers.

One of Hathcock’s most famous accomplishments was shooting an enemy sniper through the enemy’s own rifle scopehitting him in the eye and killing him. The sniper, known only as the “Cobra,” had already killed several Marines and was believed to have been sent specifically to kill Hathcock.

Surveying the situation, Hathcock concluded that the only feasible way he could have put the bullet straight down the enemy’s scope and through his eye would have been if both snipers were zeroing in on each other at the same time, which gave him only a few seconds to act, and Hathcock fired first.


A female Viet Cong platoon leader called “the Apache woman,” with a reputation for torturing captive U. Marines, was killed by Hathcock around the firebase at Hill Hathcock only once removed the white feather from his bush hat while deployed in Vietnam. On September 16,Hathcock’s career as a sniper came to a sudden end along Highway 1north of LZ Baldywhen the LVT-5 he was riding on struck an anti-tank mine.

Hathcock pulled seven Marines from the flame-engulfed vehicle, suffering severe burns some third-degree to his face, arms and legs, before someone pulled hathccok away and got him in whitefeatheg because he did not realize he was burnt that badly. While recovering, Hathcock received hathcocl Purple Heart. Nearly 30 years later, he received a Silver Carlso for this action. Due to his extreme injuries suffered in Vietnam, he was in nearly constant pain, but he continued to dedicate himself to teaching snipers.

InHathcock’s health began to deteriorate, and he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He stayed in the Marine Corps, but his health continued to decline.

And, just 55 days short of the 20 years that would have made him eligible for regular retirement pay, he received a permanent disability separation. Being medically discharged, he received percent disability pay. He fell into a state of depression when he was forced out of the Marines because he felt as if the service had kicked him out.

During this depression, his wife Jo nearly left him but decided to stay. Hathcock eventually picked up the hobby of shark fishing, which helped him overcome his depression. Hathcock once said that he survived in his work because of an ability to “get in the bubble”, to put himself into a state of “utter, complete, absolute concentration”, first with his equipment, then his environment, in which every breeze and every leaf meant something, and finally on his quarry.

But I never did enjoy killing anybody. If I don’t get those bastards, then they’re gonna kill a lot whitefeatherr these kids dressed carloa like Marines. That’s the way I look at it.

This Marine Was The ‘American Sniper’ Of The Vietnam War |

Marine Corps; [32] he retired from the Marine Corps as a Gunnery Sergeant after following in his father’s footsteps as a shooter and became a member of the Board of Governors of the Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association. Hathcock died on February 22,in Virginia Beach, Virginiafrom complications resulting from multiple sclerosis. Hathcock remains a legend in the U. Hathcock II Award presented “to an enlisted Marine who has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of marksmanship training.

InHathcock set the record for the longest sniper kill. He used an M2. Hathcock was one of several individuals to utilize the M2 Browning machine gun in the sniping role.

This success led to the adoption of the. Sniper rifles have since been designed around and chambered in this caliber since the s. The rifle had a likeness of Hathcock’s signature and his “white feather logo” marked on the receiver. Turner Saddlery similarly honored Hathcock by producing a line of leather rifle slings based on his design. The slings are embossed with Hathcock’s signature.


Hathcock generally used the standard sniper rifle: On some occasions, however, he used a gathcock weapon: Hathcock made a number of kills with this weapon in excess of 1, yards, including his record for the longest confirmed kill at 2, yards since surpassed.

Hathcock’s career as a sniper has been used as a basis for a variety of fictional snipers, from the “shooting through the scope incident” to the number of kills he made. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. United States Marine Corps portal Biography portal.

Mastering the Art of Long-Range Shooting. Caelos from the original on January 30, Retrieved March 30, Carlos Hathcock II, who was credited with 93 confirmed kills in Vietnam. Retrieved September 19, Retrieved March 24, A History of Snipers. Hathcock had taken to wearing a small white feather in his boonie whitegeather. It was just stuck in the brim Sniping skills from the world’s elite forces. Carlos Hathcock —99 Nicknamed hatchock ‘White Feather’ for the feather he wore in his hatband, Carlos Hathcock is perhaps the most influential sniper of all time.

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Crosshairs on the Kill Zone: One Shot One Kill”. One Shot One Kill. Both lenses of the enemy’s sniper scope, front and back, were shattered.

It was obvious what happened. My bullet smashed through his scope and into his right eye.

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