Kennedy drew a clear line in the sand in his inaugural address. April 30 marks the 41st anniversary of the fall of Saigon since renamed Ho Chi Minh City and the end of American military involvement in that country. NRA photo. While the war in Vietnam ushered in a number of new technologies, particularly the widespread use of helicopters and night vision equipment, much of the equipment had been tried and tested on the battlefields of earlier wars. In turn, the Winchester factory had submitted a sniper prototype of the Model 70 fitted with a round detachable box magazine to the US Army back in the early s.
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Published May 4, Updated July 31, Carlos Hathcock had 93 confirmed kills of enemy personnel, but he estimated the actual number to be between and Snipers are controversial figures and the Vietnam War is a controversial war. This makes Carlos Hathcock, the most extraordinary sniper in the Vietnam War, a legendary figure in his own right.
He is quoted as saying he liked the hunt, but not the killing. He went to live with his grandmother after his parents divorced and taught himself to shoot and hunt as a young boy.
Though this was partly out of necessity to feed his family, Hathcock also dreamed of enlisting in the army. This military mindsight was introduced to Hathcock early as his father gave him his Mauser rifle from World War I. In when he was 17, Hathcock enlisted in the U. When he was 23, he won the Wimbledon Cup, the premier American marksmanship championship. I first noticed that Carlos was special at the championships. That was the start of something major.
Officially, Carlos Hathcock had 93 confirmed kills. Unofficially and by his own estimates, Hathcock believed he killed between and Crawling on his stomach, Hathcock moved slowly until he saw a small shimmer of light.
Rifle scopes are usually just a few inches wide, but the bullet Hathcock shot passed clean through it. For weeks, the snipers would go out every morning in search of Apache. Then, late one afternoon in , Land spotted a woman who matched the description traveling up a small mounting with a group of men.
Pointing her out to Hathcock, he noticed she had a rifle with a scope. Once she reached the top, Hathcock fired and Apache collapsed. He was discharged in and rejoined his wife and son back home in Virginia. But he missed the Marines more than he realized and reenlisted one week later. In , Hathcock was sent back to Vietnam and took command of a platoon of snipers, though his second tour was much more short-lived than his first.
On September 16, a personnel carrier Hathcock was aboard was struck by a pound mine. The vehicle burst into flames and Hathcock was thrown from it.
He lost consciousness briefly, before climbing back to pull seven Marines out from the burning vehicle. Suffering severe third-degree burns, Hathcock had to be medically evacuated, thus ending his career as a sniper. For being wounded in combat, he was awarded the Purple Heart. Carlos Hathcock left the hospital in December He was only 27, walked with a limp, and had little use of his right arm.
Unfortunately, around , his health began deteriorating and he was soon diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The decline was rapid. Suffering from extreme pain, he started heavily drinking after work.
In the middle of teaching at the rifle range in , Hathcock collapsed. At this point, Carlos Hathcock had served 19 years, 10 months, and five days, making him 55 days short of 20 years active duty. But based on his dilapidated condition, Hathcock was classified as completely disabled and forced to retire.
This put Hathcock into a deep depression, feeling bitter that he had been kicked out the Marines. He became so withdrawn from his friends and family that his wife almost left him. Eventually, he picked up shark fishing and this newfound hobby helped him overcome his depression.
He also began making visits to the sniper training facility at Quantico. Instructors and students alike welcomed him as he had become a fiercely admired figure. On Feb.
One Shot One Kill. White Feather 9. Birthday Message from Commandant of the Marine Corps As we celebrate the th birthday of our Corps, we pay tribute to all who have served and we remember our fallen heroes. InHathcock was sent back to Vietnam and took command of a platoon of snipers, though his second whitefsather was much more short-lived than his first.
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In some cases the title is controversial, particularly when it comes to military service. Carlos Hathcock is one of those heroes. He served his country with distinction during the Vietnam War — 75 across 2 tours. Yet he did that as a sniper, a role which had a controversial reputation even among military ranks. Maybe being a sniper is something that only another sniper really can understand. His marksmanship was beyond doubt, and in some respects Hathcock sounded like something out of a movie.