Hathcock, carlos norman gunny, ii encyclopedia of arkansas. May 16, 2019 carlos hathcock is known for his skill and patience when it comes to dispatching his opponents from a distance. Hell the book has pics of kyle training marine snipers. During the vietnam war, marine corps veteran carlos hathcock had 93 confirmed kills of north vietnamese army and viet cong personnel. After cleaning his rifle, the marine sniper plopped down on his cot and quickly drifted off. Carlos hathcock was an amazing sniper and appears to be one of americas best during the vietnam war. A marine snipers twoyear odyssey in the vietnam war.
One, i love war books and two, i love history books marine sniper is set in the vietnam war. With a record of 93 confirmed kills but an estimated body count of between 300 400 enemy soldiers, hathcock terrorized the north vietnamese army nva and the viet cong. Gunnery sergeant carlos hathcock was a famous us marine sniper, who claimed to have killed over 300 enemy personnel during the vietnam war, of which 93 kills have been officially confirmed. This united states marine corp sniper, also known as white feather during vietnam, has been comfortable with stalking and shooting since he was a boy. Burgess breaks hathcock s history down into short stories that are easy to read and understand. And each time, he emerged from the jungle having done his duty. Hathcock joined the marines in 1959 at age 17, and ended up in vietnam in 1966 after winning the wimbledon cup rifle competition in 1965. The most well known marine sniper of the vietnam war has become a modern legend. Carlos hathcock set the bar for us marine snipers during the vietnam war with 93 confirmed kills. Carlos norman hathcock ii may 20, 1942 february 22, 1999 was a united states marine corps usmc sniper with a service record of 93 confirmed kills. Based on the life and times of sergeant carlos hathcock an american soldier who apparently eventually became the posterboy of the marine sniper program the book seemed an interesting prospect at first.
This book covers hathcocks life and entire military career. She was killed in 1966 by carlos hathcock, who was part of a sniper team of the united states marine corps. The explosive true story of sergeant carlos hathcock, a legendary marine sniper in the vietnam war. Carlos hathcock is a legend of marine corps history. He is quoted as saying he liked the hunt, but not the killing. See more ideas about vietnam war photos, vietnam war and marines funny. The book is well written and outlines hathcocks shooting career and then his. The seven characteristics of a good sniper was an added bonus. This is the authorized biography of gunnery sergeant carlos hathcock who is recognized as the most successful sniper in the vietnam war with more than 93 confirmed kills. In his book, ward listed his close friends confirmed kill count as 101, a number that aggravated recordkeepers who insisted hathcocks 93 confirmed kills were tops in the service. Disease finds sniper viet cong didnt a soldiers story. Buy a discounted paperback of marine sniper online from australias leading online bookstore. During the vietnam war, hathcock had 93 confirmed kills of pavn and viet cong personnel. This sniper crawled nearly 2 miles to kill one enemy.
This is the seventh enlisted rank in the marine corps. While carlos hathcock is perhaps the most famous sniper of the vietnam war, he actually ranks fourth in the number of confirmed kills. Tales of irreverence and courage from world war ii diggers tim. By the end of the war, carlos hathcock ranked as gunnery sergeant. Land later recruited marines who had set their own records in sharpshooting. Hathcock said in a book written about his career as a sniper.
His partner, captain edward james land, manned the spotting scope, while hathcock hit her with both of the rounds that. He is the author of the critically acclaimed military classics marine sniper and silent warrior, which first chronicled the exploits of usmc sniper carlos hathcock. Being born after the vietnam war, the name typically would have meant nothing to me except i ran into the son of one of. The story of maverick 41, one of the worlds greatest snipers. Apache was a female viet cong sniper and interrogator known as apache, because of her methods of torturing us marines and arvn troops and letting them bleed to death. Carlos hathcock vietnam sniper charlie company vietnam 1966. A vietnam war sniper crawled for 3 days across 2000m of open. Virginia beachs legendary sniper carlos hathcock the. This book isnt the first sniper based book ive bought and read but is certainly. How vietnam sniper carlos hathcock took down the apache. During the vietnam war, he was known to his fellow soldiers as gunny. Marine corps in vietnam when the hands were rock steady, the eyes keen, the legs durable he was officially credited with killing 93 north vietnamese and viet cong. Vietnam war white feather usmc scout sniper carlos hathcock marine corps. White feather is the only authorized biography of gunnery sergeant carlos hathcock ii, who was recognized as the most successful sniper in the vietnam war with more than 93 confirmed kills.
A native of little rock, arkansas, gunnery sergeant carlos n. Carlos hathcock was a genuine vietnam war hero and an undisputed legend in the u. When retired marine corps gunnery sergeant carlos hathcock ii died at the age of 57 on feb. Gunnery sergeant carlos norman hathcock ii is believed to have.
Hathcock was outscored by three other snipers during that conflict. Charles henderson is a veteran of more than twentythree years in the united states marine corps, with a distinguished career spanning from vietnam to the gulf war, after which he retired as a chief warrant officer. Land, about the encounter, and headed to their tents. Hathcock was soon a member of the usmc rifle team, and in 1965 he won the wimbledon cup, a yard individual match fired at the national matches in camp.
Carlos hathcock and the stories he told led him to become a legendary figure in the u. By the end of the war, carlos hathcock ranked as gunnery sergeant of the first marine division unit. The book white feather is written by brothers roy and norm chandler. He taught himself to shoot as a boy, just like alvin york and audie murphy before him. How vietnam sniper carlos hathcock took down the apache woman. Marine sniper, 93 confirmed kills by charles henderson booktopia. This book was written after the death of carlos hathcock, in 1999. Such a good book about the legend carlos hathcock who saved a lot of military guys by taking out the bad guys before they had a chance to take out our guys. In one of his last missions on a tour in vietnam, he crawled nearly two miles to kill a vietnamese general and escape. A story of modern war by mark bowden used books, books. I love books, books to read, my books, craig harrison, ghost soldiers, book. Though the practice had been in use since the korean war, carlos hathcock made the use of the m2.
At the time hathcock was just starting his sniping career, the army had a sniper with over a hundred kills in vietnam per hendersons own book so hathcock s place as top sniper is unjustified. The book white feather is written by brothers roy and norm chandler, who publish military shooting publications through iron brigade publishing, a jacksonville, north carolina based corporation. Dec 11, 2010 carlos hathcock always wore a white feather on his cap, as if to dare enemy snipers to take a shot at him. One of the most lethal snipers in history, he even repeatedly succeeded in killing snipers sent to hunt him. He stalked the viet cong behind enemy lineson their own ground. Gunnery sergeant carlos norman hathcock ii had 93 confirmed kills as a sniper during the vietnam war, but his actual total is estimated to be more than 300.
He wanted to operate alone and during his service in vietnam, he would be remembered for changing. Shouldve received the medal of honour for his heroic actions during the vietnam war. Lyudmila pavlichenko, a soviet sniper during world war ii, credited with 309 kills, and regarded as the most successful female sniper in history. Tells the exciting true story of sergeant carlos hathcock, a legendary marine sniper in the vietnam war. Known to his fellow soldiers as gunny, hathcock had ninetythree confirmed kills as a sniper during the vietnam war. Usmc archives long before chris kyle penned american sniper, carlos hathcock was already a legend. May 04, 2018 usmc archives carlos hathcock with his brother and grandmothers. Snipers are controversial figures and the vietnam war is a controversial war. But there has only been one sergeant carlos hathcock. Charles hendersons marine sniper is a dramatized account of the life of a vietnam war sniper. In one of his last missions on a tour in vietnam, he crawled nearly two miles. Legendary sniper carlos norman hathcock ii shot an enemy. The legend becomes even more questionable when one actually examines the contemporary official documents. This makes carlos hathcock, the most extraordinary sniper in the vietnam war, a legendary figure in his own right.
A vietnam war sniper crawled for 3 days across 2000m of. After his death, a variant of the m25 rifle was named after him. Carlos hathcock, a legendary marine sniper in the vietnam war. See more ideas about vietnam war, military history and vietnam. Chris kyle or carlos hathcock, who was the better sniper. Henderson wrote the original book about hathcock, marine sniper, 93 confirmed kills also. Sep 06, 2019 hathcock and burke reported to their captain, e. The book white feather is written by brothers roy and norm chandler, who publish military shooting publications through iron brigade publishing, a.
As an example, he puts dialogue in the north vietnamese mouths and minds which detracts from the authenticity of the story. Carlos hathcock always wore a white feather on his cap, as if to dare enemy snipers to take a shot at him. This sniper crawled nearly 2 miles to kill one enemy general. A recipient of the silver star, he is a legend within the usmc. You cant get into this sniper unit if you havent read it, said sergeant barrett, who has been a marine sniper for six years. These 3 snipers had more kills than carlos hathcock in vietnam. In 1966, hathcock 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. The only book snipers all seem familiar with other than the bible is marine sniper. Includes personal photographs and a pictorial history.
Carlos hathcock, the marine sniper whose exploits can hardly. Carlos hathcock is known for his skill and patience when it comes to dispatching his opponents from a distance. Who did carlos hathcock kill when he shot through a. Nov 02, 2016 during the vietnam war, he was known to his fellow soldiers as gunny. Hathcocks record and the extraordinary details of the missions he undertook made him a legend in the u. This is where hathcock would earn the nickname white feather because he always wore a white feather on his bush hat, daring the north vietnamese to spot him and where he would achieve his status as the vietnam wars deadliest sniper in missions. This is where hathcock would earn the nickname white feather because he always wore a white feather on his bush hat, daring the north vietnamese to spot him and where he would achieve his status as the vietnam wars deadliest sniper in missions that sound as if they were pulled from the pages of marvel comics. The true story of carlos hathcock, a marine sniper in vietnam with probably over 300 kills. A fascinating though a bit hagiographic in parts biography of carlos hathcock, legendary sniper in the vietnam war and possessor of the sniper.
He basically invented the us sniper school during the vietnam war. Hathcock joined the marines in 1959 at age 17, and ended up in vietnam in 1966 after winning the. With a record of 93 confirmed kills but an estimated body count of between 300 400 enemy soldiers, hathcock terrorized the. This united states marine corp sniper, also known as white feather during vietnam, has been comfortable with stalking and. See more ideas about usmc, vietnam war and marine corps. Carlos hathcock biography facts, childhood, family life. This marine was the american sniper of the vietnam war.
Carlos norman hathcock ii may 20, 1942 february 22, 1999 was a united states marine. Apache viet cong soldier apache was a female viet cong sniper and interrogator known as apache, because of her methods of torturing us marines and arvn troops and letting them bleed to death. That is the snipers creed and no man in any war embodied it more than gunnery sgt. This marine sniper left vietnam with 103 confirmed kills. Hathcock trophy famous snipers in history pictures.
Great book about carlos hathcock with images books. The story of legendary sniper carlos hathcock modern. It was amongst the first of the vietnam war books surfacing about then. Gysgt carlos hathcock the american sniper of the vietnam war.94 413 1430 161 1135 682 451 233 462 1397 1251 1120 243 1213 302 31 221 268 199 1388 1486 1428 1189 1305 362 1393 498 835 274 1313 1432 1487 282 344