Paper: A Biography of Carlos Hathcock, a Marine Sniper

With his dog and a .22 rifle he would hunt. Although it was not people he was hunting its hard to believe that it would not help him in the future not to mention his career. When he was seventeen he signed up for the marines. In the begining years of his first enlistment he found himself interested in the marine corps rifle team. Traveling around with the team he acquired many medals as well as prostege among the shooting comunity. Before leaving for Veitnam to help begin a scout sniper program he left back a wife and a son. Once in Vietnam Gunnery Sgt. Hathcock and Capt. Land trained marines in how to be snipers. Going out for at least a week at a time Hathcock and one other marine would go out and post themselves in a position that would hopefully bring them some action. On one occasion a North viethnamesse company comes marching down a dirt road. The first of the soldiers to die were the officers in the front and the rear of the formation. Once they fell panic set in. The soldiers ran as fast as they could to the nearest position were they could take cover. All the while the sniper and his scout are dropping them like flies. The NVA soldiers took cover in a small ditch with little food, water, or protection from the rising sun that was going to reach it's peak soon. Wading them out the snipers would sit and wait for any movement. Any action towards escape would only lead to more dying. One of the snipers most troubling factors is the fact that of knowing that people were hunting for you. Hathcock had a bounty of 3 middle class workers pay for 3 years. Identifiable by the white feather that he kept in the band of his booney cover and vague descriptions this snipers job became a little more hazourdoous to his health. Before leaving Vietnam Hathcockwas seriously injured in an Amtrak that had taken fire. In my eyes Gunnery Sgt. Hathcock should have more reconigtion for his accomplishments in Vietnam....