On his seventeenth birthday his mother signed the waiver allowing him to join the Marines. The general came out onto the little porch. Anyway, It is amazing to think what Hatchcock and the lads were able to acheive with the. With no leaders left, after three shots, the opposing platoon wasn't moving. Have a Merry Christmas and thank you for your service. He said, it had bothered him a little that night until he remembered that if he had not taken the shot, the wife would have died. I guess Hathcock must have had to refer to his notebook tables or memorize his notebook to keep that zero.
If you have any questions, or need the bot to ignore the links, or the page altogether, please visit for additional information. The bush could be very unpleasant after several days of no bathing, getting bitten by ants and mosquitoes, going without food and water, the basics. I certainly have a lot of respect for how guys like Hathcock and also match shooters, have been able to use the. Winchester was in financial straights at the time and the officers wearing stars didn't think a company that might fold would be a good one to use as a supplier. Not long after recovering from his burns, Hathcock received orders to help establish the scout and sniper school at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
Land and others worked with Headquarters, U. They have small video cameras today that can be attached to a spotter's scope and used in the field. Flores is writing a biography for Texas Tech University Press about a Medal of Honor Marine killed during the 1968 Tet Offensive. But if I didn't get the enemy, they were going to kill the kids over there. When they come back in the evenings, they're tired, lollygagging, not paying attention to detail. There hardly was any record at all. Hathcock, however, remains clearly, indelibly imprinted on his mind.
While at boot camp in San Diego, he qualified at the expert level in marksmanship. And he carried one thought in his head: Take down the enemy. A magazine article by Green Beret veteran details that event. . Skeptics have commented that no Viet Cong general is known to have died of gunshot wounds during the years Hathcock was in Vietnam.
Carlos Hathcock after receiving the Silver Star during a ceremony at the Weapons Training Battalion. The general's aide stepped in front of him and by the time he moved away, the general was down, a bullet through his heart. Sighting in a rifle is an important thing to do if you want your rifle to be dead on when taking a shot. He certainly did have Indian blood. He killed a gunny outside my hooch.
We have a high renewal rate among our Advertising Sponsors indicating that they feel the advertising is effective. Snipers are controversial figures and the Vietnam War is a controversial war. He managed to set a record for the longest documented sniper kill at 2,500 yards 1. Hathcock was one of several individuals to utilize the M2 Browning machine gun in the sniping role. The closest he came to being killed was when he was in an armored personnel carrier that struck a mine in the Quang Tri Province of Vietnam.
This made him a legend in the war zone. On September 16, 1969, the transport he was riding in was struck by an anti-tank mine. Knee High wind got me after that and I fell apart and only shot Sharpshooter in boot camp. The story shows the consequences beliefs, taught by parents, have on a child's life. So, on his 17th birthday in 1959, Hathcock enlisted.
Went she stepped off the trail to relieve herself, the sniper took his chance. The relationship between Mexico and the United States, the drive to find one's true self and the different ways two men need a woman are only a few themes contained in this story. When put to the big-city test, he broke records. He was close to being as good as I was… But no way, ain't no way ain't nobody that good. Then, at the last millisecond, if you will, you have to develop total concentration.
This article has been rated as B-Class on the project's. He was discharged in 1967 and rejoined his wife and son back home in Virginia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the project and see a. I called the shot and it was closer to the center of the bullseye. Hathcock married Jo Winstead on the date of the Marine Corps birthday, on November 10, 1962.