Carlos Hathcock
United States Marine CorpsSniper
Carlos Hathcock
Carlos Hathcock was a United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant sniper with a service record of 103 confirmed kills. Hathcock's record and the extraordinary details of the missions he undertook made him a legend in the Marine Corps. His fame as a sniper and his dedication to long distance shooting led him to become a major developer of the United States Marine Corps Sniper training program.
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Texas A&M Shooting Suspect 'Crazy As Hell,' Stepfather Says
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Texas man facing eviction opened fire on police officers and bystanders near the Texas A&M University campus Monday afternoon, killing two and wounding four before being shot to death by police, authorities said. The dead included Brian Bachmann, a Brazos County constable serving an eviction notice, and Chris Northcliff, 51, of College Station. Police identified the shooter as Thomas A. Caffall, 35, of College Station. Caffall's mother, Linda Weaver, reached by The Huffington Post, said her son was having "difficulties" with his mental health in recent years. "The minute I saw the TV I knew it was him," said Weaver. "I've been that worried about him." Caffall opened fire from inside his single-family home, according to Rigo Cisneros, 40, who witnessed the shooting from across the street. Cisneros, an Army medic and Afghanistan veteran, saw police exchanging gunfire with Caffall, who remained within the house. Caffall was shot several times by officers who sto ...
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Far East Division Matches in sight - Marines.mil
Google News - over 5 years
A couple of examples include: Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock, 1st Marine Division – 93 confirmed kills during the Vietnam War. Sgt. Charles “Chuck” Mawhinney, scout sniper platoon, 5th Marine Regiment – 102 confirmed kills during the Vietnam War
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Air Rifle Answer to Increasing Poor Marksmanship? - Human Events
Google News - over 5 years
This has been proven over the years with such examples of outstanding marksmen as Sergeant Alvin York, Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, and Sergeant Chuck Mawhinney. York kept his family fed through his pre-Army skills. Hathcock noted his hunting of squirrels
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Assembling Your Home Armory - Lew Rockwell
Google News - over 5 years
... the former of which was the basis for the United States Army's M24 and the United States Marine Corps' M40, and the latter of which was used for a number of years by US Army and Marine snipers, including the legendary Carlos Hathcock
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DiManno: Canadian snipers are a high-valued asset - Toronto Star
Google News - over 5 years
That volley surpassed the confirmed kill record of 2286 metres — set by US Marine Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock in Vietnam — that had stood for 35 years. (The Canadian mark was broken last year when a British sniper, Craig Harrison, a corporal of
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Marines from Arkansas use background to succeed in Afghan training mission - DVIDS
Google News - over 5 years
Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock, perhaps the most famous sniper in Marine Corps history, was born in Little Rock, Ark. Lt. Col. Sidney S. McMath, a native of Magnolia and a decorated Marine attorney, became the 34th governor of the state
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EXCLUSIVE: Chad Michael Collins and Claudio Fah Talk Sniper Reloaded - MovieWeb
Google News - almost 6 years
It was also inspiring in where it came from in Carlos Hathcock from the Vietnam War. It's something that we really looked at very closely and tried our best to tie it to the first movie. Of course, being able to bring Billy Zane for this, was a treat
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WAR IN THE GULF: The Marines; War Is Vivid In Gun Sights Of the Sniper
NYTimes - about 26 years
In an age of lasers and computers, of guided missiles and smart bombs, the intimate tragedy of war perhaps seems most apparent when seen through the sights of a sniper's rifle. "When a sniper pulls the trigger, he can see the expression on a man's face when the bullet hits," said Sgt. Mark E. Anderson, chief scout of the platoon of Marine snipers
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    FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 56
    Hathcock died on February 22, 1999, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, from complications resulting from multiple sclerosis.
    More Details Hide Details Hathcock remains a legend in the U.S. Marine Corps. The Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock Award is presented annually by the National Defense Industrial Association "to recognize an individual who... has made significant contributions in operational employment and tactics of small arms weapons systems which have impacted the readiness and capabilities of the U.S. military or law enforcement." The Marine Corps League (MCL) sponsors an annual program with 12 award categories, which includes the Gunnery Sergeant Carlos N. Hathcock II Award presented "to an enlisted Marine who has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of marksmanship training." A sniper range named for Hathcock is at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 32
    In 1975, Hathcock's health began to deteriorate, and he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
    More Details Hide Details 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 100 percent disability pay. He would have received only 50 percent of his final pay grade had he retired after 20 years. 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 provided sniper instruction to police departments and select military units, such as SEAL Team Six. 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. After the war, a friend showed Hathcock a passage written by Ernest Hemingway: "Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and like it, never really care for anything else thereafter." He copied Hemingway's words on a piece of paper. "He got that right," Hathcock said. "It was the hunt, not the killing."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 26
    On September 16, 1969, Hathcock's career as a sniper came to a sudden end along Route 1, north of LZ Baldy, when an AMTRAC he was riding on, an LVT-5, struck an anti-tank mine.
    More Details Hide Details Hathcock pulled seven Marines from the flame-engulfed vehicle, suffering severe burns (some were third-degree) to his face, trunk, arms and legs, before jumping to safety. While recovering, Hathcock received the Purple Heart. Nearly 30 years later, he received a Silver Star for this action. All eight injured Marines were evacuated by helicopter to hospital ship, then to a Naval Hospital in Tokyo, and ultimately to the burn center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. After returning to active duty, Hathcock helped establish the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School, at the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia. Due to his extreme injuries suffered in Vietnam, he was in nearly constant pain, but he continued to dedicate himself to teaching snipers.
    He missed the Marine Corps, however, and returned to Vietnam in 1969, where he took command of a platoon of snipers.
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  • 1967
    Age 24
    In 1967, Hathcock set the record for the longest sniper kill.
    More Details Hide Details He used an M2 .50 Cal Browning machine gun mounting a telescopic sight at a range of, killing a Vietcong guerrilla. In 2002, this record was broken by Canadian snipers (Rob Furlong and Arron Perry) from the third battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry during the War in Afghanistan. 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 .50 BMG cartridge as a viable sniper round. Sniper rifles have since been designed around and chambered in this caliber since the 1970s. The Canadian Forces snipers also used the .50 BMG round in their record-breaking shots. Rob Furlong held the record of longest kill shot recorded in history until November 2009, when his record of was beaten by British CoH (Corporal of Horse) of the Household Cavalry of the British Army Craig Harrison, who set a new record by shooting two Taliban fighters at.
    After the arduous mission of killing the NVA officer, Hathcock returned to the United States in 1967.
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  • 1965
    Age 22
    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 1965.
    More Details Hide Details During the Vietnam War, Hathcock had 93 confirmed kills of North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong personnel. In the Vietnam War, kills had to be confirmed by an acting third party, who had to be an officer, besides the sniper's spotter. Snipers often did not have an acting third party present, making confirmation difficult, especially if the target was behind enemy lines, as was usually the case. Hathcock himself estimated that he had killed between 300 and 400 enemy personnel during his time in Vietnam. The North Vietnamese Army placed a bounty of US$30,000 on Hathcock's life for killing so many of their men. Rewards put on U.S. snipers by the NVA typically ranged from $8 to $2,000. Hathcock held the record for highest bounty and killed every Vietnamese marksman who sought him to collect it. The Viet Cong and NVA called Hathcock Du kích Lông Trắng, translated as "White Feather Sniper", because of the white feather he kept in a band on his bush hat. After a platoon of Vietnamese snipers was sent to hunt down "White Feather", many Marines in the same area donned white feathers to deceive the enemy. These Marines were aware of the impact Hathcock's death would have and took it upon themselves to make themselves targets in order to confuse the counter-snipers.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 19
    Hathcock married Jo Winstead on the date of the Marine Corps birthday, on November 10, 1962.
    More Details Hide Details Jo gave birth to a son, whom they named Carlos Norman Hathcock III. Before deploying to Vietnam, Hathcock had won shooting championships, including matches at Camp Perry and the Wimbledon Cup. In 1966, Hathcock started his deployment in Vietnam as a military policeman and later became a sniper after Captain Edward James Land pushed the Marines into raising snipers in every platoon.
  • 1959
    Age 16
    Hathcock dreamed of being a Marine throughout his childhood, and so on May 20, 1959, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Born
    Hathcock was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 20, 1942.
    More Details Hide Details He grew up in rural Arkansas, living with his grandmother after his parents separated. 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 I. He hunted at that early age with a .22-caliber J. C. Higgins single-shot rifle.
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