But the smile faded, like so many of the memories of Vietnam. He checked it by using a spotting scope when the target came back up. On September 16, 1969, the transport he was riding in was struck by an anti-tank mine. This record was broken in 2002, by Canadian snipers and from the 3rd Bn. It was for this reason that he used to strike at the beginning and the end of the day.
With the slow, deliberate moves of a panther in the night, Hathcock would stalk his targets sometimes for days and inches at a time. Marine Corps to make sure Hathcock retired with full benefits. The next day, he told me the same thing. Marine Corps for his exploits in southeast Asia. Hathcock was deployed to Hill 55, just miles south of Da Nang where he would become a true nightmare for the enemy soldiers.
His father was a railroad worker in North Little Rock and then became a welder in Memphis, Tennessee. There was no second place in Vietnam — second place was a body bag. Was he a hero, a killing machine, or somewhere between the two? At 700 yards in, one of them stepped off the trail and Hathcock took what he calls the best shot he ever made. I wished I doul have met him. Surveying the situation, Hathcock concluded that the only feasible way he could have put the bullet straight down the enemy's scope and through his eye would have been if both snipers were zeroing in on each other at the same time and Hathcock fired first, which gave him only a few seconds to act. He had more than a dozen skin grafts.
He was like a mountain man. Hathcock also performed incredible feats of endurance in order to kill a Viet Cong general toward the close of his first tour. The only way this could have been possible is if Cobra was zeroing in on Hathcock and he fired first. He was honored by having a rifle named after him: a variant of the dubbed the Springfield Armory. Lastly, Gunny Crockett is a winner of The Wimbledon Cup. His grandparents were not financially sound, and what he shot supplemented their food. In the middle of teaching at the rifle range in 1979, Hathcock collapsed.
Confirmed kills During the Hathcock had 93 confirmed kills of and personnel. He spoke about it as the one time he enjoyed shooting someone. Cobra ended up facing the sun, which would prove to be his downfall. He was not informed of the details of the mission until he accepted it. 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. Then he told me to clean and dry the bore before coming back the next day. At the time of his arrival, the Marine Corps had no organized sniper program.
While recovering, Hathcock received the. Hathcock and , his spotter, were stalking the enemy sniper in the jungle near , the from which Hathcock was operating. It was astonishing work by Hathcock as he went four days and three nights without food or sleep in the pursuit of his man. However, he missed the Marine Corps and returned to Vietnam in 1969, where he took command of a platoon of snipers. In a 1987 , Carlos Hathcock was asked if he suffered from nightmares. I actually used four or five log books by the time we were through and put that info all into one ring binder. A killer more deadly and silent than Hathcock finally had him in the cross hairs and pulled the trigger, ending his extraordinary life.
This makes Carlos Hathcock, the most extraordinary sniper in the Vietnam War, a legendary figure in his own right. He dropped out of high school when he was fifteen and worked for a concrete constructor until 1959. He even put a second bullet in the hated torturess just for good measure. That's the way I look at it. He no longer felt hunger or thirst or weariness. It was an insult, and Hathcock fired back at the reporter quickly and accurately. What was unique was the way Carlos had taught Gus to sight in a rifle.
That time it was different, and the experience disturbed him. Being medically retired, he received 100% disability. Carlos Hathcock died on February 23, 1999, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, from complications resulting from multiple sclerosis. He was transferred to the 1st Marine Division Sniper Platoon, located at Hill 55, south of Da Nang. Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division Young Carlos Hathcock fishing around 1952. He did not glorify or revel in killing, he was just very effective at protecting his fellow soldiers. In 1965, Hathcock won the Wimbledon Cup, which was the most prestigious shooting award in the United States.
On some occasions, however, he used a different weapon: the , on which he mounted a 10X Unertl scope, using a bracket of his own design. Much of his popularity is well deserved as his legendary exploits during the Vietnam war set him apart as perhaps the most pure of the successful snipers. And he carried one thought in his head: Take down the enemy. However, his health deteriorated, and he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. But due to much debate by viewers it was revisited in episode 75. Hathcock was so good that it took him three days to get back to safety but he managed to do so without being detected once. But he missed the Marines more than he realized and reenlisted one week later.