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Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills
Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills
by Charles Henderson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars My book review on "Marine Sniper", December 3, 2000
The book "Marine Sniper" is an Auto-Biography about a Marine Sniper named Sgt. Carlos Hathcock during the Vietnam war. He had 93 confirmed kills and that made him the most famous American sniper since World War I. Before he had gone to Vietnam, he was the U.S. Long Range Rifle Champion in 1965. When he went to Vietnam his job was to go as deep as possible in enemy territory. To do that he had to hide, wait and shoot when ordered to at enemy officers, soldiers, etc..
By reading this book you will learn new things that you have never heard about the Vietnam war, for example: Vietnamese wiring three and four year old children as booby traps, and the marines that accepted cold sodas that had been poured into cups filled with tiny shards of broken glass, mixed with chipped ice. After Marines heard of these stories they learned to stay clear of children. Children were also used as Vietcong resupply "mule's", carrying guns and ammunition to an enemy patrol. Under one circumstance, Hathcock had to shoot one of these mules or else the enemy would have gotten those weapons and turned them onto Marines. Hathcock never wanted to kill men, much less children, but under orders, he had to.
Hathcock had to make some risky decisions that could have cost him his life during the war. For instance, He was assigned an assignment which was to kill a general who lived in a North Vietnamese army camp, guarded by lots of security and patrols by soldiers and officers. After 3 days and nights and crawling 1,500 yards across the open plains he killed the general. He also dragged 6 fellow unconscious marines out of a burning armored vehicle which was struck by an antitank mine. He suffered second and third degree burns over 90% of his body.
When Hathcock shot, his victims never knew what hit them when his brand of "Whispering Death" struck, they only heard the heavy bullet's impact when he missed. When the Marines were doing a sweep on a certain area to get Vietcong soldiers as prisoners, but the ones that decided to run had to get past the sniper ( Carlos Hathcock) who was named "Long Tra'ng" or White Feather. He was know as White Feather because he had a White Feather on his hat. If those men wanted to get past him, they had to cross several hundred yards of open rice fields, ankle deep in water. Those men were shot dead by Hathcock.
Hathcock also had wife named Josephine and a son, Carlos Norman Hathcock III. Jo and Carlos got married in 1962. Hathcock was born in a little town near Little Rock Arkansas. In that town is where he got his shooting skills. His grandmother had got him a little rifle for his birthday and he used to go out and hunt for food with it. On May 20 (Hathcock's Birthday), Hathcock and his mother went to the Marine recruiters office to sign Carlos into the U.S. Marines. Carlos was fit because after dropping out of High School after 15, he went to work for a Little Rock Concrete Contractor, Shoveling Cement ten hours a day, six days a week.

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