White Feather - The Most Hardcore American SniperJun 13, 2022
the weather was humid and extremely hot and
snipercarlos hathcock and his spotter john roland burke were tired of running through the vietnamese jungle in search of their next prey yet hathcock remained unfazed looking through his binoculars the experienced gunman inspected in He silenced his target, a feared counter-
sniperknown as the Cobra, but had become his nemesis while fighting the North Vietnamese, but Hadcock was confident that the Cobra was no better than him after all. first attempt cobra and hathcock headed into the jungle in a game of cat and mouse until the two men were within sight of each other, then they turned their rifles on each other and what happened next only cemented the so-called
whiteas a marine corps legend
feathercarlos hathcock participated in two tours of vietnam the five foot 10 120 pound sniper never volunteered a day and volunteered for so many dangerous missions that at one point his commanding officer he had no choice but to restrict him to his quarters. a browning m2 machine gun went with his winchester rifle which set the record for the longest confirmed sniper drop at 2,500 yards a record that stood unbroken for 35 years as the notoriety of the sniper grew among the vietcong and vietnamese army of the north that the enemy began to refer to him as dukish long-tron or the white-feathered sharpshooter, the nickname referred to the white feather Hathcock used to wear in a white band on his bush hat, the feared sharpshooter took so many lives that He soon had a bounty on his head while bounties given to American snipers by the Vietnamese People's Army generally ranged from eight to two thousand dollars, Hathcock's head was worth thirty thousand dollars at one time after a platoon of enemy snipers to hunt down the white feather, many marines in the same area decided to use the white feather badge on his hat, thus misleading the North Vietnamese and further complicating the countersniper's job while he held the record for the highest bounty. hathcock shot and killed all the marksmen who tried to catch him carlos halfcock carlos norman hathcock ii taught himself to shoot and hunt from an early age primarily out of a need to help feed his family during his childhood and early adolescence hathcock and his dog became They ventured deep into the Arkansas desert where he pretended to be a soldier and hunted imaginary Japanese soldiers using a JC Higgins .22 caliber single-shot rifle that his father brought back from his service in World War II.
Growing up, Hathcock dreamed of becoming an infantryman. of the united states marine and he achieved it in 1959 when he enlisted in the service at the age of 17 in 1965 the young marine had won several shooting cha championships and awards such as the wimbledon cup the
mostprestigious award in long range shooting distance hathcock arrived in vietnam a year later and began his first deployment as military police protecting soldiers and l resources at army installations and enforcing military laws and regulations however hathcock wanted adventure and soon volunteered for combat captain edward james land an officer who pushed the marines to prepare snipers in each platoon he selected to Carlos personally after learning of his marksmanship records and the Arkansas native later became a sniper and later transferred to the 1st Marine Division Sniper Platoon stationed on Hill 55, 10 miles southwest of Da Nang , where he would become a legend of the marine corps in the vietnam war, the deadliest sniper of the vietnam war, the hathcock apache sniper was not the only infamous sniper lurking in the vietnam jungle, there was also an alleged leader interrogation platoon and sniper on the Viet Cong side who was nicknamed the Apache by the Marines and was known for her sadistic methods while operating in the Vietnamese jungles long before Halfcock arrived according to various Apache accounts she was as beautiful as she was deadly and was not only known for her leadership and sniper skills but also for her propensity for torturing American chalk is said to often be positioned herself and her victims near US Army bases to ensure that other US officers could hear the dying screams of the Apache crew operating around Hill 55, which was Hathcock's base and his weapon of choice was a russian made 7.62mm model 44 rifle with a scope in november 1966 after taking the life of one of his closest comrades edward james land saw a small framed vietnamese woman carrying a rifle that was Fitting the description of Apache accompanied by five armed Viet Cong guerrillas as the American duo approached the group, Hathcock and Lan walked carefully and waited for the right moment to shoot.
Finally, as the woman crouched down to relieve herself, she landed and called an artillery barrage on the Vietnamese sniper group realizing they were being ambushed. the group began to run towards them while being shot at and captain land ordered hathcock to shoot her down according to the accounts hathcock quickly attacked apache with his winchester sniper rifle and when the woman fell to the ground he fired one more bullet at her for good measure then the men looked at each other incredulously and a few seconds later the silence turned into screams and laughter they had just brought down the deadliest woman in vietnam a legendary shot carlos hathcock was constantly pursued by another north vietnamese known as the cobra a feared counter sniper who used a powerful mussine nagat 9130 rifle with a scope that the feared gunslinger had turned into his personal Miss Ion to bring down Hathcock and took several other Marines in the process, including a gunnery sergeant outside Hathcock's quarters.
One way or another, the American recognized that Cobra was skilled and it was only a matter of time before one took down the other. However, he was confident that, as good as his enemy was, she would be no better than him someday Hathcock and his watcher, John Roland Burke. they left the base with their team and began to follow the enemy sniper into the Vietnamese jungle near their hill 55 fire base when the cobra spotted Hathcock and his team, it silently targeted the American sniper, however Hathcock accidentally fell on a tree and shot missing hitting the brick cantina in place after missing the cobra shot left its position and ran deep into the jungle and the two opposing shooters and their spotters ended up on opposite sides of whe When they had started, unfortunately for the North Vietnamese, now facing the sun and the flash of light reflecting off the sniper's visor seeing the flash within the bushes, Hathcock immediately reached for his rifle and fired at his nemesis, then as he closed in on his victim He was surprised to find that his bullet went straight through the cobra's scope and hit the sniper right between the eyes.
Hathcop took possession of the sniper's rifle, hoping to take it home as a trophy. However, the weapon was eventually stolen from the base's armory. Believing again and again that the tathcock burned down after his recurring dangerous missions, top US officials decided to fire the sniper in 1967, however he re-enlisted after only a week at home with his wife and son, the patriot was not trained in anything. something else and he was a marine who wanted to continue protecting his country and his comrades hathcock was assigned to the r ifle teaching team in quantico virginia but he was not happy there and was eventually sent back to vietnam taking command of a sniper platoon on september 16, 1969, the lvt-5 amphibious armored fighting vehicles he and his team were driving struck an anti-tank mine along highway 1 north of the baldi landing zone, the vehicle seized immediately ablaze determined to save as many lives as possible from injuries of his own, several other Marines came to his rescue placing him in Hathcock water and the seven rescued Marines he removed from the vehicle were then evacuated by helicopter to the hospital ship uss repose later they were taken to a naval hospital in japan and finally to the burn center at brook army medical center in texas, the incident left him with burns on 43 of his body, some of which were third degree, thus ending his career as a sniper while he recovered hathcock received the purple heart followed by our silver star for his courageous performance in the amphibian tractor incident the Marines tried to withdraw him once more that same year but had no luck quantico.
The 27-year-old still desperately wanted to fight despite the fact that he limped and began to suffer from mobility problems, so the high command decided to send him to Spain to work as a sergeant. gunnery on the auxiliary submarine uss simon lake, however, when a new commander arrived on the ship in 1975, he was shocked to discover that Hathcock could no longer move without assistance. The sniper was sent to the hospital, where his doctors revealed a grim diagnosis that he had multiple sclerosis after receiving the terrible news. Carlos Halfcock moved back to Marine Base Quantico where he helped establish the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School by providing sniper instruction to police departments and selected military units, including Seal t Team Six due to their Multiple injuries and his evolving illness, Hathcock was in constant pain, but he dedicated himself to teaching a new generation of snipers.
Days shy of his 20th enlistment year, the beloved instructor was forced into retirement Legacy Carlos Hathcock remains a legend among the United States Marine Corps and even has an award named in his honor the Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock Award presented Established annually this award is established to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions in the operational and tactical employment of small arms weapons systems that have affected the readiness and capabilities of the armed forces or law enforcement of the USA Hathcock would say during an interview that he only survived as a sniper because of his ability to get into a bubble of concentration by putting himself in a state of complete utter and utter focus with his team and his surroundings where every breeze and every blade meant something and then also focused on his target at the end hathcock had al
most100 lethal hits confirmed vietcong and north vietnamese personnel, however such actions had to be confirmed by a third party during the conflict and had to be by someone other than the sniper spotter, these third parties were not always present which made confirmations were quite tricky, especially when the target was behind enemy lines, as was the common case in Vietnam.
Hathcock estimated that the actual number varied between 300 and 400 enemy troops during the war. Despite his undeniable efficiency, the sniper always said that he did not enjoy killing and that the only thing on his mind every time he went on a mission was to protect as many
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