Sometime during 1968 Charlos Norman Hathcock set the record for the longest confirmed kill at 2,250 m (2,460 yd), a record which he held until 2002 Hathcock is the most natorius marine sniper with 93 confirmed kills to his credit.
Hathcock was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Cross for his valiant actions in Vietnam
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"50cal M2 machine gun mounted with an 8 power scope."
Carlos Norman Hathcock, II, was born in Geyer Springs, Arkansas on May 20, 1942. Hathcock learned to shot at a young age. Hathcock learned to stalk and hunt early on to help support his poor family. From an early age Hathcock desired to become an United States Marine. He joined up at the age of seventeen his marine career blossomed after that. His ability to shot was soon noticed and he was transferred to the Marine marksmanship unit and latter won the Wimbeldon Cup the most prestigious prize for long range shooting. Hathcock was deployed to Vietnam in 1966 as an MP but, he was latter transferred to the Marine Scout Sniper school at hill 55 were he became an instructor. Hathcock frist major success happened when he killed a Veitminese sniper patrol leader. His fame soon spread as he racked up even more kills. Hathcock was known by his enemies as white feather for the white feather he wore in his hat. The NVA even placed a 30,000 dollar bounty on Hathcock. Hathcock severed to tours in Vietnam as a scout sniper instructor. On his second tour he ran the scout sniper school on hilltop 55. Hathcock was serverly wounded in 1969 when his APC struck a land mine. 90% of his body sustained burns but that did not stop Hathcock. He pulled seven Marines from the burning vehicle before finding help for himself. After Vietnam Hathcock helped set up the Marine Scout sniper school at Quantico Virginia. In 1975 Hathcock was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis. The same year he was forced to retire from the marines. On February 23, 1999 Hathcock passed away after a long fight with his disease.
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"Charlos Hathcock"
After the war Hathcock was shown a passage 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." I copied Hemingway's words on a piece of paper. "He got that right," Hathcock said. "It was the hunt, not the killing"(Hathcock 287).
Hathcock did not like killing people he only did it to protect his brothers in the United States military.
Hathcock loved the Marines even in his youth: "I had set my eyes on the trim and straight man who had a square jaw and rock-hard arms I could no greater thing than to become a Marine"(Hathcock 29).
Hathcock did not like to kill the enemy he liked to protect his fellow marines: "I didn't like killing those hamburgers and hotdogs(NVA and Laotian troops) I just did so they wouldn't kill our boys"(Hathcock 141).
Hathcock was a cocky man he wore a white feather in his hat band so that the enemy could him: “I wear it because none of those hamburgers are good enough to get me"(Hathcock 182).
Hathcock only removed the feather on one occasion: "Burke I got to crawl 1000 meters in of terrain I can’t let anything show them where I am at"(Hathcock 252).
Hathcock was a hero even while having ninety percent of his burned he rescued seven marines from a burning vehicle: "I didn’t feel nothing I just wanted to help those poor boys"(Hathcock 274).


Carlos Hathcock was a hero like no other. He fought for America with the valor of ten men. Hathcock has shown the Americans that one man can really make a difference in the world. Hathcocks greatest hour did not come when he shot the Veitaminese genral. It came when he pulled seven injuired marines out of a burning APC. Hathcock has made a great impression on this student.
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