Tuesday 23 February 1999
It is with great sadness that I must inform you that retired
Marine sniper GySgt. Carlos Nathaniel Hathcock III
left us this morning at 0630.
Carlos went into the hospital last week with a kindney infection
and was supposed to come home on Friday 26 February.
Carlos suffered from MS, and for the past two years had
been confined to home and bed.
Those who did not know this man, missed out on a
great gentle and caring person who without reservation
gave all for his country.
God bless you Carlos, rest in peace.
" the finest example of a sniper ....
honor, respect, grace, focus and intensity,
the ideal to which all men, whether snipers or not
should aspire "
In the history of great military and
law enforcement snipers, GySgt. Hathcock
clearly rates the greatest of them all
Already in the Marine Corp, and just
before going to Vietnam, GySgt. Hathcock
travelled to Camp Perry in Ohio to enter the
"1000 Yard High Powered Rifle Championship"
When all the scores were in, the last shot fired,
GySgt. Hathcock had won the highly coveted
the most prestigious of shooting awards
GySgt. Calos Hathcock was credited with
93 confirmed kills while serving in Vietnam
Un-Officially, his body count exceeds 300
GySgt. Hathcock made a confirmed shot that
all snipers talk about to this day, a shot that most experts
would say is impossible
At approx. 2500 yards, with a .50 caliber M2 machine gun
and with a Unerti scope mounted on it,
GySgt. Hathcock took out the target with one shot
In simple terms, the distance was 1.42 miles
On one mission, GySgt. Hathcock and his spotter
spent days crawling around in the jungle on the
outskirts of a large NVA encampment, waiting for the
right moment to take a shot at a high ranking NVA General
results ...... confirmed kill
GySgt. Hathcock and his spotter held an entire
full strength NVA Platoon (confirmed) at bay
for well over 24 hours
GySgt. Hathcock and his spotter, armed with an M-14
shot nearly everyone that tried to escape
When darkness fell, they called in illumination flares
to illuminate the target area, trapping those on the run
in open territory, making the running NVA easy targets
" GySgt. Carlos Hathcock "
Being a Marine, he did his job, and he did it well
He NEVER acted out of malice or hate
and NEVER shot un-armed non-combatants
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