History | July 27, 2016 5:00 am

The Marine Corps’ Deadliest Vietnam Sniper

Vietnam Sniper
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If you polled the average person on the historical or military significance of Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, you’ll probably get more than a few blank stares. But ask a Marine, and you’ll likely be regaled with stories of one of the United States’ greatest and most accurate snipers. With 93 confirmed kills, Sgt. Hathcock was a precise, deadly machine on the battlefield during the Vietnam War. Below, watch Hathcock tell the story of one of his most daring feats, a “one-man attack” in which he “squirmed on his side” for two miles to take out an enemy target from 700 yards. For more on Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hatchcock (who died at age 56 in 1999 of complications from multiple sclerosis), click here.