The book begins with his high school years and the decisions which led to his enlistment. A fascinating though a bit hagiographic in parts biography of carlos hathcock, legendary sniper in the vietnam war. He is the author of the critically acclaimed military classics marine sniper and silent warrior, which first chronicled the exploits of usmc sniper carlos hathcock. The only book snipers all seem familiar with other than the bible is marine sniper. Oct 01, 2001 the true story of the final days of the vietnam war from the author of marine sniper. And each time, he emerged from the jungle having done his duty. But there has only been one sergeant carlos hathcock. He is the author of the critically acclaimed military classics marine sniper and silent warrior.
Marine corps command chronologies for the vietnam war u. These include winners of national book awards and pulitzer prizes, both fiction and nonfiction. Scout sniper mos 0317, formerly 8541 is a specialist in the united states marine corps whose mission is to deny the enemy freedom of movement by neutralizing enemy leaders, crewserved weapons operators, radiomen, observers, messengers, and other key personnel with single, wellaimed shots. As an example, he puts dialogue in the north vietnamese mouths and minds which detracts from the authenticity of the story. The amount of melodramatic fictionalization of everything charles hendersons marine sniper is a dramatized account of the life of a vietnam war sniper. The explosive true story of sergeant carlos hathcock, a legendary marine sniper in the vietnam war. These 3 snipers had more kills than carlos hathcock in vietnam. Carlos hathcock, the subject of the biography, was born in 1942 and died in 1999.
Culbertson, a former 5th marine sniper himself, presents the riveting true stories of young americans who fought with bolt rifles and bounties on their heads during the fiercest combat of the war, from 1967 through the desperate tet battle for hue in early 68. Dec 09, 2014 raw, straightforward, and powerful, ed kuglers account of his two years as a marine scout sniper in vietnam vividly captures his experiences therethe good, the bad, and the ugly. The battle that changed the war in vietnam 1 mar 2002. Aug 02, 2012 usmc sniper teams used a wide variety of equipment during the war in asia with this being a small part. Charles benjamin chuck mawhinney born 1949 is a former united states marine who holds the corps record for the most confirmed sniper kills, having recorded 103 confirmed kills and 216 probable kills in 16 months during the vietnam war. The author of the bestselling vietnam war memoir marine sniper continues the incredible true story. He deployed in 1966 as a military policeman, but immediately volunteered for combat and was soon transferred to the 1st marine division sniper platoon, stationed at hill 55, south of da nang. The author of the bestselling vietnam war memoir marine sniper continues the incredible true story of sergeant carlos hathcock. Tells the exciting true story of sergeant carlos hathcock, a legendary marine sniper in the vietnam war. The list would have also included radios, binoculars, food, the colt 1911 as sidearms, maps, hats and camo uniforms and face paint, extra ammo, ponchos, poncho liner, knives etc. Carlos hathcock, a marine sniper during the vietnam war. It documents the circumstances behind training and employment, the equipment chosen for use, the transition from the m700 sniping rifle to the m40a1 and the extreme effectiveness of the vietnam era sniping effort overall. Marine sniper pens books, is still dealing with vietnam. Great book about carlos hathcock with images books.
Charles henderson is a veteran of more than twentythree years in the united states marine corps, with a distinguished career spanning from vietnam to the gulf war, after which he retired as a chief warrant officer. Marine corps during the vietnam war in the 1960s are still never far from his mind. After enlisting in the marines at seventeen, then being wounded in santo domingo during the dominican crisis, kugler arrived in vietnam in early 1966. Charles hendersons marine sniper is a dramatized account of the life of a vietnam war sniper. Carlos norman hathcock ii may 20, 1942 february 22, 1999 was a united states marine. Poems of a rogue a marine sniper s reflections on war ed kugler, author of dead center a marine snipers twoyear odyssey in the vietnam war bring you, poems of a rogue describes in vivid detail the impact of war on our kids, an impact that is felt for many years. Culled from extensive interviews and research, goodnight saigon is the achingly dramatic story of the end of the vietnam war as told from both sides of the conflict. Now i would like to talk a little about them again along with some of the supporting spotter weapons and equipment used by typical sniper teams during the war. Marine corps tanks and ontos in vietnam war pb sku. The information on this page was obtained through historical documents, books and also personal contact via email and other means.
The marine sniper s vietnam story continues 9780425181720 by henderson, charles and a great selection of similar new, used and collectible books available now at great prices. Winner of the 2016 pulitzer prize for fiction, this debut novel could fit into half a dozen genres of vietnam war books from war narrative to immigrant story, from mystery to political, from metafiction to historical and even dark comedy. The true story of carlos hathcock, a marine sniper in vietnam with probably over 300 kills. In the annals of marine corps history, the name typically associated with sniping is gunnery sgt. Online shopping for vietnam war from a great selection at books store. He was a united states marine corps sniper with a service record of 93 confirmed kills and hundreds of probable kills during the vietnam war. Various books written by marines and other authors covering the accounts. Based on the life and times of sergeant carlos hathcock an american soldier who apparently eventually became the posterboy of the marine sniper program the book seemed an interesting prospect at first. Henderson wrote the original book about hathcock, marine sniper, 93 confirmed kills also. This book is a longoverdue account of, and a welldeserved tribute to, the marine corps sniper program in vietnam. One day during a forward observation mission, hathcock and his spotter encountered a newly. As a new sniper with the 4th marines, kugler picked. This marine was the american sniper of the vietnam war. The book is an interesting biography and treatise on what it takes to be.
One, i love war books and two, i love history books marine sniper is set in the vietnam war. Among the most positive is an abundance of topnotch books, many written by veterans of the conflict. Marine sniper pens books, is still dealing with vietnam wars. Carlos hathcock was born on may 20, 1942 at little rock, arkansas and died on february 23, 1999 at the age of. Vietnam history with the marine corps the marine shop. Culbertson, a former 5th marine sniper himself, presents the riveting true stories of young americans who fought with bolt rifles and bounties on their heads during the fiercest combat of the war, from 1967 through the.
Hathcocks record and the extraordinary details of the missions he undertook made him a legend in the u. The garand was a great infantry rifle, but it didnt do as well for sniping. Born october 30, 1949, in zanesville, ohio, ronnie marshall served as a us army sergeant and a sniper in south vietnam. Mawhinney always figured war stories were for wannabes and bores. He was a screwup as a recruit but later saw brief action in the dominican republic. He missed the marine corps, however, and returned to vietnam in 1969, where he took command of a platoon of snipers. He stalked the viet cong behind enemy lineson their own ground. The retired sergeant, who has lived on a mountainside south of big arm since 2000, has written several books about his war experiences, starting with dead center in 1999, in which he intimately shares his twoyear odyssey as a sniper. Mawhinney, the son of a world war ii marine corps veteran, was born in 1949 in lakeview, oregon, and was. You can try sniper on the easter front by albrecht wacker about sepp alleberger, a crack german sniper on ww2 credited with 257 kills and possibly responsible for 5x more.
I think this is an excellent book, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. In this series of poems flows the pain, anguish and anxiety of many years. I had often heard of the sniper lore tales of gunny sergeant hathcock during the vietnam war but to read about his exploits was a revelation. Winner of the 2016 pulitzer prize for fiction, this debut novel could fit into half a dozen genres of vietnam war books from war narrative to immigrant story, from mystery to political, from metafiction to. In his latest book firefights of the mind he reveals for the first time his lifelong struggle with ptsd. Read lrrp company command the cavs lrprangers in vietnam, by. Raw, straightforward, and powerful, ed kuglers account of his two years as a marine scoutsniper in vietnam vividly captures his experiences therethe good, the bad, and the ugly. A story of modern war by mark bowden used books, books. Here is the story of a rare individual who managed to combine the latent talent of a top match sharpshooter with that of a skilled woodsman.
You cant get into this sniper unit if you havent read it, said sergeant barrett, who has been a marine sniper for six years. One mans story of serving as a marine sniper during the early days of americas involvement in vietnam. No other marine sniper in vietnam had more confirmed kills of viet cong and north. Beyond combat, hathcock was a championship shooter and a respected instructor in marksmanship and sniper skills. Naval history links, from the archives library information center finding aids the ellsdran filing system, records of the us marine corps, record group 127 navymarine corps standard subject classification system, october 1959 36. One of the first fictional vietnam war books, and often touted as one of the best vietnam novels, its a facepaced wonder that follows draftee philip dosier as he is drafted into the war, completes a of tour of duty, and comes home. Aug 22, 20 marine corps logistics base barstow, calif. I do what i can to verify personal claims, if you have any discrepancies and can verify them, please email me so i can correct the information.
Oct 30, 2016 the two years kugler spent as a sniper with the u. And each time, he emerged from the jungle having done. A marine snipers twoyear odyssey in the vietnam war. It documents the circumstances behind training and employment, the equipment chosen for use, the transition from the m700 sniping rifle to the m40a1 and the extreme effectiveness of the vietnamera sniping effort overall. Firefights of the mind when the demons of war follow you home ed kugler is the author of dead center a marine snipers two year odyssey in the vietnam war. A slew of war memoirs stand with the best writing of that genre. The true story of the final days of the vietnam war from the author of marine sniper. In the past months i have written a bit about the use of and primary rifles used by the usmc for sniping use in the vietnam war. Various books written by marines and other authors covering the accounts of conflicts. Dead center is a straightforward, no bs, skip the fluff, unglamorous account of ed kuglers two years as a marine sniper in vietnam.1226 90 104 167 689 107 22 513 977 1239 473 588 840 1267 1203 456 1207 413 1274 435 653 23 225 1062 1467 370 211 353 765 1323 269 791 1157