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Carlos Hathcock II
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Military Personnel
    (May 20, 1942-February 23, 1999)
    Grew up with his grandmother; taught himself to hunt in the woods
    Enlisted in the Marines (1959)
    Set the Marine Corps marksmanship record, scoring 248 out of 250
    Won numerous shooting awards both in the military and out of it
    Military policeman in Vietnam during the beginning of the war
    Marine Sniper assigned to Hill 55, near Da Nang
    Nicknamed 'Long Trang' by the Vietnamese for the feather he wore in his hat
    Scored nearly 100 confirmed kills and probably 200 more unconfirmed kills
    Reached the rank of Gunnery Sergeant
    Severely burned during his second tour of duty when his vehicle caught fire (1969)
    Retired in 1979
    Died of multiple sclerosis at 57
    Official biography is 'White Feather'
    He was named 'Carlos' but had no Hispanic blood.
    He spent a lot of time away from his wife.
    Unlike Alvin York or Audie Murphy, he is largely unknown to the public because his line of work did not involve spectacular feats of bravery.
    His biography costs $59.95 in some places.
    Various companies have tried to capitalize on his fame in the shooting community by naming merchandise after him.
    His license plates read 'SNIPER.'
    His commander was sometimes forced to restrict him to the base grounds for fear his exhaustion would hurt him.
    An award is named after him; it is presented annually to the Marine that contributes most to marksmanship.
    He assassinated a North Vietnamese general by crawling inches at a time through the grass over 24 hours and killing his target from 800 yards distance.
    He was awarded the Silver Star for saving 7 comrades' lives when their amtrac was hit by a mine.
    He struck fear into the Viet Cong, saving hundreds of American lives.
    They were so afraid of him that a $30,000 bounty was placed on his head; he killed every Viet Cong marksman that attempted to win the prize.
    His marksmanship was so good that he shot right through the scope of one Viet Cong sniper, hitting him in the eye. This feat was copied in 'War of the Rats' and 'Saving Private Ryan.'
    Along with his partner, he wiped out an entire North Vietnamese company over the course of a day (most of these kills are unrecorded but prisoners later corroborated the story).
    He played a crucial role in the development of the US military sniper program.

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