Stephen Hunter’s tribute to Carlos Hathcock, a true American hero

I wrote last week about “Two major pieces of wisdom from Bob Lee Swagger and Stephen Hunter,” and I wanted to do a quick follow up.

A long-time reader and friend of the blog (Old Gyrene) pointed out in the comments another piece of beautiful writing from Stephen Hunter that I was unaware of.

In the piece, Hunter writes just an amazing tribute to Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock, one of America’s most famous Vietnam veterans.

Here’s the piece: The sniper with a steadfast aim.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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7 thoughts on “Stephen Hunter’s tribute to Carlos Hathcock, a true American hero

  1. Stan – almost no one can imagine what he went through way out in the bush with only a spotter for company, but we can all imagine getting blown up in that AmTrac and deciding whether to go back after those other Marines.
    Going back time and after time, then once more to make sure he got everyone is bravery that defies description – and then it took 27 years for him to be awarded the SSM.
    He deserves every bit of the respect accorded him by the warriors who have followed.

    Semper Fi!


  2. Saving though Marines in the Am Trac was said he thought was his finest
    hour. Much like Mike Clausen who ran into a minefield under fire to rescue twenty Marines, except he got the MOH. Here’s to those who run to the sound of the guns.

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  3. OG, That is possible I used to be on the web site The Few many years ago. But they broke up into two different sites, to much in fighting.


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