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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Were Americans truly against the Vietnam War toward the end, or has history been rewritten by the victors?

Could it be that we teach our Vietnam history wrong?

That’s a question I’ve been mulling over after a recent email conversation with a Vietnam vet, who went back for a second tour late in the war.

He wrote me a couple of months back, introducing himself and making a comment about a past article I wrote. He mentioned in the introduction of his email that he had served in Vietnam as a Marine and returned for a second tour from November 1970 to June 1971. It was just a side comment of a broader email, but I was really curious why someone would return so late in the war.

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