INTRODUCTION


The Sniper has special abilities, training, and equipment. His job is to deliver discriminatory, highly accurate rifle fire against enemy targets, which cannot be engaged successfully by the rifleman because of range, size, location, fleeting nature, or visibility. Sniping requires the development of basic infantry skills to a high degree of perfection. A Sniper's training incorporates a wide variety of subjects designed to increase his value as a force multiplier and to ensure his survival on the Battlefield. The art of Sniping requires learning and repetitiously practicing these skills until mastered. A Sniper must be highly trained in long range rifle marksmanship and field craft skills to ensure maximum effective engagements with minimum risk.

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IMPORTANT NEWS FROM GYSGT. CARLOS HATHCOCK II

From: Earnest Padgette Date: 5. Apr 96 22:07



After more than 25 years, Carlos Hathcock may finally get recognition for his heroic action on September 16, 1969. Many people, including Congressmen, Senators and Marine veterans, have attempted to gain some measure of recognition for his actions. All of these attempts failed because the regulations governing the award of decorations mandated the request for award be made within three years of the incident for which the award was requested. In other words, too much time had passed since the incident. Since he wasn't submitted for an award then, he couldn't be submitted now. THAT HAS NOW CHANGED! The appropriations bill signed by President Clinton four weeks ago contained a change in the criteria for awards and decorations for Vietnam veterans! The verbage in the bill included:
"Findings- (2) Accounts of those battles that have been published since the end of that conflict authoritatively document numerous and repeated acts of extraordinary heroism, sacrifice, and bravery on the part of members of the Armed Forces, many of which have never been officially recognized." and
"(5) Subsequent requests to the Secretaries of the military departments for review of award recommendations for such acts have been denied because of restrictions in law and regulations that require timely filing of such recommendations and documented justification." *AND*
"(b) WAIVER OF TIME LIMITATIONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AWARDS.--(1) Any decoration covered by paragraph (2) may be awarded, without regard to any time limit imposed by law or regulation......."
In short, if any Congressman or Senator requests the Service's investigate to determine if an award is justified, the Service involved *MUST* investigate and make the award if it is justified. If ANY Congressman or Senator asks the Secretary of the Navy to investigate to determine if Carlos Hathcock deserves the Medal of Honor for his actions, the Secretary of the Navy MUST begin an investigation. If the investigation determines Carlos deserves the Medal of Honor, he will be recommended by the Navy, and Congress will almost certainly approve it; since many Congressmen and Senators have already voiced support for him. If all 100 Senators and all 435 Congressmen ask for an investigation, the message will be heard loud and clear: "THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THE BRAVERY AND SELF SACRIFICE OF CARLOS HATHCOCK RECOGNIZED." If you believe as I do -that Carlos Hathcock deserves the Medal of Honor- then please contact both of your Senators, and your Congressman as soon as possible. Tell them:
"Please ask the Secretary of the Navy to investigate to determine if the actions of Carlos N. Hathcock II, on September 16, 1969, while engaged in combat with enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam, meet the criteria for award of the Congressional Medal of Honor. I believe his actions on that day merit this award; and I am confident that you will feel the same way when you learn the full story of his heroism and sacrifice."
Should your Congressman or Senators not be familiar with the circumstances of September 16, 1969; fax or mail them the below extract from the book "Marine Sniper" by Charles Henderson. If we all act NOW, the courage of Carlos Hathcock WILL be recognized at long last. It is now or never. Carlos is in ill health, and can't wait forever. Please don't let his bravery go unrecognized any longer. I have spoken to two of the men who were on the amtrac that fateful day. They both believe Carlos deserves the Medal of Honor, and that he saved their lives. BTW: A request for award of the Congressional Medal of Honor to Carlos is at this moment making it's way up the Marine Corps chain of command. Public and Congressional support will ensure it is given fair consideration. Thanks to all who support Carlos in his hour of need; as he once supported us all. Ernie P.


As quoted by Charles Henderson in 'Marine Sniper':



Fifty startled Marines scrambled for cover as gunfire erupted from the nearby trees. They saw a forty-foot high column of fire rise from the amtrac on which Hathcock and the seven other Marines had ridden. It filled the air with an acrid pall of billowy, black smoke. Beneath that smoke, between the flames, Hathcock opened his eyes and saw nothing but blackness and fire. Something heavy pinned his legs. He felt the hair on his neck, his eyebrows, and the top of his head singe and curl. Panic suddenly flashed through his mind and sent his heart pounding. "I'm gonna die!" He had to run. He had to get away. Hathcock reached for the dead weight that pinned his legs and saw that it was the body of the lieutenant who had spoken to him only seconds earlier. He was already on fire. "Save him! Got to save him!" Hathcock suddenly thought. And without thinking of his own life, he took the young officer by his flaming clothes and hurled him off the side of the burning vehicle. As he looked at the tangled bodies of the other Marines, who had been whole and well only a second ago, he saw their slow, groggy motion among the flames and instinctively began hurling them off too. He didn't notice when he threw Corporal Perry clear of the inferno. All the Marines were equally important to him; brother Marines who would otherwise die. He grabbed them randomly and tossed. Privates First Class Roberto Barrera, Lawrence Head, Keith Spencer, and Thurman Trussell, and Lance Corporal Earl Thibodeaux. He himself was on fire. His trousers were burning, his chest and arms and neck were burning. And as another explosion rumbled beneath his feet and fire belched skyward through the torn and bent hulk that seconds ago was an amtrac, Hathcock blindly jumped through the wall of flames. He had no idea what awaited him on the other side of that fiery curtain. Hathcock struggled to his feet from the gravel where he fell. He did not hear the clatter of machine-gun fire or the explosions of grenades. He saw the fire towering over him and could only hope to get away from that burning trap before it killed him. Inside his head he kept asking himself, "Why do I feel wet, I'm weighted down like I'm soaked. Why?" Hathcock staggered away from the blazing amtrac, holding his arms straight out from his sides. He knew he was hurt, but it was when he looked down at his arms that he realized his injury was beyond anything he had imagined. Skin hung down from his arms like bat wings, ragged and black, as though draped with moss six to eight inches in length. His heart sank as he stopped and sat on the side of the road. "Will I live?" he asked himself. "Roll him!" two frantic voices cried. "Quick! Roll him into the water!" Hathcock didn't know that his clothes still burned, and the bandoleer of ammo draped over his shoulder and the six hand grenades that still hung on his cartridge belt were quite forgotten by him.

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latest Carlos NEWS

From: Earnest Padgette Date: 5. Apr 96 22:08

After more than 25 years, Carlos Hathcock may finally get recognition for his heroic action on September 16, 1969. Many people, including Congressmen, Senators and Marine veterans, have attempted to gain some measure of recognition for his actions. All of these attempts failed because the regulations governing the award of decorations mandated the request for award be made within three years of the incident for which the award was requested. In other words, too much time had passed since the incident. Since he wasn't submitted for an award then, he couldn't be submitted now. THAT HAS NOW CHANGED! The appropriations bill signed by President Clinton four weeks ago contained a change in the criteria for awards and decorations for Vietnam veterans! The verbage in the bill included:

"Findings- (2) Accounts of those battles that have been published since the end of that conflict authoritatively document numerous and repeated acts of extraordinary heroism, sacrifice, and bravery on the part of members of the Armed Forces, many of which have never been officially recognized." and

"(5) Subsequent requests to the Secretaries of the military departments for review of award recommendations for such acts have been denied because of restrictions in law and regulations that require timely filing of such recommendations and documented justification." *AND*

"(b) WAIVER OF TIME LIMITATIONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AWARDS.--(1) Any decoration covered by paragraph (2) may be awarded, without regard to any time limit imposed by law or regulation......."

In short, if any Congressman or Senator requests the Service's investigate to determine if an award is justified, the Service involved *MUST* investigate and make the award if it is justified. If ANY Congressman or Senator asks the Secretary of the Navy to investigate to determine if Carlos Hathcock deserves the Medal of Honor for his actions, the Secretary of the Navy MUST begin an investigation. If the investigation determines Carlos deserves the Medal of Honor, he will be recommended by the Navy, and Congress will almost certainly approve it; since many Congressmen and Senators have already voiced support for him. If all 100 Senators and all 435 Congressmen ask for an investigation, the message will be heard loud and clear: "THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THE BRAVERY AND SELF SACRIFICE OF CARLOS HATHCOCK RECOGNIZED." If you believe as I do -that Carlos Hathcock deserves the Medal of Honor- then please contact both of your Senators, and your Congressman as soon as possible. Tell them: "Please ask the Secretary of the Navy to investigate to determine if the actions of Carlos N. Hathcock II, on September 16, 1969, while engaged in combat with enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam, meet the criteria for award of the Congressional Medal of Honor. I believe his actions on that day merit this award; and I am confident that you will feel the same way when you learn the full story of his heroism and sacrifice."

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