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April 14, 2013

Sergeant Carlos Hathcock: White Feather And The Cobra

His story in the U.S. Naval magazine, The Sea Tiger, had made his name known at last to the North Vietnamese. For months this Marine sniper had killed dozens of their finest soldiers, as well as their compatriots in the Viet Cong, practically at will. He did this with such effectiveness that they had nicknamed him Long Tra’ng (White Feather), based on the ornament he wore on the side of his boonie hat. This symbolism seemed to taunt his enemies with the fact that, no matter how hard they tried, they would never kill him and he would always be the last man standing in any duel with the best they sent.

This Marine’s name was Sergeant Carlos Hathcock II, of the 1st Marine division. A man who plied his trade around his home on Hill 55 in South Vietnam. An area where his mark was such that a bounty lay unclaimed by the many who had sought him out because they had become part of his tally of kills.

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  • caseymac1944

    Thank you for sharing this event in the Gunny's life. I have heard it before, but never with quite the poignancy provided here. He is truly missed.

  • CarlosHathcock

    Hello. Not sure of rods but we did lose a great many after he passed and mom movef in with us. I seem to recall a big trolling rod that may fit this description.

  • BobbyRoweJr

    Not to get off subject but I have a fishing rod I believe your father owned. On the reel seat it is engraved GYSGT C.N. HATHCOCK. I have had this fishing rod for about 15 years now.I discovered the engravings this morning and googled the name and quickly became impressed with him and honored as well to possess an item from a man that was so great. I would like to know a little bit more about this fishing rod.


    The thing I always like about Hathcock was that in interviews there wasn't a hint of "War is Hell" angst in the guy.  He liked his profession.

  • MikePerry2

    Many thanks for the kind words Mr. Hathcock. I have been a fan of your dad since reading about him back in the late 1980's. His accomplishments are the yardstick by which others should be measured.