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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