Marine Sniper Short Essay - Answer Key

Charles W. Henderson
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1. Who is the subject of the biography? What are his statistics and military status?

Carlos Hathcock, the subject of the biography, was born in 1942 and died in 1999. He was a United States Marine Corps sniper during the Vietnam War.

2. Why was the character so famous? What made him important enough to be the topic of a biography?

Hathcock was a United States Marine Corps sniper with a service record of 93 confirmed kills and hundreds of probable kills during the Vietnam War. This level of skill is highly unusual.

3. What activities was Hathcock involved in outside the Marine Corps?

Hathcock was also a championship shooter, having won the coveted Wimbledon Cup, and a respected instructor in marksmanship and sniper skills.

4. What physical ailments impaired Hathcock's life?

Hathcock's sniper career ended when he received extensive third-degree burns during a rescue operation. Later in life Hathcock suffered from Multiple Sclerosis.

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