Chuck Mawhinney: Deadliest Marine Corps Sniper

103 Kills as a teenager in Vietnam

Upon his death in February this year, not much was known about this humble, quiet super sniper of the United States Marine Corps. With 103 CONFIRMED kills in Vietnam, an additional 216 UNCONFIRMED kills were listed as probable since they could not get close enough to see the bodies. Most shots taken by snipers were 300 to 800 yards but many of Mawhinney’s were over 1000 yards. No one knew his kill total as he never talked about it until his spotter wrote a book about Mawhinney. According to Jim Lindsay, author of “Sniper: The untold story of the Marine Corps greatest marksman of all time”, Mawhinney never boasted about his kills, was a good father, a good husband, and an asset to the community. Chuck Mawhinney received a Bronze Star with combat Valor, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Valor and two Purple Hearts. He worked for the US Forest Service until 1997 and died this year at age 75. A quiet hero, humble and an example of Valor.

Meekness is not weakness. Valor is in you. Set it free.

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