Jim Lindsay – The Sniper
Charles “Chuck” Mawhinney is a United States Marine who holds the Corps’ record for the most confirmed sniper kills (and the second most of any US service member in history), having recorded 103 confirmed kills in 16 months during the Vietnam War. He was also the youngest―killing the enemy as a teenager.
In 1967, at the age of 18, Mawhinney joined the Marines and began his assent from recruit to the Marine Corps’ deadliest sniper. During his tours―in one of the most dangerous war zones of Vietnam―his character and charisma helped him deal with life and death in a hell hole with other young men a long way from home.
After Vietnam, Mawhinney married and settled into his post-war life, raised a family, and was content that no one knew of his accomplishments in war. Then in 1991 he was startled and dismayed when outed by a fellow Marine sniper, Joseph Ward, who spoke of Mawhinney’s number of kills in his book, Dear Mom. Newspapers picked up the story and Mawhinney’s life changed forever. The notoriety troubled him at first, but then he accepted the fame and used the opportunity to train service men and lawmen in the art of long-distance shooting.
At last, Chuck’s full story is told, including his heroic exploits in battle and the terrible toll that taking a life exerts on a human being.