Seen through a twenty-power spot scope, terrorists scrambled to deliver another mortar round into the tube. Across the Euphrates River from a concealed rooftop, the Marine sniper breathed gently and then squeezed a few pounds of pressure to the delicate trigger of the M40A3 sniper rifle in his grasp.
The rifle’s crack froze the booming Fallujah battle like a photograph. As he moved the bolt back to load another round of 7.62mm ammunition, the sniper’s spotter confirmed the terrorist went down from the shot mere seconds before the next crack of the rifle dropped another.
It wasn’t the sniper’s first kill in Iraq, but it was one for the history books.
On Nov. 11, 2004, while coalition forces fought to wrest control of Fallujah from a terrorist insurgency, Marine scout snipers with Company B, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, applied their basic infantry skills and took them to a higher level.
“From the information we have, our chief scout sniper has the longest confirmed kill in Iraq so far,” said Capt. Shayne McGinty, weapons platoon commander for “Bravo” Co. “In Fallujah there were some bad guys firing mortars at us and he took them out from more than 1,000 yards.”
During the battle for the war-torn city, 1/23 Marine scout snipers demonstrated with patience, fearless initiative and wits that well-trained Marines could be some of the deadliest weapons in the world.
“You really don’t have a threat here until it presents itself,” said Sgt. Herbert B. Hancock, chief scout sniper, 1/23, and a 35-year-old police officer from Bryan, Texas, whose specialized training and skill helped save the lives of his fellow Marines during the battle. “In Fallujah we really didn’t have that problem because it seemed like everybody was shooting at us. If they fired at us we just dropped them.”
Shweeeeeeeoo. Hats off to the Marines, and especially to Sgt. Hancock. Folks, why not help them take the fight to the enemy by donating to Adopt-A-Sniper?
Argghhh! (follow his link to the Canadian snipers … wow.)