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Marine sniper credited with longest confirmed kill in Iraq
.Marine Corps News ^ | Jan. 02, 2005 | Cpl. Paul W. Leicht

Posted on 01/04/2005 3:11:49 AM PST by mental

AR RAMADI, Iraq (Jan. 02, 2005) -- 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."

Stepping off on day one of the offensive from the northern edge of the Fallujah peninsula, the Marine reservists of 1/23, with their scout snipers, moved to secure a little island, but intense enemy fire near the bridgeheads limited their advance. Insurgents littered the city, filtering in behind their positions with indirect mortar and sniper fire.

"The insurgents started figuring out what was going on and started hitting us from behind, hitting our supply lines," said Hancock in his syrupy Texas drawl. "Originally we set up near a bridge and the next day we got a call on our radio that our company command post was receiving sniper fire. We worked our way back down the peninsula trying to find the sniper, but on the way down we encountered machinegun fire and what sounded like grenade launchers or mortars from across the river."

With a fire team of grunts pinned down nearby, Hancock and his spotter, Cpl. Geoffrey L. Flowers, a May 2004 graduate of Scout Sniper School, helped them out by locating the source of the enemy fire.

"After locating the gun position we called in indirect fire to immediate suppress that position and reduced it enough so we could also punch forward and get into a house," explained Hancock. "We got in the house and started to observe the area from which the insurgents were firing at us. They hit us good for about twenty minutes and were really hammering us. Our indirect fire (landed on) them and must have been effective because they didn't shoot anymore after that."

Continuing south down the peninsula to link up with the Bravo Co. command post, Hancock and Flowers next set up on a big building, taking a couple shots across the river at some suspected enemy spotters in vehicles.

"The insurgents in the vehicles were spotting for the mortar rounds coming from across the river so we were trying to locate their positions to reduce them as well as engage the vehicles," said Hancock. "There were certain vehicles in areas where the mortars would hit. They would show up and then stop and then the mortars would start hitting us and then the vehicles would leave so we figured out that they were spotters. We took out seven of those guys in one day."

Later, back at the company command post, enemy mortar rounds once again began to impact.

"There were several incoming rockets and mortars to our compound that day and there was no way the enemy could have seen it directly, so they probably had some spotters out there," said 22-year-old Flowers who is a college student from Pearland, Texas.

" Our (company commander) told us to go find where the mortars were coming from and take them out so we went back out," remembered Hancock. "We moved south some more and linked up with the rear elements of our first platoon. Then we got up on a building and scanned across the river. We looked out of the spot scope and saw about three to five insurgents manning a 120mm mortar tube. We got the coordinates for their position and set up a fire mission. We decided that when the rounds came in that I would engage them with the sniper rifle. We got the splash and there were two standing up looking right at us. One had a black (outfit) on. I shot and he dropped. Right in front of him another got up on his knees looking to try and find out where we were so I dropped him too. After that our mortars just hammered the position, so we moved around in on them."

The subsequent fire for effect landed right on the insurgent mortar position.

"We adjusted right about fifty yards where there were two other insurgents in a small house on the other side of the position," said Flowers. "There was some brush between them and the next nearest building about 400 yards south of where they were at and we were about 1,000 yards from them so I guess they thought we could not spot them. Some grunts were nearby with binoculars but they could not see them, plus they are not trained in detailed observation the way we are. We know what to look for such as target indicators and things that are not easy to see."

Hancock and Flowers then scanned several areas that they expected fire from, but the enemy mortars had silenced.

"After we had called in indirect fire and after all the adjustments from our mortars, I got the final 8-digit grid coordinates for the enemy mortar position, looked at our own position using GPS and figured out the distance to the targets we dropped to be 1,050 yards," said Flowers with a grin. "This time we were killing terrorism from more than 1,000 yards."



Sgt. Herbert B. Hancock, chief scout sniper, sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is credited with the longest confirmed kill in Iraq, hitting enemy terrorists from 1,050 yards in Fallujah Nov. 11, 2004. Hancock, a 35-year-old activated reservist and police officer from Bryan, Texas, has been a Marine Corps sniper since 1992. Photo by: Cpl. Paul W. Leicht


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Allah can't save you from Marine snipers from TEXAS.
1 posted on 01/04/2005 3:11:49 AM PST by mental
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To: Squantos; Eaker

Texas sniper ping.


2 posted on 01/04/2005 3:17:21 AM PST by humblegunner (And who knows what else?)
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To: mental

One thing is for sure, this guy didn't have me as an instructor. I'm NO good at long range.

Hey, Muhammad, get up.......there's no way that guy can hit you from so far away..


3 posted on 01/04/2005 3:17:33 AM PST by gortklattu (As the preacher in Blazing Saddles said "You're on your own.")
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To: mental

US Marine POINT-FIRED German troops in WW1 at the Battle of Belleau Woods at EIGHT HUNDRED YARDS with OPEN IRON SIGHTS of the M1903 Springfield!

R Lee said it best: "There is nothing more deadly in the world than a Marine and his rifle."


4 posted on 01/04/2005 3:17:59 AM PST by HMFIC (US Marines, you yell, we shell.)
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To: mental; Eaker; humblegunner; Squantos; TexasCowboy; thackney; stevie_d_64

Texans ping. . .


5 posted on 01/04/2005 3:19:49 AM PST by Flyer (When the world dials 911 it rings in the USA.)
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To: humblegunner

GET OUT OF MY BRAIN!


6 posted on 01/04/2005 3:20:29 AM PST by Flyer (When the world dials 911 it rings in the USA.)
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To: mental

Outstanding.


7 posted on 01/04/2005 3:21:12 AM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: mental
Muhammed said: "Go forth and kill the infidel."

The Marine said: "Yeah, well come deep."

8 posted on 01/04/2005 3:21:24 AM PST by Enterprise
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To: mental

Must be something with the last name Hancock and great snipers.


9 posted on 01/04/2005 3:21:38 AM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: mental

Still don't like them giving out snipers names. They don;t give out pilots names. After the ugliness with the skippe of the USS Vincennes, I prefer no last names be given. It's not like the bad guys are not over hear reading the same articles and watching the same news as we are.


10 posted on 01/04/2005 3:22:22 AM PST by ProudVet77 (Beer - it's not just for breakfast anymore.)
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To: ShadowDancer
The "other" Herbie Hancock once made an album called "Head Hunters."

How 'bout that?

11 posted on 01/04/2005 3:24:57 AM PST by gortklattu (As the preacher in Blazing Saddles said "You're on your own.")
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To: mental
I'm not sure it's a good idea to publicly identify these snipers. Lord know what the terrorists could do in retaliation.

Carolyn

12 posted on 01/04/2005 3:25:43 AM PST by CDHart
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To: gortklattu

Hahahaha. I was referring to Carlos forgetting his last name was Hathcock, not Hancock. Oh well, close enough. I'm surprised I even remembered that much this early.


13 posted on 01/04/2005 3:28:45 AM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: CDHart

Yep...I'm with you. Name and hometown is TMI.


14 posted on 01/04/2005 3:31:29 AM PST by Pharmboy (Listen...you can still hear the old media sobbing.)
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To: mental; dennisw; SJackson; MeekOneGOP; TrueBeliever9; Geist Krieger; JohnHuang2; Salem; Sanch; ...
TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS - JIHAD MAGGOTS - YOU CAN RUN - BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE - ping.

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"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."



Sgt. Herbert B. Hancock, chief scout sniper, sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is credited with the longest confirmed kill in Iraq, hitting enemy terrorists from 1,050 yards in Fallujah Nov. 11, 2004. Hancock, a 35-year-old activated reservist and police officer from Bryan, Texas, has been a Marine Corps sniper since 1992. Photo by: Cpl. Paul W. Leicht

15 posted on 01/04/2005 3:34:19 AM PST by Happy2BMe ("Islam fears democracy worse than anything-It castrates their stranglehold at the lowest level.")
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To: ProudVet77
Still don't like them giving out snipers names.

I thought about that before posting this. Has anything ever happened to these guys or their families?
16 posted on 01/04/2005 3:37:43 AM PST by mental
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To: mental

Time to make that guy a Staff Sgt. SSgt. Herbert B. Hancock humm, has a nice ring to it, seems to me I kinda remember another guy by that name who was with Kilo 3/6 back in the Sixties, wonder if he is any relation.


17 posted on 01/04/2005 3:42:37 AM PST by newsgatherer
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To: ShadowDancer

"One Shot One Kill," a great book about Carlos Hathcock.


18 posted on 01/04/2005 3:42:55 AM PST by Enterprise
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To: ProudVet77

Don't worry. Both the story and the name are not real. Fallujah was a good job, but I wish they would stop releasing those BS "success stories". One Baghdad Bob is enough.


19 posted on 01/04/2005 3:43:27 AM PST by Tortenboxer
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To: mental


"Achmed, you can RUN, but you'll only die TIRED!"
20 posted on 01/04/2005 3:46:11 AM PST by HMFIC (US Marines, you yell, we shell.)
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To: Tortenboxer
Don't worry. Both the story and the name are not real. Fallujah was a good job, but I wish they would stop releasing those BS "success stories". One Baghdad Bob is enough.

Your source for that would be nice, or is your opinion?

21 posted on 01/04/2005 3:46:26 AM PST by newsgatherer
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Hathcock


22 posted on 01/04/2005 3:59:48 AM PST by KneelBeforeZod ( I'm going to open Cobra Kai dojos all over this valley!)
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To: Tortenboxer

"Don't worry. Both the story and the name are not real. Fallujah was a good job, but I wish they would stop releasing those BS "success stories". One Baghdad Bob is enough."

If you don't believe this is credible Tortenboxer; then please cite your source ASAP. Thank you.


23 posted on 01/04/2005 4:04:35 AM PST by Cindy
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To: IGOTMINE; RaceBannon; kellynla; Squantos; patton

Yut!


24 posted on 01/04/2005 4:07:23 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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yeah we shouldn't let names of soldiers out. we should also ban them from being on tv and saying "this is joe smith from anytown, USA, I want to say merry christmas to my wife and kids"


25 posted on 01/04/2005 4:09:32 AM PST by KneelBeforeZod ( I'm going to open Cobra Kai dojos all over this valley!)
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To: ProudVet77

I agree. I was glad to see that this guy's name wasn't extraordinarily unique.


26 posted on 01/04/2005 4:10:30 AM PST by FreedomPoster
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To: mental
M40A3


27 posted on 01/04/2005 4:11:53 AM PST by angkor
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To: newsgatherer

Come on, everybody knows these stories are being made up to sell the war to the public.

A confirmed 1000 yards kill, give me a break.


28 posted on 01/04/2005 4:13:20 AM PST by Tortenboxer
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To: ShadowDancer
Must be something with the last name Hancock and great snipers

Sorry, I think you're confusing Carlos Hathcock with this current Marine Hero.

29 posted on 01/04/2005 4:13:48 AM PST by bullseye1911 (Natural Selection = the weak and stupid die!)
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To: Tortenboxer

Ok Tortenboxer.

This is the link to the article we're discussing here:
http://www.usmc.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/main5/81846E3645B6298285256F7D006744CD?opendocument

IF YOU DON'T FIND THIS ARTICLE CREDIBLE; THEN CITE YOUR SOURCE NOW.


30 posted on 01/04/2005 4:14:07 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Tortenboxer

Have you ever even fired a scoped high-power rifle?


31 posted on 01/04/2005 4:15:42 AM PST by FreedomPoster
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To: Tortenboxer

"Come on, everybody knows these stories are being made up to sell the war to the public."

If "everybody knows" Tortenboxer; then cite your source now.


32 posted on 01/04/2005 4:15:45 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Tortenboxer; Admin Moderator
Both the story and the name are not real.
Tortenboxer
Since Dec 21, 2004


Up yours troll.
33 posted on 01/04/2005 4:16:11 AM PST by oh8eleven
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To: mental

1,050 yards?

Not bad, not bad at all. NOW GET BACK TO WORK!


34 posted on 01/04/2005 4:16:48 AM PST by Gamecock (Exurge, Calvinisti, et judica causam tuam)
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To: Tortenboxer
Dec 2004 sing on date...... first time poster?

... I think you'd like a good story from our side... eh?

35 posted on 01/04/2005 4:16:55 AM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: mental
Sometimes it's good to be the Enemy at the Gate.
36 posted on 01/04/2005 4:17:28 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Deadcheck the embeds first.)
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To: ShadowDancer

That's Hathcock, as in Carlos.


37 posted on 01/04/2005 4:17:55 AM PST by Recon Dad (Almost)
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To: Tortenboxer
A confirmed 1000 yards kill, give me a break.

Ya need to attend a Camp Perry competition sometime. Better yet, stand out there about 1000 yds. and give 'em a crack at ya, newbie. I know who I'll lay my money on!

38 posted on 01/04/2005 4:19:01 AM PST by bullseye1911 (Natural Selection = the weak and stupid die!)
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To: Enterprise

"You can run, but you'll just die tired".


39 posted on 01/04/2005 4:20:17 AM PST by Recon Dad (Sniper Creed)
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To: Tortenboxer

Ok Tortenboxer, times up.

Your brain is m.i.a. and your head is h.u.a.
It's not good to be on the dark side.
Let some light in and get an education.


40 posted on 01/04/2005 4:20:32 AM PST by Cindy
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To: mental

The war will be over soon. The biggest contingent of Texas National Guardsmen since WWII left Texas for Iraq the day after Christmas. The city of Waco and their loved ones gave them a huge send-off from the Baylor football stadium. Our Texas men still know how to shoot, and we Texas women aren't bad marksmen ourselves. We'll keep the ranches going and the lights on in the cabins till our men come home victorious.


41 posted on 01/04/2005 4:20:37 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: mental

"Marine Snipers are Pro Choice".


42 posted on 01/04/2005 4:22:00 AM PST by Recon Dad (Sniper)
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To: Cindy

Tortenboxer : Member since 12/21/2004.... hmmmmmmmm?


43 posted on 01/04/2005 4:24:44 AM PST by cbkaty
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To: Tortenboxer

Two or three years ago there was a thread about a sniper in Israel who picked off someone at over 1200 yards.


44 posted on 01/04/2005 4:25:44 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Enterprise

That's the one I read. I knew virtually nothing about snipers before I read that. To be honest, I thought I was going to be bored to death with the book before I started it. Not even close. It was fascinating.


45 posted on 01/04/2005 4:25:59 AM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: FreedomPoster; dansangel

We know he hasn't


46 posted on 01/04/2005 4:32:39 AM PST by .45MAN ("He" is with us.)
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To: Tortenboxer
Hell Torte...wait till the .50 sniper stories are released. 1000 yards is just past P.O.I. them.

...only a slight exageration.

47 posted on 01/04/2005 4:32:42 AM PST by Khurkris (That sound you hear coming from over the horizon...thats me laughing.)
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To: mental

Right in front of him another got up on his knees looking to try and find out where we were so I dropped him too.

Abdul, what happened? This can't be.. thud.

48 posted on 01/04/2005 4:33:15 AM PST by csvset
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To: Tortenboxer

Don't show your ignorance, there were confirmed kills at 2 miles in Vietnam. If want to dispute any of this go find a Marine in your area and complain about this being a bunch of crap, your education in Marine Corps matters will begin.


49 posted on 01/04/2005 4:34:13 AM PST by Recon Dad (One Shot One Kill........that's Gun Control")
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To: .45MAN; dansangel

Yes, it was pretty much a rhetorical question. I had already read his posting history.


50 posted on 01/04/2005 4:35:32 AM PST by FreedomPoster
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