13 Cent Killers: The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam

13 Cent Killers: The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam


By (author) John J. Culbertson

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  • Publisher: Presidio Press
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 104mm x 168mm x 25mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0345459148
  • ISBN 13: 9780345459145
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: photographs
  • Sales rank: 88,915

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This is the evocative history of the 5th Marine Regiment Sniper Platoon in Vietnam written by one of their own. This highly specialized unit recorded the highest number of kills and the highest kill ratio during the entire Vietnam War and because of their success the Viet Cong placed a bounty on their heads. - Eyewitness account of long distance combat in the jungles of Vietnam - Written by 1st Marine veteran and established author - Includes photo section of snipers and their weapons

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John J. Culbertson served with the 2/5, 1st Marine Division, at An Hoa, Vietnam, from December 1966 to July 1967. He completed 1st MarDiv Sniper School in Da Nang and was wounded in action, earning three Purple Hearts. John Culbertson presently heads the Youth Development Tae Kwon Do Academy in Oklahoma City. He is a 5th degree black belt master.

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""It's not easy to stay alive with a $1,000 bounty on your head." In 1967, a bullet cost thirteen cents, and no one gave Uncle Sam a bigger bang for his buck than the 5th Marine Regiment Sniper Platoon. So feared were these lethal marksmen that the Viet Cong offered huge rewards for killing them. Now noted Vietnam author John J. Culbertson, a former 5th Marine sniper himself, presents the riveting true stories of young Americans who fought with bolt rifles and bounties on their heads during the fiercest combat of the war, from 1967 through the desperate Tet battle for Hue in early '68. In spotter/shooter pairs, sniper teams accompanied battle-hardened Marine rifle companies like the 2/5 on patrols and combat missions. Whether fighting their way out of a Viet Cong "kill zone" or battling superior numbers of NVA crack troops, the sniper teams were at the cutting edge in the art of jungle warfare, showing the patience, stealth, combat marksmanship, and raw courage that made the unit the most decorated regimental sniper platoon in the Vietnam War. Harrowing and unforgettable, these accounts pay tribute to the heroes who made the greatest sacrifice of all-and leave no doubt that among 5th Marine snipers uncommon valor was truly a common virtue.