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Old September 2nd, 2016, 06:09 AM   #16
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That was the thinking of the time, whatever one's opinion might be.
That mentality was strong even in Vietnam. Gunny Hathcock stated so in his book. Even his fellow Marines looked down at snipers.

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Old September 8th, 2016, 10:15 PM   #17
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I'm glad I never had to do that.
It is a terribly hard job without the shooting.
Serious arduous training on cover, concealment, etc. Marksmanship just a part of it.

I never actually saw a sniper, but I was not around US troops very much.
I had a scrounged MID that I never used. It got blown up by 155 fire misdirected by a temporary firebase nearby one night.

Killing the enemy, calling airstrikes or artillery never concerned me-just the idea od popping off an unsuspecting guy is troublesome.
That said, I would have done it opportunity considered.
Today's computor game kids are fascinaed by snipers and if you read other boards there is always somebody about 12 wanting to know how to become one.

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Old September 9th, 2016, 02:25 AM   #18
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My Dad never talked much about the War in France for 22 years. Finally when I went into the service, he "opened up". Told me one time of a sniper he knew who, on a bet, was able to put a German artillery piece known as an "eighty eight" out of action by shooting a round in the breech when it was opened up. The piece wouldn't close properly after that and a number of German soldiers stood around the gun scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to repair it. Tom from MN

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Old October 27th, 2016, 05:34 AM   #20
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Howdy Buckeroos,

If you study the American Civil War you will find that marksmen changed the outcome of several battles.

In later wars, snipers saved many American lives by rattling the enemy as well as disrupting their chain of command.

Good or bad, it is part of war.

Having never served, these are just historical observations.

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