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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.


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    Thirteen 13 cent killers

    A little disappointing. Author seems to gain lot of pleasure about the kill rate rather than telling a story.

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    Disappointing

    not a story in sight . Homage to his experience and his buddies and most of the armed forces. Very bitter.

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    13 Cent Killers

    This was an unexpectedly different read. It's not your typical war story. The book gives accounts from various view points which makes for interesting reading. It really helps you see the bigger picture of what went on over there. It also lets you see what went on in Washington while those brave souls laid down their lives. Makes me wonder how they still get people to enlist. Loved it, and will look for other titles by this author.

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    #1 best book

    THIS IS A AWESOME BOOK it has so much detail and compassion put into it, i dont know what other people think about it but its a really good book

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