Celebrating his 84th birthday this month, England was a long-range champion competitive shooter later known as “The Phantom Of Phu Bai” and is frank about marksmanship and combat.
Though he was credited with 98 confirmed kills, England paused at saying he was a sniper on camera in the above interview for personal reasons.
“I’m not a glory hound, never have been, never will be,” he says.
Joining the Marines in 1950, the Georgia native received his Distinguished Marksman Badge from Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller himself. Talking about sniping in Vietnam, England speaks about putting himself in “a little bubble” where he cut the world out and concentrated on getting a good shot off– “because if you don’t, you can be dead.”