Sniper Profile

  • Country of Origin: U.S.A.
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Confirmed Kills: 109
  • Weapon Used: M21 SWS
  • Historical Source: Various

delbert Waldron III, “Bert” to those that knew him, was the most accomplished U.S. sniper during the Vietnam conflict. Adelbert originally joined the U.S. Navy in 1953 where he served for twelve years and left as an E-5 in 1965. In 1968 Sgt. Waldron enlisted in the US Army as a Sergeant and headed to Vietnam as part of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry of the 9th Infantry Division. Sgt. Waldron qualified as an expert marksman and was sent to the now famous 9th ID sniper school that was run in country by the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) with the support of the 9th ID commander, General Julian Ewell. Once graduated, Sgt. Waldron then found himself back working with the Navy in the Mekong Delta in the brown water ‘Tango Boats’ and PBRs. It was in this very hostile area that Sgt. Waldron operated as a sniper.

At the end of his tour in mid 1969 the 36 year old Sgt. Waldron had 109 confirmed kills, highest among all U.S. servicemen during the Vietnam conflict. Sgt. Waldron primarily used the M-21 SWS during his time as a sniper and on occasion would use a starlight equipped M-14 or M-21 for nighttime operations. General Ewell also credited Sgt. Waldron with making a single shot confirmed kill at 900 yards from a moving Tango Boat. Adelbert ended his tour in Vietnam as a Staff Sergeant E-6 and had been awarded a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, a Presidential Unit Citation, and two Distinguished Service Crosses.

After his time in Vietnam, Sgt Waldron taught at the US Army Marksmanship Unit before leaving the Army in 1970. He worked with several questionable contractors and eventually he divorced as well. Staff Sergeant Adelbert Waldron III died on October 18, 1995 in California at the age of 62. Not much else is known about Sgt. Waldron or his military career, which was the way he wanted it. He did not publish any books or do lectures and refused many requests for interviews, he simply did not want the notoriety for what he did. Notoriety or not, he was an excellent sniper.

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michael theis

you know, there were not many snipers in nam during the war, his story should not go un noticed, not born yet, should be told the stories of who we were, what we did, and the rifles used at that period . I am proud to have also been a combat sniper in the nam. its part of our history, 51 yrs now for me.

Kris Waldron

He is my Grandfather. I never met him. But I would love to have his story heard and honored.

JD Jones

Well you can be proud of him. I didn’t know him well but consider he was “GOOD MAN”.

Reed Cundiff

I met him on Kwajalein (or at least someone who said he was). Impossible to verify since he apparently was a very private person. There is no information that gives any of his work or living locations. Kwajalein would have been a delightful quiet place to live a placid life. We spoke for two hours while he was doing some machinist work for our project. I was wearing a LRRP cap and he thought highly of LRRPs so he was willing to talk.

Stuart Eldridge

He was amazing soldier and sniper. He’s my hero. Sounds like his life wasn’t easy with serval failed marriages and personal problems. I can understand. It would be hard to forget all those lives he took. But that is war. I believe he was the most decorated sniper

J. E. Pittaway

It looks like he is wearing parachutist (jump) wings. Was he part of an airborne unit at some time?


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