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Staff Sergeant
Adelbert F. Waldron III
Nickname Bert
Born (1933-03-14)March 14, 1933
Died October 18, 1995(1995-10-18) (aged 62)
Place of birth Virginia
Place of death California
Buried at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch U.S. Navy; U.S. Army
Years of service Navy, 1953 - 1965; Army 1968 - 1970.
Rank Staff Sergeant
Unit 9th Infantry Division, Army Marksmanship Unit
Awards Distinguished Service Cross (2), Silver Star, Bronze Star (3), Presidential Unit Citation

Staff Sergeant Adelbert F. Waldron, or Adelbert F. Waldron III, (March 14, 1933 – October 18, 1995) was a United States Army sniper serving during the Vietnam War (9th Infantry Div.). Although little known, until 2011 Waldron held the record for confirmed kills by any American sniper in history at 109.[1][2] Replaced in 2011 by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle with 160,[3] Carlos Hathcock had 93 confirmed kills, Eric R. England had 98 and Chuck Mawhinney had 103. Hathcock, Mawhinney and England were members of the US Marine Corps.

Waldron was one of the few two-time recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross, both awarded for separate actions in 1969.[4]

Waldron is buried in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California, Columbarium A (shelter F), Court B, Row B, Site 37.

See also


  1. Fredriksen 2010, p. 306
  2. (2010). "The Sniper Log Book". Archived from the original on 2 May 2010. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  3. Buiso, Gray (January 1, 2012). "Meet the big shot - SEAL is America’s deadliest sniper". Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  4. Kirchner 2009, pp. Contains a long chapter revealing little known details of Waldron's life.

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