Adelbert Waldron

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Adelbert F. Waldron III
Nickname(s) "Bert"
Born (1933-03-14)March 14, 1933
Virginia, U.S.
Died October 18, 1995(1995-10-18) (aged 62)
California, U.S.
Buried at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
 United States Army
Years of service 1953–1965 (U.S. Navy)
1968–1970 (U.S. Army)
Rank Army-USA-OR-06-2014.svg Staff sergeant
Unit 9th Infantry Division, Army Marksmanship Unit
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Distinguished Service Cross (2)
Silver Star
Bronze Star (3)
Presidential Unit Citation

Adelbert F. "Bert" Waldron III, (March 14, 1933 – October 18, 1995) was a United States Army sniper who served during the Vietnam War with the 9th Infantry Division. Until 2011, Waldron held the record for most confirmed kills by any American sniper (109 confirmed kills).[1][2]


Waldron was a two-time recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, both awarded for separate actions in 1969.[3][4] Although U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle later acquired more confirmed kills, Waldron worked in a jungle environment where target opportunities were less commonplace, whereas Kyle worked in a target-rich urban environment where the rules of engagement were more lax, at one time "any adult male in the city is a target".

Waldron is buried in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.[5]

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  1. ^ Fredriksen 2010, p. 306
  2. ^ (2010). "The Sniper Log Book". Archived from the original on 2 May 2010. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ Kirchner 2009, pp. Contains a long chapter revealing little known details of Waldron's life.
  4. ^ MilitaryTimes Hall of Valor: Adelbert F. Waldron
  5. ^ Sgt Adelbert F Waldron, III at Find a Grave
  6. ^ Buiso, Gray (January 1, 2012). "Meet the big shot – SEAL is America’s deadliest sniper". New York Post. Retrieved 2012-01-03.