Frank Garcia, a Hometown Hero

Pictured: Frank Garcia
Pictured: Frank Garcia

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's something you only see in movies.

But it was real life for Marine Corps veteran Frank Garcia who served in Vietnam.

"You were a scout. You went half a mile in front of everybody," said Garcia, 66.

Only the top two percent of rifle range shooters could call themselves snipers and Garcia was one of only seven of them.

"My duties were to either be on a two-man or a four-man team," he said, "and they go drop you 50 to 60 miles in the jungle."

His duty was to kill.

Something he says he's not proud of.  But he did what he had to do to survive.

"There's nothing nice about war," he said. "Nothing, nothing, nothing. It scars you bad."

His courageous actions put him face to face with death and landed him not one but two Purple Heart badges.

Although he was the very best at what he did, an expert in his field, he says he is still suffering from the consequences nearly 50 years later.

"You get on this survival mode that you lose feeling. You see so much…inhumane…that you lose feeling," he said.

It's ironic that a skill in which he was rewarded as the best meant that he saw the worst of war.

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