A journalist, author, and one-time Sea Corps official, he slightly fictionalized his Vietnam Battle experiences in The Short-Timers, a 1979 novel that motivated the well-known film, Full Steel Jacket. His various other literary works are the Phantom Blooper (1990) and a Gypsy Great Period (1992). He was a fight correspondent using the Marines in Vietnam, and he composed for several military magazines. His screenplay for Total Metal Jacket gained an Academy Award nomination in 1988. His wife, Charlene, lent her name towards the rifle possessed by Personal Pyle, a personality in The Short-Timers. Stanley Kubrick changed Hasford’s novel right into a movie classic.