from Bill McShane:
First let me say that I was on the patrol with Freyler, when he got the constrictor/ python or what ever. I was given a mission to go out west of
Don't remember the month but during the dry season we were
breaking down jungle in M48 A17 and as broke down some bamboo a green snake
fell down into the drivers hatch with
Just shootin' the shit with some friends one evening at a
birthday party last week when the subject of animals in
I did kill a deer with my M79 somewhere in the western part of our AO. Snakes were pretty common animals. How many M48 drivers had vipers drop into their laps when they were busting jungle for us? I remember someone in our platoon spraying a bamboo viper with his CO2 extinguisher at C2 and apparently putting it to sleep. We all have stories about pythons. I've never seen one although I was on a dismounted patrol where someone across me saw one & ran away screaming after he threw his rifle at it. He said the snake's head was as big as his head. Uh, the rest of the patrol instinctively ran with him, not knowing what was wrong.
One dark night, while on ambush, a snake crawled between me and the guy next to me. For some reason, the a.p. was lined up real close. I think it was because we were on some kind of small hill overlooking a foot-trail. He jumped up and screamed. I told him to shut up, the snake was gone. I was about to fall asleep so I was very calm. He spent the night at another part of our perimeter.
The fish I saw in the river scared me. The Cua Viet was filled with weird looking big fish. Who didn't throw grenades in the water to see the fish float up to the surface?
& I've never seen rats the size of the rats I've seen at Alpha 4. They were as big as puppies. I shudder to think of it.
The old guys that were in our platoon told some stories about elephants and tigers, but they sounded too wild for me to believe them. [[Pineapple]
about the animal planet; when I was there our platoon scouts killed a 17 foot 9 inch python, we also heard of rock apes, though I never saw one myself but Tiny told me he saw some in the Bau Long valley. We also heard a report about a guy getting killed by a tiger in the same area, I don't remember if he was 1/61 infantry or 1/11 or even if it is true, some of the other troopers may know. [Whitey]
3rd platoon did kill a large (12-15 ft) snake at Cua Viet. We were setup
overlooking a village along the Cua Viet river. We
took a dismounted patrol thru a banana grove to checkout the village. I don't
remember who was on point, but I was 2nd or 3rd in line when the point man
stopped and dropped to one knee as he slowly raised his 16, aiming up into the
trees. He fired a burst and I heard a crashing and breaking of limbs. I (in
addition to being scared shitless), thought that we had walked up on a sniper
who was either asleep or not aware of our approach. Then this damn big snake
fell out of the tree. Our Kit Carson scout, Seemore, was with us, so when we
got to the vil, he told the indigenous personnel what we did. They had lunch,
dinner and probably breakfast on us! Mickey D's
We took out a small (even smaller after the claymore went off) pig on the trail with a claymore ambush once. [Skee]
If I remember correctly there was an article in the Stars and Stripes about a trooper being attacked by a Tiger. Killed a snake in the shower at Red Devil chopped off its head don't know what kind of snake it was but it was one of them snakes that crawl.
Had an FNG tell me he saw a green Elephant when I was down south. We got a good laugh out of that. He was looking through a Starlite and everything is green, Only remember seeing a boar when I was with the 12th. [Jim M]
wish i'd have been there
to help kill that snake. couple of people posted
the picture of that snake and I think someone posted the one that the
stars & stripes used. I'm not sure about snakes as we don't have any here
in the islands, and my experience with them in
Jim Mills, You killed a snake in the shower ? Did you normally take a shower in '
gnaw had to go back to the tank and get a machete. I was going to shoot it but I was afraid I might hurt myself. Never thought about picking up soap that way might be a safer then bending over [Jim Mills]
About a few weeks in country when we were on patrol somewhere in the rice paddies we veered out of the convoy. I was a gunner on our track-- Alpha-62, Mission Impossible ,I didn't know what was going on. Our T.C. started firing at something. We killed a 12ft. python. When i became T.C. i saw a two stepper up real close. We passed a hanging bamboo branch with a two stepper attached to it. It was about two inches from my face. Another time at Qua Viet we were throwing sea snakes around that were stunned by a mine that went off from some sampans. That's the only snakes I saw. Outside of Charley-2 a boar the size of a baby elephant was killed. [ Big Al ]