Soldier ambushes tiger in Vietnam

A long range reconnaissance patrol soldier poses with a tiger killed in Vietnam (source: Militaryphotos.net)

I posted this picture back in January, and today, a reader named Larry Flanagan tells us that he is the soldier in the picture. His comment:

The soldier in the picture is me. My name is Larry Flanagan, I was with the 1st. bde LRRPs / K75 Rangers. I was the team leader of a four man team doing a five day mission in a place called VC Valley in the central highlands. It was in January 1969, we set up am ambush where a large trail crossed a small stream. On the second day early in the morning a group of wild water buffalo came down the stream to drink. While there we saw a tiger only about twenty five feet away from us stalking the tiger. I fired one shot from my m-16 hitting him behind his right shoulder killing him instantly. My CO sent a copter to pick up the tiger and left us out there for four more days.

In case you didn’t know, “LRRP” stands for Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol. These soldiers would go behind enemy lines for days at a time and report enemy activity. These brave warriors (to include my friend 1SG. Welsh in the comments below) are the predecessors to today’s 75th Ranger Regiment. Thanks for your service and sharing an awesome story Larry.

Author: Chris Carter

10 thoughts on “Soldier ambushes tiger in Vietnam

  1. just rambling around on line when I ran across the story I sent in a long time ago about the tiger that I shot in the Highlands. Someone commented that it was shot by a guy in the 101st Airborne Div. I was in the 1st Brigade of the Fourth Infantry Division. It had nothing to do with the 101

  2. “Were you concerned about discharging your weapon behind enemy lines?” Very good question. I wondered about that also. I guess there IS more to the story.

  3. Great story! I am glad you made it back to tell it.

    Were you concerned about discharging your weapon behind enemy lines?

  4. Lucky shot well placed. I am surprised it had enough penetration. Great job glad you made it home

  5. The soldier in the picture is me. My name is Larry Flanagan, I was with the 1st. bde LRRPs / K75 Rangers. I was the team leader of a four man team doing a five day mission in a place called VC Valley in the central highlands. It was in January 1969, we set up am ambush where a large trail crossed a small stream. On the second day early in the morning a group of wild water buffalo came down the stream to drink. While there we saw a tiger only about twenty five feet away from us stalking the tiger. I fired one shot from my m-16 hitting him behind his right shoulder killing him instantly. My CO sent a copter to pick up the tiger and left us out there for four more days.

  6. This was probably the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division LRRPS in mid 1967. I seen them bring it in and it was directed by the Brigade Commander to exfil the team and the tiger so they could have it stuffed and put in our museum…from this angle it does not look that big but it stretched from one door to the other and it was big. RLTW

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