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.