James Dowling

I was a platoon leader Co. B 3rd Bn 21Inf. We were looking for a river crossing point when something came out of the grass and charged the pointman. He fired and the thing turned back into the brush. I fired into the spot where it retreated. 

There was all kinds of thrashing and then all was quiet. I pushed the grass aside and saw the hind legs of, i thought, a crocodile. I grabbed the tail and pulled it out. It was a 7-foot, 60-pound Asian water monitor lizard.



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