29 June 1969
It’s Only A Bear
HIGHLANDER HEIGHTS – "We were humping up a hill when all the sudden we heard movement," stated Sergeant John Prielipp of Marion, Mich. "We headed for cover thinking it must be a battalion of NVA to make that much noise.
"We were all ready to open up, and then we saw it — a bear came roaring down the hill crashing through the brush. It must have weighed 300 pounds.
"I was so relieved it wasn’t the NVA I didn’t even think to take a shot at it. And just think what I could have carved on that tree over there: ‘JOHN PRIELIPP KILLED A BAR HERE.’" (Note: Mike Tousey relates this was 2/35th but does not remember the Co.)