I have been working for a while now to get Linda Moulton Howe on the show. She spent a lot of time researching the Rock Apes of Vietnam. I want to dedicate a show to this and and working on getting Linda on, I would also love to speak to any service members who had experience with this while they were over there. If you have had encounters with the Rock Apes please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitcryptoville.com wrote a great article about this, the article states “In the mid 1960s, US soldiers were living the nightmare of the Vietnam war deep within the jungles of Vietnam and Laos. The two countries share a long border and on either side of this border lies vast tracks of dense, unforgiving jungle. In addition to the horrors of war that they experienced, they also encountered strange and exotic creatures and terrain that they had never seen or heard of before in this jungle.
I heard an interview with retired Sgt. Thomas M. Jenkins, who had been sent on reconnaissance missions during his tour in Vietnam in 1969. He said that one day he saw a band of large apes throwing rocks at his platoon. That’s why the soldiers referred to these big animals as “rock apes”. At another point a band of these apes actually threw a marine off the rock pile. So the soldiers were wary of them.
Biologists will tell you that there are a variety of apes and related animals living in those jungles. But Jenkins insists that several times they came face to face with a very different kind of ape. He said, “This animal was stockier, he was a darker color, a lot more muscular. This different creature would awaken them early in the morning, would burst out of the jungle into a clearing and just rail at us – yelling and screaming and shake his fists. It was very human behavior and it was real obvious that he took exception to our presence there.”
Interestingly, it wasn’t just the US soldiers who saw this large ape. Soldiers on the North Vietnamese side reported seeing the Forest Man, too. They said the creatures attacked their soldiers.
In an interview on Monster Quest, retired helicopter pilot and Vietnam vet Larry Wilson reported his own sighting of the Vietnam bigfoot. In November or December of 1970 he was flying a mission heading down a stream valley. He ascended to pass over a ridge line when he saw a defoliated tree wiggling, then he saw an ape man shaking the same tree. He said its skull was flat on top, about the size of a soccer ball, had facial features like a man, and no tail. Larry had a clear view of the creature and was certain it was an ape man.”