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The Bridge at Dong Ha
     

The Bridge at Dong Ha

by John Grider Miller
 

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On Easter morning 1972 Marine captain John Ripley, the sole U.S. adviser to the tough Third Battalion of the South Vietnamese Marines, braved intense enemy fire to blow up a bridge and stop a major invasion form the north. The story of "Ripley at the Bridge", a legend within the Marine Corps, is captures by a fellow Marine who lays bare Ripley's innermost thoughts

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On Easter morning 1972 Marine captain John Ripley, the sole U.S. adviser to the tough Third Battalion of the South Vietnamese Marines, braved intense enemy fire to blow up a bridge and stop a major invasion form the north. The story of "Ripley at the Bridge", a legend within the Marine Corps, is captures by a fellow Marine who lays bare Ripley's innermost thoughts during his desperate to keep 30,000 enemy soldiers and 200 tanks at bay. As introduction to this first-time recording, Ripley talks about what drove him to singlehandedly attempt such a feat and tells how he now views the act that brought him the Navy Cross.

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Library Journal
On Easter 1972 Captain John Ripley braved light weapons fire from North Vietnamese troops to rig explosives to a bridge crossing the Cua Viet River. When the span fell, a major route into the South was closed to the massed troops, and part of the momentum for the so-called Nguyen Hue offensive was temporarily blunted. Ripley's gallant effort was especially courageous since he was acting against a command suggestion to hold the bridge for a counterattack that could not have been mounted, and South Vietnamese troops were in disarray and fleeing to the South all around the Vietnamese unit he advised. Miller's narration of this small action tends more toward the sensational than the historical; the violent and vividly told story may appeal widely to adventure readers. Military Book Club dual main selection.-- Mel D. Lane, Sacramento, Cal.
Booknews
Fictionalized account of an (until now) obscure action in the Vietnam War, April 1972. John Ripley destroyed a strategic bridge, holding at bay 30,000 men and 200 tanks. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440205784
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/05/1990
Series:
Bluejacket Bks.
Pages:
208

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