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13 July 1969 NMCB-62 Delta Company commenced construction of the 537 foot, 6 span steel bridge at Dong Ha. Estimated completion of the project was 30 November 1969. Note that on Easter Sunday, 1972, then USMC CAPT John Ripley would almost single handedly place explosives and bring the bridge down to stall the NVA Easter Offensive. CAPT Ripley was awarded the Navy Cross for his inititive. The story of CAPT Ripley’s exploits that day is featured in the book “The Bridge at Dong Ha”

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