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On this date, 10-31-2008…Col. John Ripley, USMC died of natural causes at his home in Annapolis. Colonel Ripley, USMC was responsible for almost single-handedly bringing down the Dong Ha Bridge (built by NMCB-62) on Easter Sunday 1972 to stop the NVA from moving south during the Easter Offensive. Col. Ripley's herioc action is documented in the book "The Bridge at Dong Ha"
Rest in Peace Colonel...Can Do/Semper Fi
 

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Rest in Peace Colonel and Semper Fi.
 
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