Captain john ripley moves hand over hand to destroy the bridge at dong ha during the north vietnamese easter offensive ripley's action as an advisor to. Ripley heroically performed the action at the dong ha bridge, for which he was awarded the nation's second highest honor, the navy cross john g miller's. The ground rode level between dong ha and cam lo at 0845 a mike company patrol discovered a small bridge had been blown during the night route 9.
It became imperative that a vital river bridge be destroyed if the overall security of the northern provinces of military region one was to be maintained. South of the bridge, a beleaguered battalion of fewer than 700 south vietnamese marines was the last ditch defense of the town of dong ha. John rip ripley had been hanging beneath a bridge in dong ha for nearly three hours under heavy fire, fondly remembering the easters of his chldhood as .
Khe gio bridge, about 20 miles west of dong ha, one of 49 bridges on this road, was guarded by two dusters from c/1/44, a searchlight from g/29 (a 1/44 line. Travel agents in hue offer cheap buses to and from dong ha as part of their dmz doc mieu firebase, hien luong bridge, vinh moc tunnels, camp caroll,. The background is dong ha battle in this battle, both agree to destroy dong ha bridge to protect da nang city and hue city this was a tough. But the only way to hold was to blow the bridge spanning the dong ha river and , as ripley said, he was the marine there to do it.
Unitname name: nsad dong ha pick-up football game main hooch nsad compound dong ha picture taken from bridge ramp dong ha rvn ---1968. John miller, a retired marine colonel, is the author of the bridge at dong ha and the covans: us marine advisors in vietnam following his 1985 retirement. John w ripley almost single handedly stopped the nva spearhead at the bridge at dong ha, showing that one man does make a difference john g miller 181. Review: the bridge at dong ha november 10, 2017 by slimjim some of you know that i'm a former marine since today is the marine corps birthday i thought . John walter ripley (june 29, 1939 – october 28, 2008) was a united states marine corps in october 2006, john ripley returned to the site of the dong ha bridge to film a documentary of his action the documentary was hosted by oliver .
Dong ha we pass the hien luong bridge over ben hai river (also known as dmz bridge), with its blue and its yellow side still an impressive witness to the. On the roof of a restaurant in dong ha -- these are the paddies that my unit the new bridge at dong ha -- the old one was blown in 1972. This dramatic painting by col charles waterhouse, usmcr (ret) captures the spirit of ripley at the bridge at dong ha his was a feat of physical and mental. We viewed the location in dong ha where a marine corps captain we are traveling over the thuan phuoc bridge which crosses the han.
Battle for dong ha major frank breth on 30 april 1968, i was major frank breth, the s-3 ops/0 of 3/9, who coordinated and ran the ops for 3/9 ( bill la. The seabees, navy construction crews, had built a two-lane steel and concrete bridge with a wood roadbed across the cua viet at dong ha. “he had to bite down on the blasting caps to attach them to the fuses,” john grider miller, author of “the bridge at dong ha,” said on monday. vietnamese were to stop between 20,000 and 30,000 north vietnamese soldiers and about 200 tanks at the twin-span dong ha bridge.
Bridge at dong ha (bluejacket books) [john grider miller] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this is the true story of the legendary vietnam. The bridge at dong ha has 126 ratings and 15 reviews michael said: war is terrible, but if there is any redeeming quality to war it is its capacity for. In position to defend a 3rd marine division convoy against a possible viet cong attack at the khe gio river bridge between khe sanh and dong ha, vietnam.