In his desperate attempt to blow up the bridge at Dong Ha and keep some 30,000 men and 200 tanks at bay, Ripley endured three hours of direct fire to rig some 500 pounds of explosives. Such a story of raw courage and personal resolve is rarely encountered.
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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 copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.From AudioFile:
This exciting work tells the true story of Marine Captain John Ripley's destruction of a bridge during the North Vietnamese "Easter Offensive" of 1972. Ripley was an advisor to the South Vietnamese Marines, and this action (which he accomplished with the help of a U.S. Army tank advisor) stopped a huge communist armoured offensive and earned Ripley the Navy Cross. This work is written in a direct, but literate, style. Terence Aselford's reading fits very nicely with the thrilling text. His smooth baritone has an easygoing quality that sounds more like a storyteller's than a reader's. When reading the dialogues, Aselford adroitly and subtly brings out the differences in all the characters' personalities. The narrative is as ably told. Indeed, the listener will be as shocked by the explosion as Ripley was. This story of men doing the extraordinary can make for a well-spent evening. M.T.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 1989, 1st printing, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 186 pages, illustrations, BRAND NEW HARDCOVER in dust jacket. FIRST EDITION. NEW! The story of John Ripley who endured over three hours of enemy fire in order to rig 500 pounds of explosives to blow up a bridge that stalled the advance of some 200 tanks and 30,000 men of the NVA in April of 1972. In doing this he saved countless lives and was awarded the Navy Cross. Bookseller Inventory # USMC0134
Book Description Naval Institute Press, 1989. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0870210203
Book Description Naval Institute Press, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition First Printing. New and unread stated first printing, first edition hardcover and dust jacket in excellnt condition. No marks, tears, wear. Protective mylar cover. 8.30 X 4.90 X 1.10 inches 224 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 16666
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