John Ripley (USMC)

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John Walter Ripley (June 29, 1939 – October 28, 2008) was a United States Marine Corps officer who received the Navy Cross for his actions in combat during the Vietnam War.wikipedia
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3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines

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In October 1966, Ripley joined 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines in South Vietnam.
Famous alumni from its time in Vietnam include Corporal Robert Emmett O'Malley, the first Marine in Vietnam to be awarded the Medal of Honor, Oliver North, and John Ripley.

Radford, Virginia

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They then moved to Portsmouth, Ohio, where they remained for some years before finally settling in Radford, Virginia.

John Grider Miller

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His action, conducted under enemy fire while going back and forth for materials, definitively thwarted an onslaught by 20,000 enemy troops and dozens of tanks and was the subject of a book, The Bridge at Dong Ha, by Colonel John Grider Miller.
He wrote several books of which the best known is The Bridge at Dong Ha, the story of Navy Cross recipient John Ripley (USMC).

Hargrave Military Academy

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In 1997, Ripley stepped down as the head of Southern Seminary and headed to Chatham, Virginia where he took charge of Hargrave Military Academy as the private military boarding school's eighth president, remaining in command for two years.

Easter Offensive

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In addition to numerous decorations for extensive combat experience at the rifle company and battalion levels, Ripley was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in destroying the Dong Ha bridge during the April 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive (also known as the Nguyen Hue Offensive).
The following morning, ARVN armoured elements held off a PAVN offensive briefly when the crucial Highway QL-1 bridge over the Cửa Việt River at Đông Hà was blown up by Capt. John Ripley, adviser to the 3rd Vietnamese Marine Battalion.

1st Battalion, 2nd Marines

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Following his tours in Vietnam, Ripley served with Marine Force Reconnaissance, was an exchange officer with the British Royal Marines, he served as the military aide to General Snowden, Chief of Staff of the Marine Corps during the late 1970s, and was a Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines and the 2nd Marine Regiment.

United States Marine Corps History Division

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He was selected in 1999 by the Commandant of the Marine Corps as the director of the History and Museums Division.

Naval Academy Preparatory School

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In July 2006, the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island dedicated its new dormitory as "Ripley Hall", honoring their former graduate.
In 2006, The Naval Academy Preparatory School named their newly built dormitory in honor of alumnus Colonel John Ripley.

First Battle of Quảng Trị

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On June 11, 2008, Ripley became the first Marine to be inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame — honored for the assault on the Dong Ha Bridge, on Easter morning 1972.
At approximately 13:00 Captain John Ripley an adviser to the Vietnamese Marines swung under the road bridge and spent 3 hours installing demolition charges to destroy the bridge.

United States Army Rangers

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On June 11, 2008, Ripley became the first Marine to be inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame — honored for the assault on the Dong Ha Bridge, on Easter morning 1972.

United States Marine Corps

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John Walter Ripley (June 29, 1939 – October 28, 2008) was a United States Marine Corps officer who received the Navy Cross for his actions in combat during the Vietnam War.

Navy Cross

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In addition to numerous decorations for extensive combat experience at the rifle company and battalion levels, Ripley was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in destroying the Dong Ha bridge during the April 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive (also known as the Nguyen Hue Offensive). John Walter Ripley (June 29, 1939 – October 28, 2008) was a United States Marine Corps officer who received the Navy Cross for his actions in combat during the Vietnam War.

Vietnam War

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John Walter Ripley (June 29, 1939 – October 28, 2008) was a United States Marine Corps officer who received the Navy Cross for his actions in combat during the Vietnam War.

Đông Hà

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On Easter morning 1972, Captain Ripley repeatedly exposed himself to intense enemy fire over a three-hour period as he prepared to blow up an essential bridge in Dong Ha.

People's Army of Vietnam

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His actions significantly hampered the North Vietnamese Army's advance into South Vietnam.

Keystone, West Virginia

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John Walter Ripley was born on June 29, 1939 in Keystone, West Virginia and his family lived there until he was five years old.

Portsmouth, Ohio

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They then moved to Portsmouth, Ohio, where they remained for some years before finally settling in Radford, Virginia.

United States Secretary of the Navy

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A year later, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy by the Secretary of the Navy.

Bachelor of Science

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He graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant.

Electrical engineering

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He graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant.

Second lieutenant

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He graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant.

The Basic School

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After completing The Basic School, he joined the Marine Detachment on the.

2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines

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After his sea duty, he joined 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines.

2nd Marine Regiment

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Following his tours in Vietnam, Ripley served with Marine Force Reconnaissance, was an exchange officer with the British Royal Marines, he served as the military aide to General Snowden, Chief of Staff of the Marine Corps during the late 1970s, and was a Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines and the 2nd Marine Regiment. After his sea duty, he joined 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines.

2nd Force Reconnaissance Company

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In May 1965, Ripley was transferred to 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, and after training, he deployed to Vietnam with his platoon.