The Bridge at Dong Ha

Naval Institute Press
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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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Publisher
Naval Institute Press
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Published on
Aug 20, 2013
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Pages
202
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ISBN
9781612511573
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Military
History / Military / United States
History / Military / Vietnam War
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Jan Tomasz Gross
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