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John W. Ripley dies at 69; Marine received Navy Cross for heroism in Vietnam War
John W. Ripley dies at 69; Marine received Navy Cross for heroism in Vietnam War

Retired Marine Corps Col. John W. Ripley, a Vietnam war hero who was awarded the Navy Cross for risking his life to blow up a strategic Highway 1 bridge that halted the advance of North Vietnamese troops and tanks during the 1972 Easter Offensive, has died. He was 69.--------------------FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of a caption accompanying this article incorrectly identified John W. Ripley as a colonel during the Vietnam War. He was a captain during the war, as the article reports, and was promoted to colonel later.--------------------Ripley was found dead Saturday at his home in Annapolis, Md., said his son, Stephen Ripley, who believes that his father died in his sleep...

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