The memory of Vietnam hero and Navy Cross recipient Colonel John Ripley, will now be etched in stone, or more precisely, bronze. Members of Ripley’s Raiders have been working on a project to honor their heroic commander for some time.
Spread the word: A statue of Colonel Ripley will be unveiled on March 2, 2011 at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia. The Colonel John Ripley Memorial website says that the statue will also “include the names of each and every Marine who served in Lima Company while Col. Ripley was company commander, especially those who gave their lives while defending our country under Col. Ripley’s leadership.”
This looks to be a splendid tribute to a very great man. Those who wish to be a part of this historic project can visit the website which gives all the particulars. For a donation of $25.00 or more you will receive a Col. Ripley challenge coin.
Those wishing to know more about Col. Ripley can obtain a copy of the first biography of the man by clicking here.