The Furious Fight for Dong Ha

Friday , April 30, 2010



It was the war that would not end.

In the spring of 1972, the exodus of US troops from South Vietnam left only a small number of American military advisors. These few men, dedicated to Vietnamese freedom, were assigned to South Vietnamese units and scattered throughout the country. To North Vietnam’s General Vo Nguyen Giap it seemed the perfect time to strike a final, deadly blow, and capture all of Vietnam. On Easter Weekend, Giap launched the largest invasion of the war.

Tens of thousands of North Vietnamese troops and hundreds of tanks and armored vehicles poured across the demilitarized zone. They raced towards a strategic bridge in the small seaside town of Dong Ha. It was there that a battalion of determined Vietnamese Marines and a handful of Americans were left to stop the enemy. One man, Marine Captain John Ripley, was ordered on a life or death mission to keep the enemy on the other side of the bridge. The raw courage and personal resolve he showed has become legend in the annals of American military history.

In this riveting episode, Oliver North and the "War Stories" team returns to Vietnam and retraces the battlefield with John Ripley. You’ll meet the South Vietnamese Battalion commander, Major Binh, whose men fought to the death alongside Ripley. You’ll also hear eyewitness accounts from others crucial to the defense of South Vietnam during the bloody Easter Offensive.

Staff for this episode:

Executive Producer: Pamela K. Browne

Produced and Written by: Gregory M. Johnson

Senior Producers: Martin Hinton and Cyd Upson

Associate Producers: Kelly Guernica and Ayse Wieting

Editor: Matty Powers

Designer: Yong Kim

Senior Vice President of Production: Bill Shine

Chairman and CEO of Fox News: Roger Ailes