Christians around the world are celebrating Easter, one of the most important days on the religious calendar. Easter carries with it special meaning for some in the Veteran community, not the least being the family of Colonel John Ripley, USMC. Colonel Ripley’s no longer with us. He passed away, too young, in October 2008 leaving behind a warrior’s legacy few will ever match. I was lucky enough to become acquainted with him when I was a midshipman at the Naval Academy. I’d love to be able to say he was a friend, but that would be like saying the common man in ancient Greece could call Zeus his friend. Ripley was a god incarnate. The nicest, funniest, hardest, most approachable superhero in the world.
The link below tells you (better than I ever could) what he did while serving in Viet Nam (during his second tour) on Easter Sunday, 1972. His was an act of historic bravery, of courage unsurpassed.
If you’re a person who believes in the power of prayer, please say one for Colonel John Ripley and his family this Easter. Chances are he doesn’t need it, but as a devout person he certainly would have appreciated it all the same. If you’re not a person inclined to pray, maybe just a quiet moment’s reflection in appreciation of Colonel Ripley and those like him.