Monument Dedication Ceremony
March 2, 2012
After a short invocation presented by Captain Keane USN Chaplain
Corps to a standing room only crowd the ceremony was moved down the
serpentine path leading to the site of the monument. One hour prior to the
ceremony, workers were still putting the finishing touches on the monument.
As the ceremony began it began to rain as Chuck Goggin called for the
presentation of the colors by the color guard. After the presentation the
colors were retired and he first speaker former Army Lieutenant L. Steven
Moore, who was commander of 1/44 Dusters attached to Lima Company in 1967
was introduced. The next speaker was Colonel Tom Bailey, who served as
executive officer to John Ripley when he was a first lieutenant in 1967.
The last speaker was Paul Galanti, a classmate of John Ripley at Annapolis
POW in Vietnam. After less than 12 minutes or formalities the monument was