Posts Tagged ‘Ride the Thunder’

Having been available across the mainland, it was finally time for Richard Botkin’s movie to make its Hawaii premiere.

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Ride the Thunder tells the heroic true story of the friendship between American military legend and Navy Cross recipient, John Ripley, and South Vietnamese war hero, Le Ba Binh. The movie is based upon Richard Botkin’s 2009 book by the same name.

The story required years of research, in person interviews, and trips to Vietnam and Cambodia. It tells the war’s untold story. Saying that “everything Americans know about the end of the Vietnam War is wrong,” Richard seesĀ Ride the Thunder as (more…)


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It’s been since 2009 that Richard Botkin’s book, Ride the Thunder, hit the bookshelves to great acclaim. With the release of the movie, it’s back in the news.

Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph tells the tale of American and Vietnamese Marines who fought the Communist invasion. Particular attention is paid to the 1972 Easter Offensive and the action (more…)

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