Skip to comments.Blair Calls For Posthumous Medal For 9-11 Hero - Rick Rescorla
Posted on 05/21/2005 10:55:02 AM PDT by Lexington Green
Tony Blair has backed calls for a posthumous honour for a British-born hero of the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York, it has emerged.
Rick Rescorla served in Vietnam Rick Rescorla, 62, was head of security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter when two hijacked airliners hit the World Trade Centre in 2001.
He died after helping save 2,700 people by making sure they left the South Tower before it collapsed. His body has never been found.
Originally from Hayle, west Cornwall, Mr Rescorla was granted US citizenship in the late 1960s and served in Vietnam.
In 2002 he was turned down for a UK gallantry award because he did not meet the criteria, but now the Prime Minister has supported the campaign to have his courage recognised in the United States.
In a letter to Cornish Lib Dem MP Andrew George, Mr Blair wrote: "You may be aware that there has been a campaign in the US to secure a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom for Mr Rescorla.
"It appears that no medal has yet been awarded, but we are trying to find out the current position from the US administration.
"If the award is to be made, I believe this would be the most appropriate way to recognise Mr Rescorla's bravery. However, I will certainly see that the matter continues to be fully considered."
Mr George, whose St Ives constituency includes Hayle, welcomed the Prime Minister's response.
But he said: "Frankly it is shameful that we are now nearly four years on from the terrible event itself and Rick Rescorla has not received, posthumously, what all
If that ain't a Knight, what is? Elton John?
Well deserved and about time...good on Blair...
well we know Elton loves to swordfight!!
ba dum bum!!
RICK RESCORLA: Help honor 911 Lifesaving Hero:
The warnings of lifetime lifesaving Hero RICK RESORLA live on thru his now widowed wife, Mrs. SUSAN RESCORLA, in her outstanding Radio/TV Interviews:
"Fine, Tony. Rescorla deserves it. But why hasn't England Knighted Rescorla? He was the very epitome of a knight. He lived by the honorable code - He slew dragons on many battlefields. He rescued thousands of damsels in distress."
Yup. He did a great job getting all his people out. When the Port Authority was telling tower 2 people over the pa system to stay in their offices after the 1st tower was hit, he ignored them and made everyone evacuate. Given how many people on other floors listened and stayed put, only to die when the 2nd plane hit, his actions no doubt saved hundreds of lives.
Where RICK RESCORLA walked in Vietnam, exactly:
(See 1st Photo)
Always nice to see you posting about this great man!
RICK RESCORLA saved 100's of lives during the Battle of the IA DRANG Valley in 1965.
RICK RESCORLA saved 1,000's of lives at the World Trade Center during the 1993 Terrorist Bombing and then again during the 2001 Terrorist Air Strikes.
RICK RESCORLA continues to inspire others BY EXAMPLE every single day.
What better place for an inspiring new Bronze RICK RESCORLA Statue leading the way at the entrance to the National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning GA..? And then the new National Infantry Museum upon its completion..?
If that ain't a Knight, what is? Elton John?"
Because Knighthoods are never given posthumously. In fact the insignia of knighthoods are returned after death to the Crown. However. Mr. Rescola is deserving of a George Cross, the Crown's highest decoration for civilian bravery.
It is given for: "acts of conspicuous gallantry performed by men or women when not in the face of the enemy".
A GC takes precedence over a mere knighthood anyway.
"In a letter to Cornish Lib Dem MP Andrew George, Mr Blair wrote: "You may be aware that there has been a campaign in the US to secure a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom for Mr Rescorla.
"It appears that no medal has yet been awarded, but we are trying to find out the current position from the US administration."
Americans have spoken, but the DC crowd is to "busy" to honor A Brother.
Bump for a humble Hero.