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Morgan Stanley workers recall heroic colleague
Knight-Ridder ^ | 9/15/01 | EMILIE LOUNSBERRY

Posted on 09/15/2001 9:18:19 AM PDT by Lexington Green

EX-PLATOON LEADER REPEATED SELFLESS FEAT OF 1993, HELPING LEAD PEOPLE OUT TUESDAY

NEW YORK -- As security head at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Rick Rescorla knew the drill: He had ferried employees out when terrorism first struck the World Trade Center in 1993, and he was there with his bullhorn Tuesday, trying once again to get his people out.

Nearly all of them did. Rescorla did not.

He is one of the 15 Morgan Stanley employees still missing. And those who know him say that Rescorla, who was in his 44th-floor office in the trade tower struck by the second plane, may well be the reason the vast majority of the 3,700 Morgan Stanley employees got out alive.

``Rick was down toward the base trying to make sure people got down and out,'' said Bob Sloss, a managing director at Morgan Stanley who last saw Rescorla around the 10th floor in the stairwell. ``He was definitely there well after it had been established that the building was in trouble.''

Typical Rescorla, said those who know him from his days as a lieutenant and platoon leader in Vietnam, where he would sing to his men at tense times and instill in them the courage to get back up for one more round of battle.

``He couldn't be any other way,'' recalled Sam Fantino, who was Rescorla's radio operator in Vietnam and has been flooded with e-mails from their military colleagues bemoaning the possible loss of Rescorla, 62, in the World Trade Center tragedy.

Morgan Stanley employees remembered stories of how Rescorla had bounded into action during the 1993 bombing at the trade towers. Fantino said Rescorla took a rather unconventional approach to regaining control of the panic-stricken crowd as he tried to clear the building that day.

Natural leader

``To get their attention, he dropped his pants,'' recalled Fantino. Rescorla, with his commanding demeanor and voice, was just the type you want in charge, whether it was on Tuesday or during the 1993 attack, he said.

``He was literally the last person to leave that building,'' another Army friend, Joe Galloway, recalled of the 1993 bombing. ``He stayed until he had gotten everyone out, and that is the nature of the man.''

``Anything great you can say about Rick Rescorla, please do,'' said Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, who served with Rescorla in Vietnam and later co-wrote a book, ``We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young,'' about their experiences fighting in the Ia Drang valley of South Vietnam in 1965.

Indeed, Rescorla's photo is on the cover of the book, written with Galloway and now being made into a movie starring Mel Gibson.

``Rick Rescorla was the best infantry lieutenant I've seen,'' Moore said Friday night. ``He was absolutely superb. Calm, cool, fearless, very professional, inspiring, and all of this without any intention to be a showoff.''

``He is a true American hero,'' Moore said, ``and if this is actually going to be called a war . . . then Rick deserves a Medal of Honor.''

Born in Hayle, Cornwall, in England in 1939, Rescorla served as a mercenary for the British army in Zimbabwe, and then became a police officer in Rhodesia before coming to the United States in the 1960s and joining the Army.

Vietnam veteran

He was a platoon leader in Vietnam, where Fantino and others said Rescorla was an inspiration to his troops. He could make them laugh with a joke or a song, and somehow inspire them to get up and ``kick some butt'' in battle.

He put himself through college at the University of Oklahoma on the G.I. Bill, and went on to get a master's degree and a law degree. Rescorla, who retired as a colonel in the Army Reserve in 1989, had worked in security management for many years, including the past 18 working for Morgan Stanley, where he started out as director of security and moved up to first vice president for security.

Spread between the 43rd and 66th floors, Morgan Stanley offices were buzzing with activity Tuesday when the first plane struck the neighboring tower at 8:45 a.m. A plane hit the second building at 9:03 a.m.

Rescorla was in his office when the disaster hit.

His wife, Susan, said she called when she heard the news and was told, ``Don't worry about anything, Rick is getting the people out.''

Rescorla called about 10 minutes later. His next words struck terror in her heart: ``If anything happens to me,'' he just wanted her to know that ``you made my life.''

She said she's heard that her husband was going from floor to floor, making sure people were out, and had been spotted around the 72nd floor at one point. Since then, she's been praying constantly for some shred of evidence that he might somehow be alive, caught in the rubble.

Sloss, who was in his office on the 66th floor when the plane hit, said he remembers seeing Rescorla on the 10th floor, telling people to get off their cell phones and proceed carefully but quickly.

``Rick was down there absolutely perspiring,'' Sloss said. ``He had his bullhorn. He was encouraging people to calm down.''

``If anybody could get (people) out or do anything,'' his wife said, ``it was my Rick.''


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Rick would have been last out of the building. Anything less, he would consider an act of cowardice. Garry Owen, my dear, dear friend. If you don't make it out of this one, I'll see you on the other side. Hoka Hey
1 posted on 09/15/2001 9:18:19 AM PDT by Lexington Green
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To: Lexington Green
I don't know how to post pics... but there's a photo of Rick at http://www.lzxray.com/18.htm
2 posted on 09/15/2001 9:25:28 AM PDT by Lexington Green
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To: Lexington Green

What incredible courage.

3 posted on 09/15/2001 9:29:30 AM PDT by Ligeia
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To: Lexington Green, ALOHA RONNIE

4 posted on 09/15/2001 9:36:05 AM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: Lexington Green
These are the real americans who will never be forgotten for their dedication to humanity before their own safety. Makes one proud to hear this story.
5 posted on 09/15/2001 9:36:45 AM PDT by OldFriend
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To: Lexington Green

Rick Rescorla

6 posted on 09/15/2001 9:41:57 AM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: Lexington Green
Indeed, Rescorla's photo is on the cover of the book, written with Galloway and now being made into a movie starring Mel Gibson.

What an incredible conclusion this movie will have. I'm glad Mel is doing it rather that one of the usual Hollwood Tripe's.

7 posted on 09/15/2001 9:43:06 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Lexington Green
I honor and salute Rick Rescorla. Men of his moral stature, courage, and grace are the mortar that holds this nation together.
8 posted on 09/15/2001 9:44:41 AM PDT by Kevin Curry
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To: Slyfox
Unfortunately, Randall Wallace did not include Rick in the movie script...
9 posted on 09/15/2001 9:48:58 AM PDT by Lexington Green
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To: .30Carbine
GARRY OWEN (U.S. 7th Cavalry Salute)

...4-More ...see..

...our U.S. 7th Cavalry's IA DRANG-1965 website...

.. www.lzxray.com ...

.. www.WeWereSoldiersFILM.com .. (Including Forum)

...and my Bookmarked Freerepublic Thread titled...

'WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE...& YOUNG...4 FREEDOM'

GARRY OWEN (U.S. 7th Cavalry Salute)

10 posted on 09/15/2001 9:58:21 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
``He is a true American hero,'' Moore said, ``and if this is actually going to be called a war . . . then Rick deserves a Medal of Honor.'' ....

RESCORLA DESERVES THE MEDAL OF HONOR...Let's see he gets it.

11 posted on 09/15/2001 10:19:21 AM PDT by Lexington Green
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To: Ligeia,goldilucky,reformjoy,onyx,ChaseR,Landru,miss print,Ragtime Cowsgirl,Donato Dalrymple,RMDupree
NEVER FORGET

...It was the CLINTONS that stopped the CIA in 1995 from recruiting and hiring the very Spies America needed to expose what Terrorists had in mind for it.

DON'T LET THE CLINTONS GET AWAY WITH IT.

NEVER FORGET

12 posted on 09/15/2001 10:38:16 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Cultural Jihad
...This Story of Heroism is discussed today on...

..'The JUDICIAL WATCH Report'.. on..

...www.JudicialWatch.org...

13 posted on 09/15/2001 10:43:22 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Lexington Green
This is a sad, but inspirational story. Rest in peace, Rick Rescorla.
14 posted on 09/15/2001 10:47:59 AM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: Fred Mertz
NEVER FORGET
15 posted on 09/15/2001 12:57:54 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Kevin Curry
People like Rick make us feel proud to be an American.
16 posted on 09/15/2001 1:10:45 PM PDT by rstevens
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To: Buchanan mama,reformjoy,miss print,kristinn,Republic,Registered,JMJ333
...ALOHA ...Please see Posts #'s 10,12,13...

...It's now Personal...!!!!!

17 posted on 09/15/2001 4:22:36 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Snow Bunny,goldilucky,Buchanan Mama,reformjoy,Mercuria,abagail2,DoughtyOne,Doug from Upland,Anna Z
...4-More...

...See my Bookmarked Freerepublic Thread titled...

'CIA Officials Reveal What Went Wrong = CLINTON to Blame'

18 posted on 09/15/2001 4:28:47 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: rstevens
God bless Rick and his family. Our hearts break for you.
19 posted on 09/15/2001 4:36:10 PM PDT by EmmaPeel
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thank you so much for the flag, Ronnie. And SALUTE, to your brother in arms.

Go with God, Rick

20 posted on 09/15/2001 6:15:28 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: Criminal Number 18F, gcruse, Non-Sequitur
Another huge loss--
21 posted on 09/15/2001 6:18:18 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: sneakypete, MHGinTN
BTTT
22 posted on 09/15/2001 6:21:02 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: JMJ333
There had to have been many heroic acts we will never know. And not just Americans. The World Trade Center was just that. This was an attack against humanity.
23 posted on 09/15/2001 6:28:25 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
WE REMEMBER

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24 posted on 09/15/2001 6:29:22 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: JMJ333
A bump for Rick ... never forget!
25 posted on 09/15/2001 6:30:52 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: Slyfox,Ligela,.30Carbine,OldFriend,dblhix,Kevin Curry,Fred Mertz,rstevens,Lexington Green,Diver Dave
...4-More...

...See my Bookmarked Freerepublic.com Thread titled...

..........'Death in the IA DRANG Valley'..........

...for the Hell of IA DRANG-1965's Landing Zone Albany that saw American Hero Lt. RICK RESCORLA even then saving lives...

...just like he did at the World Trade Center Twin Towers in 1993 -&- 2001.

Signed:..A Witness-Vet/Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.lzxray.com

26 posted on 09/15/2001 6:31:17 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Lexington Green
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Jesus (John 15:13)

The are the kind of people that make America great.
God bless the Rick Rescorla's of this world.

27 posted on 09/15/2001 6:46:42 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: Buchanan mama,reformjoy,goldilucky,JMJ333,Ol' Dan Tucker,Anna Z,Mercuria,DoughtyOne,miss print,Tame
GARRY OWEN (U.S. 7th Air Cavalry Salute)

...The ..-Revenge of American Hero RICK RESCORLA-..

...is discussed on this weekend's Nationally Broadcast ..'JUDICIAL WATCH Report'.. Talk Radio Show...

...which airs on a tape-delayed broadcast basis tonight in Southern California @ 10:00pm PDT on KRLA 870 AM - www.Newstalk870.com ..

...Please see.. www.JudicialWatch.org .. 4-More...

GARRY OWEN (U.S. 7th Air Cavalry Salute)

28 posted on 09/15/2001 6:49:07 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
NEVER FORGET

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29 posted on 09/15/2001 6:59:12 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: JMJ333,reformjoy,goldilucky,Landru,ChaseR,Snow Bunny
...The -NOBLE EAGLE- Has Landed...
30 posted on 09/15/2001 7:18:01 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: MHGinTN,JMJ333,Buchanan mama,reformjoy,goldilucky,onyx,Snow Bunny,ChaseR,Landru,Fred Mertz
...Please join the fine discussion going right now on.. www.WeWereSoldiersFILM.com ..in its Forum's

..'The Movie'.. Thread titled...

'September 11, 2001 - Another Day That Will Live In Infamy'

31 posted on 09/15/2001 7:50:14 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Lexington Green
May God bless and protect the family of this Patriot hero. Men like him made America great.

His sacrifice will not be in vain. We will unite and face the enemy we pretended did not exist.

32 posted on 09/15/2001 7:53:46 PM PDT by cicero's_son
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To: Buchanan mama,reformjoy,goldilucky,abagail2
..'The JUDICIAL WATCH Report' is on right now in So. California on KRLA 870 AM...
33 posted on 09/15/2001 8:11:57 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
"...It was the CLINTONS that stopped the CIA in 1995 from recruiting and hiring the very Spies America needed to expose what Terrorists had in mind for it."

It was also the Clintons that stopped our missle defense back in 1993. They have sold out this country. Furthermore, they have been aiding and abetting terrorists groups to destroy this country.

34 posted on 09/15/2001 9:20:17 PM PDT by goldilucky
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Once again...I'm humbled and silent.

God bless the heroes!

35 posted on 09/15/2001 9:25:06 PM PDT by Mercuria
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To: Lexington Green
Think about this for a minute.

WHERE DID HE GET THE BULLHORN ??

Scout Motto: "Be Prepared." (And he was!)

36 posted on 09/15/2001 9:25:08 PM PDT by research99
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
I got home from a barbeque event with Terry Anderson and others. I missed seeing you there. However, I ran into one of your friends, Aaron, who had alot to talk about. Verry interesting stuff! George Putnam was there but didn't stay long. He didn't look too well. I also ran into Nick Jesson who is running for Governor.

I heard you on the show this evening. Wow! Glad you got through. A salute to a true Amercian patriot and veteran! I was up the night before last flying the American flag and burning my candle with others up the street for four hours. I didn't get get home until 12:15 a.m. this morning.

By the way, who is Gary Owen? I hear you mention it often on Bob Dornan's show.

37 posted on 09/15/2001 9:33:59 PM PDT by goldilucky
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
I am listening right now!
38 posted on 09/15/2001 9:36:30 PM PDT by goldilucky
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
"...The -NOBLE EAGLE- Has Landed..."

May it be ever vigilante and noble in its deeds.

39 posted on 09/15/2001 9:38:33 PM PDT by goldilucky
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
I'll just stick to this forum. I don't like dealing with moderators.
40 posted on 09/15/2001 9:43:25 PM PDT by goldilucky
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To: logos, Nita Nupress, the irate magistrate, Wally Cleaver, SLB, Lion Den Dan, pocat, quidam
I hope you have a chance to read this article.
41 posted on 09/15/2001 9:49:14 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: goldilucky
...Thanks for listening and lighting candles for our Heroes, goldilucky. You are doing Great Work for America.

..-GARRY OWEN- was the 15th Century Scottish Guerilla Hero of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment's Founder and Commanding Officer Gen. ARMSTRONG CUSTER of -Battle of the Little Big Horn- Fame.

...We ...of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment at the 2nd -Battle of the Little Big Horn- in the -Valley of Death- that was IA DRANG-1965...

...who are thus known as the -GARRY OWEN- Regiment...

...always say .."GARRY OWEN".. to the Ones we are saluting ..while in the U.S. Military or after.

...4-More please see my Bookmarked Freerepublic.com Thread titled...

'WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE...& YOUNG..4 FREEDOM'

...as well as our U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment's IA DRANG-1965 website.. www.lzxray.com

.."GARRY OWEN".. goldilucky.

42 posted on 09/15/2001 10:02:39 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Lexington Green
Bump in honor of the brave, willing to sacrifice their safety and lives for the good of others.
43 posted on 09/15/2001 10:15:41 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Fred Mertz, Lexington Green, pocat, logos, SLB, Aloha Ronnie, jeff head, doug fiedor
HERE'S A BUMP!!

********

Fred Mertz,

I'm going to buy the book this week.

Thanks for the ping.

I hope to see you next Saturday at the Drawbridge.

44 posted on 09/16/2001 1:28:49 AM PDT by the irate magistrate
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To: Fred Mertz
Thanks for the bump. This is a must read and it shall be done. See you next week at Drawbridge?
45 posted on 09/16/2001 3:28:39 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: Lexington Green
Heartbreak. Heartbreak. Heartbreak.

I hate this story...no, I love it.

46 posted on 09/16/2001 3:41:21 AM PDT by Deb
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To: Lexington Green
It is becaues of people like Rick that make this country what it is: great and the undisputed leader of the world!

God bless America!

47 posted on 09/16/2001 3:46:40 AM PDT by surfer
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To: Lexington Green
Bump for valor under fire
48 posted on 09/16/2001 4:06:37 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor
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To: the irate magistrate
...Here's a GARRY OWEN (U.S. 7th Cavalry Salute) 2-U...
49 posted on 09/16/2001 5:47:42 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Fred Mertz,the irate magistrate,Lion Den Dan
Great story.

This really puts a face on just one of the many real-life, flesh-and-bone heroes who perished in the satanic attack on our great country.

They must be avenged.

50 posted on 09/16/2001 9:46:49 AM PDT by pocat
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