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Rick Rescorla: A Hero on 9/11
The San Diego Daily Transcript ^ | September 10, 2013 | Michael Giorgino

Posted on 09/10/2013 9:24:20 PM PDT by mgiorgino

Twelve years ago on 9/11, Rick Rescorla was on duty on the 44th floor of the World Trade Center, tower two. He was vice president for corporate security at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., and a jumbo jet had just plowed into the other tower.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; rescorla; rickrescorla; worldtradecenter
As smoke rose from tower one, someone from the Port Authority ordered Rescorla to keep his people at their desks. He replied, “Piss off. Everything above where that plane hit is going to collapse, and it's going to take the whole building with it. I'm getting my people out of here!”

Rescorla ordered an immediate evacuation, saving more than 2,700 people before the second plane plowed into tower two.

Rick Rescorla was born in Cornwall, England, in 1939. After service in the British armed forces, he earned a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. Rescorla volunteered to fight in Vietnam. He fought with the 7th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile) in the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang. He was the gritty soldier pictured on the cover of “We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young.” Co-author Lt. Gen. Harold Moore described him as “the best platoon leader I ever saw.” Rescorla’s men called him “Hard Core” for his extraordinary courage in battle.

The History Channel has a chilling documentary about Rescorla called “The Man Who Predicted 9/11.” It tells how in 1992, Rescorla warned the Port Authority about the possibility of a truck bomb attack in the unguarded basement of the World Trade Center. He was ignored.

When terrorists tried to bring down the Twin Towers with a truck bomb in 1993, Rescorla took charge of the evacuation and was the last man out.

Rescorla then warned Morgan Stanley that the terrorists would return to finish the job — next time with aircraft. He said they should move their corporate headquarters to a safer location in New Jersey. The company’s lease in Manhattan did not end until 2006, and they failed to heed his warning.

Rescorla did the next best thing: He prepared for another attack. At his insistence, all employees, including senior executives, participated in full-blown, no-notice emergency evacuation drills every three months. High-powered stock brokers complained about being yanked away from their million-dollar deals to trudge down 40 stories. But it all paid off on 9/11.

At 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 struck tower one. Rescorla sprang into action and had most of Morgan Stanley’s 2,700 employees and hundreds of visitors safely out of the building before United Airlines Flight 175 hit tower two at 9:02 a.m. Rescorla loved his adopted county. As thousands marched down to safety, he sang “God Bless America” over a bullhorn and encouraged everyone to “be proud to be an American.” The last voice many heard as they descended from tower two was Rescorla singing his version of the song from the movie “Zulu”:

“Men of Cornwall stand ye steady;

It cannot be ever said ye

for the battle were not ready;

Stand and never yield!”

A Morgan Stanley director told Rescorla he had to get out, too. “As soon as I make sure everyone else is out,” Rescorla said.

In his last call to his wife, Susan, Rescorla said, "Stop crying, I have to get these people out safely. If something should happen to me, I want you to know I've never been happier. You made my life." Rescorla was last seen heading back up to rescue stragglers. His remains have never been recovered.

In the years since 9/11, neither Congress nor any president has ever paid formal tribute to Rescorla's heroism. So in 2009, America’s Medal of Honor holders awarded Rescorla their Above & Beyond Citizen Medal. In their words, “Inside of us all, a hero lies. For some, it rises up and shows itself through an extraordinary act of courage and selflessness. On the battlefields of their everyday lives, these incredible individuals are moved to act. And so they go willingly, selflessly, courageously — above and beyond.”

I first read the amazing story of Rick Rescorla in “Heart of a Soldier” by James B. Stewart (Simon & Schuster, 2002). The San Francisco Opera transformed Stewart’s book into an opera, which premiered on Sept. 10, 2011, the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Imagine the pride that Susan Rescorla will experience as the music rises higher, ever higher with each crescendo, soaring up to the ultimate triumph of love, courage and devotion that Rick Rescorla achieved in his life on 9/11.

Mike Giorgino is a retired Navy commander and a Gulf War veteran. He may be contacted at mgiorgino@aol.com.

1 posted on 09/10/2013 9:24:20 PM PDT by mgiorgino
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

ping


2 posted on 09/10/2013 9:28:08 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: mgiorgino

We served with the Brit forces in the Gulf War and were acquainted with some later, in other venues.

We LOVE them for being so tough, cool and brilliant!


3 posted on 09/10/2013 9:42:46 PM PDT by stanne
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To: NonValueAdded

He is an inspiration to all. Pray that we keep producing men of this caliber in this country. Lately, it’s not been looking good.


4 posted on 09/10/2013 9:52:25 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: NonValueAdded

Could you add a picture, please?


5 posted on 09/10/2013 9:53:40 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: mgiorgino

Thanks. This is a story I had never heard. I am guessing some thought he was paranoid but he is responsible for more than 2,000 going home alive that terrible day.


6 posted on 09/10/2013 9:55:05 PM PDT by gunnut
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To: originalbuckeye

7 posted on 09/10/2013 10:21:03 PM PDT by Deo volente (God willing, America shall survive this Obamanation.)
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To: Deo volente

HERO


8 posted on 09/10/2013 10:25:37 PM PDT by getarope (Jesus is coming soon, and boy is he PISSED!)
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To: Deo volente

Thank you.


9 posted on 09/10/2013 11:30:58 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: mgiorgino

Whoever told people not to evacuate should have been publicly flogged (if they didn’t die there themselves).

Basic common sense say you GET THE HELL OUT.


10 posted on 09/11/2013 12:26:32 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: mgiorgino

James B. Stewart’s outstanding book about this incredible man is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Soldier-James-B-Stewart/dp/0743244591/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378894223&sr=8-1&keywords=rescorla+james+b.+stewart


11 posted on 09/11/2013 3:13:06 AM PDT by Buckhead
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To: NonValueAdded

Do work at Morgan Stanley office in NYC/NJ area

At enterence is plaque memorializing 12 employees who
died on 9/11

In high rise building at every exit point maps showing way out

There are bins with chemlight sticks and smoke masks

Rick Rescorla lives on.......


12 posted on 09/11/2013 3:24:47 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: Deo volente

...nice picture, but don’t forget the one of him on the cover of We Were Soldiers Once and Young, in battle garb in the midst of a long fire fight against 2000 No Viet Regulars in the first Air Mobile action of the war! What a man and leader...

ymmv


13 posted on 09/11/2013 4:46:19 AM PDT by ElectionInspector (Molon Labe...)
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To: mgiorgino
"His life was gentle, and the elements So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world 'This was a man!'" ~ Shakespeare: Julius Caesar

Bump for Rick Rescorla

14 posted on 09/11/2013 4:46:35 AM PDT by Lloyd227 (Class of 1998 (let's all help the Team McCain spider monkeys decide how to moderate))
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To: originalbuckeye

Youtube has a good video on him.


15 posted on 09/11/2013 5:45:34 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Fyi


16 posted on 09/11/2013 6:43:33 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: originalbuckeye
I believe this is also an earlier picture of Rick Rescorla:


17 posted on 09/11/2013 8:52:56 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: ElectionInspector

Ping.


18 posted on 09/11/2013 8:53:51 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring
That's him. A statue at the National Infantry Museum is based on it.


19 posted on 09/11/2013 8:57:18 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: ElectionInspector
... but don’t forget the one of him on the cover of We Were Soldiers Once and Young, in battle garb in the midst of a long fire fight

I think the Battle of Ia Drang qualifies as more than a long firefight - it lasted four days.

Rescorla was described by Gen Hal Moore as " the best platoon leader I ever saw"

Thank you Col Rescorla.

20 posted on 09/11/2013 9:06:04 AM PDT by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: All; Tijeras_Slim; mgiorgino; NonValueAdded; originalbuckeye; Buckhead; DuncanWaring; Alamo-Girl

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NEVER FORGET

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9/11 Widow SUSAN RESCORLA’s ..RICK RESCORLA.. “Follow Me” Bronze Statue unveiling - National Infantry Museum, Ft. Benning GA - April 1, 2006
http://RickRescorla.com/the-statue/ (Photos)

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NEVER FORGET

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21 posted on 09/14/2013 11:58:41 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; Buckhead

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NEVER FORGET

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..9/11 Lifesaver of 1,000’s RICK RESCORLA - True “HEART of a SOLDIER” - The Opera..
http://theclassicalreview.com/2011/09/heart-of-a-soldier-creators-hope-the-new-operas-personal-story-will-transcend-the-911-particulars-at-san-francisco-opera/

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NEVER FORGET

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22 posted on 09/14/2013 12:00:51 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; Deo volente; Alamo-Girl

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NEVER FORGET

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..Our Fellow Veteran of the “WE WERE SOLDIERS” Battle of IA DRANG-1965 ..RICK RESCORLA (http://rickrescorla.com/).. went on to heroically become “The Man Who Predicted 9/11” ..saving 1,000’s of 9/11 Lives while sacrificing his own Life ..for them = The History Channel 9/11 TV Special ..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA8_bteAXqk

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NEVER FORGET

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23 posted on 09/14/2013 12:04:07 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; mgiorgino; Buckhead; Alamo-Girl

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NEVER FORGET

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..RICK RESCORLA: Help honor 911 Lifesaving Hero = The Forum..
http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24361

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NEVER FORGET

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24 posted on 09/14/2013 12:05:56 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; SeaHawkFan; Gamecock; NonValueAdded; Buckhead; Alamo-Girl

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NEVER FORGET

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Vietnam War National Musuem of America - Garden Grove, CA
(Photo Album)

https://www.facebook.com/ronnie.guyer/media_set?set=a.3444899396703.2126197.1097180359&type=1

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NEVER FORGET

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25 posted on 09/14/2013 12:43:47 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Looks like there’s even one picture of you...


26 posted on 09/14/2013 4:22:57 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Buuuump!


27 posted on 09/14/2013 6:34:18 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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