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‘The bravest man I ever knew’
Army Times ^ | Sean D. Naylor

Posted on 10/03/2001 4:53:49 PM PDT by Gamecock

Edited on 05/07/2004 10:06:19 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

After a lifetime in which he cheated it many times, death caught up with Rick Rescorla halfway up the south tower of the World Trade Center.

But like a good soldier, he didn’t sell his life cheaply. Death took him only after he had cheated it again, helping to save 2,700 lives by relying on the instincts and the preparation that had served him well in battles on two continents.


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What a STUD! May God comfort his soul....
1 posted on 10/03/2001 4:53:49 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock
When the first plane hit the north tower, the Port Authority told workers in the south tower to stay put. But Rescorla disagreed and immediately executed an evacuation plan he had made the employees rehearse twice a year.

It sometimes pays to go with your instincts. God bless this man.

3 posted on 10/03/2001 4:57:31 PM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: Gamecock
Gary Owen!
4 posted on 10/03/2001 5:02:11 PM PDT by FelixZolliecoffer
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To: Alberta's Child
God Bless him for sure but what an terrible waste of a good and productive life. I'm so sorry he went back in again. Just so sorry. Lynn
5 posted on 10/03/2001 5:13:17 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage
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To: Gamecock
There was a Wild Colonial Boy
Rescorla was his name
He was born and raised in Hayle, Cornwall
Just east of ol' Land's End

He joined the British Army when
A lad of just 16
Became a brave, young soldier then
As good as ever seen

He joined the U.S. Cavalry
To fight in Viet Nam
And he killed the Cong at the Ia Drang
With bayonet and gun

He saved three thousand people when
The terrorists struck home
But lost his life when he went back
To rescue seven more

So lift a cup to our dear friend
Remember him with joy
How dearly do his brethren love
That Wild Colonial Boy

6 posted on 10/03/2001 5:15:06 PM PDT by Lexington Green
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To: FelixZolliecoffer

Let Bacchus' sons be not dismayed
But join with me, each jovial blade
Come, drink and sing and lend your aid
To help me with the chorus:

Chorus
Instead of spa, we'll drink brown ale
And pay the reckoning on the nail;
No man for debt shall go to jail
From Garryowen in glory.

We'll beat the bailiffs out of fun,
We'll make the mayor and sheriffs run
We are the boys no man dares dun
If he regards a whole skin.

Chorus

Our hearts so stout have got no fame
For soon 'tis known from whence we came
Where'er we go they fear the name
Of Garryowen in glory.

Chorus

7 posted on 10/03/2001 5:21:09 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock
Thanks....I am an old guy from the 2/2nd ACR....Thank You for the post...Garryowen!
8 posted on 10/03/2001 5:29:51 PM PDT by FelixZolliecoffer
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To: Gamecock
He will be sadly missed-a REAL AMERICAN born in Britain.The book was real good-what a change from the garbage the leftists wrote about those of us who served in the Nam.
9 posted on 10/03/2001 6:08:29 PM PDT by steamroller
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To: Gamecock, All
Click here
10 posted on 10/03/2001 6:21:39 PM PDT by Fiddlstix
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To: Travis McGee,sneakypete,chapita,Harpseal,Squantos,COB1
To Asgard, the Valkries fly this warrior.

Duty, Honor, Country, this man lived it.

11 posted on 10/03/2001 6:25:37 PM PDT by razorback-bert
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To: Canadian Outrage
And I am outraged by your comment.
12 posted on 10/03/2001 6:27:47 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: razorback-bert
I agree, bert.
I salute him.
May God bless and keep him.
13 posted on 10/03/2001 8:13:12 PM PDT by COB1
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To: Gamecock
When Hollywood did their tv fund raiser thing,it was Robin Williams who read the tribute to Rick,but he clearly didn't know who he was. I was wondering what Williams would have thought if he had known this man was one of the people he hated and called names in the 60's. I can only hope somebody told him,and he has now had a little time to reflect on his past behavior.
14 posted on 10/03/2001 8:31:57 PM PDT by sneakypete
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To: Gamecock
bump for another 9-11-01 hero
15 posted on 10/03/2001 8:36:11 PM PDT by apackof2
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To: Gamecock
Port Authority told workers in the south tower to stay put ??? Unbelievable
Thank heaven for Rick's intelligence and his bravery. God Bless him and his family.
16 posted on 10/03/2001 8:41:43 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thought you'd be interested in this, for sure.
17 posted on 10/03/2001 8:57:47 PM PDT by Critter
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To: Gamecock
"As Morgan Stanley’s security chief, Rescorla brought his belief in the “seven Ps” — proper prior planning and preparation prevents poor performance — to bear, to the immense good fortune of his co-workers. "

I don't think that is quite how it goes.

Proper prior planning prevents p!$$ poor performance, seems to be the way I remember hearing it. lol

What a great man. It is so sad that we had to lose him.

18 posted on 10/03/2001 9:04:45 PM PDT by Critter
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To: Gamecock;Critter,ChaseR;JMJ333;goldiluckly;miss print;Republic;Fred Mertz;reformjoy;Snow Bunny
GARRY OWEN (U.S. 7th Cavalry Salute)

...See the IA DRANG-1965 Photo of American Hero Lt. ~RICK RESCORLA~ that graces the Book Cover of..

'WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE and YOUNG'

..-&-..

...the new Movie Poster of..

'WE WERE SOLDIERS'..starring MEL GIBSON as Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE..

...on our U.S. 7th Cavalry IA DRANG-1965 website.. www.lzxray.com ...

...as GOD smiles down on ~RICK RESCORLA's~ life ...BROADLY.

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

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

19 posted on 10/03/2001 9:41:31 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: razorback-bert
God Bless you Rick. Your actions and professionalism saved uncounted lives. Thank You............
20 posted on 10/03/2001 10:13:18 PM PDT by Squantos
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