Skip to comments.‘The bravest man I ever knew’
Posted on 10/03/2001 4:53:49 PM PDT by GamecockEdited 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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It sometimes pays to go with your instincts. God bless this man.
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
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:
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.
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.
Duty, Honor, Country, this man lived it.
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.
...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)
Rick, I'll meet you on the other side, and I'm buyin'!
Prayers for the family of this heroic man!
Thank you so much ALOHA RONNIE for the ping and your post too. Thank you for serving this country .
Actually, it sounds as if he packed a lot of heroism into that "good and productive life," so I would hardly call it a waste. Imagine if he had valued his life over those of his fellow workers.
Do you remember that riveting dialogue from "Field of Dreams?"
Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), trying to convince the elderly Dr. Graham that he (Graham) was supposed to travel back to Iowa with Kinsella to live out his baseball dreams: "But Dr. Graham, you came so close to being a real big league ballplayer, and you got sent down to the minors after playing in the outfield for one inning. You were a major leaguer for five minutes, and that is a tragedy."
Archie (Doc) Graham (Burt Lancaster): "Son, imagine if I had been a doctor for five minutes. Now THAT would be a tragedy."
Lt. Rick Rescorla, Platoon Leader, B Co 2/7 Cav
in Bayonet Attack on the morning of 16 Nov 1965.
Photo by Peter Arnett
"A great battle shot.
No sleep for 48 hours.
Grimy, unshaven, filthy uniform.
Canteens loose, dogtags hanging out, pocket unbuttoned, helmet strap hanging.
No insignia of rank, sleeves up.
His bayonet is fixed; trigger finger alert and ready for action."
Morgan Stanley security chief feared dead
By Emilie Lounsberry
NEW YORK (Updated 2:34 a.m.) - 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's 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.
"To get their attention, he dropped his pants," recalled Fantino. Rescorla, with his commanding demeanor and booming voice, was just the type you want in charge, whether it was on Tuesday or during the 1993 attack, Fantino 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."
Born in Hayle, Cornwall, in England in 1939, Rescorla served as a mercenary for British Army forces in Zimbabwe, and then became a police officer in Rhodesia before coming to the United States in the early 1960s and joining the Army.
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 Oklahoma University 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 about 8:48 a.m.
A plane hit the second building about 9:10 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 somewhere around the 10th floor, shuttling people along the way, telling them to get off their cell phones and proceed carefully but quickly.
"Rick was down there absolutely perspiring," said Sloss. "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."
It is always good to read about a hero.
...please hit the -ALOHA RONNIE- on this Post for my Bookmarked List of Freerepublic Articles where you can access Titles:
Morgan Stanley workers recall heroic colleague
'WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE...& YOUNG'...4 FREEDOM
"We Were Soldiers" IA DRANG Battle in Viet Nam, Threads I & II
Death in the IA DRANG Valley
MEL GIBSON's Next Movie (A Winner!!)
MEL GIBSON 'dragging' after Army rigors
...For More on the IA DRANG-1965 Movie that American Hero ~RICK RESCORLA~ will now never see ...but will instead be dedicated to his Lifetime of Heroism I'm sure ...go to the -Message Board- of..
.. www.WeWereSoldiersFILM.org ..
...See the 'Movie' Section 'Resocrla' Threads & 'Off Topic' Discussion Thread titled:
'September 11, 2001 - Another Day That Will Live In Infamy'
GARRY OWEN (U.S. 7th Cavalry Salute)
Sounds to me like Rescorla had a bit of Captain Kilgore (Apocalypse Now) in him.
A Garry Owen (U.S. 7th Cavalry Salute)to you! I had some trouble trying to access the site but will try again later.
.. www.WeWereSoldiersFILM.com .. instead of .org
I highly recommend Moore's book, "We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young."
This should be the mantra for the U.S. in it's hunt for the terrorists...as well as a FReeper mantra against 'peaceniks'.
Rest in Peace Rick