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Attack hero refused gallantry medal
The BBC ^ | 4/11/02

Posted on 11/04/2002 10:08:39 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat

A Cornwall-born man who saved thousands of lives in the World Trade Center has been refused a gallantry medal by the UK Government.

Rick Rescorla, originally from Hayle, led colleagues at Morgan Stanley bank to safety, singing Cornish songs to keep their spirits up.

But the government's Ceremonial Secretariat said Mr Rescorla had mainly helped non-UK citizens and an award could set a precedent.

St Ives MP Andrew George has written to US president George Bush to plead for an American posthumous award.

Mr Rescorla took charge of much of the evacuation of the World Trade Center's south tower.

It is estimated he helped save up to 2,700 people, but the 62-year-old former soldier's body has never been found.

Mr George said he and Mr Rescorla's family in Hayle were not happy with the decision.

He said: "The award nominations unit [the Ceremonial Secretariat] has responded by saying although they'd like to give an award, they don't believe they can.

"To say we are disappointed is an understatement."

The Ceremonial Secretariat said: Gallantry awards can be given to non-UK citizens who save or attempt to save the life of a UK citizen either in the UK or abroad.

"In this case Rick Rescorla is eligible but the people he helped to rescue were not exclusively UK citizens.

"If we allowed an award to be given to him then we would set a precedent which would attract recommendations with very tenuous links with the UK."

Mr George said he has written to George Bush.

He said: "As well as writing to the Vietnam's Veterans Association to seek a posthumous award in the US, I have written to the president for a Presidential Medal."

Mr Rescorla's cousin, John Daniels, said: "They should make an exception in this case."

Obviously he was an American citizen as he fought for America in Vietnam, but above all he was Cornish."


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BOO to red tape.

Any chance Freepers could help?

1 posted on 11/04/2002 10:08:39 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
ping
2 posted on 11/04/2002 10:11:32 AM PST by SJackson
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To: Jakarta ex-pat; ALOHA RONNIE
Heads up!
3 posted on 11/04/2002 10:11:51 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
But the government's Ceremonial Secretariat said Mr Rescorla had mainly helped non-UK citizens and an award could set a precedent.

Gee, we'd hate to encourage Englishmen to save the lives of more non-British subjects. Sorry! Their lives just aren't worth as much as ours, dear chap.

4 posted on 11/04/2002 10:15:22 AM PST by Teacher317
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
"In this case Rick Rescorla is eligible but the people he helped to rescue were not exclusively UK citizens. "

Its a pity the perpetrators were not so discriminate as this UK beaurocracy wants to be, perhaps Mr. Rescorla might still be here today.

5 posted on 11/04/2002 10:20:27 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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A picture of Rick, taken by Peter Arnett, can be found below. If someone has better capabilities than me, please feel free to post it.

http://www.lzxray.com/18.htm

6 posted on 11/04/2002 10:24:50 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
...the government's Ceremonial Secretariat said Mr Rescorla had mainly helped non-UK citizens and an award could set a precedent.

So much for globalism.

7 posted on 11/04/2002 10:31:24 AM PST by Reelect President Dubya
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To: MadIvan
So, he knew who he was helping out of the building by country of origin...HUMMM...
8 posted on 11/04/2002 10:31:50 AM PST by alisasny
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

9 posted on 11/04/2002 10:34:33 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
Could anything make more clear the difference between a Hero and a Bureaucrat?

Godspeed Rick Rescorla.

10 posted on 11/04/2002 10:35:40 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
Gallantry awards can be given to non-UK citizens who save or attempt to save the life of a UK citizen either in the UK or abroad.

Seems simple enough . . . Did he save the life of a UK citizen or not?

11 posted on 11/04/2002 10:37:18 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Teacher317
Take it easy. Just because they can't give him this particular award doesn't mean they can't honor him in some other way.

You don't give the Flying Cross to an airline pilot, even though he may conduct himself in some extremely worthy manner. The Medal of Honor is not given to non-military personnel, even though many say that some firemen would qualify otherwise.

I don't think the Brits should have to change their standards in order to keep up with the flavor of the week. Rescorla clearly deserves recognition, but they can do that without changing the rules. What's next, nominating The Sopranos for an Oscar?

12 posted on 11/04/2002 10:38:20 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: Jakarta ex-pat; Matt Drudge; Fred Mertz; Dr. Frank; mr spike; Landru; Lexington Green; ...
...RICK RESCORLA... Battle of IA DRANG-1965...

http://www.lzxray.com


Signed:..AL0HA RONNIE Guyer / Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965
13 posted on 11/04/2002 11:18:38 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: All
...To sign the Petition for President BUSH to give ..RICK RESCORLA.. the Medal of Freedom Award:

http://www.lzxray.com
14 posted on 11/04/2002 11:41:20 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Mr. Bird
...So it the British Royal Family still considering a...

...Sir RICK RESCORLA...?
15 posted on 11/04/2002 12:08:28 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Sorry Sarge, there appears to be a problem with (your) petition page.

A Rick Rescorla... -BTTT-

16 posted on 11/04/2002 12:31:29 PM PST by Landru
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
I think you might be able to try again and see if you can reach a different bureaucrat. This one says he doesn't qualify because the people he saved were "not exclusively UK citizens." But surely if ANY of the people he saved were UK citizens, he would qualify.

Where in the rules does it say that the medal can't be given if you accidentally save a few foreigners in the process of saving fellow Brits?

17 posted on 11/04/2002 1:05:59 PM PST by Cicero
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To: Mr. Bird
The medal of Honor is not given to non-military personnel, even though many would say that some firemen would qualify otherwise.

Such as aviator Charles Lindburgh or those firemen responding to the Jap sneak bombing at Pearl Harbor? Yes, when an undeclared war comes suddenly to former, maybe even non-military personnel who react with the habits of a soldier, maybe it is appropriate to so award the MOH in such circumstances. If not, then we're not really in a *War on Terror,* just an excuse for some of George Bush's business partners to use the military to rid themselves of a few problems in oil-producing country and secure some more pipeline routes.

But Rick Rescola lived a soldier's life, and he died like one.


18 posted on 11/04/2002 1:39:21 PM PST by archy
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
... and yet, Alan Greenspan can be a knight.

Rick Rescorla lived by a code of honor, he slew dragons, and he rescued damsels in distress. If that ain't a Knight, what is?. His native land dishonors itself by refusing to honor its own true heroes.
19 posted on 11/04/2002 2:34:03 PM PST by Lexington Green
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To: archy
NEVER FORGET

...For more on Hero RICK RESCORLA who had the Heart of a Soldier see my Bookmarked List of Freerepublic.com Article Threads on...

...RICK RESCORLA...

...MORGAN STANLEY...

.."WE WERE SOLDIERS"..

...Battle of IA DRANG-1965...

at:


http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/profile?u=18629


...starting with the last Article Thread titled:


..'The bravest man I ever knew'..


http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3bbba50d705a.htm


4-SURE.

NEVER FORGET
20 posted on 11/04/2002 2:39:53 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Landru
...RICK RESCORLA's Medal of Freedom Award Petition is up and running just under the Photo of Soldier RICK RESCORLA pensively looking at the incoming hoards of Communist North Vietnamese Army Regulars at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Battle of the IA DRANG Valley-1965 on...

http://www.lzxray.com
21 posted on 11/04/2002 2:44:23 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
A "Bump to the Top to you my Friend. At Least Rick is flying with the angels.
22 posted on 11/04/2002 2:58:35 PM PST by Issaquahking
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To: Issaquahking
GARRY OWEN, Sir (U.S. 7th Cavalry Salute 2-U)
23 posted on 11/04/2002 4:41:55 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Rick Rescorla's honor and dignity are not lessened by being denied the Gallantry Medal...

May an Election Day Victory echo the majesty of Rick Rescorla's spirit when it sailed free on 9-11 into the souls of those flying on Flight 93 with the mission of showing All America and the World the true meaning of Courage and Faith and revealed that the Spirit that IS America will not be toppled by any evil here on Earth.

Not Ever.

24 posted on 11/04/2002 9:33:17 PM PST by Joy Angela
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