WE ALL REMEMBER 9/11 IN OUR OWN WAY. I REMEMBER RICK RESCORLA.
I have been thinking about writing this post for a while now. And I know we all knew where we were when we heard about the attacks. And wondered if we had friends or relatives in the planes or in the targets.
Later we wondered what to do, what we would or could have done.
Many questions. How were I or my loved ones going to be affected? Were we going to have a war? All sorts of thoughts.
And then, sadly, like most events, even this one, the most horrific attack ever on our soil, while not forgotten, was pushed off the front page, and not covered so much on TV.
I came across a personal way to remember. One that I as an American citizen saw as someone I didn’t know, but will NEVER forget.
His name was Rick Rescorla.
Like many of us, he was from somewhere else originally, he was born in Britain. He fought for the US Army in Vietnam. He was in one the most famous battles of that war, the fight for the IaDrang Valley, in November 1965. The first Air Cavalry operation of that war. That battle is covered in a bestselling book written by Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Joseph L. Galloway. The name of the book is “We Were Soldiers Once…and Young”. It was also made into a great movie that starred Mel Gibson, called more simply “We Were Soldiers”. I have given several copies of the book to various friends, even my ex wife’s current husband, who was actually in that very battle, on day two, sent in to rescue those soldiers ambushed by North Vietnamese regulars, thousands of them.
In that book Rick Rescorla was mentioned more than a few times. I am pretty sure that he is actually on the original cover of the book, at least the copy I have, as a young soldier deep in the fight.
But that’s not what Rick Rescorla should be remembered for, not hardly.
By 9/11 he was in charge of security for Morgan Stanley. He had, for years prior, understanding the towers of the WTC were prime terrorist targets, had convinced his management that people in the tower were extra vulnerable to attack. He fought to conduct many safety and evacuation drills. No one liked the drills, ever. That didn’t stop Rick Rescorla from going through with them. Over and over again.
On 9/11 he was able to get over 2700 of Morgan Stanley’s people out safely. They lost “only” 6 or seven people. Out of over 2700. Other companies, as we know, didn’t fare so well.
Rick obviously knew how to get out, and save himself. But he died that day. The last anyone saw of Rick Rescorla was of him going back yet one more time, UP the stairs into the wreckage, to find any missed or injured stragglers. Completely in character for Rick, as those who knew him have attested.
Read the book. Learn about the incredible life of this man. There’s even more to his story. Like when he tried, along with some handpicked men, to go after Osama Bin Laden, years before 9/11!
So while there are many stories and memories on 9/11, many other stories of heroism and selflessness. He’s the one American I’ll remember forever, in my heart and in my soul.
You can find a copy of his biography at Amazon.com. The title is "Heart of a Soldier" by James B. Stewart. it's comforting to know that there are at least a few people out there like Rick Rescorla.
God bless you, Rick Rescorla.
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