Rick Rescorla: The Hero Who Saved 2,700 Lives on 9/11 - he began the orderly evacuation of Morgan Stanley's 2,700 employees on twenty floors of World Trade Center Tower 2, and 1,000 employees in WTC 5.
- In 1957, Rick Rescorla left his hometown of Hayle, Cornwall to enlist in the British Army. He later went on to work for the Cypriot intelligence agency and joined the United States Army in 1963. After basic training at Fort Dix, he attended Officer Candidate School and airborne training at Fort Benning. He was then sent to Vietnam, where he served under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore. The two men participated in the fierce and dangerous Battle of Ia Drang. Rick's Vietnam…
Rick Rescorla during the Battle of Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam. Rescorla survived Vietnam and was killed on 9/11 at the WTC in NYC, having led hundreds of people to safety, when he continued his search for survivors when the Towers collapsed.
Battle of Ia Drang Valley - November 17, 1965 - The American success at Ia Drang is marred by a deadly ambush against 400 soldiers of the U.S. 7th Cavalry sent on foot to occupy nearby Landing Zone 'Albany.' NVA troops that had been held in reserve during Ia Drang, along with troops that had retreated, kill 155 Americans and wound 124.
Rick Rescorla - A true American hero (from Britain). Led a Bayonet Charge in Vietnam. Was Killed in the Twin Towers, 9/11. His Remains Were Never Found - https://www.warhistoryonline.com/vietnam-war/rick-rescorla-a-true-american-hero-from-britain-led-a-bayonet-charge-in-vietnam-was-killed-in-the-twin-towers-911-his-remains-were-never-found.html
Badass of the Week: Rick Rescorla, after a career of badassery including moving to the US so he could enlist in Vietnam, he was already a hero. On 9/11, despite the fact that he was dying from terminal bone marrow cancer, he went back to his old standby of singing British folk songs to rally morale. He was last seen on the tenth floor of the World Trade Center, headed up. Of the 2,700 people he had been charged with protecting, all but 6 survived the terrorist attack.