I’m sure that many of you have seen this before, but I’m moved by the story of Rick Rescorla every time I see it. Rescorla is the soldier featured on the cover of the book We Were Soldiers Once, and Young by Hal Moore and Joe Galloway.
Rescorla worked for a security firm in the south tower of the World Trade Center in September of 2001, and even though told to remain in his office after a plane hit the other tower, he led his people and other people to the lower levels. He went back to make one final sweep, and was never seen again.
Greyhawk at The Mudville Gazette has put together a great piece on Rescorla’s life and death, and covers the campaign underway to get Rescorla a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. It was originally published in September of last year, and I meant to link to it but didn’t. Greyhawk has moved the post up to the front page, and I’m linking now. Go check it out.
I’d say that they don’t make them like Rescorla any more, but I don’t think that’s true. There are far more men and women like him than a lot of people would like to admit. And although I never met him, I don’t think he’d want it any other way.
To make sure there’s no confusion, “911” and “9/11” in this post refer to the events of September 11th, 2001 AD in New York City, NY, USA. “World Trade Center” refers mainly to those two tall skyscrapers that used to stand in New York City. You know the ones. Specifically, I’m talking about the time those guys hijacked some airliners and crashed them into those towers, as well as the Pentagon. There was a fourth hijacked plane, as well, that crashed in rural Pennsylvania. Nothing in this post (except for this footnote) refers to Chile or striking California grocery workers. I realize that many people in the world don’t attach the same level of significance to the events I’m talking about that I do, but they’ll have to pardon me.
I apologize to those who knew what I meant without the explanation, but not everyone did. I’m told.