Rick Rescorla on the History Channel

Rick and Susan Rescorla

I’ve mentioned Rick Rescorla before. If you haven’t read his story, you should go to Mudville Gazette and do so. If you have read his story, think about reading it again.

Now Mudville notes that a History Channel show called “THE MAN WHO PREDICTED 9/11” about Rescola will air on September 11th. From the press release:

In 2001, Rick Rescorla was the 62-year-old head of security at the Morgan Stanley Bank situated high up in the South Tower at the World Trade Center. For 6 years Rescorla was convinced that terrorists would use jet planes to try and destroy the World Trade Center. Long before September 11th, he developed an evacuation plan for the bank, unpopular amongst some city whiz kids who worked there who thought he was mad. His evacuation plan however ultimately saved 2,700 lives.

Rescorla’s evacuation plan was put into effect after the first jet hit the North Tower. When the second jet hit the South Tower, he averted panic and organized a rapid evacuation of Morgan Stanley staff. Rescorla sang Cornish folk songs to calm nerves while thousands trooped down the stair wells. Rescorla went back inside to help those injured and trapped get out. He was still inside when the building collapsed. His body was never found.


  1. Rick Rescorla was an amazing individual. He first came to my attention in the best military history book of all time [in my humble opinion] about small unit action, ‘We Were Soldiers, Once…and Young’. Rick was one of the company commanders in Hal Moore’s battalion during the 1965 battle of the Ia Drang in Vietnam. There’s another great book, available in bargain bins, on Rick, called ‘Heart of a Soldier’, by the Pulitzer Prize winning author, James Stewart. According to the book, ‘At one point, he was on the 10th floor and [Morgan Stanley] Executive Vice President John Olson Sr. said, ‘Rick, you need to get out, too.’ Rescorla’s reply was, ‘I will leave once everyone else has exited the building,’ and then proceeded to walk back up the stairs, never to be seen again.’