A leader until his death...

Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by goaliedad, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. goaliedad

    goaliedad Parent 5-Year Member

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    http://news.yahoo.com/a-family-remembers--hero-of-9-11-gave-life-to-save-thousands.html
     
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    bruno 10-Year Member Retired Staff Member

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    Rescorla surely was a hero on 9/11. His actions were key to the largely successful evacuation of the Morgan Stanley offices and then he went back in to make sure that everyone was out. To get out, be safe and go back in- that's bravery on a scale I can't conceive of having.

    He was a hero before that at LZ Xray in the Ia Drang Valley with the 7th Cav - actions made famous in the book "We Were Soldier's Once and Young" by LTG Hal Moore and the later Mel Gibson movie. (The book BTW is a great book for any aspiring soldier)
    http://www.amazon.com/Were-Soldiers-Once-Young-Drang/dp/0060975768

    Since 9/11 is on everyone's mind this weekend- I thought I would re-post this Eulogy of Captain Frank Callahan from the Dec 23 2001 NYTimes. Courage, Barvery,heroism and leadership is not confined to military men.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/23/w...rst-last-unbreakable-links-chain-command.html
     
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    scoutpilot 5-Year Member

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    Interestingly, the photo of Rescorla shown in that article is the same one that has graced the cover of We Were Soldiers for decades. Long before they started pasting the mug of that alcoholic anti-semite schmuck Mel Gibson as the face of the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, a real hero (COL Rescorla) was the mental image most Americans had of that fateful battle.

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    Chockstock "Forever One Team" 5-Year Member

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    Read about this. Very moving and tragic...we need more people like him in our government.
     
  5. Fireman1234

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    Held a lot of integrity....
     
  6. Day-Tripper

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    Alcoholic anti-semitic or not, Mel Gibson's "We Were Soldiers..." was an unbelievably bad, nay - horrible, movie. To mimic tropical South Vietnam, Gibson shot the battle scenes in North Carolina. Whah? Mexico or Puerto Rico or Hawaii or Florida weren't available? Dialogue was hideous. Characters were awful stereotypes, paper in their depth (Yes, you, Sam Elliott).

    Trivia note: Later megastar Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") played a bit role as a young Army officer.

    Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" was very good. Everything else? Not so much. Especially when Mel directed. Too much tequila and ego.
     
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    Richard "Rick" Rescorla was also an immigrant. Born and raised in England. Served in the British Army, as a paratrooper. Joined the US Army at age 24, before he became a citizen of his adopted country.

    https://www.military.com/daily-news...ent-gives-tribute-to-hero-of-vietnam-911.html

    "Before heading up the stairs again for the final time, Rescorla phoned his wife. "He said to me, 'You have to stop crying. I'm getting my people out, but if something happens to me I want you to know you made my life.' Then I said it back and it was all over," Susan Rescorla said.

    Rescorla "then charged one more time into battle singing his Welsh war songs. There will never be another Rick Rescorla," Watson said.

    Susan Rescorla told the 7th Cav troops at the ceremony, "I was so proud. He had a choice. He could have walked out of there anytime he wanted to. If he was here today, he would be proud. This is the 7th Cav, this is our home -- our history."

    Like the "Men of Harlech," Rick Rescorla would never yield. Before heading up the stairs again for the final time, Rescorla phoned his wife. "He said to me, 'You have to stop crying. I'm getting my people out, but if something happens to me I want you to know you made my life.' Then I said it back and it was all over," Susan Rescorla said.

    Rescorla "then charged one more time into battle singing his Welsh war songs. There will never be another Rick Rescorla," Watson said.

    Susan Rescorla told the 7th Cav troops at the ceremony, "I was so proud. He had a choice. He could have walked out of there anytime he wanted to. If he was here today, he would be proud. This is the 7th Cav, this is our home -- our history."

    Like the "Men of Harlech," Rick Rescorla would never yield."
     
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    scoutpilot 5-Year Member

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    Bruce Crandall liked it, and he was there. So...good enough for me.
     
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    AF6872 10-Year Member

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    I always liked "Men of Harlech". See Roarks Drift.