Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by goaliedad, Sep 10, 2011.
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)
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.
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.
Read about this. Very moving and tragic...we need more people like him in our government.
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