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Posted: 2/28/2002 12:12:33 PM EDT
Here's the Petition link: http://www.petitiononline.com/pmfrick/petition.html Here's the story: EX-PLATOON LEADER REPEATED SELFLESS FEAT OF 1993, HELPING LEAD PEOPLE OUT TUESDAY Sept. 14, 2001 BY EMILIE LOUNSBERRY Knight Ridder NEW YORK -- As security head at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Rick Rescorla knew the drill: He had ferried employees out when terrorism first struck the World Trade Center in 1993, and he was there with his bullhorn Tuesday, trying once again to get his people out. Nearly all of them did. Rescorla did not. He is one of the 15 Morgan Stanley employees still missing. And those who know him say that Rescorla, who was in his 44th-floor office in the trade tower struck by the second plane, may well be the reason the vast majority of the 3,700 Morgan Stanley employees got out alive. "Rick was down toward the base trying to make sure people got down and out,'' said Bob Sloss, a managing director at Morgan Stanley who last saw Rescorla around the 10th floor in the stairwell. ``He was definitely there well after it had been established that the building was in trouble.'' Typical Rescorla, said those who know him from his days as a lieutenant and platoon leader in Vietnam, where he would sing to his men at tense times and instill in them the courage to get back up for one more round of battle. "He couldn't be any other way,'' recalled Sam Fantino, who was Rescorla's radio operator in Vietnam and has been flooded with e-mails from their military colleagues bemoaning the possible loss of Rescorla, 62, in the World Trade Center tragedy. Morgan Stanley employees remembered stories of how Rescorla had bounded into action during the 1993 bombing at the trade towers. Fantino said Rescorla took a rather unconventional approach to regaining control of the panic-stricken crowd as he tried to clear the building that day. Natural leader "To get their attention, he dropped his pants,'' recalled Fantino. Rescorla, with his commanding demeanor and voice, was just the type you want in charge, whether it was on Tuesday or during the 1993 attack, he said. "He was literally the last person to leave that building,'' another Army friend, Joe Galloway, recalled of the 1993 bombing. ``He stayed until he had gotten everyone out, and that is the nature of the man.'' "Anything great you can say about Rick Rescorla, please do,'' said Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, who served with Rescorla in Vietnam and later co-wrote a book, ``We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young,'' about their experiences fighting in the Ia Drang valley of South Vietnam in 1965. Indeed, Rescorla's photo is on the cover of the book, written with Galloway and now being made into a movie starring Mel Gibson. "Rick Rescorla was the best infantry lieutenant I've seen,'' Moore said Friday night. ``He was absolutely superb. Calm, cool, fearless, very professional, inspiring, and all of this without any intention to be a showoff.'' "He is a true American hero,'' Moore said, ``and if this is actually going to be called a war . . . then Rick deserves a Medal of Honor.'' Born in Hayle, Cornwall, in England in 1939, Rescorla served as a mercenary for the British army in Zimbabwe, and then became a police officer in Rhodesia before coming to the United States in the 1960s and joining the Army. Edited to fit in posting limit [:(]
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