There are many stories of Heroism on that horrible day that I myself have just read about. Never Forget our fellow Americans lost that day.
Here’s an interactive that shows courage of the First Responders as they head into harms way.
Here’s a story that I was made aware of by my friend Mike Durand:
Cyril Richard “Rick” Rescorla was born in Hayle, Cornwall, United Kingdom on May 27, 1939. Prior to the invasion of Normandy, Rescorla’s town was the headquarters for US Army’s 175th INF REG. Rescorla idolized the American soldiers, which ignited his desire to be a soldier. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the British Army and served in the Parachute Regiment from 1957 to 1960. The next three years saw him serving as a police inspector with the Northern Rhodesia Police. This experience turned Rescorla into into an ardent anti-communist. In Rhodesia he met an American Soldier who convinced him to join The United States Army. Rescorla enlisted in 1963. Officier Candidate School and Airborne School soon followed. Upon graduation he was assigned to 2nd Batt, 7th Cav, 1st Cav Div (Airmobile). In November of 1965 Rescorla was a platoon leader during the Battle of the Ia Drang. He served with distinction, earning the nickname “Hard Core” for his bravery. Lt Col. Hal Moore described Lt. Rescorla as, “the best platoon leader I ever saw.” After the war Rescorla stayed in the United States. September 11th 2001 saw Rescorla on the 44th floor of Tower 2 where he was Security Chief for Morgan Stanley. That morning he successfully evacuated most of Morgan Stanley’s 2,687 employees. When told it was time for him to leave Rescorla said, “As soon as I make sure everyone else is out.” Rick Rescorla – America’s hero from Cornwall – was last seen on the 10th floor, climbing up the stairs. His body was never recovered. (Pictured: Lt. Rescorla during the Battle of the Ia Drang)
Also, today marks the Five Year Anniversary of the attack in Benghazi, where we lost Four Americans:
Ambassador Chris Stevens
May they all Rest In Peace. We can honor their memories by remembering their sacrifice and staying United as Americans.