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Touched By A Hero: A 9/11 Widow's Journal of Love & Legacy Paperback – July 27, 2011
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About the Author
Susan Rescorla’s life was turned upside down by the death of her husband Retired Army Colonel Rick Rescorla on 9/11, and not only for the obvious reasons. The role Rick played on 9/11 as Morgan Stanley’s Second Vice President for Corporate Security in getting all but 13 of the firm’s nearly 2,700 employees out of the World Trade Center’s South Tower received worldwide attention. Susan was unexpectedly swept into a public role of accepting medals and awards posthumously for her husband, and being bombarded by the media. Susan had little choice but to bury her grief to whatever extent possible in order to carry on her husband’s legacy. The years since September 11, 2001, have been and continue to be hard, yet they have also given Susan the opportunity to connect with the many people whose lives were touched by Rick. Susan has wanted to write a book that not only preserved the legacy of Rick Rescorla, a genuine American hero, but also hopes to inspired others to find the hero within themselves, the strength to heal from the trauma of loss, and ultimately reawaken to life. Providing editorial assistance to Susan was David Sandler, a communication’s consultant, educator and journalist.
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By Susan Rescorla
Reviewed by Pat Stansbury
Executive Director National Foundation of Patriotism
It was one of those rare opportunities in life in which your past brushes against your future in one tragic and surreal event that suspended the world in shock and disbelief.
September 11, 2001 the most horrifying day in our recent history, America under attack on our own soil. Since then, the stories of heroism and sacrifice abound. But one story rose above the rest as the dust and debris settled over the Manhattan horizon. As America mourned her loss, the shocking reality started to set in as we heard the stories and accounts of the scope of intent that our enemy had in store for the greatest nation in the world.
I met Susan Rescorla after inviting her to speak at the unveiling of an exhibit our class sponsored in Rick's honor, at the National Museum of Patriotism. Susan continues to carry the torch of love and fans the flame of his memory as she marches across America with her personal accounts of his life and heroism. Stories America needs to remember.
Susan's plight is a challenging one, and one I intend to help her achieve. Her story, as you will learn in reading this book, is sure to tug at your heart too. The story of a woman who rose above her own personal hell as she struggled to come to terms with the loss of the only love she ever knew. She too, rose from the ashes of her personal hopes and dreams, never able to even bury Rick's body and have that sense of closure most of us expect when we lose a loved one. Her efforts to keep his memory alive are not in vain. Her work to preserve a piece of American history for the benefit of strengthening the resolve of a grateful nation, are nothing less than heroic in her own right.
from "Rick Rescorla" wiki bio excerpt:
> He enlisted in the British Army in 1957, training as a paratrooper with The Parachute Regiment and then serving with an intelligence unit in Cyprus during the EOKA Cypriot insurgency from 1957 to 1960.
> He then served as a paramilitary police inspector in the Northern Rhodesia Police (now the Zambia Police Service) from 1960 to 1963
> enlisted in the United States Army in 1963 and after basic training at Fort Dix, he attended Officer Candidate School and airborne training at Fort Benning.
I've been informed that ONLY US citizens can be a commissioned or warrant officer in the US military. Non-citizens are ineligible to attend WO flight training and OCS. There must be a mistake in his wiki biography page since it says he moved to the US, enlisted and went to OCS in the same year (1963) . You must be a permanent resident for 5 years before you can apply for naturalization.
I tried to send eMail to the Rick Rescorla Memorial web site ([...]) asking for clarification & explanation but Windows Microsoft Edge browser reported that site as "unsafe".
> he was a second lieutenant in the United States Army.... participated in the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang... After service in Vietnam, Rescorla returned to the US, and used his military benefits to study creative writing at the University of Oklahoma, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Arts degree in English, and a law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Rick and his first wife, Betsy, met as students at the University of Oklahoma. They married in Dallas in 1972. The Rescorlas' first child was born in South Carolina in 1976 and their second 1978, while they lived in Chicago. The family moved to New Jersey.
He was NOT a "lifer", i.e. career officer. US Army officers had a minimum 3 year obligation back then (1963-1966). Wikipedia does not mention if he re-upped and served more than 1 tour in Nam, but it can surmised from the above excerpt that he left the Army NO LATER than 1971. Yet the wikipedia photo shows him with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (see attachment), which would mean he went from 2nd Lieutenant platoon leader to Lieutenant Colonel in 7-8 (?) years. NO WAY !! In VietNam a Brigade Commander was often a Lieutenant Colonel and Company Commanders were Captains, yet wikipedia does not mention him holding any such high command.