Rescorla, Cyril Richard, COL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 1542, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
Service Years
1963 - 1990



Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home Country
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hayle, Cornwall, England
Last Address
New York City, NY

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 2001
Hostile, Died while Missing
Terrorist Attack
New York
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Raptor Preserve - Morris County, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
September 11, 2001 FallenHistorical Soldiers
  2014, September 11, 2001 Fallen [Verified]
  2016, Historical Soldiers [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)
Great Britain - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
  1965-1965, 1542, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Silver Bayonet I - Battle of the Ia Drang
 Colleges Attended 
University of Oklahoma
  1968-1972, University of Oklahoma
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
A quote said to his best friend, Daniel Hill, not too long before his death: "Men like us shouldn't go out like this." (Referring to his cancer.) "We're supposed to die in some desperate battle performing great deeds." And he did.

Rick Rescorla had prior service with the British Army in combat in Cyprus (1957-60) with the 16th Air Assault Brigade, Parachute Regiment. He had been trained as a constable in the London Metropolitan Police force in 1960, and served in the Northern Rhodesia Police Force (1960-63), prior to coming to the States in 1963.

After arriving in America, he enlisted in the Army at Fort Dix and graduated from OCS in 1965. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne, arriving in Vietnam in September 1965. He lead a platoon in Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry in the battle at Ia Drang Valley. (Detailed in We Were Soldiers Once, and Young as well as Heart of a Soldier  among others).

The famous photo taken of him on 16 November 1965 served as the cover of several books and as the model of a statue of him in Fort Benning. He was 25 years old during that action.

He attended the University of Oklahoma obtaining a B.A. and M.A. in English and studied law at Okalahoma City College. Later, he taught taught criminal justice at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

He remained active in the Army Reserve until he retired as a colonel in 1990.  (Leaving active duty in 1968.)

At the time of his death, he was serving as vice-president in charge of security at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.  He was killed while evacuating people from the World Trade Center Tower 2. 

On March 25, 2009, Rick was awarded the Above & Beyond Citizen Medal from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation for his actions in saving many people, evacuating them to safety from the WTC in which he lost his own life.


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