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September 12, 2003

Oh comma pardon me

The comments for the last post are worth a look. Fred Kiesche talks about the internal and external struggle. Matthew Frost has thought provoking remarks about Lord Jim. He also mentions an October 2001 Washington Post article commemorating the life and heroism of Rick Rescorla. Here it is.

The survivors of the 7th Cavalry still tell awestruck stories about Rescorla. Like the time he stumbled into a hooch full of enemy soldiers on a reconnaissance patrol in Bon Song. Oh, pardon me, he said, before firing a few rounds and racing away.

"Oh comma pardon me," repeats Dennis Deal, who followed Rescorla that day in April 1966. "Like he had walked into a ladies' tea party."

Or the time a deranged private pulled a .45-caliber pistol on an officer while Rescorla was nearby, sharpening his bowie knife. "Rick just walked right between them and said: Put. Down. The. Gun," recalls Bill Lund, who served with Rescorla in Vietnam. "And the guy did. Then Rick went back to his knife. He was flat out the bravest man any of us ever knew."

Rescorla's story is moving on so many levels I have trouble knowing where to begin. Who would not want to be like him?

And then... Pictures of a memorial to Rick Rescorla in his birthplace in Hayle, Cornwall can be found here. This BBC article speaks of a campaign for an official honour for Rescorla from the British government though I have yet to find specific information about it. Prince Charles, the Duke of Cornwall is reportedly on side. Cornishman Mike Kent provides links to a website featuring Cornish songs. I think the Oggy Man is particularly beautiful.

Here is a good site where you can listen to it and other songs like "Trelawny", that was played at Rick Rescorla's memorial service in Hayle. Trelawny is the Cornish national anthem, and if you have any Cornish blood at all it will make the hairs on the back of your neck prickle when you listen to it.

"Camborne Hill" is the first song and "Trelawny" is the ninth one down.

Richard C. Rescorla's name is one among too many on this list. His actions meant 2,700 names live on with the people he saved.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 12, 2003 10:05 AM