Death of a Hero, Birth of a Legend

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Slightly altered from its original appearance in Soldier of Fortune magazine, Death of a Hero, Birth of a Legend tells the story of four men as they battle war and life. However, when one man, Vietnam Vet Rick Rescorla (a major character in We Were Soldiers Once...And Young), is tested during the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11, the beauty of a true hero is shown. More

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About Jim Morris

Jim Morris is a veteran who served three tours with Special Forces (The Green Berets) in Vietnam. The second and third were cut short by serious wounds. He retired of wounds as a major. He has maintained his interest in the mountain peoples of Vietnam with whom he fought, and has been, for many years, a refugee and civil rights activist on their behalf.

His Vietnam memoir War Story won the first Bernal Diaz Award for military non-fiction. Morris is author of the story from which the film Operation Dumbo Drop was made, and has produced numerous documentary television episodes about the Vietnam War. He is author of three books of non-fiction and four novels. He has appeared on MSNBC as a commentator on Special Operations.

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Mark Berent reviewed on Oct. 9, 2014

A Soldier’s Fortune.

Jim Morris, a combat veteran, writes with awe of the many men he has known and served with. While he regards them as true heroes, and they most certainly are, he would snort and scoff were anyone to refer to Morris himself as a hero, which he certainly is. In this essay he writes primarily of Rick Rescorla, a British fighting man who served in the SAS, Scotland Yard, northern Rhodesia, the U.S. Army, and, ultimately, security consultant for Dean Witter Morgan Stanley in the WTC. Prior to 9/11 Rescorla pushed and prodded to get his escape plan in place and practiced. This article explains the extraordinary results that saved thousands.

This review is by Mark Berent, author the Vietnam airwar “Wings of War” historical series and many free articles available on all E-Books.
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