Left: Ruins of the World Trade Center by Jim Watson. Right: A photo of Rick Rescorla's memorial by Ben Darlow | Wikimedia
The world changed that fateful day in September 2001. The terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers set America and the world on a different path, violently knocking the future into a new destiny. Some thirty years earlier another event had defined an era, shaped a generation, and shifted the course of history. That event was the Vietnam War.
One man lived to witness both in his lifetime, not passively from the sidelines though, nor from the stands but live from the front stage, actively breathing, smelling, and tasting the events as they unfolded around him. That man was Rick Rescorla; American-made but British-born.