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Wednesday April 18th, 2012 - Rick Rescorla

  • Titerest: Arguably one of the greatest heroes in modern American history -- even more impressive, considering he was British. Joined the British military when he was 16. Served in Her Majesty's Service as a Military Intelligence officer on the island of Cyprus from 1957 to 1960, digging up intel on Communist activities.

  • Titerest: Decided he hadn't done enough ass-kicking and enlisted in the American army. Served in the Vietnam war and according to Hal Moore, the Vietnam vet author of We Were Soldiers, Rescorla was "the greatest platoon commander I have ever seen." Went with the badass call sign "Hard Corps One-Six."

  • Titerest: Hard Corps One-Six left Vietnam with a Silver Star and a Bronze Star, got a law degree in Oklahoma, taught Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina, and retired from the Army reserve in 1990 with the rank of Colonel. He later got a job as director of security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, where he was tasked with ensuring employee safety for one of the world's largest financial institutions.

  • Titerest: He was last seen on the tenth floor of the World Trade Center, heading up. Of the 2,700 people he had been charged with protecting, all but 6 survived the terrorist attack.

  • Joshua Michael: This guy should be up for badass of all time.

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