I love stories about heroes, and during some idle moments today came across two that are worth sharing. The first of these is one I had read before, when it made its original appearance as an article in a 1989 issue of Reader's Digest, but it touches me now as much as it did then. It's about a U. S. Army officer named Sam Bird. For reasons explained in the article itself, I knew who he was before I became aware that he was, in fact, a hero. The second article is about Rick Rescorla, a decorated veteran of the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley who, 36 years later, outdid his own previous heroism during the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.