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  1. 1. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Corporal Patrick Daniel "Pat" Tillman[1] (November 6, Patrick Daniel Tillman 1976 – April 22, 2004) was an American football player who left his professional career and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks. He joined the Army Rangers and served several tours in combat before he died in the mountains of Afghanistan. The Army at first reported that Tillman had been killed by enemy fire, and Lieutenant General Stanley A. McChrystal approved the award of a Silver Star. The actual cause of Tillmans death was later ruled by the Pentagon as friendly fire. 1 Early life 2 Family and friends 3 Football career 4 Military career and death Specialist Patrick Daniel Tillman 5 Awards and decorations Nickname "Pat" 6 Aftermath 6.1 Cover-up surrounding Tillmans death Born November 6, 1976 6.2 Congressional inquiries Fremont, California 6.3 Memorials and tributes Died April 22, 2004 (aged 27) 6.4 Controversial criticisms 6.5 Media analyses Sperah, Afghanistan (KIA) 7 Religious and political beliefs Allegiance United States of America 8 See also Service/branch United States Army 9 References 10 Books Years of 2002 - 2004 11 External links service Rank Corporal Unit 2nd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment Tillman was born on November 6, 1976, in Fremont, Battles/wars War on Terror California. The oldest of three sons, Tillman excelled at Iraq War football in high school. He helped lead Leland High School to War in Afghanistan the Central Coast Division I Football Championship. Tillman Awards Silver Star then went to Arizona State University on a football Purple Heart scholarship.[2] Meritorious Service Medal1 of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
  2. 2. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tillman was very close to his family and high school friends. He repeatedly mentioned in his personal journals during wartime service that he drew strength from and deeply valued his closest friendships, parents, wife and family. Tillman was very committed to his high-school sweetheart whom he married just prior to enlistment in the Army Rangers, Marie Ugenti Tillman. He also was very close with his brother, Kevin Tillman, who enlisted with and served alongside him.[3] He started his college career as a linebacker for Arizona State University in 1994, when he secured the last remaining scholarship for the team. Tillman excelled as a linebacker at Arizona State, despite being relatively small for the position at five-feet eleven-inches (1.80 m) tall. As a senior in 1997, he helped his team go undefeated that season as well as helping them make it to the Rose Bowl that year. He was voted the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. Academically, Tillman majored in marketing and graduated in three and a half years with a 3.85 GPA. He also earned many academic awards including: the Clyde B. Smith Academic Award in 1996 and 1997; the Sporting News Honda Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1997; and the 1998 Sun Angel Student Athlete of Year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.2 of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
  3. 3. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In the 1998 National Football League Draft, Tillman Pat Tillman was selected as the 226th pick by the Arizona Cardinals. Tillman moved over to play the safety No. 40 position in the NFL and started ten of sixteen games in Safety his rookie season. Personal information At one point in his NFL career, Tillman turned down a Date of birth: November 6, 1976 five-year, $9 million contract offer from the St. Louis Place of birth: San Jose, California Rams out of loyalty to the Cardinals.[4] Date of death: April 22, 2004 (aged 27) Sports Illustrated football writer Paul Zimmerman Place of death: Sperah, Afghanistan (Dr. Z) named Tillman to his 2000 NFL All-Pro team Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 202 lb (92 kg) after Tillman finished with 155 tackles (120 solo), 1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 9 pass Career information deflections and 1 interception for 30 yards. High school: Leland High School Tillman finished his career with totals of 238 tackles, College: Arizona State University 2.5 sacks, 3 interceptions for 37 yards, 3 forced NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 7 / Pick: 226 fumbles, 2 pass deflections, and 3 fumble recoveries in Debuted in 1998 for the Arizona Cardinals 60 career games. In addition he also had 1 rush attempt for 4 yards and returned 3 kickoffs for Last played in 2001 for the Arizona Cardinals 33 yards.[5] Career history In May 2002, eight months after the September 11 Arizona Cardinals (1998–2001) attacks and after completing the fifteen remaining games of the 2001 season which followed the attacks Career highlights and awards (at a salary of $512,000 per year),[6] Tillman turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years NFL All-Pro selection (2000) from the Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army.[7] Arizona Cardinals #40 retired Arizona State Sun Devils #42 retired Career NFL statistics as of 2001 Tillman and his brother Kevin enlisted on 31 May 2002. Kevin gave up the chance of a career in Tackles 238 professional baseball as he had already signed to play INT 3 for the Cleveland Indians. In September 2002, they Sacks 2.5 completed basic training together.[8][9] The two Forced Fumbles 1 brothers completed the Ranger Indoctrination Stats at ( Program in late 2002 and were assigned to the 2nd /profile?id=TIL573494) Ranger Battalion in Fort Lewis, Washington. Tillman College Football Hall of Fame ( resided in University Place with his wife before being /famer_selected.php?id=90207) deployed to Iraq. After participating in the initial invasion of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in September 2003, he entered Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and graduated on November 28, 2003.[10] Tillman was subsequently redeployed to Afghanistan. On April 22, 2004, he was killed by friendly fire. An Afghan Militia Forces Allied soldier was also killed in3 of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
  4. 4. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia the action. Tillman’s Platoon Leader First Lieutenant David Uthlaut and his RadioTelephone Operator, then 19-year old Jade Lane, were wounded in the incident. The specific details of his death and its aftermath were investigated by the US Congress. The Army initially claimed that Tillman and his unit were attacked in an apparent ambush on a road outside of the village of Sperah about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Khost, near the Pakistan border. An Afghan militia soldier was killed, and two other Rangers were injured as well. The Army Special Operations Command initially claimed that there was an exchange with hostile forces. After a lengthy investigation conducted by Brigadier General Gary M. Jones, the U.S. Department of Defense concluded that both the Afghan militia soldiers and Pat Tillmans deaths were due to friendly fire aggravated by the intensity of the firefight. An investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command concluded that Tillman and the Afghan militia soldier were killed by friendly fire when one allied group fired upon another in confusion after nearby gunfire was mistakenly believed to be from enemy combatants. The CID Report summary, dated 19 March 2007, stated that: "during their movement through the canyon road, Serial 2 [Tillmans platoon had to split up because of a broken Humvee; the parts were called Serial 1 and 2] was ambushed and became engaged in a running gun battle with enemy combatants. Serial 1 [Tillmans portion of the platoon] had just passed through the same canyon without incident and were approximately one kilometer ahead of Serial 2. Upon hearing explosions, gunfire, and sporadic radio communication from Serial 2, Serial 1 dismounted their vehicles and moved on foot, to a more advantageous position to provide overwatch and fire support for Serial 2s movement out of the ambush." Upon exiting the gorge, and despite attempts by Serial 1 to signal a "friendly position," occupants of the lead vehicle of Serial 2 opened fire on Tillmans position, where he was fatally shot.[11] Meritorious Service Medal Army Achievement Medal National Defense Service Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Army Service Ribbon Presidential Unit Citation Joint Meritorious Unit Award Army Superior Unit Award Cover-up surrounding Tillmans death4 of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
  5. 5. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A report described in The Washington Post on May 4, 2005, prepared at p g t y p p the request of Tillmans family by Brigadier General Gary M. Jones q y y g y revealed that in the days immediately following Tillmans death, Army y y g y investigators were aware that Tillman had been killed by friendly fire, shot three times in the head.[12] Jones reported that senior Army [12] p y commanders, including General John Abizaid, knew of this fact within g days of the shooting but nevertheless approved the awarding of the Silver y g pp g Star, Purple Heart, and a posthumous promotion to the rank of , p Corporal.[13] [13] Misleading tribute to CPL. Tillman at Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal approved the Silver Star citation t y y pp the National Infantry Museum. The on April 28, 2004, which g p gave a detailed account of Tillmans death plaque inaccurately says he was killed including the p g phrase "in the line of devastating enemy fire," but the next g y in an enemy ambush. day he sent a P4 confidential memo warning senior government members that Tillman might actually have been killed by friendly fire.[14] Top g y y y [14] p commanders within the US Central Command, including former Commander of the United States Central Command ( (CENTCOM) General John Abizaid, should have been notified by the P4 memo,[15] which described ) y m [15] Tillmans "highly possible" fratricide, four days before Tillmans nationally televised memorial service during y [ [16][17] which he was lauded as a war hero for dying while engaging the enemy. Jones reported that members of Tillmans unit burned his body armor and uniform in an apparent attempt to hide the fact that he was killed by friendly fire.[18] His notebook, in which – according to author Jon Krakauer – [18] Tillman had recorded some of his thoughts on Afghanistan, was also burned; "a blatant violation of p g g protocol".[19] [19] Several soldiers were subsequently p q y punished for their actions by being removed from the United States Army y g Rangers. Jones believed that Tillman should retain his medals and promotion, since, according to Jones, he intended to engage the enemy and behaved heroically.[18] h [18] Tillmans family was not informed of the finding that he was killed by friendly fire until weeks after his memorial service, although at least some senior Army officers knew of that fact prior to the service.[18] According to g y p [18] g Krakauer in his book Where Men Win Glory, the extensive cover-up that followed his death included the p militarys order to Tillmans comrades to lie to his family at the funeral.[19] Tillmans parents have sharply y y [19] p py criticized the Armys handling of the incident; Tillmans father charges that the Army "purposely interfered in the y g g y p p y investigation" because of the effect it could have on their recruiting efforts, while Tillmans mother charges that "this lie was to cover their image."[20] [20] After it happened, all the p p in p pp , people positions of authority went out of their way to script this. They y y p purposely interfered with the investigation; they covered it up. I think they thought they could p p y g ; y p y g y g control it, and they realized that their recruiting efforts were going to go to hell in a handbasket if the [ [20] truth about his death got out. They blew up their poster boy. b He also blamed high-ranking Army officers for presenting "outright lies" to the family and to the public.[21] p [21] On March 4, 2006, the US Defense Department Inspector General directed the Army to open a criminal p p y p investigation of Tillmans death. The Armys Criminal Investigative Division will determine if Tillmans death was the result of negligent homicide.[22] [22] On March 26, 2007, the Pentagon released their report on the events surrounding Tillmans death and coverup. The report reads in part:5 of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
  6. 6. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ...we emphasize that all investigators established the basic facts of CPL Tillmans death – that it was p g caused by friendly fire, that the occupants of one vehicle in CPL Tillmans platoon were responsible, y y , p p p and that circumstances on the ground caused those occupants to misidentify friendly forces as g p y y hostile. None of the investigations suggested that CPL Tillmans death was anything other than g gg y g accidental. Our review, as well as the investigation recently completed by Army CID, obtained no evidence contrary to those key findings.[23] [23] On April 24, 2007, Iraq veteran Jessica Lynch, who had been captured by the Iraqis after a fire fight, g p q y p y q g gave y g testimony before the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that the Pentagon g y had erroneously portrayed her as a "Rambo from the hills of West Virginia," when in fact, she never fired a shot after her truck was ambushed.[24] Tillmans brother Kevin Tillman testified at the same hearing that: "The [24] g deception surrounding this [ p g [Tillman] case was an insult to the family: but more importantly, its primary purpose ] y p y p yp p was to deceive a whole nation. We say these things with disappointment and sadness for our country. Once again, we have been used as props in a Pentagon public relations exercise."[25] [25] After Kevins testimony Pete Geren, acting secretary of the Army stated to reporters, "We as an Army failed in y g y y p y our duty to the Tillman family, the duty we owe to all the families of our fallen soldiers: Give them the truth, the y, y [ [25] best best we know it, as fast as we can." Tillmans diary was never returned to his family, and its whereabouts are not publicly known.[26] k [26] One investigation of the autopsy report and photographs by two forensic pathologists in November 2006, g py p p g p y p g y g g concluded that Tillman was most likely killed as a result of fire from a M249 light machine gun. The M249 uses the same ammunition as the M16 rifle and M4 carbine but is capable of g p y g g greater accuracy during higher rates of fire. This would allow a competent user to place three bullets within a several-inch target from forty or fifty yards away more easily, even from a moving vehicle.[3] v [3] On July 26, 2007, Chris Matthews reported on Hardball that Tillmans death may have been a case of deliberate y p l y y p y g gg g murder by Tillmans fellow soldiers – specifically that the bullet holes were tight and neat, suggesting a shot at close range. Matthews based his speculation on a report from the doctors who examined Tillmans body. The g p p y following day the Associated Press reported that a doctor who examined Tillmans body after his death wrote, "The medical evidence did not match up with the scenario as described,"[27] also noting that the wound p d [27] g entrances appeared as though he had been shot with an M16 rifle from fewer than 10 y pp g yards ( m) away. A (9 ) y p possible motive was not identified. When officers and soldiers were asked during a criminal investigation, they g g y said they were certain the shooting was accidental. According to one of his fellow soldiers, Tillman "was popular among his fellow soldiers and had no enemies."[27][28] [27][28] In addition, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Associated Press, the Defense y Department released 2,300 pages of documents which were reported to indicate:[27][27] There has never been evidence of enemy fire found on the scene, and no members of Tillmans group had been hit by enemy fire. y y The three-star ggeneral, who withheld details of Tillmans death from his parents for a number of months, , p told investigators approximately 70 times that he had a bad memory and couldnt recall details of his actions. Army attorneys sent each other congratulatory e-mails for keeping criminal investigators at bay as the y y g y p g g y y Army conducted an internal friendly-fire investigation that resulted in administrative, or non-criminal, punishments. p Army doctors told the investigators that Tillmans wounds suggested murder because "the medical gg [ [29] evidence did not match-up with the scenario as described." d6 of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
  7. 7. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia There were special forces snipers in the group immediately behind Tillmans platoon.[29] p [29] Despite his fame, Tillman did not want to be used for propaganda p p p p p g purposes. He spoke to friends about his p opposition to President Bush and the Iraq war, and he had made an appointment with notable g pp q pp government critic Noam Chomsky after his return from the military. The destruction of evidence linked to Tillmans death, including his personal journal, led his mother to speculate that he was murdered.[30] General Wesley Clark , m [30] possible".[31][32] agreed that it was "very p [31][32] Congressional inquiries On April 24, 2007, Specialist Bryan ONeal, the last soldier to see Pat Tillman alive, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that he was warned by superiors not to divulge information that a fellow soldier killed Tillman, especially to the Tillman family. Later, Pat Tillmans brother Kevin Tillman, who was also in the convoy traveling behind his brother at the time of the 2004 incident in Afghanistan but did not witness it, testified that the military tried to spin his brothers death to deflect attention from emerging failings in the Afghan war.[33] On August 13, 2007, Sports Illustrated reported that twenty U.S. military veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan asked the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, to help secure the release of all documents relating to the death of Pat Tillman.[34] On July 14, 2008, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a proposed report titled "Misleading Information from the Battlefield: The Tillman and Lynch Episodes".[35][36] The committee stated that its "investigation was frustrated by a near universal lack of recall" among "senior officials at the White House" and the military. It concluded: The pervasive lack of recollection and absence of specific information makes it impossible for the Committee to assign responsibility for the misinformation in Corporal Tillman’s and Private Lynch’s cases. It is clear, however, that the Defense Department did not meet its most basic obligations in sharing accurate information with the families and with the American public. Memorials and tributes After his death, the Pat Tillman Foundation was established to carry forward its view of Tillmans legacy by inspiring and supporting those striving for positive change in themselves and the world. A highway bypass around the Hoover Dam has a bridge bearing Tillmans name. Completed in October 2010, the Mike OCallaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge spans the Colorado River between Nevada and Arizona. Lincoln Law School of San Jose has established the Pat Tillman Tillmans portrait – Faces of the Fallen Scholarship in honor of Tillman. Tillmans father, Patrick Kevin Tillman, gallery – Arlington National Cemetery. earned his Juris Doctor from Lincoln in 1983. On Sunday, September 19, 2004, all teams of the NFL wore a memorial decal on their helmets in honor of Pat Tillman. The Arizona Cardinals continued to wear this decal throughout the 2004 season. Former Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer requested to also wear the decal for the entire season but the NFL turned him down saying his helmet would not be uniform with the rest of the Denver Broncos. Plummer later grew a full beard and his hair long in honor of Tillman, who had such a style in the NFL7 of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
  8. 8. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia before cutting his hair and shaving his beard off to fit military uniform guidelines. Plummer, now retired from the NFL, has since gone back to cutting his hair short but maintains the beard. The Cardinals retired his number 40, and Arizona State did the same for the number 42 he wore with the Sun Devils. The Cardinals have named the plaza surrounding their University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Pat Tillman Freedom Plaza. Later, on November 12, 2006, during a Cardinals game versus the Cowboys, a bronze statue was revealed in his honor. ASU also named the entryway to Sun Devil Stadium the "Pat Tillman Memorial Tunnel" and made a "PT-42" patch that they place on the neck of their uniforms a permanent feature. Pat Tillman Memorial, Glendale, Pat Tillmans high school, Leland High School in San Jose, renamed its football field after him. Arizona In 2004, the NFL donated $250,000 to the United Service Organizations to build a USO center in memory of Tillman. The Pat Tillman USO Center, the first USO center in Afghanistan, opened on Bagram Air Base on April 1, 2005.[37] Forward Operating Base Tillman is close to the Pakistan border, near the village of Lwara in Paktia Province, Afghanistan.[38] On Saturday, April 15, 2006, more than 10,000 participants turned out for 1st Annual Pats Run (the annual, central fundraising event for the Pat Tillman Foundation) in Tempe, Arizona. The racers traveled along the 4.2-mile (6.8 km) course around Tempe Town Lake to the finish line, on the 42-yard line of Sun Devil Stadium in order to commemorate the number which he wore as a Sun Devil and which was later retired in his honor. A second "shadow" race took A memorial to Pat Tillman place in San Jose, CA, around the country at the same time as Pats Run. was created at Sun Devil Sponsored by the Pat Tillman Foundation, a total of 14,000 runners took part. In Stadium, where he played 2005, about 6,000 took part in a single race in Tempe. Since then, Pats Run has football for the Sun Devils continued to grow every year, with more than 28,000 attendees in April 2010. Various "shadow races", in locations such as Austin, TX, take place around the and the Cardinals. country at the same time as Pats Run. Just south of San Jose, CA, in the small community of New Almaden where Pat Tillman grew up, a memorial was constructed near the Almaden Quicksilver County Park. This memorial was dedicated in September 2007 during the annual New Almaden Day celebration.[39][40] The skateboarding bulldog featured on YouTube and in an Apple iPhone commercial was named after Tillman.[41] Two books about Tillman were published in 2009. Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air and Into the Wild, chronicles Tillmans story in Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, published by Doubleday on September 15. Meanwhile, Tillmans mother, Mary Tillman, also wrote a book about her son, Boots on the Ground by Dusk, which was released in April 2008. Following Tillmans death, the Ohio State Linebackers Corp consisting of A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and Anthony Schlegel, as well as center Nick Mangold grew their hair in tribute to Tillman, imitating Tillmans trademark locks.[42]8 of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
  9. 9. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In September 2008, Rory Fanning, a fellow Army Ranger who was stationed with Tillman in Fort Lewis, Washington, began his "Walk for Pat" — a walk across the United States in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Pat Tillman Foundation. The stated fundraising goal is $3.6 million — the value of the contract Tillman turned down when he decided to enlist in the military. The Pacific-10 Conference renamed its annual defensive player of the year award in football to the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year.[43] Controversial criticisms After reports of Tillmans anti-war views became public, Ted Rall who had previously written a comic calling Tillman a "fool" and "idiot," said that he was wrong to have assumed Tillman to be a "right wing poster child" when Tillman regarded the invasion of Iraq as illegal.[44][45] Then-Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Kauzlarich, Regimental Executive Officer at Forward Operating Base Salerno on Khost, Afghanistan, under which Tillman was serving at the time of his death, and who led the second investigation into Tillmans death, made statements about the Tillman family’s search for the truth based on Tillmans atheism. In comments to ESPN, Kauzlarich said: "These people have a hard time letting it go. It may be because of their religious beliefs" and "When you die, I mean, there is supposedly a better life, right? Well, if you are an atheist and you don’t believe in anything, if you die, what is there to go to? Nothing. You are worm dirt. So for their son to die for nothing and now he is no more... I do not know how an atheist thinks, I can only imagine that would be pretty tough."[46] Kauzlarich conducted the second investigation into Tillmans death which lasted a week, from May 8 to May 15, 2004.[47] Brigadier General Rodney Johnson, the Commanding General of the United States Army Criminal Investigations Command, testified before Congress that he found these statements "totally unacceptable." Acting Department of Defense Inspector General Thomas Gimble also testified that he was "shocked" that Lieutenant Colonel Kauzlarich would make these statements.[48] According to AP analysis, there are three lower level officers expected to be punished, and Kauzlarich may be one of the three. Tillmans mother continues to reject the Pentagons characterization of the officers offenses as "errors" in reporting Tillmans death, because several officers have said they made conscious decisions not to tell the Tillman family that friendly fire was suspected.[49] Media analyses A review by New York Times reporter Dexter Filkins of Jon Krakauers book Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman noted that the book did well to compile the facts and "nauseating" details regarding the cover-up of Tillmans death. "After Tillman’s death, Army commanders violated many of their own rules, not to mention elementary standards of decency, to turn the killing into a propaganda coup for the American side," Filkins wrote.[50] A documentary film The Tillman Story was shown at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2010, and was released in August 2010.[51] On October 19, 2006, Tillmans brother Kevin broke his silence about his brothers death, lashing out at the Iraq War in a 660-word essay published on Truthdig, a progressive online journal of news and opinion.[52] The essay was widely distributed and was cited in The New York Times and Associated Press.[53]9 of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
  10. 10. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Krakauer described Tillman as "agnostic, perhaps an atheist",[54] while later news reports state he was an atheist. [55][56][57][58] According to speakers at his funeral, he was very well-read, having read a number of religious texts including the Bible, Qur’an and Book of Mormon as well as transcendentalist authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. However, responding to religious overtones at the funeral by Maria Shriver and John McCain, his youngest brother, Richard, asserted that "Hes not with God, hes fucking dead. Hes not religious." Richard added, "Thanks for your thoughts, but hes fucking dead."[59] Another article quotes Tillman as having told then-general manager of the Seattle Seahawks Bob Ferguson in December 2003, "You know Im not religious."[60] The September 25, 2005, edition of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper reported that Tillman held views which were critical of the Iraq war. According to Tillmans mother, a friend of Tillman had arranged a meeting with author Noam Chomsky, a prominent critic of American foreign and military policy, to take place after his return from Afghanistan. Chomsky has confirmed this.[61] Don Holleder – College football player, and soldier killed in action during the Vietnam War Tim James – Former NBA player who left his professional sports career and enlisted in the United States Army on September 12, 2008 Bob Kalsu – Former AFL player killed in action during the Vietnam War Don Steinbrunner – Retired NFL player killed in action during the Vietnam War Al Blozis – NFL player killed in action during World War II Jack Lummus – NFL player killed in action during World War II News propaganda Propaganda in the United States 1. ^ Rickey, Carrie (September 3, 2010). Pat Tillman Documentary Follows Familys Quest for Answers ( . Philadelphia Inquirer. 2. ^ "Pat Tillman Biography" ( . 2006 A&E Television Networks. 3. ^ a b Krakauer, Jon (2009). Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman. Doubleday (September 16, 2009); Page 317. ISBN 978-0-385-52226-7 4. ^ "In football and in life, Tillman was determined, independent" ( /03/27/MNGP4OSGB71.DTL&type=printable) . Matthew B. Stannard ( March 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 5. ^ "Pat Tillman" ( . 6. ^ "Pat Tillman" ( . Salaries Database (USA Today). Retrieved 2006-11-23. 7. ^ "Ex-NFL star Tillman makes ‘ultimate sacrifice’,Safety, who gave up big salary to join Army, killed in Afghanistan" ( . MSNBC. April 26, 2004. /id/4815441. Retrieved 2006-11-23. 8. ^ Tillman brothers enlist together ( of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
  11. 11. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 9. ^ Krakauer, Jon (2009). Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday. p. 154. ISBN 0-385-52226-6. 10. ^ Krakauer, Jon (2009). Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday. p. 220. ISBN 0-385-52226-6. 11. ^ Military Times .PDF Document copies ( Copy of US Army CID report; Pages 1–3 12. ^ "U.S. military probes soldiers death" ( . CNN. July 1, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 13. ^ "Army Cpl. Patrick D. Tillman — Honor The Fallen — Honoring those who fought and died in Iraq and Afghanistan" ( . Military Times. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 14. ^ Scott Lindlaw and Martha Mendoza (August 4, 2007). "Generals memo voiced doubts in Tillmans death" ( . Associated Press. 15. ^ "Full text of Tillman memo to top generals" ( . 16. ^ Robert Collier (April 11, 2007). "New questions raised over timing of Armys disclosure of killing by friendly fire" ( . San Francisco Chronicle. type=printable. 17. ^ Krakauer, Jon (October 14, 2009). "Gen. McChrystals Credibility Problem" ( and-stories/2009-10-14/gen-mcchrystals-credibility-problem/?cid=hp:mainpromo3) . The Daily Beast. /?cid=hp:mainpromo3. 18. ^ a b c Josh White (May 4, 2005). "Army Withheld Details About Tillmans Death:Investigator Quickly Learned Friendly Fire Killed Athlete" ( /03/AR2005050301502.html) . Washington Post: p. A-3. /2005/05/03/AR2005050301502.html. Retrieved 2006-11-23. 19. ^ a b Sarah Seltzer (September 17, 2009). "Inside Pat Tillmans Life, and the Bush Administrations Cover-Up of His Death" (,_and_the_bush_administrations_cover- up_of_his_death/?page=entire) . Alternet. /inside_pat_tillmans_life,_and_the_bush_administrations_cover-up_of_his_death/?page=entire. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 20. ^ a b Josh White (May 23, 2005). "Tillmans Parents Are Critical Of Army" ( /content/article/2005/05/22/AR2005052200865.html) . Washington Post. /content/article/2005/05/22/AR2005052200865.html. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 21. ^ Annie Gottlieb (May 5, 2005). "Pat Tillman: Its Even Worse UPDATED" ( /ambivablog/2005/05/pat_tillman_its.html) . /pat_tillman_its.html. Retrieved 2006-11-23. 22. ^ "Army to open criminal probe of Tillman death" ( . CNN. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 23. ^ (PDF) Review of matters related to the death of Corporal Patrick Tillman ( /Tillman_Redacted_Web_0307.pdf) . Office of the Inspector General. March 28, 2006. /home/pdf/Tillman_Redacted_Web_0307.pdf 24. ^ Soldier: Army ordered me not to tell the truth about Tillman ( /tillman.hearing_1_tillman-and-lynch-tillman-family-bryan-o-neal?_s=PM:POLITICS) (Politics ed.). CNN. April 24, 2007. o-neal?_s=PM:POLITICS. 25. ^ a b "Family blasts latest investigation of Pat Tillmans friendly fire death as "shamefully unacceptable"" ( . Mercury News. /breakingnews/ci_5527484. 26. ^ Monica Davey; Eric Schmitt (March 21, 2006). "2 Years After Soldiers Death, Familys Battle Is With Army" ( adxnnl=1&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=print&adxnnlx=1185554875-gZxiz4QfsOk2xD0BdXVNIg) . The New York Times. of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
  12. 12. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en=fccabd7478e61e52&ex=1300597200&adxnnl=1&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=print& adxnnlx=1185554875-gZxiz4QfsOk2xD0BdXVNIg. 27. ^ a b c Martha Mendoza (July 27, 2007). "AP: New Details on Tillmans Death" ( /news/nation/2007-07-26-tillman-friendly-fire_N.htm) . USA Today. Associated Press. /news/nation/2007-07-26-tillman-friendly-fire_N.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-27. 28. ^ Robert Collier (September 25, 2005). "Family Demands The Truth" ( /c/a/2005/09/25/MNGD7ETMNM1.DTL) . San Francisco Chronicle:. /c/a/2005/09/25/MNGD7ETMNM1.DTL. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 29. ^ a b Laurence, Charles (August 3, 2007). Was the pin-up boy of Bushs War on Terror assassinated? ( . London: The Daily Mail. in_page_id=1770 30. ^ Countdown with Keith Olbermann ( countdown_with_keith_olbermann) . NBC. countdown_with_keith_olbermann. 31. ^ Krakauer, Jon (September 11, 2009). Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman ( . The Los Angeles Times. 32. ^ "Second Soldier Alleges Former Tillman Commander Ordered "360 Rotational Fire" in Iraq" (http://www.truth- . Truth out. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 33. ^ "Soldier: Army ordered me not to tell truth about Tillman" ( /tillman.hearing/index.html) . CNN. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 34. ^ Associated Press (August 13, 2007). "Military vets ask Goodell to help release Tillman report" ( . Sports Illustrated. 35. ^ House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (July 14, 2008). "Misleading Information from the Battlefield: The Tillman and Lynch Episodes" ( // (PDF). United States Congress. Archived from the original ( on 2007-05-30. /web/20070530191210/ 36. ^ Seibel, Mark (July 14, 2008). "Bush officials lack of recall thwarted Tillman, Lynch probes" ( . McClatchy Newspapers. /iraq/story/44191.html 37. ^ Landers, Jim, "Tillmans Legacy Lives On At Center", Dallas Morning News, January 18, 2009, p. 22. 38. ^ "The Last Outpost" ( . Archived from the original ( on 2008-04-05. /web/20080405221321/ 39. ^ "Memorial to honor Pat Tillman, a kid New Almaden knew well, San Jose Mercury News, August 4, 2007" ( . 40. ^ Horii, Ronald (September 8, 2007). "Pat Tillman Memorial Dedication" ( /NewAlmadenDay07/NAD07-3.html) . New Almaden Day 8/8/07. /AQSPark/NewAlmadenDay07/NAD07-3.html. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 41. ^ "Tillman the Skateboarding Bulldog" ( . 42. ^ Corbett, Jim (March 7, 2006). "Lot of bang from the Buckeyes, USA Today, March 8, 2006" ( . /football/draft/2006-03-08-osu-lb-feature_x.htm. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 43. ^ "Pac-10 Names Award for Pat Tillman" ( /search? tillman.aspx+%22pat+tillman+defensive+player+of+the+year%22+rename&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us& client=firefox-a& (Press release). Pac-10. June 8, 2004. Archived from the original ( on June 21, 2011.12 of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
  13. 13. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /52096/pac-10-names-award-for-pat-tillman.aspx+%22pat+tillman+defensive+player+of+the+year%22+rename& cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a& "The Pac-10 has renamed its annual defensive player of the year award in football the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year Award, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today." 44. ^ Ted Rall (October 8, 2005). "Pat Tillman Redux" ( /2005_10_01_archive.html#112880323465427889) . /2005_10_01_archive.html#112880323465427889. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 45. ^ Robert Collier (2005-09-25). "Family demands the truth: new inquiry may expose events that led to Pat Tillmans death" ( . San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 46. ^ Stan Goff (July 28, 2006). "Playing the Atheism Card Against Pat Tillman’s Family" ( /report/item/20060728_worm_dirt/) . Retrieved 2007-07-28. 47. ^ Mike Fish (Spring 2006). "Pat Tillman Timeline" ( /story?page=tillmantimeline) . Retrieved 2007-07-31. 48. ^ Henry Waxman and Tom Davis (May 16, 2007). "Letter to General Ham" ( /web/20070530191210/ (PDF). Archived from the original ( on 2007-05-30. /web/20070530191210/ 49. ^ "Report: General faces demotion in Tillman case" ( tillman_N.htm) . USA Today. Associated Press. July 26, 2007. /2007-07-26-tillman_N.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 50. ^ Dexter Filkins (2009-09-08). "The Good Soldier" ( t.html) . The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 51. ^ IMDB entry for The Tillman Story ( 52. ^ After Pats Birthday,, Oct. 19, 2006 ( /item/200601019_after_pats_birthday/) 53. ^ Brother of N.F.L. Star Posts Antiwar Essay, Oct. 24, 2006 ( /24/washington/24tillman.html) 54. ^ "Jon Krakauer: "Where Men Win Glory" (Doubleday)" ( /jon-krakauer-where-men-win-glory-doubleday) . The Diane Rehm Show. Washington, DC. 16 September 2009. 37 minutes in. National Public Radio. WAMU. men-win-glory-doubleday. Listen ( Windows Media ( Real Audio ( player?nid=775&format=ram) 55. ^ Holden, Stephen. "When Heroism Means Finding Truth" ( /20tillman.html?_r=1) , The New York Times, August 19, 2010. 56. ^ OrdoĖa, Michael. "Shadowy Truth" ( 20100818,0,2500845.story) , The Los Angeles Times, August 18, 2010, p.D-6] 57. ^ Smith, Kyle Smith. "The complex, tragic life and death of Pat Tillman", The New York Post, August 15, 2010. 58. ^ Mondello, Bob. "The Tillman Story: One Familys Quest For The Truth" ( /story.php?storyId=129235553&ft=1&f=100) , NPR, August 20, 2010. 59. ^ "Bill Maher interviews brother of Afghanistan hero Pat Tillman" ( equilibrium/2010/sep/27/bill-maher-richard-tillman) . The Guardian (London). 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2011. 60. ^ Bickley, Dan (April 16, 2005). "Fallen Ranger Tillman turned down NFL overtures for 2004 season" ( . USA Today. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 61. ^ "Pat Tillman, Our Hero" ( . The Nation. of 16 6/4/2012 7:56 PM
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