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  • Army Ranger Steven Elliott Fears He May Have Killed Pat Tillman

    04/19/2014 6:31:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Erwin
    It's one of the most famous military mysteries of the past decade, Pat Tillman, the former ASU and Cardinals player turned Army Ranger killed in 2004 after he left the NFL to fight in Afghanistan. The Army said it was friendly fire, but never said whose shots killed Tillman. Three soldiers acknowledged firing at his position, but none have spoken publicly until now. Steven Elliott told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that two convoys entered the mountains, but got separated. He said Tillman's group scaled a ridge line to help fellow rangers under attack, but a squad leader mistakenly thought an...
  • Ten years after his death, Pat Tillman's spirit lives on in a military scholar program

    04/19/2014 7:56:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Mark Emmons
    Ten years after the death of Pat Tillman in a remote Afghanistan pass, monuments to his memory are everywhere. A stone marker in San Jose's community of New Almaden. An 8-foot statue in Glendale, Ariz. The Pat Tillman Stadium at Leland High School and the Tillman Tunnel that Arizona State football players run through. But the most fitting tributes to an admired man are not found in concrete and bronze. They are living legacies of flesh, blood and passion -- the Tillman Military Scholars. Nearly 300 active-duty service members, veterans and spouses inspired by Tillman's story have received college scholarships...
  • Shooter fears he killed Pat Tillman

    04/18/2014 11:37:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    ESPN ^ | 4/18/2014 | Mike Fish
    For the first time, one of the three Army Ranger platoon mates who fired at Pat Tillman speaks publicly about what happened that fateful day, ten years ago this week. OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In his first public statements about the death of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player turned Army Ranger, one of the fellow Rangers involved in the 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" he has lived for 10 years with the thought that he might have fired the fatal shots. "It is possible, in my mind, that I hit him," said Steven Elliott, who...
  • In the movie -- ‘The Pat Tillman Story,’ Anti-Bush Conspiracy Just Doesn’t Add Up

    09/14/2010 8:22:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 09/14/2010 | John Nolte
    There are three important things going on in "The Tillman Story" (in selected theatres today), two of which almost make the conspiracy-mongering documentary worth your time. The first and best is the opportunity to get to know better the extraordinary and extraordinarily complicated and interesting Pat Tillman. In the best sense of the word, this was a fierce and fiercely passionate man - fierce on the football field, fierce on the battlefield, and fierce in his personal beliefs. This was also a man who only ever dated one woman, the woman he would marry the same week he enlisted; and...
  • McChrystal Clear (Flashback 05/13/09)

    10/05/2009 2:59:36 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies · 617+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 13, 2009 | IBD Editorial staff
    War On Terror: From Gettysburg to Fallujah, no-nonsense leadership has proved the key to victory in war. President Obama has chosen a new top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. This is Obama's war. This is his general. During the campaign, candidate Barack Obama said Afghanistan was the right place to fight what is now called an overseas contingency operation. At first glance, with his choice of Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal to take over as the top U.S. commander there, he may have picked the right man to fight it. McChrystal is a special ops guru, a former head of the Joint...
  • Tillman's parents want general's record reviewed

    05/12/2009 4:45:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies · 1,126+ views
    breitbart ^ | 5/12/2009 | Lara Jakes
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The parents of slain Army Ranger and NFL star Pat Tillman voiced concerns Tuesday that the general who played a role in mischaracterizing his death could be put in charge of military operations in Afghanistan. In a brief interview with The Associated Press, Pat Tillman Sr. accused Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal of covering up the circumstances of the 2004 slaying. "I do believe that guy participated in a falsified homicide investigation," Pat Tillman Sr. said.
  • Mary Tillman Talks About Her Son

    05/09/2008 1:18:59 AM PDT · by Westlander · 10 replies · 264+ views
    WXYZ.COM ^ | 5-8-2008 | WXYZ.COM
    Pat Tillman's mother spoke with Action News Anchor Robbie Timmons today, while on a book tour for "Boots On The Ground By Dusk."
  • Late Pat Tillman on College Football Hall of Fame ballot for first time

    03/11/2008 6:59:47 PM PDT · by BGHater · 2 replies · 236+ views
    AP ^ | 11 Mar 2008 | AP
    The late Pat Tillman, a former Arizona State linebacker who gave up a professional football career to join the military, is among 19 players up for election to the College Football Hall of Fame for the first time this year. The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame released a ballot Tuesday with 75 players and eight coaches eligible for election to the hall. Tillman played linebacker for the Sun Devils from 1994-97 and was one of the best defensive players in the Pac-10 over his final two seasons. He was one of the leaders of the last Arizona...
  • If Pat Tillman Was a Hero, What About All These People?

    08/27/2007 5:30:02 AM PDT · by Dan Calabrese · 18 replies · 654+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | August 27, 2007 | Lucia Bill
    Atlas shrugged three years ago when one of the greatest tragedies in modern American military history struck: Pat Tillman, football-player-turned-Army Ranger, died in Afghanistan from friendly fire. Pat Tillman is often called a hero. The term "hero" has been cheapened and overused, although few can actually define it. American Heritage Dictionary defines "hero" as a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life. This fits all our service men and women, although it seems that some people are more heroic than others.
  • PAT TILLMAN: ACTION AND SOME REACTIONS

    08/11/2007 9:17:22 AM PDT · by tailgunner · 10 replies · 382+ views
    NowPublic.com ^ | August 11, 2007 | Navvy Jiner
    Opening the investigation into the combat death in Afghanistan of NFL defensive back Pat Tillman, Chairman Henry A. Waxman of the House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform said about fatalities there and in Iraq, Each death has its own compelling story. Each brought incalculable grief for the soldier’s family and...
  • Generals Don’t Need a Watchdog

    08/09/2007 11:48:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 641+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 9, 2007 | JACK JACOBS
    BY now, most Americans know the story of Cpl. Pat Tillman. He bravely chose military service rather than the National Football League, and he was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 by fire from his comrades. My own units in Vietnam were occasionally the victims of errant rifle fire, mortar rounds and bombs — indeed, the very success of an infantry attack is dependent on leaning forward into friendly supporting fires. But, after the fact, the Tillman death played out differently. His unit reported that he was killed in a ferocious engagement with the enemy, and the truth was hidden by...
  • Keith Olbermann And The Murder Of Pat Tillman (Youtube. Olbermann Trash.

    07/30/2007 7:17:57 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 61 replies · 1,632+ views
    YouTube ^ | 7/27/07 | brtndr98
    Keith Olbermann and the Murder of Pat Tillman
  • DailyKos: Did Bush order Pat Tillman whacked?

    07/27/2007 8:35:51 PM PDT · by ken21 · 55 replies · 1,827+ views
    WND Exclusive CONSPIRACY PLANET DailyKos: Did Bush order Pat Tillman whacked? Pelosi's favorite website now sees tragic death as political murder Posted: July 27, 2007 5:33 p.m. Eastern © 2007 WorldNetDaily.com Pat Tillman WASHINGTON – The highly trafficked "progressive" website DailyKos, which boasts contributors including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is suggesting football star Pat Tillman was murdered in Afghanistan on orders from the White House. The theory behind the conspiracy? "It was well-known he (Tillman) was against the war in Iraq," explains the DailyKos diarist Dburn.
  • New documents shed light on Tillman’s death

    07/26/2007 7:15:06 PM PDT · by gpapa · 39 replies · 2,151+ views
    AP via MSNBC.com ^ | July 26, 2007 | Unattributed
    SAN FRANCISCO - Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman’s forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player’s death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. “The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described,” a doctor who examined Tillman’s body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators. The doctors — whose names were blacked out — said that the bullet holes were so close together that...
  • The Jackals and Pat Tillman

    04/26/2007 6:50:05 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 1 replies · 424+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 4/26/07 | Purple Mountains
    In every modern war, commanders have tried to write comforting letters home to parents of soldiers killed in the service. Regardless of the circumstances of their deaths, decent and compassionate commanders have always tried to put those circumstances in the best light possible, sometimes stretching the truth or even glossing over painful facts. Sometimes their actions were also designed to hide the fact of their own incompetence or “for the good of the service”, but usually the motives were benign.
  • Don't make me A Hero

    04/04/2007 3:04:20 PM PDT · by mission9 · 345+ views
    Associated Content. ^ | 04-04-07 | Ranger
    My life is filled with heroes, that I have never seen before, there are those who serve on the homefront, and those who’ve gone to war. Soldiers, sailors, policemen, firemen, nurses, the EMT, those who do their duty, to keep me safe and free. And they are all just doing their jobs, and I never hear them complain, yet each time that I see one, I hear this refrain: What would it take to persuade you, to put your life upon the line? If I gave you ten million dollars, would you give your life for mine? If I gave...
  • Pat Tillman's Mother Accuses Bush of Hiding Facts

    04/01/2007 10:22:33 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 88 replies · 1,985+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 01 APRIL 2007 | AP
    (CBS) SAN FRANCISCO -- Mary Tillman is accusing President Bush of helping cover up the facts in her son’s death, after new documents suggest Bush knew within a week that U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman had been killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. “We’ve always believed that the White House knew that Pat was killed by friendly fire. It’s just a matter of trying to prove it,” Mary Tillman told KCBS radio on Saturday. The Pentagon maintained for five weeks the San Jose native and NFL star had been killed by enemy fire. New documents disclosed by the Associated Press...
  • AP: Gen. tried to warn Bush on Tillman

    03/30/2007 3:38:03 PM PDT · by chet_in_ny · 67 replies · 1,072+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 3/30/07 | SCOTT LINDLAW
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Just seven days after Pat Tillman's death, a top general warned there were strong indications that it was friendly fire and President Bush might embarrass himself if he said the NFL star-turned-soldier died in an ambush, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. ADVERTISEMENT It was not until a month afterward that the Pentagon told the public and grieving family members the truth — that Tillman was mistakenly killed in Afghanistan by his comrades. The memo reinforces suspicions that the Pentagon was more concerned with sparing officials from embarrassment than with leveling with Tillman's...
  • 2 Sicko Democrats (Joseph Farah Slams Jimmy Carter And Charlie Rangel Alert)

    11/29/2006 11:18:01 PM PST · by goldstategop · 16 replies · 1,325+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 11/30/2006 | Joseph Farah
    I'm going to be covering two different subjects in this column today, so stay with me. The only thing these two subjects have in common is that they both involve seriously demented and morally bankrupt Democratic politicians – neither of whom is really worthy of a full-blown column themselves. First, there's Jimmy Carter. This is always a tough topic. How many different ways are there to say "wrong"? Nevetheless, one cannot let his recent remarks on ABC's "Good Morning America" pass without correction and comment. Here are some of the lowlights: (And please forgive that he tends to start all...
  • Pat Tillman's brother Kevin speaks out against war (Kevin Tillman Goes Cindy Sheehan)

    10/21/2006 12:55:55 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 100 replies · 4,813+ views
    ESPN ^ | October 21, 2006 | Associated Press
    Saturday, October 21, 2006 Pat Tillman's brother Kevin speaks out against war Associated Press PHOENIX -- The brother of an NFL player who was killed in Afghanistan after quitting the team to join the U.S. Army Rangers has broken his silence. Kevin Tillman, a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with his older brother, Pat Tillman, has remained silent since his brother's death in 2004. But this week, he wrote a scathing indictment of the war in Iraq, the Bush administration and American apathy. "Somehow, the more soldiers that die, the more legitimate the illegal invasion becomes,"...
  • Pat Tillman's brother Kevin speaks out against war

    10/21/2006 6:25:20 AM PDT · by Dane · 198 replies · 5,124+ views
    10/21/2006 4:34 AM - Kevin Tillman, a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with his older brother, Pat Tillman, has remained silent since his brother's death in 2004. This week, he wrote a scathing indictment of the war in Iraq, the Bush administration PHOENIX -- The brother of an NFL player who was killed in Afghanistan after quitting the team to join the U.S. Army Rangers has spoken out. Kevin Tillman, a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with his older brother, Pat Tillman, has remained silent since his brother's death in 2004. But...
  • Pat Tillman's Legacy(Nation Magazine)

    10/20/2006 4:15:44 PM PDT · by Dane · 76 replies · 1,818+ views
    The Nation magazine ^ | October 20. 2006 | Kevin Tillman
    editorial | posted October 20, 2006 (web only) Pat Tillman's Legacy Kevin Tillman Former Major League Baseball player Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pat was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. This article originally appeared on Truthdig. It is Pat Tillman's birthday November 6, and elections are the day after. It gets me thinking about a conversation I had with Pat before we joined the military. He spoke about the risks with signing the papers. How once we committed, we were at the mercy of...
  • Keeping Pat Tillman on the front lines

    10/15/2006 7:16:46 AM PDT · by MissEdie · 3 replies · 510+ views
    ESPN ^ | 10-15-2006 | By William Weinbaum
    On Veterans Day weekend, the Arizona Cardinals will honor the late Pat Tillman with a special halftime ceremony and give him a place on the team's Ring of Honor at University of Phoenix Stadium. But a less-publicized tribute in the Phoenix area is paid to Tillman every time a 24-year-old war veteran and student at Scottsdale Community College takes the stage as the lead singer of the punk rock band Second Stint. Sgt. Brad "Jake" Jacobson was among the Army Rangers on a mission in southeastern Afghanistan when Tillman was killed by friendly fire in April 2004. Jacobson wrote and...
  • Remember His Name (GREAT SI piece on Pat Tillman)

    09/08/2006 2:49:58 PM PDT · by charming_harmonica · 10 replies · 606+ views
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 9/5/06 | Gary Smith
    One day, God willing, Russell Baer was going to tell his son this story. One day, after the boy's heart and brain had healed, he was going to point to that picture on the kid's bedroom shelf of the man doing a handstand on the roof of a house, take a deep breath and say, Mav, that's a man who lived a life as pure and died a death as muddy as any man ever to walk this rock, and I was there for both. That's the man, when your heart stopped for an hour and they slit you open...
  • Investigation reveals new Tillman questions

    05/27/2006 10:59:31 AM PDT · by darkangel82 · 10 replies · 772+ views
    CNN ^ | May 27 | Scott Bronstein, Jamie McIntyre
    CNN) -- Cpl. Pat Tillman died April 22, 2004, in Afghanistan, shot down in a confusing firefight on a dusty ridge in a war he gave up a lucrative NFL career to fight. At his memorial service, mourners remembered the 27-year-old Tillman as an inspiration to thousands of Americans. California's first lady Maria Shriver was among those supporting the family, recalling how much Tillman gave up to fight for his country in Afghanistan. "Pat had it all," she said. "Intelligence, movie star good looks, a loving wife, athletic prowess, fame. A lucrative and promising career. Who among us could walk...
  • Pat Tillman's Former Teammate Joins Marines

    03/10/2006 2:53:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 105 replies · 2,132+ views
    NewsMax ^ | March 10, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    A former college teammate of Pat Tillman – the NFL player who left football to join the Army and was killed in Afghanistan – has followed in his footsteps and joined the Marines. Jeremy Staat, who also played professional football, left the game at age 29 to endure the rigors of boot camp and life in the military. Staat was an offensive lineman at Arizona State University while Tillman played there, and the two were roommates. After college, Staat moved on to the National Football League, playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams, plus...
  • Negligence Focus of Tillman Probe (focus on procedures/possible coverup in investigation)

    03/06/2006 6:25:20 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 6 replies · 417+ views
    Miami Herald & Knight Ridder News Service ^ | March 6, 2006 | Drew Brown
    The Army will focus on operating procedures and a possible coverup in its reopened investigation into the death of former NFL star Pat Tillman. WASHINGTON - The Army's criminal investigation into former NFL star Pat Tillman's death, announced on Saturday, will focus on whether his death may have been the result of criminal negligence and whether his superiors tried to cover up the facts. According to The Associated Press, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sunday promised the family of former professional football player Pat Tillman that investigators would examine all of the facts surrounding his death...
  • Army Ordered to Look Again at Battle Death

    03/05/2006 7:27:44 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 9 replies · 583+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 5, 2006 | MONICA DAVEY and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON, March 4 — In a rare rebuke of military investigators, the Defense Department inspector general has told the Army to open a criminal inquiry into the shooting death of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former professional football player whose enlistment in the Army drew national attention, Pentagon officials said Saturday. The new inquiry into the killing of Corporal Tillman, a member of the elite Rangers, will be conducted by the Army Criminal Investigation Command. The Army initially had said he died as a hero in a blaze of enemy fire in Afghanistan in 2004 before attributing his death to an...
  • Army to open criminal probe of Tillman death

    03/04/2006 1:15:22 PM PST · by Glenn · 218 replies · 10,606+ views
    CNN Online ^ | 03/04/2006 | Barbara Starr
    <p>A criminal probe is being opened into the death of former NFL star Pat Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.</p>
  • Ohio State Buckeyes Players pay tribute to Pat Tillman

    01/02/2006 3:52:09 PM PST · by LisaMalia · 45 replies · 1,534+ views
    While watching the Ohio State/Notre Dame game, I heard this story from the commentators. I've never been more proud of my Buckeyes.
  • Who Killed Pat Tillman?

    12/26/2005 3:38:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 93 replies · 6,641+ views
    The Humanist ^ | January/February 2006 | Michael I. Niman
    The American mass media are like tired old dogs, dutifully fetching official lies on command and dropping them like bones at the feet of an unsuspecting public. We in turn reward them by buying both the products and the myths they sell us. Eventually, however, the products fail and the myths unravel. When the government's popularity wanes sufficiently, despite the support of a compliant press, even old dogs can come up with new tricks, reviving the lost art of investigative reporting. Take the Pat Tillman story. Remember him? He was the star National Football League defensive back who, after the...
  • Military Cover-Up Dishonors Hero

    11/02/2005 7:28:41 PM PST · by JTN · 39 replies · 807+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | Wednesday, November 02, 2005 | Radley Balko
    In 2000, Pat Tillman, safety for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, turned down a $9 million contract offer from the St. Louis Rams, in order to remain in Arizona for a mere $500,000. Tillman valued team loyalty, even though his team wasn’t all that good. Most of us now know what happened next. After Sept. 11, 2001, Tillman felt a different sense of duty. After watching the World Trade Center towers fall, Tillman left football to join the Army Rangers. His brother, a minor league baseball player at the time, joined him. In April 2004, Tillman was killed in Afghanistan en...
  • FAMILY DEMANDS THE TRUTH

    09/26/2005 9:59:59 AM PDT · by Perlstein · 27 replies · 1,548+ views
    What's up with Pat Tillman? Yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle article includes the following: To: Coop The quotes above from the article are very selective. I'd like everyone's response to some other revelations in the article: •"He was an avid reader whose interests ranged from history books on World War II and Winston Churchill to works of leftist Noam Chomsky, a favorite author....Mary Tillman said a friend of Pat’s even arranged a private meeting with Chomsky, the antiwar author, to take place after his return from Afghanistan — a meeting prevented by his death. She said that although he supported the...
  • Military reopens probe of Tillman death

    08/23/2005 5:34:30 AM PDT · by linkinpunk · 50 replies · 1,724+ views
    Military reopens probe of Tillman death Robert Collier 8/23/2005 The Pentagon has reopened an investigation into last year's friendly fire killing of former football star Pat Tillman in combat in Afghanistan, saying it will begin a "review" of a previous Army probe that Tillman's parents and others have strongly criticized. /snip "Hopefully something will come of this," said Mary Tillman. "Many crucial things that happened did not come out in the earlier reports. People above should have been punished," she said, referring to Pat Tillman's commanding officers in Afghanistan. /snip the Army initially told Tillman's family and the public that...
  • NFL: Ronnie Lott introduces TEAM TILLMAN on Jim Rome show

    08/18/2005 11:43:59 AM PDT · by cgk · 10 replies · 412+ views
    Pat Tillman Foundation via email ^ | 8-18-05 | Alex Garwood
    MISSION To help the Pat Tillman Foundation secure Pat's passionate legacy of action by raising awareness and funds for the Leadership Through Action Program. THE GAME PLAN: First identify franchise players on sports teams who will pledge a dollar amount for their achievements on the field, ice or court. For example, a quarterback might pledge for his touchdown passes. A hockey goalie could pledge for each save. A soccer player could pledge for her goals. Second, we are asking teams and community sponsors to support Team Tillman by matching the player's contributions. THE 12TH MAN: Fans can join Team...
  • Stung in an Afghan 'hornets' nest' (How Pakistan plays both sides)

    07/06/2005 12:47:01 PM PDT · by Saberwielder · 14 replies · 463+ views
    BBC ^ | July 6, 2005 | Andrew North
    Stung in an Afghan 'hornets' nest'   Andrew North BBC News at US Camp Tillman, Afghan-Pakistan border   A routine mission for a small unit of US troops based here turned into a fight for their lives when they came up against a group of suspected Taleban militants along the border with Pakistan. ... ...A-10 aircraft arrived. But the soldiers say the pilots were not permitted to open fire with their machine gun, or drop any ordnance because the militants were in Pakistani territory. "That just totally frustrates all of us," says Sgt Coca. "It's easy for the enemy to...
  • Army Again Denies Cover-Up in Tillman Case

    06/09/2005 4:27:47 PM PDT · by Asphalt · 18 replies · 583+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2005 | John Lumpkin
    WASHINGTON -- The Army on Thursday issued a fresh denial that it attempted to cover up the friendly fire death of former pro football player Pat Tillman in Afghanistan. The Army said procedural mistakes were to blame for its slow acknowledgment of the circumstances of Tillman's death. Tillman's parents have criticized the Army for waiting weeks to tell them his death was accidental and did not result from enemy fire.
  • Tillman's Family Critical of Army Probe

    05/22/2005 9:46:44 PM PDT · by LoudAmericanCowboy · 16 replies · 924+ views
    Netscape & AP ^ | May 23, 2005
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The family of former professional football Pat Tillman says the Army disrespected his memory by lying in its investigation of his death in Afghanistan last year. In interviews with The Washington Post, the Army Ranger's mother and father said they believe the military and the government created a heroic tale about how their son died to foster a patriotic response across the country. ``Pat had high ideals about the country; that's why he did what he did,'' Mary Tillman told the Post. ``The military let him down. The administration let him down. It was a sign of...
  • Report: Army knew Tillman died from friendly fire weeks before informing family and public

    05/04/2005 12:45:24 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 12 replies · 823+ views
    WASHINGTON A published report says Army officials knew within days of Pat Tillman's death that the former Arizona Cardinal's player had been killed by fellow Rangers during a patrol in Afghanistan but did not inform his family and the public for weeks. A new Army report shows that Afghan theater commander, General John P. Abizaid (AB'-ih-zayd) and other top Army officials were aware an investigation had determined Tillman's death was caused by an act of "gross negligence" four days before a nationally televised memorial service. The Post says it obtained the information after reviewing nearly two-thousand pages of documents. The...
  • PAT TILLMAN STORY-ON ESPN NOW- 12:48, East Coast

    04/22/2005 9:51:54 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 11 replies · 681+ views
    4-22-05
    I believe this is the anniversary of Pat Tillman's death.
  • The fallen soldier of fortune

    04/22/2005 9:12:59 AM PDT · by MikefromOhio · 47 replies · 1,306+ views
    ESPN.COM ^ | 22 APRIL 2005 | Adrian Wojnarowski
    All those people, all over the country, searched for someone to send an offering to so it would reach the eyes of an American hero's family. They would do Google searches and see the same name pop up again and again, the one quoted in the stories on Pat Tillman: Doug Tammaro. Inside his office at Arizona State University's sports information department, the boxes of envelopes and cards stacked higher and higher, arriving in the hours and days and months after Tillman's death. There were letters and poems and sheets of music. There were copies of the Sports Illustrated cover...
  • Tillman encouraged to pursue discharge

    04/16/2005 12:15:48 PM PDT · by sean327 · 13 replies · 716+ views
    Yuma Daily Sun ^ | 16 April 2005 | No Author Cited
    Apr 16, 1:11 PM EDT Tillman encouraged to pursue discharge PHOENIX (AP) -- Four months before dying in Afghanistan, former Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman learned that he could opt out of his military service as National Football League clubs were clamoring for him. Tillman choose to stay, although he didn't finish his final tour as an Army Ranger; Fate and friendly fire betrayed Tillman in southeastern Afghanistan nearly a year ago. On April 22, 2004, Tillman was shot to death by a U.S. soldier who mistakenly fired on a friendly Afghan soldier in Tillman's unit. Other U.S. soldiers then fired...
  • Pat Tillman to be profiled on ESPN's SportsCentury Series - Friday April 22nd

    04/15/2005 12:56:11 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 14 replies · 1,132+ views
    ESPN Sports Century ^ | April 2005 | Bob Carter
    "Some people think that Pat might have had a hero complex, which is why he wanted to go over and fight the battle that he fought. I believe that he did to a certain degree. I think that's not a bad thing; I think it's a great thing. But Pat always had that viewpoint that I'm going to be the one to step up and take charge in the situation," says Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series. Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinal safety who in 2004 was the first NFL player to be killed...
  • Soldier trades pigskin for rucksack

    04/11/2005 5:06:20 PM PDT · by SoCal Pubbie · 16 replies · 946+ views
    TRADOC News Service ^ | Feb. 25, 2005 | Tawny Archibald Campbell
    Story and photo by Tawny Archibald Campbell/The Bayonet FORT BENNING, Ga. (TRADOC News Service, Feb. 25, 2005) - There was a time when 29-year-old Windrell Hayes thought he had it all. He had a beautiful wife, a college education and a career with the National Football League. After being released from the New York Jets in October 2001 and spending the following spring with the Green Bay Packers, Hayes realized he wasn’t all that happy with his life. He didn’t enjoy playing professional football, and he wasn’t having fun. “I got into football because my brother played, and I was...
  • Pat Tillman USO Center Opens In Afghanistan

    04/05/2005 11:56:26 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 39 replies · 2,602+ views
    American Forces Information Service (AFIS) ^ | 04/05/05 | Sgt. !st Class Darren D. Heusel,USA
    Pat Tillman USO Center Opens in Afghanistan By Sgt. 1st Class Darren D. Heusel, USA Special to American Forces Press Service BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, April 5, 2005 – With snow-peaked mountains and roaring aircraft engines as a backdrop, several hundred members of the coalition in Afghanistan turned out April 3 for the grand opening of the Pat Tillman USO Center here. Warrick Dunn of the Atlanta Falcons (front) and Larry Izzo of the New England Patriots toss autographed footballs to members of the coalition in Afghanistan prior to the opening of the Pat Tillman USO Center April 3 at...
  • Pat's Run (4.2 mile run established in Arizona to honor Pat Tillman )

    03/24/2005 1:05:29 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 2 replies · 1,355+ views
    Running at the Mouth ^ | March 23rd, 2005 | Robb Kestner
    Pat's Run Pat Tillman died nearly a year ago, but he is not forgotten.  Perry Edinger, an ultramarathoner (read:  nutcase -- and I mean that in the best possible sense) and friend of Pat's, has organized Pat's Run, which will be held on April 16 in Tempe.  Fittingly, the race will stretch 4.2 miles and finish at the 42 yard-line of Sun Devil Stadium, in tribute to Pat's No. 42 that he wore during his ASU career.  There will also be a .42 mile fun run for the kids.  Most importantly, thanks to the large contribution from sponsor VIP Homes,...
  • Photos: Afghanistan #1

    12/16/2004 3:53:31 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 23 replies · 4,488+ views
    Various | 12-16-04
    U.S. Allied troops searching Afghan village for weapons & terrorist. posted 12-13-04 British troops keeping an eye on everything. 12-13-04 Turkish soldiers from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force patrol as Afghans walk past in Kabul December 15th, 2004. A Turkish engineer abducted by a militant gang in eastern Afghanistan was found dead on Wednesday, a witness who saw the body being carried down from a mountainside said. [Reuters] The body of a Turkish engineer (wrapped in a black sheet) lies on the ground in Chawki district of Kunar province, December 15th, 2004. A Turkish engineer abducted by a...
  • Sports Illustrated: Sportsman of the Year: VOTE PAT TILLMAN!

    12/09/2004 8:14:52 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 653+ views
    SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.COM ^ | DECEMBER 9, 2004 | STAFF
    INSTRUCTIONS: Here's how to do it. 1. Go to http://sisoy.secondthought.com (you may have to cut and paste) 2. On left side - right under the S in Sportsman of the Year you will see "fanpoll" (in blue). 3. There are up and down arrows above and below the photos. Move cursor to the down arrow at the bottom of the photos. You do not have to click. Just move it there. When it stops scrolling Pat Tillman will be the 2nd photo from the bottom in a red jersey. 4. Click on his photo. 5. Click on vote. You're done...
  • Army Spun Tale Around Ill-Fated Mission (Part 2 of 2 regarding Pat Tillman-his mom comments)

    12/05/2004 11:20:34 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 67 replies · 1,599+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 6, 2004; Page A01 | Steve Coll
    Just days after Pat Tillman died from friendly fire on a desolate ridge in southeastern Afghanistan, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command released a brief account of his last moments. The April 30, 2004, statement awarded Tillman a posthumous Silver Star for combat valor and described how a section of his Ranger platoon came under attack. "He ordered his team to dismount and then maneuvered the Rangers up a hill near the enemy's location," the release said. "As they crested the hill, Tillman directed his team into firing positions and personally provided suppressive fire. . . . Tillman's voice was...
  • Report: Tillman died in horrific manner

    12/06/2004 8:08:52 AM PST · by DameAutour · 16 replies · 1,573+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 12/6/2004 | AP
    WASHINGTON - The last minutes of Pat Tillman's life were a horror of misdirected machine-gun fire and signals to firing colleagues that were misunderstood as hostile acts, according to an account published yesterday of the death of the NFL player-turned-soldier. It took the Army a month to change the record to show that Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals defensive back who gave up a $3.6 million contract to become an Army Ranger, was killed last April not by Afghan guerrillas but by his Ranger colleagues. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported the horrific details of Tillman's death in eastern Afghanistan. According to...