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  • 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...
  • NE Patriots dedicate POW/MIA seat at stadium

    11/11/2012 10:55:42 AM PST · by seamusnh · 6 replies
    Patriots website ^ | 11/11/2012 | SeamusNH
    First, thanks to the veterans for their service. In today's Patriots - Bills game, they showed the new POW/MIA seat at the stadium in Foxboro. I don't know if I have ever been prouder of the team I have followed for 40+ years. http://www.patriots.com/media-center/photo-gallery/Patriots-unveil-POWMIA-Memorial-at-Gillette-Stadium/92b36284-e1f9-4742-81d7-1c4cc90504b7 If you are not familiar with Bob Kraft, Patriots owner, he is a great guy. Was a season ticket holder during some of the worst Patriots seasons. At one point, the owner was one of the Busch family and it seemed as if the team would move to St Louis (the Cardinals had gone to AZ...
  • Tillman Cover-Up Admitted (CBS and MSM couldn't get enough of this story in 2007)

    10/26/2012 9:58:20 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 16, 2007 | Editors
    Bryan O'Neal, Pat Tillman's fellow Ranger and Army Specialist, admitted to covering up from Tillman's family that his death in Afghanistan was due to friendly fire. Tillman's Fellow Ranger Admits Cover-Up
  • Video: Tillman the Skateboarding Bulldog hits the surf and snow

    09/01/2012 2:11:18 PM PDT · by jwsea55 · 13 replies
    Tillman may be the best skateboarding bulldog I have seen. He steps it up a notch in this video. He’s hitting the surf, snow and his regular fun on land. For some reason, bulldogs love skateboarding! Checkout the video.
  • Pat Tillman’s mother calls for McChrystal’s removal from White House post

    04/14/2011 11:03:08 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/14/2011 | Matt DeLong
    The mother of former professional football player Pat Tillman is calling for the removal of Gen. Stanley McChrystal from his recent appointment by the White House as co-chair of a commission on military families, ABC News reports. Mary Tillman, whose son left his NFL career to become an Army Ranger and was killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire in April 2004, said McChrystal — the commander of special operations in Afghanistan at the time — was involved in the coverup of the circumstances surrounding Pat Tillman’s death and said President Obama’s appointment of the now-retired general “makes him look foolish.”...
  • Pat Tillman's Mom Accuses McChrystal of Cover-up

    08/16/2010 4:51:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 2+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Mon, Aug 16, 2010 | GREG WILSON
    Family's anger burns six years after ex-football star's deathA documentary about Pat Tillman is due out Friday and his mom is not mincing words about the scandal that followed the NFL star turned Army Ranger's death in Afghanistan. In an interview on CBS' "Early Show," Mary Tillman accuses Gen. Stanley McChrystal of peddling the story of Tillman's heroic death when he knew the soldier had been killed by friendly fire. "I wrote the book, came out in 2008, and I indicate that McChrystal was involved in orchestrating the cover-up," Mary Tillman said. "He falsified the Silver Star. He was very...
  • Jane Fonda attends premiere of ‘The Tillman Story’

    08/14/2010 11:16:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 14, 2010
    Jane Fonda -- who is still despised by some patriots for posing on top of a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun during the Vietnam war -- said she loved "The Tillman Story" at its premiere party at Michael's the other night. The anti-war documentary focuses on the friendly fire death of Pat Tillman, who gave up his NFL career to fight terrorism and died in Afghanistan.
  • Pat Tillman Documentary Stirring Controversy

    08/13/2010 1:28:11 PM PDT · by woofie · 78 replies
    AOL ^ | Aug. 13 , 2010 | Kathryn Yao
    An R-rated letter from Pat Tillman's father to a general and a battle over an R-rating are among the controversies brewing in anticipation of the Aug. 20 release of "The Tillman Story." The documentary is based on the death of the Arizona Cardinals safety turned Army Ranger, who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. Last week, Mary Tillman, Pat Tillman's mother, wrote a commentary for the Los Angeles Times, speaking out about Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, her son's death, fallen soldiers and President Barack Obama. Among other things, she emphasizes that the government should have looked into McChrystal's record...
  • Pat Tillman's mother on Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal: I told you so

    08/08/2010 6:37:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 8, 2010 | Mary Tillman
    Mary Tillman speaks on Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his role in covering up the truth about her son's death.Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal was forced to retire because of remarks he made to a Rolling Stone reporter. Having read the article that led to his departure, I feel strangely validated. "The Runaway General" described by journalist Michael Hastings is exactly the arrogant individual I believed him to be.
  • Unfriendly fire

    09/27/2009 6:36:44 PM PDT · by Saije · 11 replies · 1,031+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/27/2009 | John Dufresne
    On Aug. 6, 2001, our vacationing president was warned by the CIA for the 36th time in eight months that Osama bin Laden was determined to strike in the United States and that recent intelligence had suggested an attack might be imminent. There were at that moment, George W. Bush was told, 70 bin-Laden-related field investigations being conducted in the country. “All right,’’ our president told the CIA officer, “you’ve covered your ass.’’ On one level, Jon Krakauer’s “Where Men Win Glory’’ represents a detailed look at the tragic tale of Pat Tillman, the football star who quit the NFL...
  • Vanity- has anyone read or reviewed Jon Krakauer's book about Pat Tillman?

    09/22/2009 6:30:16 PM PDT · by h-roark · 9 replies · 528+ views
    I believe the book just came out this month and I wanted to see if anyone on here had picked it up to read it- hopefully I posted this question in the correct forum. Curious in particular to see if it really covered Tillman's life or was an anti-war piece. I enjoyed "Into Thin Air" but I am concerned when people with little or no military experience/exposure write about the military. Thoughts? Reviews?
  • Five years ago today: Remembering Pat Tillman

    04/22/2009 5:54:40 PM PDT · by Scott Martin · 13 replies · 629+ views
    Examiner ^ | 4-22-09 | Scott Martin
    Local Phoenix take on Pat Tillman's life and heroism. Tillman is one of the few people who I consider personal heroes. His memory is worth honoring - check it out. Tillman, you will recall, performed the unthinkable for a professional athlete in the prime of his career. Shortly after the events of 9/11, Tillman walked away from a three-year, $3.6 million deal with the Cardinals to join the Army Rangers. But money never was Tillman's motivation. Remember, he turned down a three-year, $9 million contract to leave Phoenix for the St. Louis Rams in 2000. And this was while the...
  • Tillman killed in Afghanistan [Today in History 2004

    04/22/2009 9:25:18 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 4 replies · 943+ views
    CNN/SI ^ | Friday April 23, 2004
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former NFL player Pat Tillman was killed Thursday while serving as an Army Rangers soldier on a mission in southeastern Afghanistan, Pentagon officials have told CNN. He was 27. Pentagon sources confirmed that a soldier killed during an ambush on a coalition combat patrol, reported in a U.S. Central Command release, was Tillman.
  • Deployed Troops to Watch Super Bowl From FOB Tillman

    01/27/2009 4:10:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 444+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2009 – As deployed U.S. troops pull up to their TV screens this weekend to watch the Arizona Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII, there’s likely to be a special sense of commemoration at Forward Operating Base Tillman in Afghanistan. The remote base in Afghanistan’s Paktia province is named in memory of Army Sgt. Pat Tillman. Tillman was a three-year starter for the Cardinals, but left the team before the 2002 season to join the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He became an Army Ranger and deployed to Afghanistan, where...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 25 May 2008

    05/25/2008 4:59:01 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 262 replies · 663+ views
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 25 May 2008 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, May 25th, 2008 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Col. Michael Colburn, director "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Panel discussion of 2008 presidential election. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Howard Wolfson, campaign adviser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton; Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.THIS WEEK (ABC): Karl Rove, former White House deputy chief of staff; David Axelrod, campaign adviser for Sen. Barack Obama.LATE EDITION (CNN) : Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, the commander of...
  • 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...
  • Super Bowl- Video of the Declaration of Independence reading - (Wonderful!)

    02/04/2008 8:58:05 AM PST · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 459+ views
    FoxSports/YouTube ^ | 2-3-08 | Fox Sports
    This was presented just before the beginning of the Super Bowl yesterday, a Fox Sports Super Bowl tradition. Speakers include: Jim Brown, Don Shula, Roger Staubach, Marie Tillman (widow of Pat), Ronnie Lott, Ozzie Newsome, Teddy Bruschi, Paul Tagliabue, Lovie Smith, Steve Largent, Peyton Manning, Tony Dungy and more. Well done and moving.
  • Widow of Pat Tillman calls for "authentic leaders"

    08/23/2007 5:08:24 AM PDT · by radar101 · 34 replies · 1,228+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | Aug 22, 2007 | PEGGY HARRIS
    LITTLE ROCK - The widow of Pat Tillman said Wednesday in her first public comments since her husband's death that the country needs "authentic leaders." Saying that talking about her "best friend" was difficult, Marie Tillman told an audience at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service about the many good qualities of the NFL athlete and Army Ranger. "Pat was a man with enormous talent. His athletic ability was matched by a deep and complex moral and intellectual side," she said. "He always tried to do the right thing and he was the first to admit when...
  • No Hiding From Friendly Fire

    08/06/2007 6:47:34 AM PDT · by RDTF · 15 replies · 659+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 5, 2007 | Gilbert Cranberg
    A three-star general was rebuked and may lose a star and a half-dozen other brass took it on the chin for their part in misleading the public and the family of Pat Tillman in the aftermath of his accidental death three years ago in Afghanistan. The U.S. military had gone so far as to fabricate a medal citation for Tillman to divert attention from the true cause of his death. Tillman was a genuinely heroic figure, leaving a lucrative professional football career to enlist. But the circumstances of his death, at the hands of his own men, evidently weren't suitably...
  • No Cover-up in Tillman Fratricide, Former Pentagon Officials Say

    08/01/2007 5:43:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 789+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2007 – Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other former top Pentagon officials today said facts about Army Cpl. Patrick D. Tillman’s friendly-fire death were mishandled, but not covered up to make it seem he died from enemy fire. In his first visit to Capitol Hill since stepping down as defense secretary, Rumsfeld appeared with three Army generals before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to answers questions about the controversial case and to deny allegations that evidence was intentionally distorted. Seven investigations into Tillman’s case revealed the Defense Department and Army responses to...
  • Rumsfeld Defends Himself in Tillman Case

    08/01/2007 10:41:11 AM PDT · by YaYa123 · 7 replies · 831+ views
    AP ^ | 1 August 2007 | Erica Werner
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended himself and took no personal responsibility Wednesday for the military's bungled response to Army Ranger Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death in Afghanistan. Rumsfeld, in his first public appearance on Capitol Hill since President Bush replaced him with Robert Gates late last year, reiterated previous testimony to investigators that he didn't have early knowledge that Tillman was cut down by fellow Rangers, not by enemy militia, as was initially claimed. He told a House committee hearing that he'd always impressed upon Pentagon underlings the importance of telling the truth. "Early in my...
  • House Set to Grill Rumsfeld Over Tillman Death

    08/01/2007 7:31:14 AM PDT · by stm · 34 replies · 1,097+ views
    Fox News ^ | 01 August 07 | AP
    WASHINGTON — A fresh round of Pentagon finger-pointing didn't settle Democrats' questions about the bungled response to Army Cpl. Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death. Maybe grilling former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will. Rumsfeld was a late addition to the witness list for a House hearing Wednesday on who knew what and when about Tillman's death in Afghanistan in 2004, which initially was falsely blamed on enemy fire. The congressional inquiry comes a day after the Army laid most of the blame on Philip Kensinger, a retired three-star general who led Army special operations forces after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks....
  • House Panel Grills Rumsfeld Over Tillman Death (Before 1st question media reports "grilling")

    08/01/2007 8:11:54 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 49 replies · 1,414+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/1/2007 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended himself and took no personal responsibility Wednesday for the military's bungled response to Army Ranger Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death in Afghanistan. Rumsfeld, in his first public appearance on Capitol Hill since President Bush replaced him with Robert Gates late last year, reiterated previous testimony to investigators that he didn't have early knowledge that Tillman was cut down by fellow Rangers, not by enemy militia, as was initially claimed. He told a House committee hearing that he'd always impressed upon Pentagon underlings the importance of telling the truth. "Early in my tenure...
  • General Censured for Tillman Investigation Mistakes

    07/31/2007 4:49:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies · 711+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 31, 2007 – The Army’s senior civilian announced today that a retired three-star general will receive a letter of censure as the result of a review of previous military investigations into the death of Army Spc. Patrick D. Tillman. Secretary of the Army Pete Geren said a “perfect storm” of events initially obfuscated the facts regarding the April 22, 2004, death of Tillman, an Army Ranger who was killed by friendly fire near the Afghan-Pakistani border. Tillman, a former National Football League star, was initially reported to have died as a result of enemy fire. After reading...
  • 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
  • Remembering Pat Soldier at Tillman's side recalls his final moments

    07/29/2007 7:47:38 AM PDT · by txlurker · 16 replies · 1,092+ views
    SI.com ^ | July 28, 2007 | SI
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- As bullets flew above their heads, the young soldier at Pat Tillman's side started praying. "I thought I was praying to myself, but I guess he heard me," Sgt. Bryan O'Neal recalled in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press. "He said something like, 'Hey, O'Neal, why are you praying? God can't help us now."'
  • 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.
  • Was Tillman Murdered? AP Gets New Documents (Lefty Smear Campaign Alert)

    07/27/2007 9:13:30 AM PDT · by mojito · 36 replies · 2,161+ views
    Editor & Publisher (via AP) ^ | 7/26/2007 | Unattributed
    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 it appeared the...
  • AP: New details on Tillman's death

    07/26/2007 5:35:18 PM PDT · by leadpenny · 135 replies · 3,912+ views
    AP ^ | 26 July 07 | MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer
    33 minutes ago 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...
  • 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...
  • General faces demotion in Tillman case

    07/26/2007 8:05:45 AM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 747+ views
    AP ^ | 26 July 2007 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    Army Secretary Peter Geren is expected to recommend that a retired three-star general be demoted for his role in providing misleading information about the death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, military officials say, in what would be a stinging and rare rebuke. Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger, who headed Army special operations, is one of six high-ranking Army officers expected to get official reprimands for making critical errors in reporting the circumstances of Tillman's purported friendly-fire shooting in Afghanistan in April 2004. The officials requested anonymity because the punishments under consideration by Geren have not been made public. The Army said...
  • Waxman Blames the Military

    05/01/2007 9:36:20 AM PDT · by Michelle Oddis · 27 replies · 1,266+ views
    Human Events ^ | 5/01/07 | Michelle Oddis
    On Tuesday April 24, the Oversight Committee held a hearing regarding the controversies surrounding the death of Cpt. Pat Tillman and the rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch. In Chairman Henry Waxman's opening statement he accused the military of providing false information to the media in order to fabricate "heros." “For Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman, the government violated its most basic responsibility” "In working on this hearing, the Committee has learned of many other cases in which the military failed to tell families the truth.” Lt. Gen. Michael DeLong (USMC, ret.) was deputy commander at United States Central Command from...
  • Tillman's Fictional Heroic Death: Did Bush Know? [give me a break]

    04/24/2007 4:31:35 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 13 replies · 754+ views
    ABC ^ | April 24, 2007 | JAKE TAPPER and AVERY MILLER
    The Bush administration and the Pentagon came under fire today for creating false myths of military heroes, and the criticism came from unlikely sources — one of the heroes, and the family of another. Former Army Ranger Kevin Tillman, who enlisted in the military along with his pro-football star brother, Pat, in 2002, charged the Pentagon with telling "deliberate and calculated lies" after his older brother was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in April 2004. And he speculated that the facts were known by the White House long before his family learned the truth of Pat's death five weeks...
  • Ranger told to conceal Tillman info

    04/24/2007 11:30:12 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 60 replies · 4,857+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 04/24/2007 | SCOTT LINDLAW and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writers
    WASHINGTON - An Army Ranger who was with Pat Tillman when he died by friendly fire said Tuesday he was told by a higher-up to conceal that information from Tillman's family. ADVERTISEMENT "I was ordered not to tell them," U.S. Army Specialist Bryan O'Neal told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He said he was given the order by then-Lt. Col. Jeff Bailey, the battalion commander who oversaw Tillman's platoon. Pat Tillman's brother Kevin was in a convoy behind his brother when the incident happened, but didn't see it. O'Neal said Bailey told him specifically not to tell...
  • Congress Plans Hearings On Tillman And Lynch Cases

    04/10/2007 11:36:12 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 7 replies · 810+ views
    "House committee plans hearings on embellishments in Tillman, Lynch cases"
  • 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...
  • Tillman death tragic, but not criminal

    03/28/2007 5:51:26 AM PDT · by LavaDog · 21 replies · 438+ views
    Philly.com | 28 March 2007 | John Smallwood
    Pat Tillman gave up a lucrative NFL career to serve his country. PAT TILLMAN is an American hero. He represents the best of what love and pride for our nation are all about. Tillman was so affected and angered by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that he surrendered a multimillion-dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist with the U.S. Army. In 2004, Tillman, a member of the elite Army Rangers, made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. And without question, there are those in the Army who did an extreme disservice to his heroism by trying to...
  • No Criminal Negligence Found in Death of Former NFL Star Tillman in Afghanistan

    03/26/2007 1:40:54 PM PDT · by stm · 14 replies · 673+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 26, 2007 | AP
    SAN JOSE, Calif. ? Investigators probing the friendly fire death of Pat Tillman found no criminal negligence, a government official said Monday, ending a yearlong inquiry into the conduct of the soldiers who opened fire on him in Afghanistan and a possible subsequent cover up. The Army announced in March 2006 it would open a new investigation into the circumstances of Tillman's death, in response to complaints from the former NFL star's family and congressional representatives that previous probes had left key questions unanswered.
  • Former NFL player, Tillman teammate headed to Iraq

    03/21/2007 7:29:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies · 546+ views
    AP ^ | March 21, 2007
    HONOLULU (AP) - A former NFL player who joined the Marines and was motivated by college roommate Pat Tillman, who died in Afghanistan, was heading for the war in Iraq Tuesday night. Lance Cpl. Jeremy Staat, a former defensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams who had been playing Arena Football, was one of 300 Marines in the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment being deployed from Kaneohe Bay. The unit is expected to be in Iraq for seven months. "The way I look at it, we're spreading freedom, and you have to support the troops and you...
  • America Supports You: Arizona Cardinals Honor Pat Tillman, Veterans

    11/13/2006 3:48:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 427+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2006 -- The Arizona Cardinals commemorated Veterans Day during yesterday’s game by paying tribute to former teammate and fallen soldier Pat Tillman, as well as five Tuskegee Airmen and a Navy Reservist recently returned from duty in the Middle East. Tillman became the 11th person inducted into the Cardinals’ “Ring of Honor” during halftime at the Cardinals-Cowboys game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Tempe, Cardinals officials reported. The team honored Tillman, who left the team to become an Army Ranger, during a six-minute video tribute that concluded with Tillman’s name being unveiled on the...
  • 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...
  • 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 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,"...
  • Keeping Pat Tillman on the front lines

    10/13/2006 12:51:13 PM PDT · by kms61 · 6 replies · 784+ views
    ESPN ^ | October 13, 2006 | 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...
  • Stars by example

    04/28/2006 5:59:25 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 25 replies · 572+ views
    Hollywood is missing in action when it comes to fighting for America in recent conflicts, not the least being the war against terrorism. We hereby challenge readers to name one modern American celebrity, apart from the late football star Pat Tillman, who served or fought for his or her country in the past 15 years. "Even Hollywood ... sent its best to wars prior to Vietnam," University of Dayton professor Larry Schweikart reminds us in his new book, "America's Victories," writing that professional actors were as "thoroughly represented" in the fighting military during World War II as any other group....
  • Army Still Trips Over Cover-Up

    03/16/2006 6:37:49 AM PST · by Tulsa Ramjet · 35 replies · 963+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Posted by Military.com) ^ | March 16, 2006 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    The honor code is carved into stone at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point: "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do." The words express the integrity expected of those who lead our men and women into battle, and they have a purpose: Officers who cannot be trusted have no place in positions of responsibility, not when the consequences of such a character flaw can be death, not when the American people put such confidence in those in uniform. But somehow, it is hard to square that admirable code of honor with the Army's behavior...
  • Tillman's Ex-Roommate Leaves NFL For Military

    03/12/2006 12:49:37 PM PST · by radar101 · 26 replies · 688+ views
    NBC-San Diego ^ | March 11, 2006 | NBC-SanDiego
    SAN DIEGO -- A former college teammate of Pat Tillman is following in his footsteps, leaving a career in professional football to join the military. Pfc. Jeremy Staat, a former defensive lineman who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the St. Louis Rams, graduated from the San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Friday. Enlisting "is probably one of the best decisions I've made in my life," Staat, 29, told The Associated Press after the ceremony. Tillman, who played defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, was killed by friendly fire near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in April 2004. The Defense Department...