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The ugly truth of Tillman

Post by Scott Fontaine on Sep. 18, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
September 18, 2009 12:23 pm

The story of Pat Tillman – the NFL player-turned-Army Ranger-turned-friendly-fire casualty – is well-known at this point. But prepare to hear more about it soon.

That’s because acclaimed author Jon Krakauer wrote “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.” It’s a biography of the complex (and unlikely) soldier with Fort Lewis’ 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment whose died on a remote Afghan battlefield in 2004.

The Pentagon originally announced Tillman, felled by one of his colleague’s bullets, died while charging at enemies. They fast-tracked him for the Silver Star. They wanted to glorify the man who was arguably the most famous soldier in decades.

I haven’t read the book (but am salivating at the chance to), but the reviews have been mixed. One thing seems certain: Krakauer takes the military to task for the cover-up into Tillman’s death.

The author visited West Point for a book signing yesterday, and a New York Times reporter was in tow to chronicle the trip. It’s interesting reading. And expect to read more about Tillman in the upcoming weeks.

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