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The ugly truth of Tillman

Post by Scott Fontaine on Sep. 18, 2009 at 12:23 pm with 1 Comment »
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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  1. Randolley says:

    I doubt the truth came out on this issue. Not telling the truth the first time was bad. But I think the soldiers have different stories to tell. My concern was the steroid use in College and the Pros. Knowing how stressful the military is, I wondered if he ever displayed Roid Rage around the soldiers. I always wondered why he did not become an officer. If he went to college(Arizona/St) for four years he could have applied. I think a college degree gets a soldier E-4 right off the bat. I wonder about his leadership styles. He worked hard in college and in the Pros at his defensive back position. Real hard. So I wonder how he would handle another soldier that did not work as hard as he could. I think their were problems between Tillman and other soldiers and people don’t want the public or his family to know. Large organizations like the military Can Hide The Truth. The family has some truths to tell also. They know what it took for him to be a college player and a Pro player and they know about mood swings and steroid related situations. Everybody is hush hush on various issues that could shed some light on some things. Just tell the truth because he has already passed on.

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