Fallen Hero, Pat Tillman was a professional football player with the Arizona Cardinals. He passed up a $3.6 million contract and joined the US Army in response to the 9-11 attack.
Tillman’s sacrifice made him a symbol of patriotism and a poster child for Army recruiters.
Pat Tillman came to his senses in Afghanistan and turned against the wars. It was rumored Tillman was going to speak his mind in a public opposition to the wars. That would have been a public relations nightmare for the US Army. We will never know.
Corporal Pat Tillman took three bullets through the head on April 22, 2004. He was shot at close range by his own men while on patrol in Afghanistan.
A massive coverup followed, in which the public was told that Tillman had been killed by hostile fire. He was awarded the Silver Star. Eventually, the fraud was exposed, and a congressional investigation followed.
The conspiracy to deceive Tillman’s grieving family and the public went to the highest levels of the Army and centered on one General Stanley McChrystal.