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NFL player turned soldier Tillman died from friendly fire

According to a new report, Pat Tillman died in the midst of misguided signals and a barrage of friendly fire. Photo: Mike Haskey, Columbus Ledger Enquirer via AP.


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.

Even then, the statement by Lt. Gen. Philip R. Kensinger Jr., head of the Army’s Special Operations Command, gave few specifics of the corporal’s death and implied that he was trying to suppress enemy fire when he “probably died as a result of friendly fire.”

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