Officers To Be Disciplined Over Tillman Death
Nine officers will be facing some type of discipline over errors in the reporting of Cpl. Pat Tillman’s death by friendly fire, which was initially being reported as a death by enemy fire.
Nine military officers, including four generals, will face “corrective action” for making critical mistakes in the aftermath of the friendly fire death of Cpl. Pat Tillman, military officials said Monday.
The NFL player was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 after giving up a professional football career to fight as an Army Ranger.
An investigation by the Army’s inspector general and Criminal Investigation Command concluded officers in Tillman’s chain of command knew almost immediately after his death that he had been killed by friendly fire from his own platoon, but that information was withheld from his family for more than a month, in violation of Army regulations.
Results of the investigation, released Monday, concluded that while there had been no attempt by officers to conceal the circumstances of Tillman’s death, inadequate initial investigations “contributed to the inaccuracies, misunderstandings and perceptions of concealment.”
The reports surrounding Pat Tillman’s death have been strange and inconsistent since the very beginning. While it doesn’t appear that there were any sinister motives by the officers involved, I admit that I can’t come up with any reasonable explanation for these circumstances.
Regardless of how he died, Tillman was by all accounts an honorable soldier and a patriot. His death was, and remains, a heroic one.