Was Pat Tillman fragged?
Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman’s forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player’s death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.”The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described,” a doctor who examined Tillman’s body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.
The doctors — whose names were blacked out — said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.
Why is it I don’t trust the Bush Pentagon to get to the bottom of this mess. Oh, yeah. Because even after it was revealed that Tillman had been hit by friendly fire, this became the official narrative.
It ended on a stony ridge in fading light. Spec. Pat Tillman lay dying behind a boulder. A young fellow U.S. Army Ranger stretched prone beside him, praying quietly as tracer bullets poured in.
“Cease fire! Friendlies!” Tillman cried out.
Smoke drifted from a signal grenade Tillman had detonated minutes before in a desperate bid to show his platoon members they were shooting the wrong men. The firing had stopped. Tillman had stood up, chattering in relief. Then the machine gun bursts erupted again.
“I could hear the pain in his voice,” recalled the young Ranger days later to Army investigators. Tillman kept calling out that he was a friendly, and he shouted, “I am Pat [expletive] Tillman, damn it!” His comrade recalled: “He said this over and over again until he stopped.”
Turns out though, that Tillman’s last words were decidedly less Hollywood, berating a freaked out subordinate:
“Would you shut your (expletive) mouth? God’s not going to help you; you need to do something for yourself, you sniveling …“