Controversy ensued when a month later, on May 28, 2004, the Pentagon notified the Tillman family that he had died as a result of a friendly fire incident; the family and other critics allege that the Department of Defense delayed the disclosure for weeks after Tillman's memorial service out of a desire to protect the image of the U. Tillman was posthumously promoted from specialist to corporal.He also received posthumous Silver Star and Purple Heart medals.You just have to accept that you are looking at the detonation of the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat.
By using such a strong bomb, US and Afghan troops were in the least amount of danger, the Pentagon said.
The eldest of three sons, with Kevin and Richard as the other two, Tillman played competitive football.
He went to Bret Harte Middle School and helped lead Leland High School to the Central Coast Division I Football Championship.
But there he was, in the middle of a freezing night, out on the lines with his Marines. The troops who knew him from Afghanistan loved him, and everyone else loved him by reputation.
Stars on a collar can throw a barrier between leader and led, but Mattis' rank only contributed to his hero status. " Mattis planned to subvert the quagmire strategy Saddam had planned there by throwing out a basic element of military doctrine: His Marines would assault through the planned route and continue moving without pausing to establish rear security.