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Saturday, May 29, 2004
 
Sincere Curiosity

With all the hub-bub over whether John Kerry deserved his combat medals, I read with a little curiousity about the latest American war hero:
The Arizona Republic and The Argus of Fremont (Calif.) both reported the Army would announce Tillman, 27, was killed by fire from his fellow soldiers.

"It does seem pretty clear that he was killed by friendly fire," Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told the Republic. Franks said his panel was alerted to the information by the Army's Legislative Liaison Office.

The Argus cited a family friend and also government sources it did not name as confirming the friendly fire report. Tillman's family declined to comment.

An Afghan military official told The Associated Press on Saturday that Tillman died because of a "misunderstanding" when two mixed groups of American and Afghan soldiers began firing wildly in the confusion following an explosion.

The Afghan official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also contradicted U.S. reports that the American soldiers had come under enemy fire.

The Army has said Tillman was leading his comrades against enemy shooters who had pinned down other soldiers when he was killed on April 22.

Tillman, a member of the elite Ranger unit since 2002, was posthumously promoted from specialist to corporal. He also was awarded a Purple Heart and Silver Star.
If I am not mistaken, the Purple Heart and the Silver Star can only be earned as a result of enemy action.

*Let me be clear.* I do not want to take away anything from Tillman and his family. Dying in service to your country, be it from enemy or friendly fire is the ultimate sacrifice one can make.

However, why would the Army lie? In order to create a recruiting poster?

And... will the Freepers demand that the medals be revoked?

Just wondering.....
 
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