17 Years After His Death, Pat Tillman’s Legacy Lives On
By Mac Caltrider | April 22, 2021
The administration of President Joe Biden recently announced that all US forces will leave Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021 — 20 years to the day since the terrorist attacks that launched us into war. The announcement also marks 17 years since the death of the GWOT’s most recognizable soldier, Pat Tillman.
Tillman famously left a lucrative career in the NFL to become an Army Ranger. He deployed to Iraq, and later Afghanistan, where he was killed by friendly fire. His decision to enlist following 9/11 and his death were highly publicized, as was the attempt to twist the circumstances surrounding his death to fit a political agenda.
As America’s longest war appears to be approaching its end, we can honor the sacrifice of Tillman by remembering the real hero he was and not the two-dimensional propagandized version initially sold to the public. Two biographies of Tillman stand out for accurately telling his story: Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer and the 2010 documentary The Tillman Story.https://coffeeordie.com/pat-tillman-legacy/