But if we really
want to know who Pat was, our best chance, maybe our only chance, is to look
hard at that picture of a half-naked man doing a handstand on a roof. Doing
something he loved to do just because it was hard and scary, sort of like
telling the truth.
information in this story about the personal life of Pat Tillman came from
interviews with the family members, friends, agents, coaches, teammates, team
administrators and platoon mates listed below. The account of events occurring
immediately prior to and during the battle in which Tillman died, along with
the military's actions following his death, came from the sworn testimony of
U.S. Army personnel in the reports on investigations conducted in 2004 by
Lieut. Col. Ralph Kauzlarich and in 2004 by Brig. Gen. Gary Jones. That
testimony was complemented by the eyewitness account provided by Russell Baer.
Those interviewed were B.J. Alford, Russell Baer, Frank Bauer, Mark Brand,
Kenny Chapman, Perry Edinger, Bob Ferguson, Alex Garwood, Scot Gillis, Rob
Gilmore, Sherri Greer, Terry Hardtke, Jeff Hechtle, Ben Hill, Larry Marmie,
Dave McGinnis, Peggy Melbourne, Sydney Melbourne, Keith Poole, Mark Poole,
Jared Schrieber, Lyle Setencich, Bruce Snyder, Mike Spalding, Doug Tammaro,
Kevin Tillman, Marie Tillman, Mary Tillman, Patrick Tillman, Richard Tillman,
Brian Willis, Tammy Wright. The Army had no comment last week on its latest
investigation into Tillman's death.