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Fellow Soldier Recalls Pat Tillman’s Final Moments

Pat Tillman, born November 6, 1976, was a professional American football player and soldier in the United States Army. Tillman gave up a lucrative NFL career in order to enlist in the United States Army in June, 2002, following the September 11 attacks. Tillman was killed while serving in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. While the Army first reported that Tillman had been killed by enemy fire, it was later revealed that was the victim of friendly fire. In this video, fellow soldier Specialist Bryan O’Neal testifies about the day that Tillman was killed. O’Neal recalls: “Before he was able to finish telling me what our plan was, we had started to receive fire from a GMV. AT first, it was short, sporadic. We didn’t really – I didn’t really understand what was happening. I looked and saw that it was friendly fire coming towards us. Pat asked me basically what was going on, and I let him know. It didn’t take long before those in the GMF who were stopped at the time, to dismount and open up on us with the 50-calibur machine gun and the 240-bravo machine gun.”

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