Boots on the Ground by Dusk

Boots on the Ground by Dusk

My Tribute to Pat Tillman

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On April 22, 2004, Lieutenant David Uthlaut received orders from Khost, Afghanistan, that his platoon was to leave the town of Magarah and "have boots on the ground before dark" in Manah, a small village on the border of Pakistan. It was an order the young lieutenant protested vehemently, but the commanders at the Tactical Command Center disregarded his objections. Uthlaut split his platoon into two serials, with serial one traveling northwest to Manah and serial two towing a broken Humvee north toward the Khost highway. By nightfall, Uthlaut and his radio operator were seriously wounded, and an Afghan militia soldier and a U.S. soldier were dead. The American soldier was my son, Pat Tillman.
The Tillman family was originally informed that Pat, who had given up a professional football career to serve his country, had been shot in the head while getting out of a vehicle. At his memorial service twelve days later, they were told that he was killed while running up a hill in pursuit of the enemy. He was awarded a Silver Star for his courageous actions. A month and two days after his death, the family learned that Pat had been shot three times in the head by his own troops in a "friendly fire" incident. Seven months after Pat's death, the Tillmans requested an investigation.
Boots on the Ground by Dusk is a chronicle of their efforts to ascertain the true circumstances of Pat's death and the reasons why the Army gave the family and the public a false story. Woven into the account are valuable and respectful memories of Pat Tillman as a son, brother, husband, friend, and teammate, in the hope that the reader will better comprehend what is really lost when our sons and daughters are killed or maimed in war.
In the course of three and a half years, there have been six investigations, several inquiries, and two Congressional hearings. The Tillmans are still awaiting an outcome.

Publisher: New York, NY : Modern Times, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781594868801
Branch Call Number: 796.332092 TILLM TIL
Characteristics: v, 344 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Zacchino, Narda
Alternative Title: My tribute to Pat Tillman


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Nov 15, 2010

Pat Tillman proved to be a true American hero, even though the military tried to make him a military hero which he was not. Mary's story about her son and her battle to discover the truth about his death showed the same determination which made Pat a football star. The US politicians and military shamelessly tried to cover up the details of Pat's death by friendly fire.

This book is much better than the Krakauer version. Krakauer used Mary Tillman's book as a resource.

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