Tillman, Patrick Daniel, CPL

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Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2003-2003, 11B10, Army Ranger School
Service Years
2002 - 2004


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Home Town
Fremont, California
Last Address
Sperah, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Apr 22, 2004
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Accidental Homicide
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea - N/A, Pacific Ocean
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Ashes scattered at sea.

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Infantry Shoulder Cord 2nd Ranger Battalion Army Special Operations Command

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 Military Association Memberships
Chapter 1111Famous People Who ServedGWOT FallenThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2004, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1111 (Sergeant At Arms) (Ft. Irwin, California) - Chap. Page
  2004, Famous People Who Served [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2004, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2004, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
Basic Airborne Course (BAC)HHC, 1st Training Brigade (Cadre) Fort Jackson, NC2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger RegimentArmy Ranger School
  2002-2002, 11B10, Basic Airborne Course (BAC)
  2002-2002, 11B10, HHC, 1st Training Brigade (Cadre) Fort Jackson, NC
  2002-2004, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment/A Company
  2003-2003, 11B10, Army Ranger School
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2003-2004 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation I (2001-06)
 Colleges Attended 
Arizona State University
  1994-1998, Arizona State University1
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  Pat Tillman12
  Nov 09, 2000, Arizona Cardinals1
  Nov 09, 2004, Sports Illustrated1
  Jul 15, 2013, General Photos
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Last Known Activity

Killed in action on April 22, 2004

Operation Enduring Freedom

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high “esprit de corps” of my Ranger Regiment... - FIRST STANZA OF THE RANGER CREED

Cpl. Patrick D. Tillman was born in California on Nov. 6, 1976.

In the prime of a stellar football career, which included four years at Arizona State University on athletic scholarship and four years as a defensive back with the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals, Pat Tillman walked away from a multiyear, multimillion dollar football contract to serve his country as a Soldier in the U.S. Army.

Tillman volunteered for duty with the Army in May 2002, requesting to serve as a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment — the U.S. military’s premier light infantry fighting force.

After entering the Army in July 2002, he completed One Station Unit Training in the military occupational specialty of infantryman at Fort Benning, Ga. Tillman continued his military training at Fort Benning when he attended the Basic Airborne Course in October 2002. After earning his jump wings, he then graduated from the Ranger Indoctrination Program in December 2002.

On Jan. 14, 2003, he was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash. He went on to graduate from the U.S. Army Ranger Course in November 2003.

His brother, Spc. Kevin M. Tillman, who played professional baseball for a Cleveland Indians minor league team, also joined the Army on a Ranger contract in 2002. After completing the same training path as Pat, Kevin was also assigned to 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regt.

The Tillmans both deployed several times with their Ranger battalion in support of the Global War on Terrorism and participated in combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

On April 22, 2004, Pat Tillman was fatally wounded when his Ranger unit came under fire during combat operations in southeastern Afghanistan. After he was medically evacuated from the scene, he was pronounced dead by U.S. officials at approximately 11:45 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

He is survived by his wife, Marie, of San Jose, Calif.; his parents, Patrick K. and Mary L. Tillman, also of California; and his brothers, Kevin and Richard.

His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

As a Ranger, Cpl. Pat Tillman distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light infantry unit, traveled to all corners of the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism and fought valiantly to “uphold the prestige, honor, and high ‘esprit de corps’” of the Ranger Regiment.


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 9 July 1918 (amended by act of 25 July 1963), has awarded the SILVER STAR to
for gallantry in action on 22 April 2004 against an armed enemy while serving as a Rifle Team Leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Corporal Tillman put himself in the line of devastating enemy fire as he maneuvered his Fire Team to a covered position from which they could effectively employ their weapons on known enemy positions. While mortally wounded, his audacious leadership and courageous example under fire inspired his men to fight with great risk to their own personal safety, resulting in the enemy's withdrawal and his platoon's safe passage from the ambush kill zone. Corporal Tillman's personal courage, tactical expertise, and professional competence directly contributed to this platoon's overall success and survival. Through his distinctive accomplishments, Corporal Tillman reflected great credit upon himself, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and the United States Army.
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