Cardinals' Tillman Killed at War

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  1. dianetavegia

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    Cardinals' Tillman Killed at War

    Pat Tillman, a 5-year Arizona Cardinal who left the NFL to serve in the U.S. Army.

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    Pat Tillman, a U.S. Army Ranger and former Arizona Cardinals strong safety, is being reported dead in Afghanistan, according to news reports.

    Tillman, 27, enlisted in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, choosing to walk away from a 3-year, $3.6 million contract extension with the Cardinals. Tillman had completed four seasons with the Cardinals, from 1998 to 2001.

    His dutiful decision sparked national headlines showcasing a recently married NFL star who gave up a burgeoning career to fight alongside his brother and fellow countrymen.

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    That is truly sad. Keep us posted on details. Sad. [​IMG]
     
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    They've interviewed his college roommate who said that Pat had dated the girl he eventually married since high school and he never dated others or 'cheated' on her during his college years. He said they'd lay awake at night and Pat would talk about how much he loved America and how he wanted to help others. His college friends kept telling him he'd be president or some famous politician some day but he'd insist that he wanted to give back.... and he has.

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    You know we often use the phrase "sports heroes" lightly.

    After this "sports hero" has a whole new meaning.
     
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    I am greatly grieved by the deaths of these fine young men and women. I can't hardly handle it; please pray for me!
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    I think your grief is shared by many of us Wally.

    When I was that age it was fine for me, but now I have three children the age of those who are heroically fighting for our country. No of mine are serving, but having my children that age really drives it home.
     
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    Wally, the young man who died a few months back, just before Thanksgiving, from Illinois was our nephew. He had never been as happy as he was serving his country. His name was Scott Tyrell.

    My husband was an Army Officer. Our two sons both served. OUR son Scott served in the Persian Gulf.... They all gladly served.

    Local Soldier Laid to Rest


    By Karetha Dodd

    OREGON - Folks around Whiteside and Lee Counties say goodbye to Army Private First Class Scott Tyrell. Funeral Services were held this Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oregon, Illinois. Among the mourners was Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn.

    From time to time, family members held onto each other for support, some still in shock Tyrrell's life had ended just as he was hitting his stride. People who knew the 21 year old say he was searching for his place in the world and found it in the United States Army.

    "We are all comforted by the fact we got great wonderful soldiers who are so willing to sacrifice not just their work and their daily lives, but in many cases their lives protecting the way we live here in America," says Brigadier General Don Riley.

    A seemingly endless line of mourners arrived at St. Mary's Cemetery to see the Sterling High School graduate buried with full military honors. A fitting tribute to an American hero. "He was presented with the Army Commendation Medal. That's an award for exemplary service in the army and for his service overseas," says Riley.

    Tyrrell was young, but his contributions were substantial. Friends say he was a role model and an inspiration.

    Tyrell lived in Sterling, but grew up around the town of Oregon. He was working at an ammunitions dump in Tikrit in mid-November when a fire broke out. Tyrrell was severely injured and died at a Texas military hospital 6 days later. Tyrrell was assigned to a unit in the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.
     
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    On the radio, they said he gave up a $9 Million contract. What a patriot!
     
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    Now we understand he was accidentally fired upon by his own side.

    I wonder how many diaper heads would be so willing to serve Saddam or Osama? Many of those who blow themselves up have nothing to live for, but they think they have something to die for. If any of them are accidentally killed as was Tillman, WHO CARES? See any condolences from Osama or Sadr? Pat Tillman will always be a hero to me for his utterly selfless dedication to his people. It's too bad that his act didn't get more attention before he died. I hope we see more such stories about living military men & women soon.

    THANK YOU, PAT!!!!!!!!!!!


    A military maxin from this former NAV Pharmacist's Mate...

    There aint no such thing as FRIENDLY FIRE if it's directed toward YOU, regardless of the source! it burns me up when I see the media use that term! "Compatriots' accidental fire" is a better term.

    ...and let's not forget to pray for those who now believe they killed Pat.
     
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    I think sometimes we get too much information from the media! Have more to say, but, can't say it right now.
     

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