Mr. Awesome

Pat Tillman was an American football player who left his professional career and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Tillman joined the Army Rangers and served several tours in combat before he died in the mountains of Afghanistan. Tillman and his brother Kevin enlisted on 31 May 2002. Kevin gave up the chance of a career in professional baseball as he had already signed to play for the Cleveland Indians. In September 2002, they completed basic training together The two brothers completed the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) in late 2002 and were assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion in Fort Lewis, Washington. Tillman resided in University Place with his wife before being deployed to Iraq. After participating in the initial invasion of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in September 2003, he entered Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and graduated on November 28, 2003. Tillman was subsequently redeployed to Afghanistan. On April 22, 2004, Tillman was killed in action during a  firefight caused from an ambush on a road outside of the Village of Sperah about 25 miles southwest of Khost, near the Pakistan border.

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