Boots on the Ground by Dusk
My Tribute to Pat Tillman
On Sale: April 29, 2008
Featuring: 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 Patís death, the Tillmans requested an
Boots on the Ground by Dusk is
a chronicle of their efforts to ascertain the true
circumstances of Patís 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
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
1 comment posted.
Re: Boots on the Ground by Dusk
I have added this book to my TBR list. I would like to read Pat Tillman's mother's account of the events.
(Karen Cherubino 10:18pm April 15, 2011)
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