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Kevin Tillman

Kevin Tillman
Born (1978-01-24) January 24, 1978
San Jose, California, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 2002–05
Rank Specialist
Unit 2nd Ranger Battalion
75th Ranger Regiment
Battles/wars 2003 invasion of Iraq
Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan
Other work The Tillman Story (promotion)

Kevin Tillman (born January 24, 1978 in September 11 attacks to enlist in the United States Army. With his older brother, former National Football League star Pat Tillman, he completed the Ranger Indoctrination Program in 2002, and they were both assigned to 2nd Battalion75th Ranger Regiment. Kevin and Pat Tillman were deployed to the Middle East together as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.[1] In 2004, Pat was killed in combat while in Spera, Afghanistan by friendly fire.


  • Education 1
  • Baseball career 2
  • Military career 3
  • Awards and decorations 4
  • Author 5
  • Quotes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Tillman attended and played baseball at Arizona State University before transferring to California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo where he also played Division I baseball and led the Mustangs in hits and on-base percentage during the 2001 season.[2][3]

Baseball career

Tillman was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 31st round of the June 1999 MLB Amateur Draft. Prior to enlisting, he played just one season (2001) with the Burlington Indians and the Akron Aeros in the Cleveland Indians farm system.[4]

Military career

Tillman and his more well-known brother, Pat (a then-current NFL player), enlisted together on May 31, 2002, completed training and selection for the elite United States Army Rangers in late 2002, and were assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion in Fort Lewis, Washington. Both Pat and Kevin Tillman were deployed to South West Asia as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In late 2004, Tillman graduated from Sniper School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.[5]

In July 2005, fulfilling his 3-year enlistment, Tillman was honorably discharged from the army.

On April 24, 2007, Pete Geren, acting U.S. Secretary of the Army stated "We as an army failed in our duty to the Tillman family, the duty we owe to all the families of our fallen soldiers: Give them the truth, the best we know it, as fast as we can."[6]

Awards and decorations

Tillman and his brother won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 11th annual ESPY Awards in 2003.


Kevin Tillman has been an outspoken opponent of the The Tillman Story.

On October 19, 2006, Tillman wrote a weblog article in memory of his brother that condemns recent American foreign policy.[7]

In late 2008, Tillman published the book The Transparent Pillage.[8]


  • "We believe this narrative was intended to deceive the family but more importantly the American public."[9]
  • "The deception surrounding this case was an insult to the family: but more importantly, its primary purpose was to deceive a whole nation. We say these things with disappointment and sadness for our country. Once again, we have been used as props in a Pentagon public relations exercise."[10]


  1. ^ SPC Kevin Tillman
  2. ^ ASU graduate
  3. ^ SLO graduate
  4. ^ Kevin Tillman at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Tillman at Sniper School
  6. ^ Pete Geren quote
  7. ^ After Pat's Birthday
  8. ^ Tillman, Kevin (October 2008). The Transparent Pillage.  
  9. ^ San Diego Union-Tribune
  10. ^ Mercury News

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Scott Lindlaw and Erica Werner (  
  • Johanna Neuman (2007-04-24). "Soldier said he was told to keep quiet on details of Tillman's death".  
  • Scott Lindlaw (  
  • "'"Family blasts latest investigation of Pat Tillman's friendly fire death as 'shamefully unacceptable.  
  • Michael Luo (2007-04-24). "Government Challenged on Lynch and Tillman".  
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