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House Investigates Army’s Handling of Tillman, Lynch Incidents

A House committee heard testimony Tuesday from the family of fallen Army Ranger Pat Tillman, as well as former Army Private Jessica Lynch. The witnesses suggested the Army glorified their stories to try to bolster war support.

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  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    Army Private Jessica Lynch and Army Corporal Pat Tillman were perhaps the most famous casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    American troops rescued Lynch from captivity in an Iraqi hospital in Nasiriyah on April 1, 2003. Reports at the time said the badly injured Lynch heroically had held off insurgents before her capture, but later the Army admitted Lynch never fired her weapon.

    In 2004, Corporal Pat Tillman, a professional football star who went into the Army rangers after 9/11, died from what the Army said was fierce fire from Taliban forces in eastern Afghanistan. Tillman posthumously was awarded the Silver Star for bravery in combat. But a month later, Tillman's family was told he was felled by fire from members of his own platoon.

    Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, now under the control of California Democrat Henry Waxman, heard testimony about the Army's misstatements about both events.