McChrystal Takes Responsibility on Pat Tillman

Created: June 02, 2009 10:45 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal personally apologized to the family of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the fallen Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire in 2004, for writing a memorandum for his chain of command that seemed to suggest a cover-up of the circumstances in Tillman’s death. “If I had it to do it all over again,” he said, he would allow an investigation to go forward establishing the cause of Tillman’s death before informing his chain of command of questions about whether or not Tillman was killed by enemy fire. While he said he and his chain of command acted with good intentions, “it still produced confusion at a very tragic time” for Tillman’s family — Tillman’s father has accused McChrystal of participating in a cover-up — “and I am very sorry for that.”