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23 April 2004 @ 12:50 pm
One Hero Among Many
Rising NFL star Pat Tillman could've done anything he wanted. A pro athlete certain of fortune and fame, Tillman didn't have to come back from his honeymoon, turn down a three-year, $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, join the Army, enroll in Ranger training, or ship out to Afghanistan to fight Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Tillman set aside his professional sports career not for better pay (ha!) or glory, but because he understood and believed in the importance of the Global War on Terror, and the core value of service before self. That's why he volunteered to do his part.
Ranger Creed

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of the Rangers.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress, and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.
U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed in action in a terrorist ambush yesterday in Afghanistan. He was 27 years-old.

Rangers Lead the Way!

If you'd like to follow Tillman's example, there are many ways to support our troops and do your part in the Global War on Terror. Here's how.

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Music: "The Army Goes Rolling Along" by the USAF Heritage of America Band
(Anonymous) on April 23rd, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC)
Service Before Self
May God bless Mr. Tillman for his valiant sacrifice.

He's a dying breed; this world needs more like him.