It's been nearly four years since Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire. But CBS News has learned that investigations by the Pentagon's inspector general will now blame nine officers — including four generals — for failing to follow regulations and using poor judgment in a series of missteps that kept the truth of how Tillman died from his family for more than a month.
The official version was that the former NFL star had died in a fire fight with the enemy. It was only after a nationally televised memorial service was held for Tillman that his wife and parents were told he had been mistakenly shot by one of his own men.
Until now, only low-ranking soldiers who were part of Tillman's Army Ranger unit have been disciplined in the events surrounding his death. It will now be up to the Army to decide what, if any, disciplinary action to take against these nine officers.
According to a defense official, it does not appear that the inspector general's investigation, the fifth inquiry into Tillman's death, found any indication of an orchestrated cover-up. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said it appears that senior military leaders may not have had all the facts or worked hard enough to get the facts of what happened on that day in April 2004.