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After 2 tours, pressures prove too much for guardsman with ETSU ties

Matt Lakin • Mar 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

MORRISTOWN — Capt. Thomas Gilley asked his ex-wife to tell his children he loved them.

He asked his fiancee when she’d be home.

Then he put a .40-caliber pistol to his temple and pulled the trigger.

Gilley, commander of the Tennessee National Guard’s 190th Engineer Company, had been home six months from his last deployment — and had just finished a round of the Guard’s anti-suicide training days before.