Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chris Kyle - Born April 8, 1974, Died February 2, 2013

“When I grew up, I only had two dreams,” he told The News in January 2012. “One was to be a cowboy and another was to be in the military. I grew up extremely patriotic and riding horses. I went to college and was working at a ranch up there. Sun up, sun down, I was in a saddle. By the time I was 24, I decided it was time to go into the military and try it out. It wasn’t exactly the SEALs I was looking for at the time. I just wanted to go into the military and be the best.”

Kyle grew up in Texas and spent much of his time riding horses and participating on the school rodeo team. His life quickly changed when he decided to go into the military and became a Navy SEAL. He deployed four times to Iraq. Kyle held the record for number of kills by an American sniper. The Pentagon has confirmed more than 150 of his 255 kills. The previous record was 109. For his service, Kyle was awarded two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars with Valor. Kyle served in every major battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was shot twice, and was involved in six IED attacks. His autobiography, American Sniper, was released last year.

He and a friend were murdered by a vet diagnosed with PTSD, who they were trying to help through Chris's foundation.

Memorial services are scheduled at Cowboy Stadium, Arlington, Texas, February 11, 2013.