Patriots everywhere were saddened this week when documents leaked showing that American Sniper hero Chris Kyle had embellished his war record by lying about the number of medals he received in his best-selling memoir.
According to Daily Mail, the documents reveal that Kyle received one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with valor, rather than the two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars his book claimed.
“All told,” Kyle wrote in his bestselling book, “I would end my career as a SEAL with two Silver Stars and five Bronze [Stars], all for valor.”
The Silver Star is third-highest military combat decoration and is an extremely prestigious commendation. The Bronze Star is given to members of the Armed Forces for heroic or meritorious achievement or service in a combat zone.
Lt. Jackie Pau, a Navy spokeswoman, explained that this lie may not have been Kyle’s fault. Kyle’s discharge paperwork, known as a DD214 form, claimed that he had received two Silver Stars and at least five Bronze Stars, which is what he wrote in his book.
“The Navy considers the individual Service member’s official military personnel file and our central official awards records to be the authoritative sources for verifying entitlement to decorations and awards,” Pau said in a written statement.
“The form DD214 is generated locally at the command where the Service member is separated,” she continued. “Although the information on the DD214 should match the official records, the process involves people and inevitably some errors may occur.”
Kyle, who is regarded as the deadliest sniper in US history, was tragically killed at a shooting range in 2013. After his death, his book was made into a hit movie directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper.
One current Navy officer who did not want to be identified told reporters that Kyle had been warned at least once before his book was published that its description was wrong about the medal count. Then, when his manuscript was shared among SEALS, Kyle was told again by one of his commanding officers that his claim of receiving two Silver Stars was false.
His widow, Taya Kyle, has not yet commended on the documents.
The bottom-line is, whether he lied or not, Chris Kyle is still an American hero and he should be treated as such. SHARE this story if you will ALWAYS stand behind Chris Kyle!