Died February 2, 2013
Erath County, Texas
Assigned to Charlie Platoon, SEAL Team 3, Coronado, California
Chris Kyle died February 2, 2013 when he and his friend Chad Littlefield, age 35, were shot and killed while trying to rehabilitate a veteran Marine with PTSD at Rough Creek Ranch Lodge and Resort shooting range in Erath County, Texas. Chris is survived by his wife, Taya; two children, Colton and McKenna; parents, Wayne Kenneth Kyle and Deby Lynn Mercer; and brother, Jeff.
Chris was the eldest son of a church deacon and Sunday school teacher, growing up on a ranch in Texas which shaped his outdoor pursuits. He was given his first rifle, a bolt-action .30-06 Springfield rifle, at the age of 8 years old which was used to hunt deer, pheasant, and quail. He graduated from Midlothian High School in 1992 and studied agriculture at Tarleton State University for two years all the while performing as a professional bronco rider in rodeos until a bronco flipped and ended his rodeo career. After his arm healed he than began working as a ranch hand before being called by a Navy recruiter to enlist as he had always intended after graduating.
Chris completed the 24-week Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUDS) School in 1999 and was assigned to SEAL Team 3, Charlie platoon, which was a sniper element. Chris was deployed four times to Iraq and served in many major battles and because of his abilities in protecting his fellow servicemen during combat operations became known as the “Legend”, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. CPO Kyle was awarded several acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. He received two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals with Valor, and numerous other unit and personal awards.
After 10 years of military service, Chris devoted himself to helping other veterans reintegrate into civilian life and combat Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Chris co-launched a non-profit group, FITCO Cares Foundation, which supplies fitness equipment to war wounded veterans. He also founded Craft International, a security company that provided security, defense, and combat weapons training services for military, police, corporate, and civilian clients. His brother Jeff stated, “He cared about everybody. He gave everybody a chance, and gave his life doing what he loved.”
Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle was 38 years old from Midlothian, Texas.
Original portrait was presented January 16, 2106 to his parents and brother during a special event presented by SWYPIT and the Texas Legends held in Frisco, Texas.
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