After investigation, Navy lowers ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle’s medal count
After an investigation into famed SEAL Chris Kyle’s personnel record, the Navy has corrected his medal count, indicating that he earned one Silver Star instead of his previously claimed two, a Navy spokeswoman said Saturday.
Kyle, who was murdered along with a friend in 2013, penned the book “American Sniper” which was subsequently turned into a movie by director Clint Eastwood. In his book, Kyle wrote that he had earned two Silver Stars, a prestigious valor award two rungs below the Medal of Honor. When Kyle left the Navy in 2009, his separation form — known as DD214 — also said that he had earned the two Silver Stars.
On June 14, the Navy updated his DD214 with the correct medal count. USA Today was the first to report on Kyle’s altered record Friday.
Kyle’s veracity has come under scrutiny before. In his book, Kyle claimed to have shot at rioters from atop the New Orleans’ Superdome in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and later said on late night television that he had punched former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in the face. Ventura took Kyle’s estate to court in a defamation lawsuit and won. A jury awarded the “Predator” co-star $1.8 million in 2014.
What isn’t in doubt, however, is Kyle’s performance on the battlefield. His record notes that besides his one Silver Star, he earned four Bronze Stars with “V” for valor distinguishing devices and a Navy Achievement Medal with a “V” during his time fighting in Iraq.