Chris Kyle is an American war hero and ex-Navy SEAL who served his country with pride and honor.
Yet, three years after he was killed, a report has come out that says Kyle lied about his medal count — an extremely serious accusation.
The report was published by the Intercept. It reads, in part:
“All told,” Kyle wrote in his book, “I would end my career as a SEAL with two Silver Stars and five Bronze [Stars], all for valor.”
But Kyle, who was murdered by a fellow military veteran several years after leaving the Navy, embellished his military record, according to internal Navy documents obtained by The Intercept.
The Intercept sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Navy and was told that Kyle earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars.
However, Kyle’s DD214 reads that he received two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. A DD214 is record that every veteran receives upon leaving the military, and one of the details it includes is the medals that the veteran obtained.
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According to a former special forces operator who spoke with Independent Journal Review and asked to remain anonymous:
“The Navy’s records are going to be more accurate than DD214s. The DD214 is produced locally whereas Navy records have multiple filters that they have to go through.
The Silver Star is a big deal. There’s no messing it up — especially at the admin level.”
But a unnamed Naval officer who spoke to the Resurgent’s Erick Erickson on the matter disagreed. He said:
“The DD214 is not perfect, but trusting the military to provide all documents is like trusting in the tooth fairy to be real.
I would rely on the DD214 more than on the information gathered half-heartedly for a Freedom of Information Act request.”
The Navy Times examined the controversy over Kyle’s medals more thoroughly:
Navy Times first learned of this alleged discrepancy in 2014 but was unable to verify whether Kyle had been recognized privately for actions during classified operations — which could have accounted for a second Silver Star.
As USA Today recently revealed, the Navy has awarded more than 100 Silver Stars under such circumstances going back to 9/11. Navy Times obtained those citations, which are redacted and do not include the recipient’s name.
It remains a possibility that Kyle did receive a second award, a Navy official said Wednesday, but there’s no paper trail to support that.
At this time, the Navy is taking a closer look into the allegations about Kyle’s medal count.