Chief Kyle

On Saturday night, I was absently checking Facebook when I came across a post from my friend Philip Schreier, “This is very sad and disturbing. Chris was scheduled to visit the museum and tape some TV segment in the near future.” There was a link to an item reporting the death of former U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle. News accounts allege that Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were murdered by a former Marine suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Last year I spoke several times with Chief Kyle about his forthcoming book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. I was taken with the humbleness and devout patriotism of this NRA Life member from Texas. Major John L. Plaster wrote an article about Chief Kyle in the July 2012 issue, and I wrote a “From The Editor” about American Sniper. The book, which went on to become a New York Times bestseller, was extremely forthright, insightful and gritty. The proceeds from the book were donated to help the families of those Kyle served with who didn’t return home. Kyle retired to spend more time with his wife and two children, but his work trying to aid his fellow servicemen didn’t end when he hung up his uniform. Kyle established a non-profit foundation, FITCO Cares, to treat returning servicemen suffering from PTSD.

Kyle had other projects going on television, and as this is written I have a story on my desktop written by Chief Kyle on the American longrifle that was scheduled to run in the May issue.

The loss of Chief Kyle is profound one for our nation. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with his family. A lot of American soldiers and Marines came home from Iraq thanks to Chief Kyle. May God bless him and rest the soul of this American hero.

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47 Responses to Chief Kyle

Jared wrote:
July 30, 2013

Chief kyle was the only reason I enlisted in the Navy on my 17th birthday and signed a contract for seals and to honor him I will not fail I will be a seal in honor of Chris Kyle my hero

Richard June wrote:
February 09, 2013

I read his book,and I think he considered himself a Patriot rather than a Hero; regardless, he was a Warrior.

Randy wrote:
February 05, 2013

There will never be another soldier like him. Thank you for your service and commitment. My daughter and I are working on a project to honor your memory. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace brother.

John Nau wrote:
February 05, 2013

From one Sailor to another,"Fair winds and following seas", Chief. Rest in peace.

Joe wrote:
February 05, 2013

A hero by any standard. We know that he rests in the hands of the Lord he loved.

Wolf wrote:
February 05, 2013

I concur with all honorific comments made regarding the tragic loss of the noble Chief Kyle and his buddy who were both trying to help suffering vets. We all know that there is some danger at a rifle range, but try to be safe. I always keep at least one of my guns loaded and not end up with all guns unloaded or empty at the same time. I don't want to be a victim of some crazy shooter anywhere. At a shop, on the road, or even at a range. But frankly, being shot by a crazy guy at a range is really the least of my worries, but still a worry. I don't know any details, but am thinking the attack was premeditated, swift, and sudden. Who can possibly defend against an attack by a supposed friend? I know I wouldn't be able to do so. That's why this attack on Chris Kyle and his fellow veteran supporter by another vet is so troubling, heartbreaking, and maddening. A major loss to us all and to all of us vets still alive. Wolf, Commander, USN-Retired

Bruce Jackson wrote:
February 05, 2013

Men like him are few and far between. More youth should be like him. God bless. Rest in peace.

J Manley, Msgt USAF Ret wrote:
February 05, 2013

A hero in both war and peace. God Bless

Pete wrote:
February 05, 2013

And each of us who has a loved one who served in combat over there and came back alive will never know if one of Chief Kyle's bullets took out the enemy that was just about to kill our soldier...

John Galbraith wrote:
February 05, 2013

There is nothing to be said at a time like this. We can only pray for his family and friends and thank the Lord that he sends us Heros like Chief Kyle !

Ronald Beitler Sr ....NRA.Life wrote:
February 05, 2013

May GOD watch over your Family..As you watched over your men! You will be sorely missed..but what a great example of LOVE and devotion to his fellow man

Robert Ando wrote:
February 05, 2013

I did not know him, but just from the things written about him, I wish I had known this fine patriot. the mental health of our returning servicemen is not adequately being addressed. Obama is cutting more and more from our vets. We need to write congress about it in memory of this fine Veteran.

R. L. Jensen wrote:
February 04, 2013

Thank you Kyle for your service. May God be with your family.

ed wrote:
February 04, 2013

He is a true american hero. Heros never die they live in the hearts of those that love them thank you

Kathy Farmer wrote:
February 04, 2013

I SALUTE YOU CHIEF CHRIS KYLE. I can never say THANKS for all you have done for our military and the many lives that you saved. May your SOUL rest with Jesus Christ. And God Bless and watch over your family. May God also Bless your partner that also lost his life, the gunman that was disturbed, and all the families. AMEN. Meet You In Heaven Chief Kyle. Kathy Farmer

Michael Van Durme wrote:
February 04, 2013

God bless a hero taken too soon.

Cliff Veazie wrote:
February 04, 2013

R.I.P. Chris Kyle A real American Hero. Gone to early. Condolences to your family.

alfie, west australia wrote:
February 04, 2013

Churchill wrote of the 'indiscriminating bullet' that does not care where it lodges. PTSD is the same and its effects are as deadly. My condolences to all.

Jim Laudenslager wrote:
February 04, 2013

I am extremly proud that this great man was in the military of the United States Of America. He is a compliment to the training administered to a U.S.Navy SEAL and has served with great honor. His loss is felt by all true Americans. Especially those who had the opertunity of serveing with him I'm sure. His life will serve as a role model to those that follow in the ranks of the SEALS and to those that are still serveing in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. His family will miss him greatly, and will have to endure the tremendous loss. All Americans owe them a lot of thanks for thier great sacrafice to support him in his chosen life of commitment to the U.S.A. They will need to be comforted and helped by those he sought to guard and protect from the extremist that would do away with the American dream. I wish them peace and sucsess in all they may strive to do.May his memory help them down the path of life. L.J.(Jim)Laudenslager,U.S.Navy,ret.

Jason wrote:
February 04, 2013

Rest in Peace Chief Kyle.

Mike wrote:
February 04, 2013

Rest in peace, chief. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

terrfisherman wrote:
February 04, 2013

This world is truly a battle of Good vs. Evil. He was a warrior of God. The evil one targeted Chief Kyle. Rest in Peace and may God keep you by his side . Salute !

finsII wrote:
February 04, 2013

God Bless this American hero. Pray for his family in this terrible time.

Duane Introwitz wrote:
February 04, 2013

RIP Friend.

Rodger Ellis wrote:
February 04, 2013

To Kyle and Chad, you will be remembered as special men who died after making the world a better place in which to live. R. Ellis U.S. Army Vet

Derek Harris wrote:
February 04, 2013

There is no practical excuse for this. No reason. Chief Kyle earned and deserved far more. Tell me what I can do to help.

John wrote:
February 04, 2013

A true American Hero who devoted his life to the service of other Americans. A great loss. Deepest and sincerest condolences to his family and his friend's family.

wm mcdannold II wrote:
February 04, 2013

Some outfit with the ability to do so needs to conduct a serious, hard investigation of this business. My gut insists on telling me that there is a good deal more to discover.

Larry Cipriani wrote:
February 04, 2013

Please start up a fund to benefit his family. I will donate $100.

thomas sponsky wrote:
February 04, 2013

As a Vietnam era Vet. Kyle was a American Hero, he saved many Band of Brothers lives doing what he was trained to do Prayers to his family Thank you..

juan marin wrote:
February 04, 2013

How to stop this pain for him.

chuck wrote:
February 04, 2013

it is so hard to see a true American die that way may God watch over his family all vets take time to reflect I all this mon Hove for his country

Rod LaGard LM wrote:
February 04, 2013

Very sad indeed I read his book like it a lot. Unfortunately here is more fodder for the left wing gun grabbing liberals to use and spin for the good of King obama.

DWS wrote:
February 04, 2013

A tragic loss of a true man of honor. The comments I read on Huffington Post (linked to Chris) made my stomach turn. Those people who post there are complete degenerates. Plus, any comments that are pro Chris Kyle are removed. We are in a soft war right here in the U.S. Grab your pens and attack these cowards every chance you get. Chris would. R.I.P. Chief

Lars wrote:
February 04, 2013

Truly Chief Kyle was a great American Hero. Who stayed in the line of fire even after he came home. May God bless his family in their grief

Drew C. wrote:
February 04, 2013

I am truly saddened by the loss of such a great hero. Mr. Kyle was a great asset to the American people and our freedom. I only hope he is remembered as a great American in service to his country, and to the professional community at large.

Artie wrote:
February 04, 2013

R.I.P a true American Hero and Warrior.

Melissa Humer wrote:
February 04, 2013

God Bless Chris and his friend who were brutally murdered. God bless the families. This was one special man!!

Daniel kippen wrote:
February 04, 2013

What a waste of a young man of his caliber.May God rest his soul

Jim wrote:
February 04, 2013

I'm sorry to hear this. To him and to all my brother and sister veterans, it is a shame to have something like this happen after giving so much to out country.

Zman wrote:
February 04, 2013

RIP Chris. American Sniper - American Patriot.

Jack Wolford wrote:
February 04, 2013

His concern for others and his big heart cost him , his family - and us.

Daz Paris wrote:
February 04, 2013

God's Speed Chief Kyle.

H Stan Boring PHC USN Ret wrote:
February 04, 2013

What a loss of someone trying to give back to his shipmates. My condolences to Chief Kyle's family and friends. May his work go on. Chief Boring (Life Member NRA)

February 04, 2013


David Seale wrote:
February 04, 2013

This is a very sad event that has happened to such a great person. I pray for his family.

PatriotM1A wrote:
February 04, 2013

This is a sad expose of how unfortunate it is that a American hero has had his life taken by a fellow soldier that apparently had mental stress disorder due to the pressures of combat. His presence and contributions will be missed for eternity. May God bless his soul and his family