February 13, 2013
Honoring CPO Christopher "Chris" Kyle, US Navy Seal
Christopher "Chris" Kyle [April 8, 1974 - February 2, 2013] was a United States Navy SEAL and was known as one of the leading U.S. military snipers of all time.
Kyle enlisted with the U.S. Naval Academy and was later assigned to SEAL Team 3, Sniper Element Charlie platoon. Kyle served over four years and in every major battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded a Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Achievements and the Bronze and Silver Star medals several times.
In 2009, Kyle was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in order to spend time with his family. During his retirement he wrote a New York Times bestselling autobiography, American Sniper.
Kyle was shot and killed near Chalk Mountain, Texas on February 2, 2013.
A memorial service was held for Kyle in Arlington, Texas on February 11, 2013 at Cowboys Stadium. After a 200-mile funeral procession originating in Midlothian, he was laid to rest at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. During the procession, the public paid their respects by lining the highways, draping flags on overpasses and saluting the fallen soldier. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the funeral procession may have been the longest in American history.
The Patriot Guard surrounded the Texas State Cemetary in Austin; each holding a large American flag. Over 100 Navy SEALS were in attendance and put their Trident pins into the top of the casket and saluted their fallen brother.