Chris was born in Odessa, Texas and was the son of a devout Christian family. His dad bought Chris his first gun at the age of 8 and taught Chris to hunt pheasant, quail and deer. Chris would soon find himself in the rodeo as a bronco rider until he severely injured his arm.
Chris decided to join the armed forces. He initially wanted to become a Marine. In talking to a Navy recruiter, Chris was told about the Navy SEALS program. Initially he was refused because of the arm injury he had received in the rodeo but was soon contacted about an opportunity to attend Basic Underwater Demolition school. He joined the US Navy in 1999.
Chris is recognized as the most skilled sniper in military history. He had 160 confirmed kills out of 255 claimed kills and served four tours in the Iraq conflict and awarded the 4th highest commendation for heroism, acts of merit and military service in a combat zone. Nicknamed the "Devil of Ramadi" by Iraqi insurgents, he was the recipient of the Bronze Star and numerous Silver Star medals. During his military career, Kyle was shot twice and involved in six IED attacks. His longest successful shot was from 2100 yards away having killed an insurgent with a rocket launcher. Because of Kyle's skill as a marksman, he had a $80000 bounty on his head by the enemy.
|Kyle's book and memorial program|
He left the US Navy in 2009 and returned to Midlothian, Texas with his wife and two children. He
wrote his life story in a book called "American Sniper with the money from the book going to the Heroes Project. It became a New York Times bestseller. He made several television appearances including the "Today Show" "Stars Earn Stripes" and the Bill O'Reilly.
On Feb. 2, 2013, Chris and a friend, Chad Littlefield were doing some shooting practice at a range in Rough Creek Ranch Resort in Erath County, Texas. The two friends were working with another soldier who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. The other soldier, Eddie Ray Routh mortally shot both Kyle and Littlefield. Routh was later captured during a freeway chase.
|Honors as Texas State Cemetery|
|Memorial at Cowboy stadium|