Texas – Chief Chris Kyle (USN) and his trusted
friend, Chad Littlefield, were tragically killed on
Saturday, February 2, 2013, by a troubled veteran whom they
were trying to help. Chief Kyle lived by a personal
motto that “it is our duty to serve those,who serve us,” and he
and Littlefield died honoring this creed. Above all
else, Chief Kyle was a
unique individual and an amazingly loving father,
husband, son, brother, friend and devout Christian who had a
profound effect on the lives of those he touched.
Kyle was publicly known for being the President of
Craft International LLC and the author of the best-selling
book, American Sniper. Chief Kyle, a former Navy SEAL,
served four Combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and
elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver
Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corp
Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation.
After retiring from the Navy, Chief Kyle founded Craft International
LLC, a military and law enforcement training company, and was involved
in numerous charities, including co-founding FITCO Cares Foundation,
and other charitable events benefiting wounded and disabled
servicemen and women returning from combat.
“Chris was a
true American hero having devoted his adult life to serving his
country in combat as a member of the U.S. Navy SEALs and in training
our military and law enforcement personnel after leaving the
Navy. Chris was also an extremely devoted family
man – a wonderful husband and loving father. He gave
so much of his time to charitable causes that assisted military
personnel and their families and died while trying to
help a struggling service member. We are all saddened
by his tragic death. America lost one of its finest sons
and a true patriot. Our thoughts and prayers go out to
the Kyle family” said Steven Young, Craft’s CEO.
requests that the media respect the privacy of the Kyle family and
friends while they grieve the loss of Chief Kyle. Details of the
memorial service and funeral will be released at a later time.
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