The Loss of an American Hero – Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle American Sniper

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Navy SEALs have fought and died on many battlefields across the globe. I have known a number of SEALs, worked with many, called some shipmate and even earned the recognition of being considered a friend by others. SEALs have always taken on some of the toughest and most dangerous missions our country has ever tackled. Until recently, most of these missions have been done in silence, with little to no recognition beyond the small group of operators involved.

The most prolific sniper in American history.

Even among the elite, Chris Kyle managed to distinguish himself from his peers. He survived four deployments to Iraq as a SEAL sniper. As a SEAL, I am sure he also saw action in several clandestine battlefields we will never know about as well. Kyle won two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars with the distinguishing mark of the Combat “V” for valor.

The U.S. Military did not only recognize Kyle, the enemy recognized him. Although the enemy never honored Kyle with snippets of brightly colored ribbon, they labeled him as the al-Shaitan Ramad, “The Devil of Ramadi.” Kyle earned this distinction after killing 40 insurgents in the second battle of Fallujah. His efforts also earned him an $80,000 bounty being placed on his head.

His greatest skill was for being in the right place at the right time. He saw more targets that met the rules of engagement than anyone else, so he shot more targets than anyone else did.

During Kyle’s career he was credited with over 150 confirmed kills. The enemy rightly feared him; there is no telling how many American lives, and those of Allied Forces, Chris Kyle saved. But there are many battles being fought each and every day. Some are battlefields in foreign countries and others in the heads of returning servicemen and servicewomen.

Kyle’s dedication to his fellow servicemen did not end with his retirement from military. He helped found FITCO Cares, a nonprofit organization for wounded and troubled veterans.

In support of that mission, Kyle and Chad Littlefield were trying to help a former Marine, Eddie Ray Routh recover from the ravages of combat and PTSD by taking him to a shooting range. Although the motivation and details are not clear at this point, it has been reported that Routh shot both men in the back killing them.

Support his family anyway you can. At a minimum, buy a copy of his autobiography.

I am at a loss. I feel a great deal of hostility toward a person I have never met; yet I feel sympathy for him at the same time. The hostility is certainly the result of what I would consider a cowardly and senseless act by a former Marine. The sympathy…? I do not know what prompted this individual or what kind of demons could possibly have been controlling his head.

For Kyle and Littlefield, all I can do is wish that their sails always be full with a gentle breeze while sailing seas of glass.

For Routh, I sincerely hope he gets whatever it is he deserves. I make no pretense at knowing all of the facts or being qualified to judge if I did. If it is mental care that he deserves, then so be it. If not, may he burn in the fires of Hell for eternity.

Please keep Kyle and Littlefield in your thoughts and look for ways to support the families that were left behind. The wake of this tragedy has not yet fully hit shore, but I am sure by the time it has, there will be a fund or charity designated to help support the victims left behind.

As a minimum go out and buy a copy of Kyle’s autobiography, American Sniper, and help his family that way… You can also help support his family with a direct donation through America’s Mighty Warriors. Kyle’s family will receive 100 percent of all donations.

The Mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!'s blog, The Shooter's Log, is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!

Comments (14)

  1. Shirley Stevens said: “This is truly a heartbreak and tragedy for an American hero to lose his life, just over trying to help a sicko!!!! He is truly a hero and I know he is in heaven for all of his unselfish work.”
    He KILLED over a hundred and fifty people! Whats heroic about that? I lament his loss, as I would for any human, but I don’t regal him as a hero.

    “The Infidel lives in a burrow” Marcus 2.1

  2. A warrior brother and genuine hero… One of the good guys. We are all much poorer for his loss! May your new CIC embrace your spirit and place you on point! God Speed Chris!!

  3. I am shocked at what I hear about some of or VA Hospitals.I hope our vets are not getting less than the best care possible.All these men deserve so much more from the people the lay their life’s on the line for.Our Government should make sure they have jobs .Even I can think of a lot of ways to create jobs and make our vets very desirable commodity’s for employers.Please donate and pray for our fallen Heroes.

  4. John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
    Chris definitely fulfilled this verse in trying to help a fellow brother in arms. My condolences to the family. Will keep them in my Prayers.

  5. This is an indictment of the VA medical system – there is no doubt. The troubled vet that Chris was trying to help should have been being helped by the VA. Why was he not being treated by qualified mental health professionals? We don’t know the whole story yet but that’s what seems to be the case right now.

    There couldn’t be a better example for the truism of the phase “The good die young” than this. Chris was always helping others as is usually the case for unselfish heroes such as him. I guess you could say that helping others was the most important thing in his life and so he died doing what he loved most. How many people can say that about their lives?

    I want to extend my condolences to Chris’s family – it is they who have to be brave at this time.

  6. What happened to our soldiers over there? So many having a hard time at home. I work with a guy who spent 13 months over there, His platoon suffered NO losses in Iraq. They have been home for a little over a year now, and four of them have commit suicide. I’ve talked with the one I work with a little about it, I don’t pry into his personal business, he sometimes just starts talking about the missions his platoon did, Nothing he’s said sounds as if he’s having a hard time, though the fact that he brings it up at all sometimes makes me wonder. He did tell me that all four of the guys in his platoon who commit suicide were un-employed and were having difficulty finding jobs. Another thing that may be contributing to some of this is that if a active duty, or active reservist tells the Army that theyre having a hard time, they will not be allowed to re-enlist, and sometimes are even discharged for Med reasons. Perhaps the Army needs to re-evaluate how it deals with soldiers who really need help. I’ve made sure the guy I work with knows he can call me anytime if he’s having trouble.

    God Bless all who put their lives on the line for the rest of us.

  7. My best and life-long friend, Chuck McGill III, who died as the result of his second parachute accident was a SEAL….he’d also been a Force Recon Marine, Green Beret, and a Member of Air Force Para-Rescue. A lifetime of service. I understand very well the level of dedication and fierceness of love and loyalty for their principles these heros have. RIP for our fallen heroes….and, Please God!, may we never run out of guys like this.

  8. This is truly a heartbreak and tragedy for an American hero to lose his life, just over trying to help a sicko!!!! He is truly a hero and I know he is in heaven for all of his unselfish work.

  9. I was fortunate enough to hear Chris speak at the Dallas Safari Club breakfast meeting in January and get a chance to meet him afterwards. A true American hero! I read American Sniper within a week of meeting him. My Wife, MaryLee and I were scheduled to attend the Craft course at Rough Creek in March (she participating, me observing). We don’t know the status of that course at this time. I am searching the Internet for a memorial auction for the benefit of his wife and children so that I may donate to and bid on items. I am hopeful that proceeds from the sales of his book will be directed to his family as well.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your discussions, feedback and comments are welcome here as long as they are relevant and insightful. Please be respectful of others. We reserve the right to edit as appropriate, delete profane, harassing, abusive and spam comments or posts, and block repeat offenders. All comments are held for moderation and will appear after approval.

Discover more from The Shooter's Log

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading