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Statement By The Navy About 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Causes Controversy

Navy Seal Chris Kyle, made famous by his book American Sniper that was made into a movie, reportedly misrepresented the number of medals he was awarded, according to USA Today.

A Navy personnel form he signed when he left the Navy in 2009 said that he earned two Silver Star and six Bronze Star medals with “V” devices for valor. In his book, he wrote that he had two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. He also made claims that he shot dozens of rioters in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and punched Jesse Ventura in the face. A judge awarded Ventura $1.8 million in defamation lawsuit against Kyle’s estate.

A Navy investigation, however, revealed that he had one Silver Star and four Bronze Star medals with “V” devices. The Silver Star is the military’s third-highest award.

"This whole issue is very troubling and inexplicable, particularly because Kyle seemingly had no need to falsify his military records," Dwight Mears, an Army veteran and former professor at West Point told USA Today. "It isn’t clear that he stood to benefit any more from the misrepresentations, as his service was impressive and almost equally as noteworthy without the addition of any unearned awards."

He was killed in 2013 by a veteran he had mentored.

Source: USA Today
Photo: Marines/Cpl. Damien Gutierrez

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