Department of Defense Has No One Listed As Killed In Action Last Week – Week 5 [VIDEO]
I have now been doing these Monday "Killed In Action" post's for about 60 straight weeks as a reminder to all of us to never forget those who gave their very life on foreign soil so that we may live with the freedom we have. It's a great feeling to not have to report anyone this week but as irony would have it, the greatest military sniper, ever, lost his life to a coward after being shot in the back by a former Marine. What follows is just a small tribute to Navy Seal Chris "The Devil of Ramadi" Kyle.
Killed In Action States last week: 0
The Devil of Ramadi, as nicknamed by the Iraqi insurgents, Navy Seal Chris Kyle racked up 160 'confirmed' kills over 5 tours but unofficially that number is most likely upwards of 250.
Assigned to SEAL Team 3, Sniper Element Charlie Platoon within the Naval Special Warfare Command, Chris Kyle served in every major battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Chris Kyle was also best known for "long distance" kill shots but due to modern equipment called himself a "monkey on a gun" and still thought the 2500 yard kill shot from Carlos Hathcock - 1967, Vietnam was still the world record as far as he was concerned though other U.S. Snipers have had longer kill shots.
Neither Kyle or Hathcock holds the actual world record for a sniper kill shot. That distinction belongs to British Corporal of Horse (CoH) Craig Harrison's shot of 2,707 yards in November 2009.
Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, were shot to death February 2, 2013, at the Rough Creek Lodge shooting range in Texas. Local police captured the suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, after a short freeway chase, which ended when Routh, who had left the scene of the shootings in Kyle's Ford F-350 truck, crashed into a police cruiser. The suspect was arrested just before 9:00 p.m. the same day in Lancaster, Texas. A motive is still unclear.
Rest in Peace Navy Seal Kyle