Chris Kyle, America's deadliest sniper, offered no regrets

(CNN) -- Chris Kyle had no regrets about any of the 160 people he killed as a Navy SEAL sniper during his five combat tours in Iraq.

His first kill was a woman who cradled a toddler with one hand and held a grenade in the other.

"I had to do it to protect the Marines," Kyle told Time magazine a year ago. "You want to lose your own guys, or would you rather take one of them out?"

Standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing a muscular 220 pounds, Kyle developed a deadly reputation in Iraq, prompting insurgents to put a bounty on his head, according to his autobiography.

"I'm a better husband and father than I was a killer," he told Time. "I'm pretty comfortable with not having to kill anyone. Now, don't take deer hunting away from me."

When Kyle's military career ended after a decade, he joined other former SEALs to start Craft International, a security company with the motto "Despite what your momma told you, Violence does solve problems."

He also became a best-selling author, a reality TV personality, a supporter of fellow vets suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, an avid hunter and an outspoken opponent of gun control.

Kyle, 38, was shot to death Saturday -- by a former Marine, police say -- while shooting for fun on a Texas gun range. Another veteran was also fatally shot.

Read the entire story on CNN.

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According to NBC San Diego:  Kyle lived in Alpine for six years while he served in SEAL Team 3 in Coronado.

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From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.  

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Chris describes getting in "bar fight" with Jesse Ventura at McP's in Coronado.

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Comment by Kellee Hearther on February 4, 2013 at 2:19pm

Very sad.  Seems like there are some serious unanswered questions surrounding his death.  Sending positive energy and condolences to the family.

Comment by john sinlinjinsen on February 4, 2013 at 7:15pm

Methinks something is rotten in  Denmark... Hmmm I wonder is this is in anyway related to the fact that Kyles motion for dismissal of the defamation lawsuit was denied and Ventura and Kyle were orderd to be ready for trial August 4th. Kyle is a liar and this murder is very fishy. There was another murder over the weekend in Texas of a prosecutor not far from Kyles murder

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57567023-504083/mark-hasse-t...

http://www.examiner.com/article/murder-the-facts-of-murder-the-u-s-...

Texas Chief Prosecutor Mark Hasse was murdered less than 2 hrs away outside of Kaufman County Courthouse on Thursday morning,  Jan. 31st 2012, in a parking lot across from the county courthouse, CBS DFW reported. 3 days later Former SEAL Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield were allegedly shot by a former Marine and Iraqi veteran Eddie Ray Routh of  Lancaster, TX.

What most of these articles are leaving out is the bizarre claim that Kyle made in his book about punching fellow former SEAL/UDT 12 member and Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura at Mc P's Pub (Orange Ave Coronado, Ca) over "unpatriotic" remarks. He was also scheduled to go to trial on August 5th, after Gov. Ventura sued him for defamation. The incident is a complete fabrication... its tough to be unkind to the dead... but what else is the guy lying about... His motion for dismissal was denied by the judge hearing the case.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Ventura

http://www.startribune.com/local/140362163.html

Lawsuit against Kyle

Ventura filed a defamation suit against Kyle in January 2012.[115] Ventura initially considered dropping the lawsuit, but several retired Navy SEALs including the owner of McP's demanded that Ventura continue his lawsuit, which Ventura did after Kyle failed to agree on a settlement in which he would state the incident never happened.[119] In a motion filed by Kyle's attorney in August 2012 to dismiss two of the suit's three counts, declarations by five former SEALs and the mothers of two others supported Kyle's account.[120] However, in a motion filed by Ventura, Bill DeWitt, a close friend of Ventura and former SEAL who was present with him at the bar, suggested that Ventura interacted with a few SEALs but was involved in no confrontation with Kyle, and said that Kyle's claims were false. DeWitt's wife also said she never witnessed any fight between Kyle and Ventura.[121]

Although the lawsuit was ongoing as of 2013, Kyle was murdered in an unrelated incident on February 2, 2013, leaving the fate of the lawsuit currently unknown.[122]

http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/chris-kyle-author-and-ex-seal-ki...

I'm not sure if these things are related but they are separately strange and statistically and actuarialy downright suspicious in both their chronological and geographical proximity. 

Regardless... Rest in Peace shipmate.

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