Americans are taking a moment to pause and honor former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle today, on what would have been his 46th birthday.
REMEMBERING A HERO: “American Sniper” Chris Kyle would have celebrated his 46th birthday today. The Navy SEAL was born on this day in 1974. 🇺🇸🙏 pic.twitter.com/jJHxfuIJeU
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) April 8, 2020
As ABC News reported:
Kyle, 38, served four tours in Iraq and was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation.
From 1999 to 2009, Kyle recorded more than 150 sniper kills, the most in U.S. military history.
After leaving combat duty, Kyle became chief instructor training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual. He left the Navy in 2009.
“American Sniper,” which was published last year by William Morrow, became a New York Times best seller.
Tragically, Kyle, along with his friend, Chad Littlefield, was shot and killed by a fellow veteran on February 2, 2013. But, American patriots don’t forget their heroes.
Fans of the “American Sniper” continue to remember him on the anniversary of his death:
— Fans Of SEAL Team on CBS 💟 (@SEALTeamBrigade) February 2, 2020
Then, in 2014 came “American Sniper,” the Oscar-nominated film starring Bradley Cooper and based on the eponymous book:
— Screenweek (@Screenweek) April 8, 2020
Through Clint Eastwood’s moving film, Kyle’s story won over fans from some unlikely quarters:
I finally saw #AmericanSniper this weekend. It was amazing. Bradley Cooper's performance was so powerful. Everyone left the theater silent.
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) February 2, 2015
Today is another day that Americans are choosing to commemorate:
Happy Birthday Chris Kyle. Never Quit, Never Forget. pic.twitter.com/LAoLeptML4
— Lone Survivor Foundation (@LS_Foundation) April 8, 2020
Honoring his life…
— Grunt Style (@Gruntstyle) April 8, 2020
Mourning with those who knew and loved him…
— Scooter Brown Band (@ScooterBrownBND) April 8, 2020
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) April 8, 2020
Remembering how he fulfilled his duty…
Happy Birthday to the man, the myth, the Legend: Chris Kyle. Merica. pic.twitter.com/TdCLJJIhi2
— Cloyd Rivers (@CloydRivers) April 8, 2020
We will never forget.
Gone but never forgotten.
Happy birthday Chris Kyle. pic.twitter.com/XQX8hz51tv
— Brown Shuga (@brownnshugaaa) April 8, 2020
Rest in peace, Chris Kyle.