U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the most prolific sniper in U.S. military history was murdered the weekend before last, and his memorial service was held today at Cowboys Stadium in Texas. For those of you that do not know Kyle, he is a Seal that served his country in the Iraq War. I feel like I know him only because when I heard the news of his murder, I was in the midst of his autobiography, “American Sniper”. I was obviously shocked when I heard this terrible news, and doubly shocked that I had been reading his book when it happened.
This is a man who gave everything for his country. When I mean everything, it’s not figuratively, it’s literally. The man gave his heart and soul for us, for his country, for his people. He was the elite among elite warriors.
These men that fought for us, these Seals, are fearless. Kyle describes the firefights, and nighttime raids of the places that terrorist were expected to be hiding, and it makes me feel that these were almost suicide missions. To conduct a war under the restrictions, with the police SWAT team tactics, and extreme duress these men were under is unbelievable to read, let alone imagine someone doing. But they all did it, and it wasn’t just the Seals, but our Marines, and Army as well.
If I wouldn’t have read Chris Kyle’s autobiography, I might not have been compelled to comment about his death. I would have been shocked, and saddened by it still, but maybe it wouldn’t have hit me so hard. This is a man who survived against terrible odds, the worst hell holes in Iraq, and in the process attained honors and medals for bravery in combat. Chris came home, and built a business that gave advanced training to police officers and security professionals in defense and combat weaponry.
Chris also counseled wounded veterans. He and his friends would take vets out to the gun range, and socialize with them, and make them feel normal. Again, it seems Chris was always giving of himself. Unfortunately, Chris and his friend were murdered senselessly while he was helping another fellow veteran. It makes me sick to think that Chris survived four tours in Iraq, and then finally comes home to be with his wife and children, and he is taken from them, at home no less. I can’t imagine the pain.
Some people may ask why, like I did in the beginning. But now, as I write this, I realize that why does not matter. Chris gave of himself every chance he got. That was who he was. And in times like these we must remember, John 15:13: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
RIP U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle. Thank you.