The Navy Has Lowered The Medal Count Of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle After Investigating His Claims


Back in May, The Intercept revealed that one of America’s most infamous soldiers in the War on Terror, Chris Kyle, had exaggerated his medal count in his book, American Sniper

However, there was some confusion regarding the discrepancy. Kyle’s separation form, known as a DD 214, stated that he had earned two Silver Stars, the claim he was making. The Intercept reported he only was awarded one.

After investigating, the Navy revealed the lower number was correct.

From USA Today:

Navy personnel form that Kyle signed and initialed when he left the Navy in 2009 credited him with two Silver Star and six Bronze Star medals with “V” device for valor, according to the document.

However, the Navy’s investigation of Kyle’s record, which began in 2012, determined that Kyle had commendations for one Silver Star and four Bronze Star medals with “V” devices. The service issued a revised form, known as the DD 214, on June 14.

“After thoroughly reviewing all available records, the Navy determined an error was made in the issuance of Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle’s form DD214,” Ensign Marc Rockwellpate, a Navy spokesman, said in a statement. “Specifically, the DD 214 did not accurately reflect the decorations and awards to which Kyle was officially entitled. After notifying his family of the error, the Navy issued a corrected copy of the DD 214, which accurately reflects Kyle’s years of honorable and extraordinary Navy service.”

The Navy did not reveal who made the error when issuing the form.

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