Remembering Chris Kyle

Brandon Thibodeaux for The New York Times

It breaks my heart to hear of the death of Chris Kyle.  Mom and Dad posted a tribute to him on her Facebook page:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle tonight. Todd and I first met Chris in Pella, Iowa, when he helped out with security for the premiere of the film “The Undefeated.” And later we became friends with Chris when he was on “Stars Earn Stripes” with Todd. Chris was a wonderful man, a good friend, and a true American hero who loved our country and served honorably. He was loved and admired by so many, and he will never be forgotten.

Dad told me he had a wife and two kids, so please pray for them! I never met Chris, but my parents spoke so highly of him. And, on Stars Earn Stripes, do you remember he called my dad Rambo?  I am just so sad to hear of his death.  He was a true American hero.

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  • Doc Kimble

    Let’s see if SecDef Leon Panetta shows up to pay respects to CPO Kyle.
    Godspeed, Chief. Rest in Peace. We got your six now.

    • Chris

      Why should Sec of Defense show up to pay respects at his funeral? Yes, Chris Kyle served his country well. But he was retired from the military.

      • Frank Nowak

        Chris,
        Apparently you have no military experience. Chris Kyle, like the Marine Corps, will always be known as a Seal as Marines are never ex-Marines. Leon Panetta was far too busy worming and slithering his way out of the Senate hearing with Lindsey Graham on the Benghazi incident. As you might be aware, two Navy Seals (Retired), yet still working for this country to defend the Embassy, were abandoned for some seven hours by Mr. Panetta, Hilary Clinton, and the President, whose whereabouts were unknown after one phone call at 5:00 pm Washington time. My only hope is that they do not show up to honor a fallen SEAL. Only allow the people who support and love military people on and off duty. As you can see Chris never stopped giving. Chris,what have you done for your country lately?

  • David

    I remember Chris Kyle from “Stars Earn Stripes”.
    Yes, we all need to pray for his Family and Friends.
    I wonder why the man shot Chris and his friend.

  • Kim A

    Bristol,

    Chris was one of those special people that God put on this earth to help others. His deeds spoke for him and will be missed by many. He became even more loved during his time on “Stars Earn Stripes”. I enjoyed that program and his Rambo comment. It definately meant alot coming from him….God bless him for his service and humanity to others. My deepest condolences to his family and prayers to them always..

  • Sue B

    His death is tragic. Glenn Beck has started a fund for Chris Kyle’s foundation with 100% of the donations going to the fund.

  • Dennis

    So sad to think something so bad can happen to one who has given much of his life to protect and save others. I feel sad that I never had the chance to meet him and even though I never served, I would have saluted him. Our country contains many such, but the loss of one diminished us all.

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  • Ishamael

    If only they had background checks to prevent people with post traumatic stress disorder from having access to gun ranges. Until you mother advocates for more controls her condolences are useless.

    • melory

      I loved him on the “Stars earn stripes”. He was my favorite, they were all a bunch of great people.

      So sad to hear, he was still so young. So grateful for his service.

    • RefudiateObama2012

      Perhaps you should learn about the subject before you comment. Using a firing range is a recognized and accepted therapy for someone suffering PTSD. It’s called exposure therapy.

      • MiddleRoader

        I also feel terrible for Chris Kyle and his family. And let’s not forget the other victim, Chad Littleton, who is also a veteran and leaves behind a wife and children. But to your point about exposure therapy, it should be done under the supervision of a therapist. Kyle and Littleton were both involved in helping PTSD victims, but I don’t know the extent of their training in this therapy. We also don’t have enough details on the killer’s mental state to make any definitive calls. I just think it’s sad that 2 people trying to help PTSD victims became victims of someone who (allegedly) has PTSD.

        • RefudiateObama2012

          Your points are valid. Ishamael was using this tragedy to attack Governor Palin. That’s why I responded.

  • jerry williams

    rip god bless

  • Joseph

    That was him that called your dad, Rambo on the show? I remember that. Gosh, that is really sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends; especially your parents.

  • Rosali Elzig

    Very,very sad. This kind of thing should not happen to anyone,but to someone like Chris is definitly terrible. God be with all his family. I can imagine how they must be feeling now. Sad to think about.