Navy Revises Chris Kyle's Medal Count

'American Sniper' not as decorated as he claimed, Navy finds after a review
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2016 1:38 PM CDT
Navy Revises Chris Kyle's Medal Count
In this 2012 file photo, Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the book "American Sniper," holds a weapon in Midlothian, Texas.   (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley, File)

Chris Kyle claimed in his American Sniper memoir that he had been awarded a pair of Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. The United States Navy, after some review, would beg to differ: The Navy revised Kyle's medal count downward, to one Silver Star and four Bronze Stars, reports Time. Kyle's discharge papers had yet a different number: Two Silver and six Bronze, though a Navy rep says that such clerical errors are not uncommon, notes the AP. Kyle's widow, Taya Kyle, did not return a request for comment on Sunday. (Read more Chris Kyle stories.)

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