A concluded Navy investigation has brought to light that Chris Kyle, the famous Navy SEAL sniper, had actually received fewer medals than he admitted.
Kyle is the famous veteran who authored the best-selling memoir “American Sniper”. His novel was eventually made into a movie that starred Bradley Cooper. The Navy reported from its findings that Kyle had only received one Silver Star and four Bronze medals.
Kyle had written in his book that he had actually written that he had received two Silver Stars and five Bronze medals during his time in service.
Navy spokeswoman Lt. Jackie Pau reported that,
“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”.
The DD214 form is a standard report that is immediately filed after military service is concluded.
“Specifically, the DD214 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 DD214, which now accurately reflects Kyle’s years of honorable and extraordinary service”.
It has been reported that errors on individual’s DD214 form are quite common.
The Bronze Star is awarded to members of the US military for meritorious or heroic service or specific achievement in a combat zone.
The Silver Star is known as the military’s third highest military decoration for valor.
The errors to Kyle’s DD21 form could be contributed to multiple factors. Some believe that the error was made in part due to the fact that a majority of Kyle’s records were compiled using non-computer based systems, early in his career.
Kyle would not have been responsible for any of the errors associated with the investigation as his only part was to sign the SS-214 form upon being discharged.
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