Chris Kyle‘s grave at the Texas State Cemetery is little more than a simple marker, a few flags, flowers and a short note thanking him for his service.
Kyle, the former Navy SEAL sniper, was laid to rest in February 2013, about a week after Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were murdered by a veteran whom they were helping. More than 7,000 people attended Kyle’s funeral at Cowboy’s stadium.
Deemed the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history with 160 confirmed kills. Kyle served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat.
He received two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
Since his death, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared the day of Kyle’s death, Feb. 2, as “Chris Kyle” day, however, his legacy has been the subject of controversy.
In July 2014, Kyle’s estate lost a defamation suit and was ordered to pay $1.8 million in damages due to a passage in his autobiography “American Sniper” and statements he made during interviews.
Most recently, a film based on his life has garnered criticism for an oversimplified portrayal of the Iraq War, but fans of the film argue the film is an intimate depiction of Kyle’s life rather than explicit commentary on the war.
Kyle’s killer, Eddie Ray Routh, faces trial later this week in Stephenville, Texas.