The authoritative record of a separated service member’s career is supposed to be the form DD214, which is issued by the appropriate service. The late Chris Kyle left the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, rating SO, Naval Special Warfare Operator, also known as a Navy SEAL. Kyle’s DD214 showed two Silver Star and six Bronze Star (with a “V” device for valor) awards.
When the leftwing rag “The Intercept” accused Kyle of lying in his 2012 memoir “American Sniper” because they filed a FOIA request with the Navy, whose records didn’t match Kyle’s public claims, the Navy began an investigation into the discrepancy.
As a result, the Navy corrected Kyle’s DD214 in June to reflect its records of one Silver Star and four Bronze Stars. Kyle is dead at the hands of a deranged veteran he was trying to help with PTSD. This correction helps nobody but the Navy. It’s good to set the record straight, don’t get me wrong. But to quote Hillary Clinton (but in a much, much better context) what difference, at this point, does it make?
“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,” Navy spokesman Ensign Marc Rockwellpate said in a statement. “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 accurately reflects Kyle’s years of honorable and extraordinary Navy service.”
Chris Kyle did not lie in his books; he used the most authoritative source of information at his disposal. The leftwing press, seeking to discredit the war in Iraq and the valor of service members who gave their lives freeing the Iraqi people from the despot Saddam Hussein, uncovered the Navy’s error. It was not Kyle’s error.
This is important to note because if allowed, the left will rewrite history, consign heroes to the blackness of the memory hole, and invent motivations, conspiracies, and one-sided explanations of events to suit their narrative. They will lie about current events, the recent past, and the founding of our nation to support their own aims of a world where they alone decide truth.
So when ABC News headlines this story as “Chris Kyle Never Earned Second Silver Star” feel free to cry in a loud voice with me, “Bulls**t!” The Navy was wrong, Kyle didn’t keep track of (or didn’t care much about) his medals, and he was not a liar. That’s true no matter what the left’s narrative says.