Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle has the nickname "the legend." It's a title given to him by his fellow soldiers. And once you hear his story, you'll understand why.
Kyle is the "deadliest in U.S. history," the New York Post says. So how many kills have earned him that designation? Just 160. He details many of them -- and many other stories -- in his new book, "American Sniper," which hits bookstores today.
For example, he recalled taking out seven insurgents in Fallujah around Thanksgiving 2004:
It’s November 2004. Thanksgiving time. The second battle of Fallujah has launched, and Kyle is swaddled in silence atop an upturned baby crib, studying the enemy through a Nightforce 4.5-22 power scope attached to a .300 Win Mag rifle.
He’s feeling badass.
“We just got word that the president of Iraq said that anyone left in the city is bad — meaning, clear to shoot,” he recalled for The Post. “From that point on, every fighting-age male was a target.”
That was just fine with Kyle, who spent five weeks in the hideout, protecting Marines on the ground and bagging seven confirmed kills — adding to his official total of 160, making him the deadliest sniper in US history.
“After the first kill, the others come easy. I don’t have to psych myself up, or do anything mentally — I look through the scope, get the target in the cross hairs and kill my enemy before he kills one of my people,” Kyle writes in his new autobiography [...] .
But that's just the beginning. There's also the story of his longest shot -- a bullet he fired from over a mile away:
The son of a Sunday-school teacher and a church deacon, Kyle credits a higher authority for his longest kill.
From 2,100 yards away from a village just outside of Sadr City in 2008, he spied a man aiming a rocket launcher at an Army convoy and squeezed off one shot from his .338 Lapua Magnum rifle.
Dead. From more than a mile away.
“God blew that bullet and hit him,” he said.
Kyle, an obvious man of faith, also exudes the gritty, salty attitude of a war-hardened soldier. The north-central Texas native grew up "dipping tobacco, riding horses and hunting deer, turkey and quail," the Post writes, and in his book he doesn't hold back.
“You see us? We’re the people kicking your ass. Fear us, because we will kill you, motherf--ker,” he writes.
And he's right. In fact, he has two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars with valor to prove it. That explains why in Ramadi, insurgents put an $80,000 bounty on his head and dubbed him “Al-Shaitan Ramadi” — “The Devil of Ramadi.”
You can read more about Kyle, including what he's doing now in the private sector, at the Post.