Face of the Day

A new book is about to be released about Al Shatan (The Devil) to Iraqi insurgents, The Legend to fellow SEAL Team members:

The book is an autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, who is the record-holding sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle has more than 150 officially confirmed kills (the previous American record was 109), though his remarkable career total has not been made public by the Pentagon. In his ten years (1999-2009) with the United States Navy SEAL Teams, Chris was deployed four times to Iraq and was awarded the two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars with Valor. Chris was shot on two separate occasions and was in numerous IED explosions. Despite numerous wounds and an injury to his knee that eventually required surgery, Chris remained with his unit during combat. While in Ramadi it was learned that Chris had a bounty put on his head by local insurgents.  His nickname, given to him by the terrorists, was Al Shatan–the Devil. His fellow SEALs had begun referring to him by a different name: The Legend.

 


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  • Gazzaw

    He has just a little way to go to equal Vasily Zaytsev’s figure of 242 confirmed ‘kills’ in Stalingrad and on the Eastern Front 1942-45. He started the war as a navy clerk in Vladivostok but volunteered for the army to serve on the Eastern Front. Recognised as the father of the art of ‘sniperism’. Recommended read, Antony Beevor’s ‘Stalingrad’.  

    Oh, he died in his bed aged 76 in Kiev after a successful business career.

  • Anonymous

    There’s also Simo Hayha with 505 kills. Amazing.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_H%C3%A4yh%C3%A4
    I also rate Carlos Hathcock very highly, given the difficulty of many of his missions. 

  • Bart

    Wasn’t one of the SEAL snipers asked “What do you feel when you kill an Insurgent?”

    The answer?  “A slight recoil!”

  • Politically Unstable

    The whole recent cult of worship that has sprung up
    around snipers always confuses me a bit.  Why are they so feted for
    pulling the trigger on an unsuspecting
    person from – in some cases – over a kilometre away?  If any bravery
    exists in the crazed irrationality of a battlefield, then surely the
    guys who are killing people with bayonets, trenching tools and their
    bare hands just in order to stay alive themselves
    are more worthy of praise?  They get messy and wet, have to smell it
    and see it, and are far more likely to live with the consequences of
    their actions than this Texan redneck.

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