Retired Navy SEAL killed in Texas
Chris Kyle, a retired Navy SEAL and bestselling author of the book "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History", holds a .308 sniper rifle in this April 6, 2012, photo.  Paul Moseley—Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ Getty Images

Navy Investigating Discrepancy in Medals Awarded to 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle

May 25, 2016

The Navy is investigating a possible discrepancy in the number of medals Navy SEAL Chris Kyle claimed to have been awarded for his service.

Kyle—who wrote "American Sniper," a bestselling autobiography that was made into a 2015 movie—said in the book that he received two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars, but a report published Wednesday by the Intercept suggests those claims were erroneous, citing Navy documents that say Kyle earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars.

USA Today and the Washington Post reported Wednesday that a Navy spokeswoman confirmed that officials were looking into the discrepancy. Navy spokeswoman Lt. Jackie Pau said the Navy was working to determine why there was a difference between reports about the number of medals Kyle received.

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The Navy previously released Kyle’s discharge paperwork, which said he received two Silver Stars and at least five Bronze Stars, the Washington Post reported.

Kyle, whose story has previously been the subject of questions about accuracy, has also been praised for his heroism and years of service. He was killed in 2013 at a Texas gun range by another military veteran.

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