How Long Was Chris Kyle a Navy SEAL?


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Chris Kyle served as a Navy SEAL from his enlistment in 1999 until his retirement from service in 2009. While a member of the SEALs, Kyle served four tours of duty in Iraq.

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Kyle was reportedly one of the best snipers in U.S. Military history with over 160 kills. Kyle wrote an autobiography entitled "American Sniper" that became a best seller and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. In 2013, Kyle died after being shot and killed by Eddie Ray Routh at a gun range outside of Fort Worth, Texas. Following his death, Clint Eastwood turned Kyle's autobiography into an Academy Award-nominated movie.

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