Chief Chris Kyle, A Navy Seal has been named America's deadliest marksman after racking up 255 kills during the Iraq War.
Navy seal sniper Chris Kyle had a 10 year stint in four deployments to Iraq since the war began in 2003. Kyle comes from Odessa, Texas, and was a professional bronco rodeo rider before he joined the Navy. To the insurgents in Ramadi , he was known as "Al-Shaitan Ramadi," or the Devil of Rahmadi and put a $20,000 bounty on his head.
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.
By Chris Kyle
Chief Kyle tells his story in his new book, "American Sniper," which was published recently. He remembers how he hesitated the first time he killed a person. It was a woman approaching a group of US Marines with a grenade in her hand.
During the Second Battle of Fallujah alone, he reportedly killed 40 people in street fighting. Kyle's most legendary shot was from 2,100 yards away outside Sadr City in 2008, in which according to him "God blew that bullet and hit him."
His feat bests the previous American record of 109, set by army staff Sgt Adelbert F Waldron during the Vietnam war. But the world record belongs to Simo Häyhä, a Finnish sniper, who reportedly killed 542 Soviet troops during the Second World War.
During his career in the Navy, Kyle received three Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars with Valor. Currently, Kyle is serving as the president of Craft International, a veteran owned company that helps train the next generation of American snipers.