Chris Kyle – His Heroic Patriotic Life And His Ironic Tragic Death

Chris Kyle (April 8, 1974 – February 2, 2013) was a United States Navy SEAL, and proclaimed the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, having accumulated 160 confirmed kills out of 255 probable kills.

Chris Kyle - His Heroic Patriotic Life And His Ironic Tragic DeathHis confirmed kills are based on individual shooter logs, filled out at the end of a mission, and later reported to higher command.

Confirmed kills must have a witness.

Chris Kyle served four tours during the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat.

He received two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

Iraqi insurgents dubbed him the “Devil of Ramadi” and placed a series of ever increasing bounties on his head, purported to have eventually reached six figures.

He became known by the nickname, “Legend” among the general infantry and Marines whom he was sent there to protect.

This title was apparently started by fellow SEALs following his taking of a sabbatical to train other allied snipers in Fallujah.

He was wounded twice and also involved in six IED attacks.

Kyle was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 2009.

Early life

Chris Kyle was born in Odessa, Texas, the son of Deby Lynn (née Mercer) and Wayne Kenneth Kyle, a Sunday school teacher and a deacon.

Kyle’s father first bought Chris his first rifle when he was just 8 years old, a bolt-action .30-06 Springfield rifle.

He later bought him a shotgun, with which they hunted pheasant, quail, and deer.

Kyle attended high school in Midlothian, Texas, where he played football and baseball, but after school, Kyle became a professional bronco rodeo rider and worked on a ranch.

But this profession ended very abruptly when he severely injured his arm.

Rejected By The United States Marine Corps

After his arm healed, he went to a military recruiting office, interested in joining the United States Marine Corps with a special interest in special operations.

Kyle signed up, but was rejected because of the pins in his arm but later met with an Army recruiter who told him about the Special Forces and the Rangers.

And after initially being declined, he received a offer to join the BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL school) which he joined in 1999 and he later became a member of SEAL Team 3.

Chris Kyle’s Career

His first long-range kill shot was taken soon after his first term in Iraq.

He first shot a child and then a woman who were approaching a group of Marines with what appeared to be an explosive device in their hands.

A Bounty And A Cross On His Arm

Because of his track record as a marksman during his deployment to Ramadi, the insurgents named him Shaitan Ar-Ramadi (English: ‘The Devil of Ramadi’), and put a $21,000 bounty on his head that was later increased to $80,000.

They posted signs highlighting the cross on his arm as a means of identifying him.

The Longest Shot

Kyle fired a shot from his .338 Lapua Magnum-chambered McMillan TAC-338 sniper rifle, killing an insurgent from about 2,100 yards / 19,000 meters away.

The fighter was about to launch a rocket-propelled grenade at the Army convoy.

Which Rifles Did He Use?

His rifles included the .338 Lapua Magnum-chambered McMillan TAC-338, a Mk 11 7.62×51mm NATO semi-automatic sniper rifle, the Mk 12 5.56×45mm NATO Designated Marksman Rifle, Sig Sauer P220 Pistol, M4 carbine and a .300 Winchester Magnum-chambered sniper rifle.

Chris Kyle’s Later life

Kyle left the US Navy in 2009 and moved to Midlothian, Texas, with his wife, Taya, and two children and was president of Craft International, a tactical training company for the US military and law enforcement communities.

Kyle stated he had no regrets about his work as a sharpshooter, saying,

“I had to do it to protect the Marines".

Kyle later paired with the FITCO Cares Foundation, a nonprofit organization which created the Heroes Project to provide free in-home fitness equipment, individualized programs, personal training, and life-coaching to in-need veterans with disabilities, Gold Star families, or those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Irony – How Chris Kyle Was Murdered

On February 2, 2013, after serving four tours in Iraq, Kyle was shot and killed at a shooting range near Chalk Mountain, Texas, along with friend Chad Littlefield, by a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran by the name of Eddie Ray Routh.

Local police captured Routh after a short freeway chase, which ended when Routh, who had left the scene of the shootings in Kyle’s Ford F-350 truck, crashed into a police cruiser.

He was taken to the Erath County Jail for holding under a $3 million bond.

Routh’s trial was set to begin May 5, 2014, but has been delayed to allow more time to comply with DNA test requirements.

Burial And Awards

Kyle was buried on February 12, 2013, in Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Texas, after a funeral procession from Midlothian, Texas, to Austin, stretching over 200 miles.

Birth name Christopher Scott Kyle
Nickname(s) شيطان الرمادي
Shaitan Al-Ramadi
The Devil of Ramadi
Legend
Born April 8, 1974
Odessa, Texas, U.S.
Died February 2, 2013 (aged 38)
Erath County, Texas, U.S.
Buried at Texas State Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1999–2009
SEAL Team 3, sniper element, Charlie Company (later called Cadillac Company)

He received:

Two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

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Seven Year Old Girl Is Sole Survivor Of Kentucky Plane Crash

Seven Year Old Girl Is Sole Survivor Of Kentucky Plane Crash

Seven Year Old Girl Is Sole Survivor Of Kentucky Plane Crash

A 7-year-old girl survived a plane crash in Kentucky that killed four family members and she walked away from it almost physically unharmed!

The Piper PA-34 reported engine trouble and lost contact with air-traffic controllers as it was flying over the southwestern part of Kentucky at about 5:55 p.m. local time on Friday January 1, 2015.

The plane was heading for Illinois from Florida but crashed into a wooded area near a lake.

A Brave Little Girl

About a half hour later, a Lyon County resident called the emergency dispatcher and told dispatchers a 7-year-old girl had knocked on his door and said that she had been involved in a plane crash.

Larry Wilkins, 71, told NBC that when he answered his door on Friday night there was a little girl standing there barefooted who was bleeding pretty badly.

She told me that her mom and her dad were dead, and she was in a plane crash, and the plane was upside down.

"She asked if she could stay here. I got a wash cloth and cleaned her up. And of course called 911".

"I felt so sorry for her, tears come to my eyes".

Wilkins said.

The girl had walked nearly 1 mile, through thick piles of brush, in temperatures that were below 40 F before reaching the home.

"The girl was in emotional distress and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries".

"At that point, authorities launched a search for the crash site and confirmed with the FAA that they had received a distress call".

said Sgt. Dean Patterson of the Kentucky State Police.

Bodies And Names

Patterson identified the victims as 48-year-old Marty Gutzler ; 46-year-old Kimberly Gutzler ; their daughter, 9-year-old Piper Gutzler; and her cousin, 14-year-old Sierra Wilder.

All four were from Nashville, Illinois.

Police say the name of the 7-year-old passenger is being withheld at the request of family.

"This girl came out of the wreckage herself and found the closest residence and reported the plane crash".

"It’s a miracle in a sense that she survived it, but it’s tragic that four others didn’t".

Kentucky police Sgt Dean Patterson told reporters.

Shock And Devastation

In Nashville, a man stepped outside the family’s white, split-level home on Saturday and politely waved off a reporter.

"Not now",

he said, his head lowered, before he stepped back inside.

"Neighbors said Marty and Kim Gutzler had lifelong roots in the largely rural southern Illinois town about 50 miles east of St. Louis".

"Marty ran the furniture store that his father started, and the couple was well-known and well-liked".

"With two basketball hoops in the driveway, the Gutzlers’ home was the center of neighborhood fun on a block full of children".

"All the kids in the neighborhood are just so upset about this".

"The crash’s lone survivor and the one who perished were together constantly".

"That’s what’s going to be so devastating for the little one",

said neighbor Carla Povolish.

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Auschwitz Ran Out Of Gas So Klara Markus And Others Survived

Auschwitz Ran Out Of Gas So Klara Markus And Others Survived

klara-markus survived Auschwitz because the gas ran out

Klara Markus, who survived three Holocaust concentration camps before WW2 was over, will celebrate her one hundred and first birthday on New Years Eve 2014.

Mrs Markus, a Jew from Sighetu Marmatiei, in Maramures in northern Romania, had already been imprisoned in Dachau and Ravensbruck before being sent to Auschwitz.

She survived the Nazi German camp in occupied Poland because the Nazis ran out of gas.

Maybe Look For Them In The Ashes

In August 1942, she was deported to a Jewish ghetto in Budapest, Hungary and worked there in an umbrella factory.

"My mother and older sisters were taken directly to Auschwitz and I never saw them again".

The mother-of-two remained in Budapest for another two years, before the Nazis ordered the remaining Jews in the city to march toward the concentration camps.

After a month-long march, Mrs Markus arrived at Dachau on October 20, 1944, and one week later she was sent to the notorious women’s camp in Ravensbruck, before being transported to Auschwitz.

"I passed through all the camps on the German territory. The conditions were the same all over the places".

"I was falling asleep with tears in my eyes, missing my mother, my sisters".

"When I asked about them, SS members replied shortly":

"Maybe, you should search for them in the smoke or ashes!".

"and they laughed".

"I got accustomed to the hunger, but not with the pain in my soul".

"Everyday we were humiliated, and tortured, I was surrounded by death and lot of dirt, especially the one from our perpetrators’ souls".

The Gas Chambers

Shortly before the evacuation and the subsequent liberation of Auschwitz in January 1945, Mrs Markus, then thirty years old and weighing around 70lbs (32kg), was sent to the gas chambers.

" I was chosen towards the end of the day with a large group of other women and we were made ready for the gas chamber".

"But when they put us inside and went to turn the gas on, they found they had run out".

"One of the guards joked that it was our lucky day because they had already killed so many they didn’t have any gas left for us".

"God was watching over me that day".

Escape From Auschwitz

Mrs Markus says that her narrow escape caused her to realize that she had nothing to lose, she decided she would try to escape and she succeeded.

She returned to Romania to discover that her entire family had been killed during the war, and she started to rebuild her life which is when she met her husband, Dr Andrei Markus.

 

An Unexpected Guest

In celebration of her upcoming birthday, Anton Rohian, who is a Romanian county prefect arrived at her home.

He said,

"I brought you a bunch of flowers, a bottle of champagne and an excellency diploma to thank you because you’ve returned to Maramures after all you’ve been through".

"It’s important not to forget what happened in the past".

Kissing the Romanian flag, Mrs Markus said,

"I’ve had terrible experiences in my life, but this is a wonderful moment".

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Sole Survivors Of Accidents – Bahia Basari Was One Of Them

Sole Survivors Were Blessed – But Why Do So Many Harbor A Sense Of Guilt

bahia-bakari was a sole survivor

Just a a very small number of people were the sole ones to survive a plane crash or other accident.

In fact since 1970 there were only 14 sole survivor crashes of commercial aircraft and in about a third of them, the lone survivor was a child or a crew member.

Their survival was in many ways a miracle but many of them feel guilt-ridden for having survived.

And they continue to cope with confusion, guilt and the complicated emotional aftermath of what it means to be a sole survivor.

Bahia And The Flight

Bahia Basari (aka Bakari), just thirteen years old, from Évry, Essonne, France, escaped with just a few minor cuts to her face and a fractured collar-bone after a Yemenia Airways Airbus A310 crashed when trying to land in the Comoros Islands.

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Betty Lou Oliver Survived Two Major Accidents On The Same Day

Who Was Betty Lou Oliver And What Did She Survive?

Betty Lou Oliver Survived Two Major Accidents On The Same Day

 

Betty Lou Oliver was an elevator attendant at the Empire State Building and she survived two major unrelated accidents on the same day!

First when a bomber hit the Empire State Building and then when the elevator that she was in, crashed 80 floors!

What Actually Happened?

Betty Lou Oliver was working on the 80th story of the Empire State building on July 28, 1945.

On that day, due to thick fog a B-25 Mitchell bomber crashed into the north side of the Empire State Building.

The plane struck the 79th floor of the building and Oliver’s car was on the 80th floor.

She was thrown from her car and received severe burns, and her pelvis, back and neck were broken!

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