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Documents reveal ‘American Sniper’ Kyle embellished record

Documents show that slain Navy Seal and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle misrepresented the number of medals he received.

world Updated: May 26, 2016 16:38 IST
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Taya Kyle, widow of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, stands in the courtroom during a break in the capital murder trial of former Marine Corporal Eddie Ray Routh in Stephenville, Texas in this February 18, 2015 file photo.(REUTERS)

Documents show that slain Navy Seal and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle misrepresented the number of medals he received.

Navy documents obtained by an online magazine through an open records request show that Kyle earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with valor. In his best-selling book, Kyle wrote that he had received two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars.

A Navy spokeswoman confirmed the validity of the documents and says the armed services branch is investigating the discrepancy.

The Intercept first reported the discrepancy and posted the documents.

Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment Wednesday.

Kyle, regarded as the deadliest sniper in US military history, was killed in 2013 at a Texas shooting range. A former Marine was convicted in his death.