Chris Kyle was one of the best recognized members of the normally secretive SEAL community. His fame was the result of his status as America's deadliest sniper with at least 160 confirmed kills during his service in four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After his retirement in 2009, Kyle published his memoir American Sniper which reached the New York Times best seller list and led to appearances on numerous network and reality TV programs.
Kyle's untimely death resulted in a White House petition to have all flags flown at half-mast for one week in his honor and for President Obama to personally attend his funeral.
The flag related petition reads:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
declare that American flags be flown at half mast for one week in honor of Navy Seal Chris Kyle
We petition the Obama administration to declare that all flags be flown at half mast on all govt. buildings for a period of 1 week in Honor of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle. Chris was a hero both on and off the field of battle. He served and loved this country loyally. He also served other wounded warriors loyally when he returned to the states. He had a servants heart and has done more for the propagation of constitutional liberty in this country then any body currently serving ANY political party. We would also like to see President Obama man up and attend Mr. Kyles funeral.
Another petition seeks to have a Navy ship named in Chris Kyle's honor, as well.