Retired Marine appreciates ‘American Sniper’ more than most

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – “American Sniper” is one of the most talked about movies on the big screen and it has been a box office hit.

The much anticipated picture is not without critics. It’s about Navy Seal Chris Kyle, considered the most lethal sniper in U.S. history with 255 probable and 160 confirmed kills.

Dauphin County gun shop owner and retired Marine Sgt. Major Joe Staudt was serving in Fallujah when Kyle was there.

“For someone like him, to know he was watching over me and other Marines and other troops was very reassuring,” Staudt said. “I think he is a hero.”

“American Sniper” opens with the battle of Fallujah, a city in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar. Staudt said the movie brought back a lot of memories.

“I had some pretty strong emotions,” he said. “It kind of takes you back there.”

Staudt and other Marines had the dangerous task of clearing the city and fighting off thousands of insurgents who were wearing civilian clothing.

He said Kyle saved more lives than he took.

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