Chris Kyle’s Casket

Those are SEAL tridents. Must be a hundred of them. A good send-off.



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11 Responses to Chris Kyle’s Casket

  1. RevoGirl says:

    I apoligize in advance for my ignorance. What is the significance of the Seal Tridents on the casket? Do others place theirs on the casket?

    • Jim22 says:

      Thank you, Revogirl, for asking that question. I made the mistake of assuming that readers of the Real Revo understood the significance. With the number of new readers of this blog I should have known better.

      I’ll try to do better in the future.

  2. slinger says:

    RevoGirl, watch “Act of Valor” (currently available on Netflix instant watch), and you will understand the tradition. Simply stated, those are the tridents from other SEALs. Each SEAL places their trident on the casket and pounds it in … one-by-one. The number of tridents on the casket indicates that Kyle was greatly-respected in the SEAL community.

    • mason says:

      When my dad was a seal he pounded his in too, he had known the man for so long that they were almost brothers. It shows acceptance off his death and makes sure he watches over the other seals. Some seals are buried with their weapon or are placed face down to show that even in death, they are still watching, protecting, and still brothers.

  3. C. J. Spencer says:

    SEALS training is probably the hardest, most grueling in the whole of the Armed Services. Only a very small percentage of those that volunteer for BUD/S Training make it to the end and become SEALS.

    The teamwork and perseverance required to earn the Trident makes it the tangible symbol of what very few men can achieve. The placing of them on the Casket is a show of respect for a fallen Teammate.

    My Daughter and Son-in-Law (He’s active duty Navy) rode with the Patriot Guard in Chris’s Procession and stood in the Flag Line.

    They were several hundred feet away when his Teammates and fellow SEALS placed their Tridents. It took almost 45 minutes as each one approached the casket, saluted, then pounded their Trident into the wood with a single punch. Both of them were in tears the whole time. They said the sound of the fists driving the Tridents home echoed across the Cemetary.

    I wish I could have been there with them to honor this great American. Unfortunately, because of business obligations, I couldn’t.

    • Locke n Load says:

      I wish I could have witnessed it too. I’d have blown off a day of work, without pause, just to be on the 180 mile route to Austin. Unfortunately I was in Canada delivering a load.
      Chris was loved and deeply respected by those he served with AND his homestate. I missed out on a chance to pay my respects and that hurts. Next time I’m in Austin I’m aiming for the cemetery. I hope I can park the truck within walking distance. I can only add that witnessing a funeral at West Point was probably the most moving experience I can remember. I dropped everything to see my friends father’s funeral but had no idea what I was in for. Seeing that procession with the Patriot guard brought it all back vividly.

  4. notamobster says:

    RevoGirl – Great scene, but what you’re looking for starts about the 3:00 mark.

    • RevoGirl says:

      Nota-Thanks, that was great scene, I’ll check out the movie this w/e. I was assuming it was a tribute by fellow serviceman but I wasn’t sure, but thanks to all for fully explaining the gesture.

  5. reboot says:

    God bless Shipmate.

  6. teresa says:

    After watching “American Sniper”, and totally moved by the funeral tradition of the “fist pounding” (which brought tears to my eyes) of the “Seal Trident” on the coffin, I began to wonder and wanted to ask this question:
    Do the Seals who pound their “SEAL Trident” on the coffin receive another one?

  7. Charlotte says:

    My respect to all the Armed Forces. It is due to those great people I get to live free. Thank you to the families that have endured so much without there loved ones.