The Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis is excited to have the sniper rifle on temporary display that belonged to Ryan Job, a Navy SEAL with Team 3 who was a team mate of Chris Kyle, the man who inspired the book and movie “American Sniper.”
Chip Duncan, executive director of the museum, said he typically does not accept items on loan, but said this time he did so because of how unique the item is and because of the story behind it.
Job was born and raised in Washington. He graduated from Issaquah High School in 1999. He attended the University of Washington for three years before he enlisted in the Navy in 2002. After he completed the Navy’s elite SEAL training in 2004, he was ordered to SEAL team 3.
Job was deployed as a member of Task Unit Bruiser to Ramadi, Iraq, in April 2006. On Aug. 2, 2006, he was providing over watch security for Iraqi and Coalition Forces when he was struck in the face by an enemy sniper. He was blinded permanently and medically retired from the Navy, according to his obituary. Job did not let his disability slow him down. He went on to summit Mount Rainier in 2008 and helped other injured veterans do the same.
“Ryan put others before himself, both in military service and in his personal life,” according to his obituary.
Duncan said Job died of an accidental overdose while undergoing major reconstructive surgery in September 2009.
Job’s father, Eric, wanted to get a similar rifle to what his son used in Iraq to commemorate his son’s summit of Mount Rainier. Duncan said Eric reached out to Kyle, the man who was depicted in the American Sniper book and movie, since he was his son’s good friend.
Ryan Job’s rifle will be on display until April.