The Navy SEAL responsible for killing infamous terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden in 2011 has reportedly been identified as 38-year-old Robert O’Neill.
The Daily Mail has published an exclusive report outlining how the former Navy SEAL Team Six member is responsible for shooting Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist leader responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001, three times in the head on May 2, 2011. O’Neill is reportedly scheduled to appear on Fox News, and ahead of the interview, his identity is being revealed.
Since the 2011 mission was completed, much mystery has surrounded the identity of the SEAL who killed Bin Laden. Now that Robert O’Neill has been identified, his father is speaking out to the Daily Mail.
“People are asking if we are worried that ISIS will come and get us because Rob is going public,” said Tim O’Neill to the Daily Mail. “I say I'll paint a big target on my front door and say come and get us.”
Tim O’Neill explains how his son went on to become a Navy SEAL and how the successful mission changed their lives.
“We were going hunting and a friend asked us to take a guy who was a Navy SEAL with us,” said the 65-year-old of the moment his son decided to become a SEAL. “We were expecting someone who was 6 ft. 8 in. who could lift a house with his bare hands, but he was this normal guy. And Rob said if this guy could be a SEAL, then so could he.”
O’Neill served multiple tours during many different wars over the years, but as a member of SEAL Team Six, he has reportedly been at the forefront of some of the most high profile missions ever completed. Three of his team’s missions were made into blockbuster movies – Lone Survivor, Captain Phillips, and Zero Dark Thirty, the latter of which was based on the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
The vow of silence is one of the most crucial aspects of being a Navy SEAL, and in a letter to SEALS all over the world, Force Master Chief Michael Magaraci and commander Rear Adm. Brian Losey reiterated the extreme importance of that tenet.
“A critical tenet (sic) of our Ethos is 'I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions,’” said Magaraci and Losey in the letter. “Violators of our Ethos are neither Teammates in good standing, nor Teammates who represent Naval Special Warfare. 'We do not abide willful or selfish disregard for our core values in return for public notoriety and financial gain, which only diminishes otherwise honorable service, courage and sacrifice. Classified information is protected by law. All members exposed to classified information have a duty obligation to protect this information, regardless of what may be reflected in the media, accurately or otherwise. We will actively seek judicial consequence for members who willfully violate the law, and place our Teammates, our Families, and potential future operations at risk.”
Despite the strong condemnation from powers above O’Neill, the SEAL’s father says that he supports his son in coming out to talk about what he’s done.
“He is not allowed to talk, yet they are using this big bullhorn to shut him up,” said Tim O’Neill. “I support him in everything he is doing. What are you supposed to do when you come out of the military after such service — become a greeter at Walmart?”
O’Neill has reportedly been speaking publicly about how he uses his SEAL training in real life situations for quite some time, but this is the first time he’s coming out to speak about a specific mission, especially one if this magnitude.
Fox News’ special interview with Robert O’Neill, called “The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden,” is set to air later this month.