The Navy SEAL that killed Osama bin Laden has reportedly been identified.
The Daily Mail released a report on Wednesday stating that the Navy SEAL responsible is Rob O’Neill. According to the report, Rob O’Neill is a highly-decorated hero and veteran that quit after serving in the Navy for 16 years. The 38-year-old former Navy SEAL was congratulated personally for killing Osama bin Laden with three close range shots in his forehead during the SEAL raid that was executed on May 2, 2011.
The Daily Mail reports that Rob O’Neill decided to finally reveal himself after losing some of his benefits after he quit his service before reaching the 20-year milestone.
Throughout his years in the service, Rob O’Neill was deployed on over a dozen tours of duty in active combat — placing him in four different war zones, including Afghanistan and Iraq. When Rob O’Neill left the service, he left as a senior chief petty officer that was decorated over 50 times. Among his many decorations, O’Neill received four Bronze Stars with Valor, two Silver Stars with valor and three Presidential Unit citations.
The Daily Mail also reports that this former Navy SEAL received a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor — an award that is considered the highest of commendation medals available.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Ryan O’Neill’s father (Tom) spoke openly about the possible fallout that may occur as a result of his son revealing himself as the Navy SEAL that killed Osama bin Laden.
“People are asking if we are worried that ISIS will come and get us because Rob is going public. I say I’ll paint a big target on my front door and say come and get us.”
The Daily Mail further reports that Rob O’Neill has agreed to a public interview in a Fox News special that will be aired later this month called “The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden.” O’Neill is expected to discuss such topics as his Navy SEAL training as well as the details of the mission that led him to reportedly killing the al-Qaeda leader.
Rob O’Neill is now the second Navy SEAL of the 23 that were involved in the raid to kill Osama bin Laden that has made his identity public instead of remaining anonymous.
The other Navy SEAL that identified himself was Matthew Bisonnette, who wrote a detailed account from his own perspective of the same mission that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. His inside account was published in the controversial book No Easy Day under a pen name.
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