The hero Navy SEAL Team Six member who shot and killed 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden has been unmasked.
His name is Rob O’Neill, a 38-year-old highly-decorated military veteran who retired from the Navy after 16 years.
O’Neill, who grew up in Butte, Montana, was first identified on SOFREP.com, a website that caters to military personnel.
The disclosure comes as O’Neill, who has become a paid inspirational speaker, is set to be interviewed next week on Fox News.
O’Neill’s proud father, Tom O’Neill, confirmed his son is the courageous SEAL who shot the Al Qaeda leader three times in the head during the May 2, 2011 raid on his Abbottabad, Pakistan, hideout.
“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,” Tom O’Neill told the MailOnline.
O’Neill left the military at the rank of senior petty officer. During his military career he was awarded 52 medals, including two Silver Stars, three Presidential Unit citations and four Bronze Stars for valor.
Jonathan Olley/jonathanolley.co.uk A scene from the movie ‘Dark Zero Thirty,’ which was based on Navy SEAL’s hunting down Osama Bin Laden. LeadingAuthorities via Youtube Rob O’Neill, a former Navy SEAL, was identified by a military website Wednesday as the special forces soldier who shot and killed Osama Bin Laden. LeadingAuthorities via Youtube Rob O’Neill, who has become a paid inspirational speaker, is set to be interviewed next week on Fox News.
Besides killing Bin Laden, O’Neill help save Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell after a failed 2005 mission to capture a Taliban leader in Afghanistan. Luttrell’s story was turned into the 2013 movie “Lone Survivor” staring Mark Wahlberg.
“He is still friendly with Marcus, they had dinner together just the other day,” the senior O’Neill said.
Tom O’Neill said his son was also the first SEAL to jump aboard the Maersk Alabama after it was hijacked in 2009 by Somali pirates. The ship’s Capt. Richard Phillips was rescued in the SEAL operation, which was also turned into a film, “Saving Captain Phillips” staring Tom Hanks.
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.
O’Neill’s military colleagues have ostracized him for speaking out.
Force Master Chief Michael Magaraci and Rear Adm. Brian Losey, both of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command, penned an Oct. 31 letter blasting former SEAL members for speaking out about their service.
“A critical tenant (sic) of our Ethos is ‘I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions,” Magaraci and Losey wrote to former and present SEALs.
“Our Ethos is a life-long commitment and obligation, both in and out of the Service. Violators of are Ethos are neither Teammates in good standing, nor Teammates who represent Naval Special Warfare.”