On the 2nd of May 2011, a team of courageous Navy SEALS stormed Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan and brought the vicious terrorist to his knees. In that team of Navy SEALS, Rob O’Neil was the one who delivered the mortal shot.
The 38-year-old highly decorated veteran has served in over 400 missions throughout his military career, and during those missions, he was awarded 52 medals. O’Neill Received not only two Silver Stars but also three Presidential Unit Citations and four Bronze Stars for valor. After his 16 year-long, fruitful career, O’Neill retired as much in the shadows as he served during the time when he was active.
The most part of Rob’s professional life, he was forced to remain in the shadows, stealthily stalking his Taliban targets through Afghanistan and hunting down terrorists in Iraq. And although we knew virtually nothing about this courageous Navy SEAL, he served as inspiration for three Hollywood films while remaining anonymous.
O’Neill was born and raised in Butte, Montana, and his parents told reporters, after being asked, that they did not fear the negative attention their son’s coming out would bring. When asked about ISIS’s possible interest in the family, now that O’Neill announced that he was responsible for Bin Laden’s death, Rob’s father responded:
“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,”
He then confirmed his son’s claims. O’Neill was in fact one of the Navy SEALS storming Bin Laden’s hideout in 2011 and he was the one who fired three shots in the terrorist’s head.
O’Neill explained that he decided to disclose this information after becoming a paid inspirational speaker.
And Rob’s actions during Bin Laden’s capture weren’t the only notable events of his military career. In another mission where Taliban leaders in Afghanistan should have been apprehended, O’Neill saved Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.
The movie “Saving Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks is also inspired from the actions of this former Navy SEAL, who saved Phillips and his ship, the Maersk Alabama after being hijacked by Somali Pirates in 2009.
Sadly, there are many who disagree with O’Neill’s decision of disclosing information considered secret.
“A critical tenant (sic) of our Ethos is ‘I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. Our Ethos is a life-long commitment and obligation, both in and out of the Service.”
said Former Master Chief Michal Magaraci as well as Rear Adm. Brian Losey, members of the US Naval Special Warfare Command.