Rob O’Neill Identified as the Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden
A Navy SEAL member is coming forward as the man who killed terrorist Osama bin Laden in 2011, and he's ready to explain why he's going to go against the brotherhood and shed his anonymity.
38-year-old Rob O'Neill, in a report by The Daily Mail, is the Seal Team Six member who shot bin Laden in the head three times on May 2, 2011 in Pakistan.
He is set to do an interview with Fox News in which he will explain why he has decided to go public, which is not only extremely unusual, but is a move that will be highly criticized by his former SEAL brethren.
O'Neill served 16 years with the U.S. Navy. Part of his decision to out himself is what he calls a lack of benefits and health care after serving the nation. He will only receive partial retirement since he did not serve the full 20 years.
O'Neill's campaign against bin Laden has been featured in several movies, including 'Zero Dark Thirty' about the mission itself. He participated in more than 400 combat missions and was decorated 52 times, including two Silver Stars.
In addition to killing bin Laden, O'Neill was a leader on the Maersk Alabama, the ship taken by Somali pirates that was later featured in the movie 'Captain Phillips.'
Some worries have been raised about the presence of ISIS and whether the extremists would go after O'Neill. The Daily Mail interviewed O'Neill's father, who said, "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."