Against the wishes of the Pentagon, the US Navy SEAL who shot dead Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, has revealed his identity.
Rob O’Neill, 38, was a commando who played an integral role in Operation Neptune Spear, the nighttime raid on bin Laden’s Abbottabad, Pakistan home. O’Neill reportedly shot bin Laden in the forehead three times. The raid ended with four others killed and no casualties among SEAL Team Six, the Navy SEALs squad charged with executing the mission.
Rob’s reasons for coming forward, his father said, involve his future now that he has voluntarily left the service. Working as a motivational speaker since, Rob had previously worried in an interview with Esquire magazine about losing health care and pension benefits upon exiting the military early.