Meet Robert O'Neill, Killer of Bin Laden

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WASHINGTON — The retired Navy SEAL who says he shot al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in the forehead publicly identified himself Thursday amid a debate among special operations brethren about whether they should break silence about their secret missions.Robert O'Neill, 38, told The Washington Post in an interview that he fired the two shots that killed bin Laden. He first recounted the story in February 2013 to Esquire magazine, which identified him only as "the shooter." One current and one former SEAL confirmed to The Associated Press that O'Neill was long known to have fired the shots that killed the leader of the international terror group responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks. Defense Department officials confirmed Thursday that O'Neill was a member of SEAL Team Six and was part of the bin Laden raid. But they said they could not confirm who fired the fatal shot, noting that other SEALs on the mission also fired at bin Laden.

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  1. 5691354
    5691354 Nov 07, 2014

    You are a disgrace. To your Regiment, who cares about your personal life.

  2. 5691354
    5691354 Nov 07, 2014

    Have the USA lost control of their Special Forces, do you not have the official Secrets Act, or do your Forces, have no respect for the safety of others. He should be black listed by his Regiment at least. This is appalling.

  3. 33326581
    33326581 Nov 07, 2014

    "Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death." Proverbs 11:4 I'm praying for this veteran.

  4. 32214531
    32214531 Nov 09, 2014

    Gone are the pride of my former service the silent warriors that were once known as U.S. Navy Seals. The root value of a few on the teams has now become, be a Seal, be entrusted, open your mouth, write a book, go on a talk show and make money. Some should call Charlie Sheen and offer him the job of special naval warfare commander, as the teams are becoming "beyond Hollywood". May God protect the integuirty and honor of the few still holding out to keep our teams what they once were. professionals.

  5. DDH3
    DDH3 Nov 09, 2014

    Well, he just made himself and his all his family targets...

  6. Course240
    Course240 Nov 15, 2014

    Post military work for specops isn't that wide and varied, unless you have other skill sets, degree, etc. Some of these guys are trying to cash in on the current SEAL hype and get something going besides the obvious track most followed before them. That track is not gone but not quite as plentiful as the heady days of Irag and Afghanistan combined.

  7. ITOdeed
    ITOdeed Nov 23, 2014

    Talk about self-aggrandizement... I'm ashamed for this dude.

  8. chewybotwnomad
    chewybotwnomad Nov 30, 2014

    Didn't Audie Murphy also cash in on his war exeriences ?

  9. Grasshopper21
    Grasshopper21 Jan 26, 2015

    What happen to honor , sell out

  10. 36030805
    36030805 Mar 28, 2017

    put me in coach

  11. 36030805
    36030805 Mar 28, 2017

    put me in coach

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