Former U.S. Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill
The community of Butte, Mont., woke this morning to learn that one of its native sons is the man who killed Osama bin Laden.
The London Daily Mail reported this morning
that 38-year-old Rob O'Neill is about to break his silence when he grants a full interview to Fox News in December. O'Neill's father indeed confirmed that the Navy SEAL was the man who shot bin Laden.
"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 Daily Mail
A year after graduating from Butte Central High School, Rob O'Neill joined the Navy in 1995. His now famous heroics have inspired three films: Zero Dark Thirty
(about the bin Laden raid), Lone Survivor
(about a failed mission to capture a Taliban leader) and Captain Phillips
(the rescue of a U.S. captain abducted by Somali pirates). O'Neill previous acknowledge his role in the Taliban and Somali operations, but hadn't confirmed his role in the mission to kill bin Laden until now.
O'Neill took part in more than 400 combat missions, according to the Daily Mail
. He was decorated 52 times and left the SEALs as a senior chief petty officer. His decorations include two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit Citations and two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor.