Up until now we did not know who actually killed Bin Laden. The soldier’s identity was never made public. Now we know that it was Robert O’Neill, 38, who killed the notorious terrorist. He stepped forward and acknowledged that he was the one that made the shot as his identity was about to be revealed by other sources.
O’Neill is a decorated veteran in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He did have problems about whether or not he should publicly acknowledge his role in a commando operation that was really important for US history.
According to O’Neill, in an interview for The Washington Post, he was the person that fired the last shot, the one that hit Bin Laden in the head. Fires were shot by 2 other Navy SEAL members, including Mark Bissonnette, a figure well known for having written the book No Easy Day, in which the raid was described.
The official plan was to acknowledge the part he played in an interview with Fox News and an article in The Post. However, his identity was revealed pre-emptively thanks to SOFREP, a website that is operated by a former SEAL member. The news was offered by the site as a form of protest over the decision of the soldier to reveal the role he played in the Bin Laden mission. However, it was stated that his identity was about to be leaked by other people so Robert decided to come forward.
The decision was received with anger by former colleagues and current Navy SEALS. However, O’Neill said that his decision was made after he had a meeting with September 11 victim relatives. This meeting took place just before the National September 11 Memorial Museum opening. He stated:
“The families told me it helped bring them some closure.”
Robert served as a Navy SEAL for 15 years. He was a part of the elite SEAL Team 6 unit. He also served in other well known missions that took place in the past.