The Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden dead in the special force’s most famous operation can be named today.
The Navy hero is set to give a full interview to Fox News later this month and waive his anonymity but MailOnline has established that he is Rob O’Neill, a highly-decorated veteran who quit after 16 years service.
In an exclusive interview Rob’s father, Tom O’Neill, tells MailOnline, ‘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.’
O’Neill was personally congratulated for killing bin Laden at close range with three shots to his forehead during the SEAL raid on Abbottobad, in Pakistan, on 2 May 2011.
His decision to speak out was prompted by losing some of his military benefits by quitting the SEALs after 16 years rather than staying for a full 20 years of service.
Today details of his extraordinary military record can be disclosed.
O’Neill grew up in Butte, Montana, where his father Tom stlll lives.
The older O’Neill still lives in Butte, a former copper mining boomtown that has now fallen on hard times. in a single story home with a garage full of stuffed animals – including a bear, moose, caribou, big horn sheep and several deer – shot by the two men. A full stuffed kodiak bear has place of pride in his living room.
His fathe, in his exclusive interview with MailOnline, said, ‘We were going hunting and a friend asked us to take a guy who was a Navy SEAL with us,’ said Tom O’Neill, 65. ‘We were expecting someone who was 6 ft. 8 in. who could lift a house with his bare hands, but he was this normal guy. And Rob said if this guy could be a SEAL, then so could he.’
In total he was deployed on more than a dozen tours of duty in active combat, in four different warzones, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the course of those tours he undertook more than 400 separate combat missions.
THE DAILY MAIL