'We Thought We Were Gonna Die': Rob O'Neill Reflects 7 Years After He Killed Bin Laden
Rob O'Neill, the man who killed Usama bin Laden, joined Steve Doocy on "Fox & Friends" to reflect on the seven-year anniversary of the covert operation that killed the terrorist leader.
On May 1, 2011, then-President Barack Obama announced to the world that bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces in a special operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
“We can say to those families who lost loved ones to Al Qaeda's terror: justice has been done," Obama told the nation.
On this day in 2011: A crowd cheers outside the White House upon hearing the news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed. pic.twitter.com/rpgXJMX9Iq
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O’Neill, who served with Navy SEAL Team Six, is credited with firing the shots that killed bin Laden.
"It was such an honor to be part of that incredible team: the pilots and the air crew and the Rangers, the intel analysts that found him," O'Neill told Steve Doocy.
He revealed that the operators who entered bin Laden's compound had all accepted that they would be killed, even saying goodbye to their families before they departed for the mission.
"We accepted it, we said goodbye to our kids. Then it was pride, I'm so proud of my guys," O'Neill said, crediting the "point man" on the raid for displaying even more bravery.
He said as he and his teammates flew away on a helicopter after completing the mission, he began to realize that they might actually survive.
"The pilot came over the radio and said, 'Alright, guys, for the first time in your lives, you're going to be happy to hear this: Welcome to Afghanistan.' And that's when you realize, we pulled it off."
Seven years ago a Nation worked as one and served Justice. Let’s not make this partisan... just once.
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O'Neil recalled that he carried with him a pair of $240 Prada sunglasses, purchased with a credit card shortly before the mission.
"I remember thinking I cannot afford these sunglasses, but I am gonna be dead next week and American Express can afford them," he joked.
O'Neill said he had the sunglasses in his pocket during the raid, thinking he would need them to disguise himself if he and his fellow soldiers had to flee in the event the mission went wrong.