The former Navy SEAL credited with killing Osama Bin Laden said that his commander asked a fellow sniper who was nearly as tall as the 6ft5in Al Qaeda leader to lie down next to his corpse in order to make sure they got the right guy.
Rob O’Neill, the decorated special forces soldier who shot Bin Laden during the raid on his Abottabad, Pakistan compound in May 2011, confirmed on Wednesday the account first given on Tuesday by Navy Admiral William McRaven (Ret.).
During an appearance on Fox Business Network on Tuesday, McRaven recalled the immediate aftermath of the Bin Laden raid.
‘The SEALs had come back over the border from Pakistan [to Afghanistan] and I was on a video conference with the president (Barack Obama),’ McRaven said.
Navy SEALs asked a 6ft2in soldier in their unit to lie down next to the corpse of Osama Bin Laden (left) after the May 2011 raid on his Pakistan compound, Rob O'Neill (right), the SEAL who shot and killed the al Qaida leader, said
It was O'Neill's commander, Navy Admiral William McRaven (Ret.), who used a tall Navy SEAL to confirm Bin Laden's identity
‘The president asked me, “Are you certain it’s Bin Laden?”
‘I said, “No, sir, I need to go personally identify the body.”
‘So my command post was just a minute or two away from the air field. So I drove to the airfield.
‘The SEALs were just arriving. They brought the body bag in.
‘I unzipped the body bag and took a look at the remains. He obviously didn’t look too well.
‘He had taken a couple rounds. The beard was a little shorter than we expected, but I knew he was about 6ft4in.
‘So I looked around and saw some young SEAL. I said, “Son, how tall are you?”
‘He said: “Well, sir, I’m 6ft2in.”
‘“Come here. I need you to lie down.”
‘First he had a kinda funny look on his face, but he quickly understood and, of course, the remains were a couple of inches taller.