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"Harrowing . . . In frank and vivid detail and blunt and plain
language, Mr. O'Neill describes some of the 400 counter terrorism
operations and close quarter combat he experienced in Iraq,
Afghanistan and elsewhere through his career as a SEAL . . . An
interesting and insightful book about some of the most historic
moments in modern American military history." *****
—Washington Times

"Enlightening about military special forces, especially the SEAL
component . . . A fast-paced account quite likely to engender strong
reactions among readers concerned with the U.S. military's roles in
foreign conflicts." *****—Kirkus Reviews

"O'Neill absorbingly relates the 2011 attack on bin Laden's Pakistan
compound . . . [Other] fascinating stories include his role in the
successful 2009 mission to free Capt. Richard Phillips from Somali
pirates, and those of too many fellow SEALs who were killed in
battle. Fans of battlefield narratives, such as Michael Golembesky's
Level Zero Heroes, will relish this gripping perspective on 21st-
century warfare." *****—Library Journal

“Intensely moving and awe-inspiring, The Operator captures as
few other books have the essence of being a frogman: utterly
unimaginable fatigue followed by intense exhilaration followed by a
weary emptiness—and then back for more. As this book shows,
SEALs regularly travel to an emotional place that few men will ever
visit. O’Neill wrote himself into American history with the three
shots he fired into Osama bin Laden, but if you think that operation
was intense wait till you read about the ones that preceded it.
There is a saying, ‘Great battles are only given to great warriors.’
Rob was repeatedly given great battles, and he represented
accordingly.” *****—Marcus Luttrell, New York Times bestselling
coauthor of Lone Survivor and Service

“Impossible to put down . . . What O’Neill has written is unique,
surprising, a kind of counter narrative, and certainly the other half
of the story of one of the world’s most famous military operations . .
. In the larger sense, this book is about how to be alive—how to be
human while in the very same moment dealing with death,
destruction, combat.” *****—Doug Stanton
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The Operator, Firing  The Shots
That Killed Osama Bin Laden
Robert J. O’Neill is one of the most highly-
decorated combat veterans of our time. He
was a team leader with the Naval Special
Warfare Development Group. He has
deployed more than a dozen times, and he
held combat leadership roles in more than
400 combat missions in four different
theaters of war. A highly-trained Navy SEAL,
he led the military’s most elite and was
involved in our nation’s most important
campaigns. With most of his career shrouded
in a classified cloak, O’Neill was the man on
the ground we have never heard of but know
exists. He was one of the quiet professionals
performing the most difficult tasks in the
most difficult circumstances, serving his
remarkable career in the shadows and
keeping America safe in the process.

O’Neill rose to the rank of senior chief petty
officer in the United States Navy and served
as a team leader at DEVGRU, positions not
come by easily. O’Neill has a laundry list of
certifications, including instructor, physical
trainer, master training specialist, special
warfare sniper and breacher, diving
supervisor, and survival expert. He was also
an officer in charge of small arms,
demolition, close quarters combat,
explosives breaching, fire and maneuvers,
and laser systems safety. His military air
operations qualifications include high-
altitude and high-opening free fall jump
master, tandem and bundle master,
parachute rigger, master naval parachutist,
drop zone safety officer, and air operations
trainer/examiner and quality assurance
inspector. He has completed more than 1000

O’Neill has been decorated more than 52
times with honors, including 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. Silver Stars, the military’s third
highest honor, are awarded for extraordinary
gallantry in action against an enemy of the
United States. Bronze Stars with Valor are
awarded for merit, with Valor signifying a
heroic act and direct participation in combat
operations. It is the fourth-highest combat
award of the U.S. Armed Forces and the
ninth highest military award overall. Joint
Service Commendation Medals are given for
senior service on a joint military staff and is
the most senior of the commendation medals.
A stirringly evocative, thought-provoking, and often jaw-
dropping account, The Operator ranges across SEAL
Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s awe-inspiring four-
hundred-mission career, which included his involvement
in attempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell
and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard
Phillips and which culminated in those famous three
shots that dispatched the world’s most wanted terrorist,
Osama bin Laden.

In these pages, O’Neill describes his idyllic childhood in
Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs;
the arduous evaluation and training process; and the
even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs’
most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O’Neill
would spend more than a decade in the most intense
counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods,
not a night passed without him and his small team
recording multiple enemy kills—and though he was lucky
enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with
and fought beside never made it home.

The Operator describes the nonstop action of O’Neill’s
deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black
humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal
efficiency of the military’s most selective units, and
reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist
takedown in history.
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