"It sounds made up, it sounds cheesy, but as I'm counting, I remember a quote from George W. Bush on 9/11, "Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended."
O'Neill started repeating that mantra: Freedom will be defended.
"After weeks of training, 82 minutes into the flight, I'm like, I'm on this mission, and we're going to kill him," he said. "One minute out and I'm thinking, man, this is some serious Navy SEAL stuff we're about to do."
It got real quickly. "I remember putting my right foot down and just sort of saying out loud, 'Freedom will be defended.'
-SEAL Robert O'Neill