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BMC Brad Michael O'Neill died March 4, 2000. Brad was born on 25 September 1964, in Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from Chaney High School in 1983.
Brad entered the Navy in 1983. Upon graduation from Recruit Training, he was assigned to the USS TICONDEROGA (CG 47) in San Diego, CA, where he served eighteen months. He then volunteered and was selected for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training at the Naval Special Warfare Center, Coronado, CA. After graduation with class 151, he was assigned to SEAL Team FIVE.
While at SEAL Team FIVE, Brad forward deployed to Southwest Asia and the Western Pacific four times. He was a member of a SEAL platoon that conducted operations in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM in Kuwait and Iraq.
In June 1994, Brad screened for and passed the difficult and demanding six-month training program at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG). He served with distinction during a magnificent six year tour at NSWDG where he excelled as an operator, Leading Petty Officer and Boat Crew Leader. His performance across the full spectrum of SEAL operations was always marked with dynamic enthusiasm, total commitment to mission success, a quick wit and the highest regard for the welfare of his teammates. He inspired us all.
During his service, Brad was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, two Navy Commandation Medals with Combat "V" for valor, two Joint Service Achievement Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon and numerous other medals and awards.
Brad is survived by his wife Rachel, his parents Bernard and Florence O'Neill of Youngstown, Ohio, his sister, Diane; his two brothers Gary and Brian; and numerous other family, in-laws, friends and teammates.
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
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