Scott Pelley: And he would just go round and round and round? If there was other people in the yard working, he never seemed to do any of that. Scott Pelley: To take him alive, if you could? I mean we've done this a million times. The helicopters were blacked out against a clear, moonless night. Scott Pelley: Somebody started shooting at you from inside the house? I Am Soldier follows Mickey Tomlinson Tom Hughes , a military chef, who attempts the most dangerous military selection known to man: The Special Air Service S. Despite inconclusive evidence that bin Laden is inside the compound, and ignoring the possible ramifications of an unannounced attack on Pakistani soil, the Pentagon orders the attack. Scott Pelley: In terms of the inside of the house, how much did you know? And as soon as they saw us crash land that Chalk Two helicopter pilot saw that happen, decided not to push the position to go to the roof.
Khalid literally looks back around the edge of the hall. I mean, everybody wants to meet the guy who shot Bin Laden. It was now about 1:15 a. They looked up and saw the point man. So, the helicopters could be shot down by Pakistan's modern air defenses.
Scott Pelley: You're in disguise as we do this interview today and I wonder why. It was about one o'clock in the morning, 66 degrees, 65 percent humidity with calm winds. And I grabbed my keys, went and got in my truck and, you know, I put it in the book. One hundred percent he's there. Mark Owen: Our team played a small little piece. In the bedroom Owen found an assault rifle and a pistol on a shelf.
But you couldn't see his arms. But you used it to wash his face? Border Patrol agent Jim Rhodes, a tough divorce mourning the loss of his murdered partner while struggling to raise his rebellious daughter in the mountains of. Mark Owen: This is big. Team 6 in May, 2011. So, he could've had something. It's-- this is what we do. But was this bin Laden? Mark Owen: I ran out here.
Scott Pelley: You say in the preface to the book that if a reader is looking for secrets, this isn't their book. The house seemed too big for the neighborhood. And that's one thing that Admiral McRaven said in one of our very last rehearsals, briefs, dry runs, right there in Afghanistan before we launched. We'd have two men and our combat assault dog would do a quick patrol of the perimeter down to the south and around to make sure that there was no tunnels underneath the walls if somebody did hear us come in and had time to escape. When I got back, you know, I was checking my gear, seeing if there's any holes or anything, and I pull out the bolt cutters, and I've got the bullet stuck in the handle.
The next night Vice Admiral William McRaven saw the men off. Some of the mission action sequences play more like a first person shooter game that kind of takes away from the film, but at the same time helps to take you in the action in a bit of a creative way. They know I'm doing it right. Mark Owen is not his real name. Raids like this were common many nights in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Scott Pelley: He was putting all the power on it he could, but it wasn't helping? Owen received a Silver Star for valor and a Purple Heart for a wound suffered in the raid. Mark Owen: My worry from the beginning is it's a political season. That team had way more responsibility than just about anybody else. And, literally still in your camouflage uniform, our gear kind of set to the side, and we heard it was coming on. Mark Owen: You know, it's not like the movies. Even though the females had come out of this building and talked to us, they were still very combative and aggressive and we saw that throughout the entire compound, even all the way up on the third floor.
Scott Pelley: You shot him? Mark Owen: Myself and the next assaulter in, we both engaged him several more times and then rolled off and then continued clearing the room. Scott Pelley: What did you do then? Scott Pelley: The point man had seen someone stick his head out a door and shot him just the way he'd shot Khalid. It was after 1:30 a. In 1999, teenage sisters Celeste and Eleanor survive a seismic, violent tragedy. One thing was sure now. And then, all of a sudden, we banked hard 90 degrees, once we went hard 90, it was very apparent that something was wrong.
The people in the house knew they were coming. Scott Pelley: You could see the compound coming? They had to blow it up. To us, at that time, it could have been anybody. How many times did you train on it? In a world where mythical creatures are real, monsters and humans are forced to coexist; and as prejudice and insecurity pull everyone apart, three separate storylines manage to come together. Mark Owen: Lucky, but again, huge props to these pilots.
So you know, make sure I do it right, get good angles, and all this other stuff. We went and did it. Scott Pelley: Above doing the manual labor. An unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer. We've used shadows to enhance the effect and we've altered his voice.