The U.S. sailor, whose parents were born in Guanajuato, was part of the now-famed elite Navy SEAL squad, Team Six, who killed the world's most notorious terrorist, El Universal reported.
The Mexican paper reported that the sailor's father, Martín Mejía, received the news when a team of soldiers visited his California home some time after the successful operation. The proud father saw a dozen military officials carrying a crisply folded American flag – a gesture extended to families of fallen soldiers – and feared the worst.
"The soldiers brought us a United States flag, and when they saw that we started to cry, they clarified that it was a recognition, an honor, because our son had accomplished a great mission for the country," Mejía told the paper.
Mejía said he has spoken to his son, who told him that the team disabled a helicopter, suffered only minor injuries, and has already received personal praise from President Barack Obama.
Mejía's son also said he was one of the SEALs who saw Bin Laden's body before it was tossed in the sea, the paper reported.