William ‘Ryan’ Owens killed during U.S. operation in Yemen
PUBLISHED Mon, January 30, 2017 - 5:59pm EST
The U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Saturday's raid on an al-Qaeda compound in Yemen has been identified as 36-year-old William "Ryan" Owens from Illinois, the Pentagon announced on Monday afternoon. (more)
Chief Special Warfare Operator Owens, of Peoria, Illinois, was assigned to an East Coast-based Special Warfare Unit. Other details about him or his service were not immediately released by the Department of Defense.
Owens was killed and 3 other service members were injured when U.S. forces carried out a raid against an al-Qaeda compound in Yemen, during which an estimated 14 militants were killed. Information belonging to al-Qaeda was also seized.
During the operation, a U.S. military aircraft assisting in the operation experienced a hard landing at a nearby location, injuring another service member. The aircraft was unable to take off again and was then destroyed to prevent it from falling into enemy hands.
"I extend my condolences to the family and shipmates of Chief Petty Officer William 'Ryan' Owens," Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a statement. "Ryan gave his full measure for our nation, and in performing his duty, he upheld the noblest standard of military service."
Mattis added: "The United States would not exist were it not for the selfless commitment of such warriors. I thank our gallant troops and their families for their dedication to protecting this nation, and I pass our respect to Ryan's family in this most difficult time."
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