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Pentagon Identifies Navy SEAL killed in Yemen

WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a U.S. Navy sailor who was supporting U.S. Central Command Operations.

Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria, Illinois, died Jan. 28 in the Arabian Peninsula of Yemen, of wounds sustained in a raid against al-Qa’ida.

Owens received several awards and decorations including the following: Enlisted Special Warfare Specialist, Basic Parachutist, Navy/Marine Corps Medal, Bronze Star w/Combat “V” (2), Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal w/Combat “V” (2), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), Combat Action Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2), Good Conduct Medal (6), Presidential Unit Citation (3), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8).

He was assigned to an East Coast based Special Warfare unit.


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