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Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owen KIA January 28, 2017 American Hero

Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owen KIA January 28, 2017 American Hero

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Military.com | Jan 31, 2017 | by Hope Hodge Seck The Navy SEAL killed Jan. 28 during a raid on al-Qaida in Yemen was a 36-year-old chief petty officer, the Defense Department said Monday. Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owen, of Peoria, Illinois, was killed during an intelligence-gathering operation on al-Qaida on the Arabian Peninsula that left six additional troops wounded or injured, defense officials said. Owens enlisted in August 1998 and made chief in December 2009, an official told Military.com. His awards included three Bronze Stars -- two with a "V" distinguishing device signifying combat valor. While multiple outlets have reported that Owens was...

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