William Ryan Owens

William Ryan Owens

Age: 36
Branch: USN
Rank(s): CTO2, SOC, SOCS
Unit(s): ST1, NSWDG
Station: Dam Neck, VA

Fallen on: 29 Jan 2017
Location: Yemen
Era: Global War on Terror
Campaign: Intelligence gathering in Yemen

Medals & Commendations: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with ‘V’ device for Valor and two Gold Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal with ‘V’ device for Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ two Gold Stars, Combat Action Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal w/ Silver Star and four Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment, Expert Rifle Medal, Expert Pistol Medal.

Hometown: Peoria, IL

SOCS Owens died of injuries sustained during a raid on al-Qaida in Yemen.