Fallen Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owen

Angel Arno, Staff Reporter

A family is devastated by the death of their son, and the first death in combat under Donald Trump’s Presidency.

Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owen a Navy SEAL, has died near the end of January fighting in Yemen with other fellow brothers. Ryan was 36 years old, a loving husband, and father of three children who now have lost their father.

President Trump contacted the Owen family, wanting to come to the funeral, trying to pay respect to their son who is a hero. Bill Owen, the SEAL’s father however did not want to meet President Trump and had requested a ceremony at Dover Air Force Base with only their family.

Mr. Owen has refused to meet with President Trump at all, due to the fact with being angry that the raid was even happening. He has been very vocal in the news media saying the raid should not have even happened.

Three other SEALs were wounded, and the anti-terrorist raid ended up killing 14 military men (mostly Yemenis) and as many as 16 civilians.

Owen argued “Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why? For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?” Owen said on Fox News.

Yet some of the other family has met with Trump and his daughter Ivanka.

Father Bill Owen has requested that his son’s death does not get left behind and investigation be looked into. Owen told reporters “The government owes my son an investigation.”

Ryan Owen’s death was talked about by Sarah Huckabee Sanders informing the audience on ABC  “His son is a true American Hero, we should be forever in his son’s debt.” stated by Fox News.

According to CNN coverage, Al-Queda leader Qassim al-Rimi, the target of the raid, mocked Trump in an audio recording saying, “The new fool of the White House received a painful slap across his face.”

Rimi also claimed that as many as a dozen of those killed in the raid were women and children, but such claims are difficult to verify.