Father of Navy SEAL killed in botched raid has a message for Donald Trump

Wiliam Owens, the father of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, wants President Trump to do right by his son.

“Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation,” Bill Owens communicated to Trump in an interview with the Miami Herald. “The government owes my son an investigation.”

When a Navy chaplain told Bill Owens that President Trump was on his way back from Washington, Owens said he had no interest in meeting him.

“I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him,” Owens told the Herald, after remarking that he was put off by Trump’s treatment of a Gold Star family during the presidential campaign.

Ryan Owens was killed on January 28, when a raid on a Yemen facility approved by President Trump resulted in the deaths of Owens and roughly 29 civilians. Military officials told the New York Times that the raid was meant to only seize laptops, cellphones, and other technology to gain intelligence on any possible terrorist activity. However, the military spokesmen confided to the Times that “everything went wrong.”

“Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why?” Bill Owens openly asked. “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?”

At the time of his death, Chief Special Warfare Operator Ryan Owens was just shy of 37 years old, having spent half his life serving in the military, including several years with the elite SEAL Team 6. During his 12 deployments, Owens earned the Silver Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, a Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart.


Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.