Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens, 36, died early Sunday "of wounds sustained in a raid against al-Qaeda" in Yemen, according to a Pentagon statement released Monday.
Officials told ABC News that the raid on the al-Qaeda compound in southern Yemen was carried out by SEAL Team Six, the elite Navy special operations unit involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Three more Navy SEALS were injured during the raid.
Servicemembers killed abroad are brought back to the U.S. and given a dignified transfer, in which a flag-draped container with the soldier's remains is carried from the aircraft to a vehicle for proper burial.
ABC News' Luis Martinez contributed to this report.