Andrew Moore, a 13-year-old from Houston, Texas, sold a hatchet replica of an ax belonging to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator William Ryan Owens, a SEAL Team 6 operator who was killed during a High-Value Target (HVT) operation in Yemen in 2017.
Moore had won the hatchet during a biker rally event that was organized in support of fallen warriors in the summer of 2018. He wasn’t aware, however, that the hatchet had been commissioned by the Owens family to serve as a reminder of their fallen loved one.
In an interview with Click2Houston, a local news outlet, the Moores said that it is a family tradition to collect military memorabilia. They couldn’t trace the hatchet’s origin, however, and consequently decided to sell it. Moore went to a flea market and sold the axe to Donnie Jemison, who is a Navy veteran, for $35.
Jemison saw an inscription engraved on the axe that read “William Ryan Owens, Class 239 (Class 239 refers to Senior Chief Owen’s Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training class), Thank the SEALs.” Between the words, there was a SEAL trident. Jemison, who is a Vietnam veteran, has decided to give the hatchet back to the Owens family.