The raid on Friday targeted a local leader of al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked terrorist group. Navy SEALs were advising Somali troops on the mission.
After arriving outside the village by helicopter, the U.S. and Somali troops engaged with militants, officials told CBS News correspondent David Martin. Milliken was killed in the ensuing firefight and two other Americans were wounded.
Rear Admiral Timothy Szymanski, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, said Milliken “embodied the warrior spirit and toughness infused in our very best Navy SEALs.”
“His sacrifice is a stark reminder that Naval Special Operators are forward doing their job, confronting terrorism overseas to prevent evil from reaching our shores,” Szymanski said.