Honoring our fallen hero:
Sgt. James John Regan was killed in action Feb. 9, 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. James John Regan, was born June 27, 1980, in Rockville Centre, N.Y. He was killed by known enemies of the United States when his when his vehicle was struck by an IED in northern Iraq, Feb. 9, 2007. He was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga.
After graduating from Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y., Sgt. Regan attended Duke University, Durham, N.C., where he majored in economics with a minor in business and marketing.
During his high school years, Sgt. Regan excelled in academic, sports and community achievements. In 1997, he was earned a spot on the New York State Empire Lacrosse Team.
It was while he was a senior that his that he earned All American Lacrosse Player, All State Scholar for football and Nassau County Sports Commission Award for Outstanding Academic Achievements, Athletic Achievements and for Service to the Community. Because of his successes on the lacrosse field, Sgt. Regan was recruited by Duke University on lacrosse scholarship. As a mid-field lacrosse player, he helped the Duke team reach ACC Championships in 2001 and 2002 and they played in the Final Four in 2002.
He later volunteered for military service and entered the Army Feb. 11, 2004. During Infantry Basic Combat Training, he graduated first in a class of 400 as the “Soldier of the Cycle” in May 2004. By September 2004, he had completed the Basic Airborne Course and Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning.
Assigned to 3rd Bn. in September 2004, he served as a machine gunner and gun team leader. Sgt. Regan was on his fourth deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism and serving as a fire team leader with his company when he was killed.
In addition to a previous deployment to Iraq, Sgt. Regan had also deployed to Afghanistan twice supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant on Feb.1, 2007.
His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Purple Heart Medal.
Sgt. Regan is survived by his parents, James P. and Mary R. Regan of Manhasset, his sisters Maribeth, Colleen and Michaela, and his grandfather John Desmond. He is also survived by his fiancée, Mary R. McHugh of Atlanta, Ga., who is a third-year medical student at Emory University.
6 thoughts on “SGT James Regan”
Another of America’s best, bravest and best lost to a stupid war that should have been stopped before it started. Thank you John Regan and thank you Regan family and thank you Mary Mchugh for your sacrifices for our country. They were too great as far as I’m concerned.
Another of America’s best, bravest and best lost to a stupid war that should have been stopped before it started. Thank you James Regan and thank you Regan family and thank you Mary Mchugh for your sacrifices for our country. They were too great as far as I’m concerned.
I don’t even know what to say but thank you for your sacrifice. I know that 9/11 hurt you as it did so many Americans but Manhasset extra hard.I served many years before you never saw what you went through.God bless your family and your father’s dedication to you and your brother’s in arms ☮️
What a brave soul!
May his memory live in eternity!
God bless his family!
I find myself without words for the family of this brave man. I came across the photo of a young woman at his tombstone as part of a military tribute chain email. I cannot imagine the sense of loss in Sgt. Regan’s family, and pray for their (not sure what to say – recovery, peace, what ?)
That photo touched my heart in ways that even at 71 I did not know it could be touched.
I will end now before I start to ramble – my prayers and thoughts to that young lady and all those affected by Sgt. Regan’s death.