SGT James J. Regan
Sgt. James (Jimmy) J.
Regan was assigned to company C, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
when he was killed by an IED which targeted his vehicle in northern Iraq
in February, 2007.
Deeply affected by the terror attacks of 9/11, Sgt. Regan rejected
lucrative wall street job opportunities and law school scholarships to
volunteer for military service and entered the Army in February, 2004.
Sgt. Regan, of Manhasset,
New York, was an exemplary scholar-athlete at Chaminade High School
where he was recognized for his academic, sports and community
achievements. As a result of his academic record and his All-American
achievement on the lacrosse field, Jimmy Regan was recruited by Duke
University on a lacrosse scholarship. While there he led the Duke team
to two ACC championships. He graduated with a degree in economics and
was poised on the brink of a happy and fulfilling life when he answered
the call to defend his country.
Graduating first in his class in infantry basic combat training, he
received the distinction of "Soldier of the Cycle." Moving on through
the Basic Airborne course and Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort
Benning, Jimmy served in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as
machine gunner and gun team leader, and finally fire team leader,
serving in Iraq when he was killed.
In addition to two
deployments to Iraq, Sgt. Regan had also deployed twice to Afghanistan
in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Shortly before his death in
2007, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Sgt. Regan's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal,
the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal,
the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and he was
posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal
and Purple Heart. His decorations include the Ranger tab, the combat
infantryman badge, the expert infantryman badge and the parachutist
Jimmy's loss was an immense tragedy to everyone who knew and loved him.
He left behind his loving fiancee, his parents and three sisters.
Through the Lead the Way Fund, his family and friends strive to honor
his spirit, his patriotism and the way he lived his life by combining
their efforts to give back to his brothers, the U.S. Army Rangers.
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