Tuesday, July 19, 2016

2LT Gerald Thomas Regan

2LT Gerald Thomas Regan was born 2 Apr 1920 in Elma, Iowa. He was the 2nd of the three children born to John Gerald and Eva Josephine (Irvin) Regan. The family farmed near Howard, Iowa. the family home was valued at $1200 in 1940.

Gerald was drafted in November 1942. He attended officer candidate training at Fort Benning, Georgia and was commissioned as a 2LT on 12 Jul 1943. 2LT Regan married Mary Irene Carroll on 17 Jul 1943 while home on leave. Gerald was stationed at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana before he departed for Europe on 13 May 1944. 2LT Regan was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry on 6 Jul 1944 to serve as a Platoon Leader. Reported as missing in action on 19 Jul 1944 it was later determined that 2LT Regan had been killed in action, reportedly by a "sniper's bullet", i.e. a single gunshot, on 19 Jul 1944.

A son, Daniel Gerald Regan, was born on 18 Oct 1944. 2LT Regan was repatriated aboard the Lawrence Victory in 1948 and re-interred in the Calvary Cemetery in Elma, Iowa.

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