March 2, 2007, - 5:05 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
On Valentine’s Day, I told you of former Duke Lacrosse player, Sgt. James John Regan. He had job offers, a full scholarship to law school, and many opportunities. But he gave them up and life with his fiancee in order to serve our country in the War on Terror. He served double tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq, earning a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and several other medals.
Sadly, he was killed in action in Iraq. Jimmy Regan’s uncle, Terry Desmond, contacted me and gave me permission to share his e-mail with you:
I want to personally say what a great job you did on the recent article you did on Army Ranger Sgt. James Regan, who was killed in action on February 9, 2007 in Northern Iraq.
“Jimmy” was my nephew. I am the younger brother of Jimmy’s mom, Mary R. (Desmond) Regan. He was a real “people person.” He never wasted a minute. He was always doing something, a highly motivated person.
I am so glad that all the posts I have read were positive about his bravery and commitment to serve as an Army Ranger. I will remember Jimmy as someone that if you met him, you really couldn’t help but like him.
I thank you for writing a very positive article. He was a great young man. And your article brought that out.
Sgt. James John Regan, Rest In Peace.
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