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 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 badge.

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 our efforts to give back to his brothers, the U.S. Army Rangers.

Please visit our memorial web page dedicated to Sgt. James J. Regan as well as the Arlington National Cemetary memorial web page.

SSG James R. Patton

Staff Sgt. James R. Patton, 23, was a squad leader assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga. He was born on April 23, 1986 in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Patton died April 18, 2010 while conducting a combat operation in northern Iraq when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in which he was riding crashed.

He was on his seventh deployment in support of the War on Terror. He had previously deployed twice to Iraq and four times to Afghanistan.

After graduation from Spencer High School in Columbus, Ga., Staff Sgt. Patton enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2004. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga. as an Infantryman. Then after graduating from the Basic Airborne Course, he was assigned to the Ranger Indoctrination Program also at Fort Benning.

Following graduation from the Ranger Indoctrination Program Patton was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in February 2005 where he served as a Grenadier, Fire Team Leader, Team Leader and Squad Leader.

His military education includes the Airborne Course, the Ranger Indoctrination Program, the U.S. Army Ranger Course, the Jumpmaster Course, the Master Breacher Course, the Mountain Warfare Course, the Warrior Leaders Course, and the Advanced Leaders Course.

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge and the Senior Parachutist Badge. He has also been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal.

Patton is survived by his wife Beatriz and their daughter Cecilia of Columbus, Ga., and his parents Command Sgt.Maj. Gregory and Mrs. Sheila Patton of Indian Mound, Tenn.; brother Cliff Edward Patton and sister Megan Sue Marie.

CPL Ryan C. McGhee

Cpl. Ryan C. McGhee, 21, was an automatic rifleman assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga. He was born on Nov. 4, 1987 in Pennsylvania.

He was killed by small arms fire while conducting combat operations in Central Iraq, when his unit came in contact with enemy forces. The unit was conducting operations to rid Iraq of a weapons facilitator and suicide vest cell known to be operating in the area.

McGhee was on his fourth deployment in support of the War on Terror with three previous deployments to Afghanistan.

After graduating from high school, McGhee enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Fredericksburg, Va., in August 1, 2006. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning Ga., as an infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger Indoctrination Program also at Fort Benning.

He graduated from the Ranger Indoctrination Program in February 2007 and was then assigned to Company B, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment March 1, 2007. McGhee served as a Rifleman and Grenadier in Company B before serving as a Weapons Squad Team Leader with Company D.

His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Indoctrination Program, and the U.S. Army Ranger Course.

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge.

McGhee is survived by his father Steven McGhee of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; his mother Sherrie Battle McGhee, and maternal grandparents Dr. Williams C. and Joann Battle of Knoxville, Tenn.; paternal grandparents Mike and Roberta McGhee of Newsport News, Va., and his brother Zachary.

SPC Ryan P. Long

Specialist Ryan P. Long was born April 19, 1981 in the District of Columbia. He volunteered for and entered the Army in September 1999.

He completed basic training and advanced individual training in the military operational specialty of Infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia. Specialist Long continued his military training at Fort Benning when he attended Airborne School and graduated in 2000. Following graduation from the Ranger Indoctrination Program, he was assigned to the 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in April 2000.

Specialist Long was a Rifleman with Company A, 3rd Battalion. He died in combat after a civilian vehicle exploded at a Coalition checkpoint 18 km southwest of Hadithah Dam in Iraq.

His awards and decorations include the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Purple Heart. From October 2001 until January 2002, Specialist Long deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His parents, Rudy and Donna Long of Seaford, Del, survive him.

As a Ranger, Specialist Long distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light-infantry unit, traveled to all corners of the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism, and fought valiantly to uphold the prestige, honor, and high “esprit de corps” of my Ranger Regiment.

SSG Nino D. Livaudais

Staff Sergeant Nino D. Livaudais was born April 30, 1979 in Olongapo, Phillippines. He later moved to his hometown, Syracuse, Utah. He volunteered in the Delayed Entry Program and entered the Army in February 1998.

He completed basic training and advanced individual training in the military operational specialty of Infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia. Staff Sergeant Livaudais continued his military training at Fort Benning when he attended Airborne School and graduated in June, 1998. On July 31, 1998, he was assigned to the 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He earned his Ranger Tab after graduating from the U.S. Army Ranger Course in 1999 at Fort Benning.

Staff Sergeant Livaudais was a Squad Leader with Company A, 3d Battalion. He died in combat after a civilian vehicle exploded at a Coalition checkpoint 18 km southwest of Hadithah Dam in Iraq.

His awards and decorations include a Good Conduct Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, three Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, three Army Achievement Medals, the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Purple Heart. He was also awarded the German Parachutist Badge. From October 2001 until January 2002, Staff Sgt. Livaudais deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie and two children, Destre and Carson, of Fort Mitchell, Alabama. He is also survived by his mother, Divina Livaudais of Utah.

As a Ranger, Staff Sergeant Livaudais distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light-infantry unit, traveled to all corners of the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism, and fought valiantly to uphold the prestige, honor, and high “esprit de corps” of my Ranger Regiment.