David Franklin Reagan

Company D 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry

4th Infantry Division

KIA 06/22/1944

 

 

David F. Reagan was born in Georgetown, Vermilion County, Illinois on July 25, 1920.
His religion was listed as Catholic.

 

1st Sergeant Reagan was killed in action in France, during the attack toward Cherbourg on June 22, 1944.

 

 

22nd Infantry Daily Journal for June 23, 1944, noting the death of 1st SGT David Reagan.
( His name is marked by a red star and mis-spelled "Regan". )

Courtesy of John Tomawski

 

 

 

David F. Reagan

From Ancestry.com

 

 

1st Sergeant Reagan was awarded the Silver Star Medal in 4th Division General Orders # 77
dated 19 October 1944.

 

 

Posthumous Silver Star to 1st Sgt. D. Reagan; Cited for Bravery -

WITH THE 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION IN EUROPE - First Sgt. David F. Reagan, 216 East Seventh St., Georgetown, Ill.,
who was killed in action while serving with the Fourth Infantry Division in Europe, has been awarded the Silver Star posthumous.
He received the following citation for bravery:
Sgt. Reagan's battalion was temporarily cut off from the rest of the regiment by enemy patrols which had infiltered into the battalion's
position. Sgt. Reagan volunteered to assist in trying to get a supply convoy, carrying ammunitions and food, through to the isolated troops.
Two previous efforts had failed, one having been turned back by a concentration of machine gun fire. With disregard for his personal safety,
Sgt. Reagan continued to press forward in the face of enemy artillery and sniper fire, encouraging his men and assisting in staving off
two enemy attacks on the convoy itself.
"In the latter attempt by the enemy to stop the convoy, Sgt. Reagan was killed. He gave his life in order to help to get the convoy
through to the front line troops, where the supplies were virally needed. The high qualities of gallantry, initiative, determination and
devotion to duty displayed by Sgt. Reagan were in keeping with the finest military traditions." (War Department)
Sgt. Reagan was the son of Mrs. and Mrs. D.E. Reagan of Georgetown.

 

David F. Reagan's High School graduation portrait

From Ancestry.com

 

 

 

 

David F. Reagan was buried in the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery
Sainte Mere-Eglise #1 at Carentan, France in Block I Row 6 Grave 112 and was moved to the permanent
cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, most likely in 1948 when the temporary cemeteries were shut down.

Burial:
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Colleville-sur-Mer
Departement du Calvados
Basse-Normandie, France
Plot: Plot F Row 17 Grave 19

 

     

Grave marker for David F. Reagan

Photo by Frogman
from the
Find A Grave website

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top photo of 1st Sergeant David F. Reagan wearing the Distinctive Unit Insignia of the 22nd Infantry on his coat lapel
from Ancestry.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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