David Franklin Reagan
Company D 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
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
( His name is marked by a red star and mis-spelled "Regan". )
Courtesy of John Tomawski
David F. Reagan
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
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.
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement du Calvados
Plot: Plot F Row 17 Grave 19
Grave marker for David F. Reagan
Photo by Frogman
Top photo of 1st Sergeant David F. Reagan
wearing the Distinctive Unit Insignia of the 22nd Infantry on his
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