Alumnus Killed In Iraq

April 1, 2007

James J. Regan ’02, a sergeant and Army Ranger, died February 9 in northern Iraq from wounds suffered when an explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Regan, who was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment based at Fort Benning in Georgia, was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. He previously served two tours in Afghanistan. He was twenty-six.

At Duke he majored in economics and was a member of the men’s lacrosse team. He finished his career with twenty-two goals and four assists, helping the program to a four-year record of 43-21.

After graduating, Regan, of Manhasset, New York, turned down a job offer from a financial-services company and a law-school scholarship, choosing instead to enlist in the Army. Regan earned a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and several other medals for his service. He is survived by his parents and three sisters.