Patrick J. Regan

Patrick J. Regan

Birth
East Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 30 Oct 1943 (aged 61)
Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 12790 · View Source
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World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He received the award on April 12, 1919 for his actions as a 2nd lieutenant in the 115th Infantry, 29th Division, US Army, on October 8, 1918 near Bois-de-Consenvoye, France, during the final weeks of World War I. He joined the US Army from Los Angeles, California following the US entry into World War I. After the War, he returned to Los Angeles where he died at the age of 61. In addition to the Medal of Honor, he also received the World War I Victory Medal. His Medal of Honor citation reads: "The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Patrick J. Regan, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 8 October 1918, while serving with 115th Infantry, 29th Division, in action at Bois-de-Consenvoye, France. While leading his platoon against a strong enemy machinegun nest which had held up the advance of two companies, Second Lieutenant Regan divided his men into three groups, sending one group to either flank, and he himself attacking with an automatic rifle team from the front. Two of the team were killed outright, while Second Lieutenant Regan and the third man were seriously wounded, the latter unable to advance. Although severely wounded, Second Lieutenant Regan dashed with empty pistol into the machinegun nest, capturing 30 Austrian gunners and four machineguns. This gallant deed permitted the companies to advance, avoiding a terrific enemy fire. Despite his wounds, he continued to lead his platoon forward until ordered to the rear by his commanding officer."

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Added: 6 Oct 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Patrick J. Regan (25 Mar 1882–30 Oct 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12790, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .