Joseph B. Regan

First Posted: 3/9/2012

Joseph B. Regan, 99, formerly of Robeson County, passed away in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 15, 2012.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Lumberton, the Rev. Steve Little officiating.

He was born in Lumberton, N.C., on May 22, 1912. He was the son of Dr. James DeWitt and Eliza Stansel Regan, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in April 1941. After attending Financial Officers Candidate School, he was one of the first 401st bomb group members to be sent to the new B17 base in Deenethorpe, England, as financial officer in disbursement, and served in that capacity through the end of World War II.

After the war he continued as a financial officer with the Army, serving two tours in Europe, one in Korea, at the Pentagon, and as chief of finance and accounting at Walter Reid Army Medical Center, as well as numerous other stateside assignments, advancing to lieutenant colonel before retiring in July 1965.

He was a member of the 401st Bomb Group Association, Chestnut Street Methodist Church in Lumberton, and Ortega United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Lena Logan Regan; his brothers, David Reid Regan, James Stansel Regan, Howard McCall Regan, and Earl Regan; and his sister, Mable Christine Regan.

He is survived by his son, Joseph D. Regan of Raleigh, N.C.

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