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Chad Regelin, Navy EOD, Sailor of the Year, Killed in Afghanistan

KRCRTV  January 3, 2012

Northstate sailor was killed in Afghanistan on Monday.According to Defense Department documents obtained by KRCR News Channel 7, 24-year-old Petty Officer Chad Regelin of Anderson was killed Monday, January 2nd while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

This is a huge loss for the Navy.

Regelin was named Sailor Of The Year last November.

Chad’s parents, Shirene and Scott, traveled from Anderson to the nation’s capitol last November to accept the award on his behalf

Regelin received the award for personally locating and destroying 24 explosive devices and preventing an insurgency attack against his team.

He served a tour of duty in Iraq and two in Afghanistan.He was stationed at Explosive Mobile Unit Three out of San Diego, Ca

From Fallen Heroes

24-year-old US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad R. Regelin, from California, was killed in action during a combat operation in Helmand on 2nd January 2012. He died after being caught in the blast of an insurgent bomb.

PO Regelin served as a bomb disposal technician with Marine Special Operations Company Bravo. He was stationed at the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3, San Diego, California.

PO Regelin’s family told local news that he was killed just an hour after he’d spoken to his family by telephone. His parents, Shirene and Scott Regelin of Anderson, were notified of his death shortly after 2 p.m.

“He called us while he was on watch,” PO Regelin’s brother, Justin, said. “He was really upbeat because he had just gotten his orders to come back stateside on Feb. 15. He told us that he had about a week to go (in Kandahar) before they could helicopter in the replacement team.”

January 3, 2012 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Chad your EOD “family” loves you and thanks you for your service to our country and for your contributions to our community. Rest in peace brother. To Chad’s family, thank you for supporting him and I hope there is some peace in knowing that he died doing what he loved. He will not be forgotten. God Bless you during this time.

    Comment by Justine | January 4, 2012 | Reply

  2. Rest in Peace.

    Comment by merry Kniest | January 4, 2012 | Reply

  3. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Chad’s family during the Washington D.C. trip late last year. As the mother of another of the USO’s 2011 awardees, my heart goes out to them. I recall Chad’s mother saying Chad casually mentioned he’d gotten some kind of award, but that he would not be able to accept because he was overseas. He asked if his parents would like to go to D.C. on his behalf – she was unaware of the long list of her son’s accomplishments (leading to his being named sailor of the year) until reading the event program, for the first time in Washington D.C. Chad was a quiet hero – not one to brag. He didn’t want his mom to worry about him, so he kept the details of his work mostly to himself.
    I’m so sorry for their loss. There are no words. We are all blessed to have men like Chad who make the greatest sacrifice for us all. I will pray that God will give strength to those left behind, and help his family through this terrible time.

    Comment by lynette | January 4, 2012 | Reply

  4. He is with us in our thoughts.. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

    Comment by Wendy | January 5, 2012 | Reply

  5. Our condolences to Chad’s family. An exceptional young man. Thank you for everything.

    Comment by Dana Bryan | January 5, 2012 | Reply

  6. We are forever indebted to your service & sacrifices…may you rest in Peace forever & may strength & hope be with your family & all the loved ones that are left behind :( GBU ALL !!!!!

    Comment by Dragon3x | January 6, 2012 | Reply

  7. As a mother of an EOD Tech currently serving in Afghanistan, I know there are no words to help you get through this time. I will be praying for your family. We will always be indebted for your son & your family for their service to our country.

    Comment by Darcy Pavlack | January 7, 2012 | Reply

  8. My prayers r with you my son was friends
    With Chad! I am sure he will always be remembered and my son put revenge on his face book Chad you r our hero Boo get this man his revenge!

    Comment by LeaAnn Burgard | January 29, 2012 | Reply


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