California sailor killed in Afghanistan

An LDS sailor who received national honors last year for his heroic actions in combat was killed Jan. 2 in Afghanistan.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad R. Regelin, 24, of Anderson, Calif., died while conducting combat operations in the country’s Hemland province, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Brother Regelin had been stationed at Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 out of San Diego, Calif.

Brother Regelin belonged to the Anderson Ward, Anderson California Stake. He is survived by his parents, Scott and Shirene Regelin, and three siblings.

“I’ve been through some tough times,” said Brother Regelin’s older brother, Justin Regelin in an interview with The Record Searchlight.

“It’s tough to lose your littlest brother. But he said he was at peace with what he was doing. That is what he loved to do.”

Brother Regelin was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when he died. Last year he was named the USO Sailor of the Year. He was honored for his heroic actions that included destroying dozens of IEDs (improvised exploding devices) and fighting in more than 20 direct-fire engagements.

The sailor was a 2005 graduate of Anderson Union High School where he excelled in football. His death was being mourned by many friends and fellow members, said Anderson Ward member Carol Walton.

“The ward has really responded to the family and has been there for them.”

Funeral services were scheduled for Jan. 14 at the Anderson Ward meetinghouse, followed by burial with full military honors.

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