- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

Sgt. Jose Regalado, 23, of El Sereno, Calif., was on his second deployment to Iraq when he was killed by an Iraqi Army soldier on Nov. 12, 2008, 63 days after meeting his daughter for the first time. His wife, Sharri, gave birth to their first child, Jaimie, during the deployment. He carried a sonogram of Jaimie with him on patrol. Later, he also carried Staff Sgt. Chad Caldwell’s dogtag after his death.

Regalado’s brother, Erik, who is also in the Army, is married to Sharri’s sister. His Killer Blue comrades and his wife remember him:

“We called him Sgt. Regulation because he was so strict when it come to policies. When it come to work getting done, he was always the one who took charge and made everything happen, whether it was defensive positions or adding things to make it safer for us. He was a man of action. That’s the main reason why the cop (combat outpost?) became so safe _ because of him, the actions that he took, instead of waiting around for someone to tell him what to be doing.”

_ Spc. Derek Griffard

“Sgt. Regalado was a soldier’s soldier, very proud to be a scout. Very proud to be in the Army. He wanted everybody to live up to an Army standard. And he was very good at instilling discipline. He was also a bit of a kid. He would always have a joke, always try to get a smile out of them when they’re down. Usually some crude way of doing it. But what I remember most about Sgt. Regalado was how proud he was to be in the Army, how proud he was to be a solider. “

_ Sgt. Cole Weih

“He was always there with me. Sgt. Regulation, Jose, was what a buck sergeant was supposed to be … He always made sure that guys did what they were supposed to do. I loved him for it.”

“He was always trying to take care of himself and make himself better. He was very proud of being Mexican … He was very proud of his dad for doing so well for himself and Jose wanted to do the same thing.”

“He wanted to go to college and asked about going to college and saving money and finances. What he could do for his parents and his baby and set her up a college fund. He held to those things he believed in a lot.”

“He was talking about how he loved his wife. … He really loved Sharri and they really had something special.”

“Chess _ I beat him all the time. I was actually really proud and confident and I was like Garry Kasparov, I could probably beat a computer. But than he was starting to beat me like every third game and then we started to stop playing after that. He was always trying to get better, to get good.”

_ Lt. Rusty Morris

“He had a lot of integrity and fortitude that came from somewhere that most people can’t find within themselves. But it wasn’t like he was always trying to be a tough guy. He was very concerned. I had a girl that he would always ask about, he wanted to know what was going on.”

“When I got hit with the piece of shrapnel and had to talk to combat stress to talk to someone about it, he pulled me to the side before I went there _ he demonstrated his concern and shared his history. He went out of his way a lot for his soldiers. He would great lengths to provide them. A really incredible guy.”

—Spc. Nathan Stopps

“From the moment that I began talking to Jose, I knew that I was talking to someone that knew what he wanted, and was going to do whatever was needed to get it. Jose was not a typical 21-year-old. He talked with wisdom. Within a few short weeks of talking to Jose, I knew I wanted to marry him. I wanted to love him. I wanted to be the mother of his children.”

“Jose helped me become the woman that I am now. He helped me become a self- sufficient 21-year-old mother to our beautiful daughter Jaimie, from a 19-year-old who was dependent on others. He helped me realize that there are so many other things in the world other than myself and the small world that I was living in.”

“Everyday was something new with Jose. He helped me learn about cars. He always said it was important for me to know about cars, just in case something happened. We sat under our trucks as he pointed out important parts, and what they did. We made a mess in the garage with oil spills, over spills of transmission fluid, and bruised and scrapes from replacing the clutch. Jose was constantly trying something new, as he wanted to know about everything. He was always so curious. Curious about how and why things happened.”

“When he finally came home on midtour, we spent every moment together as we could. We stayed up late, knowing that the morning would be coming all too soon. We drove through the city of Los Angeles, where he grew up, as he told me stories of his childhood. We took hundreds of pictures. We took videos of everything we do. We needed to make sure that if anything happened, Jaimie would have the chance to know her father, through his own words. Jaimie just recently said her first words, Dada. Jose and I had a bet going, that she would say dada first, and she did.”

_ Sharri Regalado

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