Regan Young was born in the Philippines, and spent most of his childhood days there. His first two years of high school were spent at Wagner High School on Clark Air Force Base as his Dad, being a US Air Force Serviceman himself, was stationed there during the late 80s. He finished high school and graduated with honors at Cerritos High School when the family moved back to CA in the early 90s.
Petty Officer Young joined the Navy in 1993. He reported to his first command, USS Nashville, in Norfolk, Virginia, in January 1994. In 1996 he reported to Naval Technical Training Center, Meridian, Mississippi, there to serve as an instructor. Following this, in 1996 he reported to Personnel Support Detachment, in Rota, Spain where he met his wife, Winona. They had two beautiful children, Regan Jr. and Regine. He elected to stay overseas when he reported to Personnel Support Detachment, Yokosuka, Japan, in 1999. Continuing his service in Japan, in 2002 Petty Officer Young reported to USS Kitty Hawk , also in Yokosuka. He returned to the States in 2005, reporting to Customer Service Detachment, Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada.
In 2008, Petty Officer Young reported to USS Essex. While assigned to Essex, he served primarily in Supply Department. He was the Leading Petty Officer for Disbursing and the Deputy Disbursing Officer. He was recognized as Navy Cash Sailor of the Month in July, 2010. Additionally, he served as a member of the Damage Control Training Team, Department Career Counselor, Terminal Area Security Officer, Repair Parts Petty Officer, Ships Sponsor Coordinator, Departmental Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society Coordinator, and Repair Locker 6 Leader. He was on board the USS Essex, when he was tragically killed in an accident, while deployed in Bali, Indonesia.
Petty Officer Youngs personal awards include the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal(two Gold Stars), as well as numerous unit and campaign awards. He was awarded another Navy Commendation Medal (Posthumously), which reads in part Petty Officer Youngs managerial ability, personal initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty reflected credit to himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Regan will always be remembered by his family and friends as a very loving, generous, quiet yet mischievous person. He will always be missed.