John Robert (Bob) Reagan was born May 30, 1924 in Richmond, Virginia He was raised in Danville, Virginia and joined the Army Air Corps in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1942 at the age of eighteen.
He was trained and assigned to fight in World War II with the 447th Bomb group as a radio operator on a B-17 Flying Fortress("No Regrets"). On December 31, 1943, on his first mission his plane was shot down over occupied France. He was a Prisoner of War in Stalag 17 for sixteen months until he was liberated by General Patton's Army.
Upon his return to the States, Bob finished his technical education in radio at Valpariso Technical Institute in Valpariso, Indiana. H worked as a control room operator at a radio station in Canton, Ohio and also worked at radio station in Panama City, Florida. In December 1948 he joined the radio shop at Piedmont Airlines in Winston-Salem as a radio technician. He retired from Piedmont as Director of Avionics In 1976.
Bob was very involved with a number of veteran organizations, including the American Ex-Prisoners of War; the American Legion; the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Ex-Prisoners of war; and the Disabled American Veterans.
Bob and his former wife Margaret Reagan raised three children, a son and two daughters.