SGT Derek R. Banks

SGT Derek R. Banks 1

SGT DEREK R. BANKS – U.S. Army

Hometown / City: NEWPORT NEWS, VA NEWPORT NEWS (CITY)
Age: 24
Date of Birth:
Friday, January 7, 1983
Date of Death: Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: SGT
Unit: 237TH ENGINEER BATTALION, WEST POINT, VA
Post / Base: West Point

Birth: Jan. 7, 1983
Death: Nov. 14, 2007
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Sgt. Derek R. Banks of Newport News, was a Bethel High School graduate where he played football for the Bruins and was a small forward on Bethel’s basketball team. At 6 feet 2 inches tall he had a tremendous vertical leap which was an asset to the team. But it was playing wide receiver in football that made him a memorable alumni. In school he was very outgoing and was voted “Most Popular. He went on to attend Virginia State University in Petersburg where he majored in criminal justice. He was a positive guy with a talent for freestyle rapping, especially if he had help from someone doing beat box. In the Army he was a combat engineer who has served with the state’s Guard for more than five years. He was one of four Virginia Army National Guardsmen who intially survived an October 26 blast. He was flown to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Ramstein, Germany and was in critical but stable condition at that time. He leaves behind a wife and an 18-month-old son. Derek died at Brooke Army Medical Center at age 24. Army
237th Engineer Company
276th Engineer Battalion
91st Troop Command
Virginia National Guard
West Point, Va. Burial:
Hampton Memorial Gardens
Hampton
Hampton City
Virginia, USA SGT Derek R. Banks 2 SGT Derek R. Banks 3

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