Rank: Staff Sergeant
Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery Regiment, Mississippi Army National Guard
MOS: 13F2O – Fire Support Specialist
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Badges: Combat Action Badge
Note: Posthumously presented with the Mississippi Medal of Valor
Date of birth: 17-Sep-1980
Hometown: Macon, Mississippi
Next of Kin: Never Married. Parents, Keith and Peggy Derks.
Incident date: 15-Jul-2005
Date of casualty: 16-Jul-2005
Age at death: 24
Cause of death: Hostile Death. Hostile Action. Died wounds sustained the previous day when an improvised explosive device exploded near the vehicle he was searching in Baghdad.
Location of fatality: 332nd EMDG, Balad, Iraq
Place of interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Macon, Mississippi, USA