Virginia Heroes

Derek Ramon Banks

Sergeant, Army

Born: January 7, 1983
Hometown: Newport News, Virginia
Served In: Middle East
Casualty Date: November 14, 2007
Died In: Baghdad, Iraq
Awards: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Seal, Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Purple Heart, Soldier's Medal

Sergeant Banks served with the Virginia Army National Guard, 237th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, West Point, Virginia.  He died of wounds suffered from the detonation of an improvised explosive device.

He was a 2001 graduate of Bethel High School and attended Virginia State University.

He is buried in Hampton Memorial Gardens, Hampton, Virginia.

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