As a young man, Derek Hines wasn't tall, but he always stood out among his peers. The son of Sgt. Steven D. Hines of the Massachusetts State Police and his wife, Susan, Derek said in his high school yearbook that he wanted "to see the best in everyone and to strive to be like my parents." As he matured, he knew how he would make them proud. He'd serve his country.
Derek Hines, 24, an Army Ranger and member of the elite 101st Airborne Division, died while serving his country.
Birth: Jul. 9, 1980, USA | Death: Sep. 1, 2005, Afghanistan
Bronze Star/V, Purple Heart/OLC
Saint Marys Cemetery
A Special Man
"He was an incredibly special young man," St. John's Prep hockey coach Bob Marinelli said last night. "He had all the signs of a young man who really had it all together." While in Afghanistan rooting out the Taliban in mountains as high as 12,000 feet, Hines told of the hope of the Afghan people and the meaning of the role of American servicemen in the war-torn country. "He was a deep thinker," Marinelli said. "He was aware of other peoples' struggles." St. John's Principal Ed Hardiman said the faculty was deeply saddened by the news. Hardiman began at Saint John's after Derek had graduated but spent yesterday talking with his former teachers and coaches to learn more about him. "He was an extraordinary student and a special young man," Hardiman said. "He had a tremendous impact on our school." A member of the National Honor Society and The Prep Pride Club, Hines was also active in campus ministry, the French National Honor Society and the school's community service club, through which he spent four days