My name is Stephen Taft and I am the father of Captain Joshua Taft ( West Point, 2008). Derrin and Josh were cadets together at West Point and kept in touch with each other. We live within a short distance from West Point, whenever Joshua came home, he always came with some cadets; Derrin was one who visited often. I came to know Derrin, although not well. He was a good man, a good soldier, cared deeply about this country as well ss his fellow officers. Personally, I travel to West Point often on Memorial Day to honor him as well as other fallen soldiers I met through Josh. In our hearts and prayers, we will never forget.