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LTC Garnet Robert "Gary" Derby
Birth: Jan. 26, 1965
Berlin-Mitte, Germany
Death: Feb. 9, 2009, Iraq

Lt. Col. Garnet R. Derby, 44, of Missoula, Montana. His father was a chief master sergeant in the Air Force. Gary grew up in Whitehall, Montana, and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in physical education. He joined the ROTC in college and met his wife, Brenda Remington, an ROTC cadet in the ROTC and they married after graduation. In 1985 he enlisted as a cavalry scout in the Montana National Guard and was commissioned as an armor officer in 1989. He served as a tank platoon leader, company executive officer and battalion maintenance officer with 3rd Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, in Schweinfurt, Germany; operations officer of the Sacramento Recruiting Battalion in California; company commander with 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, at Fort Stewart, Ga.; and as a staff trainer at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. After attending the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Derby was assigned to 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Hood, where he served as a battalion S-3 and later the brigade executive officer when the unit deployed to Baqubah, Iraq, from 2004 to 2005. From 2005 to 2006, he served as the 4th ID and Multi-National Division-Baghdad chief of operations in Baghdad. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, the Purple Heart, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leak clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service medals, and the Combat Action Badge. He also had the Order of Saint George and Order of Saint Maurice bronze medallions and the covenant Tarantula Belt Buckle #358. Gary had a stern face and a strong dislike for weak words like "I think" or "I might" or "maybe." He had a coffee can on his desk that was wrapped in weak words, and when he would catch his soldiers using weak words, they had to place 50 cents in the can. He himself would sometimes break the code and get called on it. He'd grumble and put his own 50 cents in the can. He died along with 3 other soldiers in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. He is survived by his wife, Brenda; their children, Jennifer, Matthew and Benjamin; his mother, Jeanne; father Russell and his wife Carol; and his brothers, James and Brian. 
 
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  Russell James Derby (1928 - 2011)
 
Inscription:
GARNET ROBERT DERBY
LTC US ARMY IRAQ
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/26/1965
DATE OF DEATH: 02/09/2009
 
Burial:
Montana State Veterans Cemetery
Helena
Lewis and Clark County
Montana, USA
Plot: SECTION C, SITE R8-66
GPS (lat/lon): 46.61406, -112.09808
 
Created by: Sue
Record added: Feb 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33787931
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