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“Dear Derek,It's been 7 years today, when the Army knocked on my door and for a lack of better words, killed my heart and soul forever. They put a...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother

My Mother's Day Flowers “Derek, I'll never forget when you sent me these flowers from the USS George Washington! I didn't think that was possible to do, but you did it. ...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother

“Happy Birthday Derek you would have been 34 today I miss you everday and allways think about you all the good times we had togather.and all of the...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: peter schicchi - spring hill, FL

“Dear Derek,Tomorrow is your birthday. Now, I remember your life from the very beginning. I wish you were here to celebrate your 34th. Tomorrow, I...Read More »
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother

“Derek its been 6 years since you been gone miss you so much I think about you at least once a day . life has not been the same since you been gone.I...Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: peter schicchi - Spring Hill, FL

“Dear Derek,We all miss you so much. I wish you would come home.Love You and Miss You,MOM ”
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother

“Dear Derek,This Memorial Day, I honor and remember you, although I do so every day. I miss you so much. My life is so empty without you. One day...Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother

“Miss you, Derek ”
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother

Flowers for Mother's Day sent from Derek aboard the USS GW “Dear Derek,I was so amazed when you sent me these flowers from your ship!! I'll never forget. Mother's Day and other special days and holidays are...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother

“Derek you would be 33 years old today I wonder what you would be doing today what ever it is I know you would have been sucessfull at it you allways...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: peter schicchi - Spring Hill, FL

“Dear Derek, Tomorrow you would have been 33. Instead, you are forever 27. I can't celebrate your birthday anymore, just remember it. You were,...Read More »
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Hi Derek, Missing you alot lately. Sure wish you would send me a sign that you're ok and happy. That would make me feel better. Love You...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Derek, your Mom misses you today as much as she did 5 years ago today. She continues to keep your memory alive, there is never a day she doesn't...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: toni gross - oldsmar, FL

“This message is for Valerie and any of Derek's friends. If every you want to contact me, my e-mail is: dhernandez56@tampabay.rr.com Thank you,...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Missing you today, Schicchi. Wish I could see your smile again. I hope you are resting peacefully, brother. ”
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Valerie - Indianapolis, IN

“John, if you are able to read this, thank you for remembering Derek. Memorial Day is coming, which is one of the days that are hard for us. There...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Schicchi, you were a great friend and mentor to me the short time we served togeather, sorry it's taken me this long to drop you a line, but you know...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: John Jameson - Killeen, TX

“Dear Derek, It's you're 32nd birthday today. I shouldn't have to bring flowers to Bushnell. I should be having a party for you here, or sending...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Derek, another comes to a close and a new year begins. Your memory and legacy lives on through your Mom who continues to honor you. You will never be...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: toni gross - FL

“Hi Derek, It's a new year. I miss you more every day. For me, a new year means another year of being without you. Your birthday is coming up as...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Merry Christmas, Derek. The holidays will never be the same without you. Nothing is the same without you. I love you and miss you, MOM ”
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - FL - Mother

“Miss You ”
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Hernandez - spring hill, FL

“Always with us in our hearts. Love to you always & your family. ”
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Jackie & Dave Faverty - Denver, CO

“Hi Derek, I went to Bushnell today to bring flowers. I hope you like them. It's been 4 years today since we lost you, and still it seems unreal. ...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Derek, you are dearly missed by your family. Your little bro, Hernan, looks so much like you. Your mom continues to keep your memory and legacy alive...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: toni - oldsmar, FL

“Hi Derek, I just found the picture of the flowers you sent me on Mother's Day from your ship. That was an awesome day!!!!!!! Love You and Miss...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Hi Derek, It's Mother's Day once again. Every year, I remember the flowers you sent me from the U.S.S. George Washington. You always remembered me...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“I could not make for your Birthday do to work I miss you so much I guess you know about my transmission soon as I get it fixed I will have go see you...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Peter Schicchi - spring hill, FL

“Derek, today is your b-day...you would be 31, but now you will always be 27. We all miss you so much. Life sucks without you.... Love you and miss...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Derek, as your birthday approaches, we know that it is an especially difficult time for your family, esp. your Mom. No matter how time passes, there...Read More »
30 of 100+ | Posted by: toni

“Hi Derek, The holidays are close, and I miss you more and more each day. Still hoping you come home. In the meantime, I HOPE this poem is true,...Read More »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

Armed Forces Museum “Hi Derek, Today, on Veterans Day, I am thinking of you and miss you more than usual if you can imagine that. We went to the Armed Forces Museum. ...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Dear Derek, Friday is your Angel Date. I'm sorry I can't get to Bushnell that day, but I will be there on Saturday. I love you and miss you so...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - spring hill, FL - Mother

Veteran's Memorial Ceremony.....January 26, 2013 “Today, on your birthday, I'm thinking about the day you were born, up until your last day with us. Yesterday, we all went to the "Veteran's Memorial...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“Dear Derek, Merry Christmas, Derek. I love you and miss you so much. Love, MOM ”
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“Dear Derek, During the holidays, it's specially hard for me. It still seems unreal to me that you're not here. I still wait for you to knock on my...Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“Dear Derek, Happy Thanksgiving Baby Boy! I love you and miss you, specially during the holidays....your brother Justin made the best green beans...Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“Reading your last post, Pete....do you remember why Derek hit the glass door? We were fooling around, as usual, and I was chasing him! That WAS...Read More »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“DEREK Iwas just thinking about the time at christmas when you me and justin where on the patio and you hit your head on the glass door .And I started...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: peter schicchi - amittyville, NY

“Hey Derek, On your Angel Day, I brought Joslyn, Paige, and Hernan to visit you and bring you flowers. It was a pretty bad day all around. The...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“To Whoever Wrote Here as Anonymous, Thank you for thinking of Derek and family. I wish I knew who you were. I was happy to read that you had been...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“It has taking me a long time to get the courage to sit and type this. We stop talking on a bad note, my fault of course. The "what if's" are endless...Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: anonymous - Jacksonville, FL

“Derek, I'm missing you so much more on these holidays (if that's even possible)...this Memorial Day is a harder one to deal with than the last. It...Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“Remembering our hero, this memorial day. Never forgotten Derek............ ”
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan - Zephyrhills, FL

“Dear Derek, I was able to find that bouquet of flowers you sent me on Mother's Day from the USS George Washington. I'll never forget how awesome...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“Dear Derek, Mother's Day is tomorrow, but I hate even thinking about it, as you are not here anymore. You were only one to make my day every time....Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

derek and i around 2008 i think? doing what he always did best with me goofing around “Derek I have not posted on this since the first time i posted after you passed in July 2010 so i wanted to write on here to let you know you are in...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Joslyn - Spring Hill, FL - sister

“Dear Derek, I am now involved with the American Gold Star Mothers, and it's helping me to deal with not having you here. I want you to know that I...Read More »
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“Well DEREK YOU WOULD HAVEBEEN 29 YESTERDAY .there,s not a day that gose by when I don,t think about you. I just got a job again.. its been very hard...Read More »
49 of 100+ | Posted by: peter schicchi - springhill, FL

“Dear Derek, I couldn't wait for tomorrow to wish you a Happy Birthday. I hope you like the graphic I made for you. Happy Birthday Baby Boy. Miss...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

Celebrating your birthday in February, 2010, while on leave from the Army. “Dear Derek, You're birthday is in 10 days, so I thought I'd show this picture of when you turned 27 on Jan. 27. Everyone was there to help...Read More »
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“It will be your birthday you would have been 29. this christmas was even worse then last christmas. I just fell a part .I miss you so much . I ...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Peter Schicchi - spring hill, FL

“Dear Derek, Your birthday is coming soon, you will be 29. The holidays were rougher this year, but I still hang on. Love You and Miss You, MOM ”
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“Here it is October already. It's like yesterday that we lost you Derek. I miss you so much. There's not many words to describe the emptiness in my...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

Tarpon Springs mini cruise “Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know Derek, and leaving a message for us. It means a LOT.Donna ”
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Dear Donna, I met you through an online forum Gorjuss and More. After seeing your link to this Tribute for Derek I read through all the memories and...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Barb - Reston, VA

“Nancy, Thank you for leaving a message here. I am not in a good way right now, or will be for possibly all the time I might have left in this...Read More »
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Your in my thoughts and Prayers .. ”
58 of 100+ | Posted by: nancy Contino Maloney

“I share this poem again as I am at a loss for words. It touched my soul to see the posts from friends and family. We love and miss you Derek, an...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Adam - Sister/Friend

“I can't believe it's already been a year since we lost Derek. It seems like just yesterday we were all together enjoying our summer at six flags,...Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Cassie Robison - Fort Worth, TX

“This is to Derek. I realize that this web site is for sharing memories, but I've been using it for talking to you. Weird, I know, but I hope that...Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Thank you, Jackie and Jill for posting your memory. This is such a hard month for all of us. I remember how happy Derek was to be with you and Sean...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

July 2010 “We love and miss you Derek. You are in our hearts forever. I finally met Derek in person on July 4th 2010 .. there are few people in your life that...Read More »
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Jackie Faverty - Firestone, CO

“We set off some fireworks for you, Derek. I remember when you called me up this time last year. I heard the fireworks in the background, and I "met...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“"D" So, today was the hot dog eating contest. Remember last year? We were sitting there joking about how I could cook more then just a sandwhich...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Jill Cooney - Denver, CO

“Derek, I thought tonight, that if I could have just five minutes with you, what would I talk to you about. Just five minutes. Well, I don't want...Read More »
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“Thank you, Susan for that beautiful poem. I can't believe a year has gone by. It's like yesterday I got the most horrible news of my life. Today,...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“It's been a year............. It's been a year since you left the ones you love. It's been a year that you've been looking down on us from up above....Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan - Sister/Friend

“Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. Remembering you on this day, Derek. Love You and Miss You, MOM ”
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“I'm missing you so much, Derek. I can't get my head around that you're gone. I just can't. I'll be waiting for you to return home until the day I...Read More »
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“In Memory of My Son Derek on Mother's Day Please, don't ask me if I'm over it yet I'll never get over it Please, dont tell me he's in a better...Read More »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“You'll Never Know You'll never know How much I love you, How much I care. You'll never know About my pain, About my broken heart. You'll...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan - Sister/Friend

“If There Are Teddy Bears In HeavenWill You Send One Just For MeSo I Can Hold It Close To My HeartWhere You Will Always BeI Will Take It To My Bed...Read More »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan - Sister/Friend

“Missing you a lot Derek. You're brother's birthday is coming up. I hope you can be there somehow. I'll watch for signs. Just please don't turn...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Dear Derek, I'm so lost without you; still trying to find my way. Still can't believe you're not here with me to share new movies, to vent with, to...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Treasures It's so hard to find the perfect breeze, One blowing none too hard nor soft, Carrying a scent of wild flowers, And moving clouds about...Read More »
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan - Sister/Friend

Our Hero! “Donna, if Derek could talk to you at this moment, he would say, mom, I love you. Don't worry about me. I am here. I will always be with you. Don...Read More »
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Adam - Sister/Friend

Homecoming “Right now, I only have one wish; to turn back the hands of time, and change all this. ”
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Derek, it has been 7 moths. You are in my heart and will never be forgotten. How amazing such a boy that became this man. How proud your precious...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Adam - Sister/Friend

“To my Donna, Endure If I can endure for this moment, whatever is happening to me. No matter how heavy my heart, or how dark the moment may be. If I...Read More »
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Adam - Sister/Friend

“Standing Alone I can see the flower upon which my life grows, blooming into a rose. See the hope and courage in the strength of the petals. As long...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan - Sister/Friend

“On your birthday Derek. We love you! I miss you on your birthday, Not only for your smile, But for the piece of me that's gone, Left within your...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan - Sister/Friend

“Derek, I miss you so much. I can't believe you're not home. You are my first baby boy. You were such a good person. We all miss you so much. ...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Susan,Your poems do not upset me in the way you're thinking; they have a way of telling what I'm thinking, but can't say. They have a way of...Read More »
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Donna, with your precious son's birthday approaching, I dedicate this poem to you and him......................Stay strong my sister............ ...Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Adam - Sister/Friend

“Donna, I post these poems and sometimes think the words are not quite right but when I read them a second time, they ring true to heart. I hope they...Read More »
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Adam - Sister/Friend

“Well, your b-day is coming up, and it's really bad for me. The only thing that comforts me at all, is that you must be in the best place you can be...Read More »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Derek, Your birthday is coming up. So, I want to start adding to your life stories from the day you were born. I will try to include pictures...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Standing At The Door Standing at the door, dog tags in hand. About to tell a loved one about their loss. Thinking of how it could have been me....Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Adam - Sister/Friend

“Life Goes On........... It's true what they say, when a child is born, a mother's heart is no longer her own, It runs and skips and giggles and...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Adam - Sister/Friend

“I love and Miss Dereck. Just wanted to post this cross for peace. Love you Zig ”
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Michelle Graham - Sister

“Dear Derek, This is the first day of the next year. The beginning of another year without you. I Love You and Miss You, MOM ”
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Hi Deanna, Thank you so much for your words of comfort. I'm so sorry for your loss as well. I can only hope that someday, we can fill the void...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“I didn't know your son but I know the pain that your other children may be going through after losing my brother, LCPL Nathaniel JA Schultz in ...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Deanna Maguire-Freeman - FL

“Our first holidays without Derek. Well, "holiday" has lost it's meaning. They are more like "helldays". Just going through the motions with...Read More »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“On this day Donna, when we both feel pain, to my amazement, my daddy touched my soul. His way of saying, I am here. We have both shed so many...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan - Sister/Friend

“Derek, I hope you like your Christmas and b-day presents. Getting your car fixed is your Christmas present, and the hat is for your b-day. I also...Read More »
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Spring Hill, FL - Mother

“Derek I MISS YOU SO MUCH. EVER day gets harder for me instead of better. I expect you home for christmas with your big smile.but your not hear. you...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: peter schicchi - spring hill, FL

“Dear Derek, I'm missing you so much, as you're supposed to be home now and Christmas shopping with us. I can't believe you're not here. I'm still...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother

“Susan,This is in dedication of your dad. I know you're hurting too. It's hard for both of us now. Maybe they have met in heaven? Wouldn't that be...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna - Mother


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Sgt. Derek Peter Schicchi, 27 of Ridge, NY, gave his life for our country while serving in the United States Army, on July 19, 2010. He served in the United States Navy from 2001 to 2005, aboard the U.S.S. Washington, and was deployed twice to the Persian Gulf, after which he received an honorable discharge. He then enlisted in the United States Army in 2006. He was deployed twice to Iraq from August 2007 to January 2008 and from January 2009 to January 2010. He has received decorations and awards that include:

Medals:

Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster (1)
Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster (2)
Army Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Iraqi Campaign with 2 Bronze Campaign Stars
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Ribbons:
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service
Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar
Overseas Service Bar, 4

He is survived by his parents, Peter and Donna, 2 brothers, Justin and Aaron, sister, Joslyn, maternal grandparents, Ted and Mary of Ridge, NY. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 6 to 8 at 280 Mariner Blvd. Service will be Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 10:00 am in the Chapel. He will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida following the service.
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