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Daren in line for bus to inprocessing
Daren in line for bus to inprocessing
Waiting at the West Point upper level parking lot with hundreds of other cadet candidates for Reception Day (R-Day) class of 2009.
Daren says goodbye to Andrea
Daren says goodbye to Andrea
At Eisenhower Hall the cadets say goodbye to their families and start the R-Day activities.
Marching back to barracks
Marching back to barracks
Transition from civilians to New Cadets at West Point. Marching back from the Trophy Point R-Day ceremony to their Beast Barracks company areas.
Ice Cream Social
Ice Cream Social
Plebes from Class of 2009 enjoying an afternoon break at a sponsors home. July 17, 2005
Daren attending a family Tailgate
Daren attending a family Tailgate
Set up the tent by South dock area.
Daren and Mark Lesak
Daren and Mark Lesak
Roomates from G-4. August 13, 2005
Miles Ring Weekend
Miles Ring Weekend
Miles showing off his West Point Ring to his plebe brother. August 27, 2005.
Plebe Parent Weekend for Class of 2009
Plebe Parent Weekend for Class of 2009
Daren and Carmen across from the G-4 barracks. October 15, 2005
Plebe Parent Weekend Formal Dinner
Plebe Parent Weekend Formal Dinner
Daren with his date Crystal Murphy. Mark Lesak with his date.
Thanksgiving 2005
Thanksgiving 2005
Daren, Carmen, Andrea, Jorge and Miles. Holding Jared's toddler picture since Jared could not make it.
Thanksgiving at the Cheswick home
Thanksgiving at the Cheswick home
Miles, Caroline and Daren were able to make it to the Pittsburgh area from West Point. November 24, 2005
Christmas at West Point
Christmas at West Point
Daren with Caroline Nichols (future sister in law) on December 8, 2005.
Jared Commissioning
Jared Commissioning
Jared Commissioned as a 2LT USMC on December 23, 2005. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. LTC John Lowry administered the oath.
Proud Siblings
Proud Siblings
Miles, Carmen and Daren at the Milwaukee County War Memorial.
Hidalgo Family at Commissioning
Hidalgo Family at Commissioning
Daren, Jared, Andrea, Carmen, Jorge and Miles.
Jared's First Salute
Jared's First Salute
Daren and Miles are rendering Jared his first salute as a Marine Officer.
Commissioning Party
Commissioning Party
Jorge, Daren and Jared at the Seven Seas Restaurant in Delafield, Wisconsin.
Jared and Daren
Jared and Daren
Jared graduated from UW-Madison earlier in December so we had two reasons to celebrate. December 23, 2005
Jon, Daren and Carmen
Jon, Daren and Carmen
Jon (uncle) came from Massachusetts for the celebration.
Swifter Jet
Swifter Jet
Daren wanted it to keep his barracks room clean. December 25, 2005
Miles West Point Graduation
Miles West Point Graduation
Jared, Zoraya and Daren. May 27, 2006.
Miles West Point Graduation
Miles West Point Graduation
Marine Jared and Daren standing tall at Michie Stadium
Hidalgo Kids at USMA 2006 Graduation
Hidalgo Kids at USMA 2006 Graduation
Oldest to youngest from left to right. Jared, Miles, Daren and Carmen
Miles first salute
Miles first salute
Daren gave Miles his first salute as a commissioned 2LT. Picture taken at Trophy Point overlooking the Hudson River
Daren at Camp Buckner
Daren at Camp Buckner
Picnic on June 29, 2006. Sitting on the ground to the right of Daren is Dimitri del Castillo. They were best friends and were known as the Latin Heat. Dimitri was also killed in Afghanistan. If anyone knows the name of others in the picture please let me know."
Daren and Tristyn
Daren and Tristyn
Best friends from Dallastown High School. Ready to attend the Pittsburgh Service Academy Ball on December 28, 2006
Tristyn gets her corsage
Tristyn gets her corsage
What a gentlemen.
New Years Eve Celebration 2006
New Years Eve Celebration 2006
Celebrated with family in Cheswick, PA.
Caroline Graduation
Caroline Graduation
Caroline getting a hug from her fiancee Miles and future brother in law Daren. May 26, 2007
Class of 2007 Graduation
Class of 2007 Graduation
Jorge, Daren and Andrea at Michie Stadium field after graduation ceremonies.
Daren and Caroline
Daren and Caroline
Carolines Commissioning to 2LT in the AG branch. May 26, 2007
Air Assault School Graduation
Air Assault School Graduation
Daren attended Air Assault School during summer of 2007 in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Miles was assigned to the 101st Airborne.
Daren and Kyle Hatzinger at Miles and Caroline wedding
Daren and Kyle Hatzinger at Miles and Caroline wedding
Kyle (Class of 2006) was also a member of the wedding party.
Daren and Kate Nichols at Miles Wedding
Daren and Kate Nichols at Miles Wedding
Kate is Caroline's sister. Miles and Caroline wedding took place June 2, 2007 at St. Anthony on the Lake in Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Caroline and Miles
Caroline and Miles
Kate Nichols was Maid of Honor and Daren was the Best Man.
Miles keeping a close watch on Kate and Daren
Miles keeping a close watch on Kate and Daren
Picture taken close to the reception.
Daren giving his Best Man speech
Daren giving his Best Man speech
Reception was at the Marriott hotel June 2, 2007.
Kim and Mike Scott Wedding
Kim and Mike Scott Wedding
October 6, 2007 Daren with Pat Donahue, Matt Jencen and Jake Forseth
Daren checking in on the parents
Daren checking in on the parents
Kim and Mike Scott Wedding
A man in uniform
A man in uniform
Jennifer Gorski, Daren and Sara Hunzinger
Showing his moves
Showing his moves
Courtney Carlson and Daren dancing away on October 6, 2007
Christmas Run
Christmas Run
Daren and Miles getting ready to go for a Christmas jog on an unusually warm day in Cheswick, PA. December 24, 2007
Daren and Maxine
Daren and Maxine
Getting ready to go to the Services Academy Ball held in Pittsburgh, PA. They are USMA 2009 classmates
Remembered the wrist corsage
Remembered the wrist corsage
Daren did advance planning for this social engagement.
Early New Years Celebration
Early New Years Celebration
Service Academies Ball was held at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall.
Daren Playing Racquetball
Daren Playing Racquetball
Tournament held at Penn State
Daren helping Jared get into uniform
Daren helping Jared get into uniform
At the hotel getting ready for Jared's wedding on May 24, 2008. Camp Pendleton, CA.
Daren with the happy couple
Daren with the happy couple
Daren, Jenny and Jared.
Daren the jokester
Daren the jokester
Camp Pendleton, California on May 24, 2008
Daren with Wade
Daren with Wade
Daren proud to be an uncle for the first time. June 23, 2008
Can't ask for a bigger smile
Can't ask for a bigger smile
Daren and Wade on June 24, 2008
Red shorts for the mowing outfit
Red shorts for the mowing outfit
So we wouldn't ask him to mow during his summer break. July 5, 2008
Wrestling Challenge during CTLT
Wrestling Challenge during CTLT
One of the soldiers challenged Daren to wrestle. Daren told them that another soldier needed to help since one on one was not fair. After both soldiers tapped out it took a total of four soldiers to subdue Daren. July 27, 2008
Daren was Scout Platoon Leader
Daren was Scout Platoon Leader
He enjoyed leading the platoon during the four weeks of CTLT. South Korea July 27, 2008 during his first week on the job."
Happy to get the Ring
Happy to get the Ring
Ring Weekend Celebration at Eisenhower Hall on September 12, 2008. West Point
Daren with USMA 2009 Classmates
Daren with USMA 2009 Classmates
Always the shortest in every crowd
Lesak, Daren and Bowen
Lesak, Daren and Bowen
Showcasing their rings at Eisenhower Hall
Daren and Erin Stough
Daren and Erin Stough
Great friends since High School. Picture taken at dinner celebration on September 12, 2008
Daren was in G-4
Daren was in G-4
Senior Guppies showing off their rings on Ring Weekend
Major Shah, Daren and SFC Rogers
Major Shah, Daren and SFC Rogers
Daren was used to pressure from his Tactical Officer and Tac NCO. Getting ready to go to the Ring Weekend Formal
West Point Senior Picture
West Point Senior Picture
Served as G-4 Company Commander during first semester of senior year.
Branch Night
Branch Night
On November 1, 2008 Daren selected Infantry as his Army branch. He was pinned with the cross rifles.
Thanksgiving 2008
Thanksgiving 2008
Holding Wade while mom is cooking
Blackmail pictures on Thanksgiving 2008
Blackmail pictures on Thanksgiving 2008
What will Wade think of his uncle when he looks at this picture?
Army-Navy game 2008
Army-Navy game 2008
Daren with Andrea in Philadelphia for the Army-Navy game on December 6.
Jorge, Daren and Andrea at Army-Navy
Jorge, Daren and Andrea at Army-Navy
109th Game was played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Navy defeated Army 34-0 so there was good reason to drown our sorrows in the post game party.
Christmas 2008
Christmas 2008
Daren with one of his gifts during Christmas in San Clemente, California
An appropriate Christmas Gift
An appropriate Christmas Gift
Daren's secret to knowing all the great drinks. Christmas Day 2008. His sister-in-law Jenny and his brother Jared are in the background.
Daren and Ashley
Daren and Ashley
Attending the Bayliss-Markey Wedding in York, PA on December 28, 2008
High School Best Friends
High School Best Friends
Party animals celebrating after the wedding. Jonathan Trianfyllou, Phil Bayliss, Levi Mattas and Daren. December 28, 2008
Daren and Jill Hady
Daren and Jill Hady
Heels are not helping. December 31, 2008
Daren and Kendal
Daren and Kendal
Visit to the Philly area. New Years Day 2009
Brigade Combatives Champion
Brigade Combatives Champion
Sporting the bruises of competition. January 27, 2009
Infantry Ball
Infantry Ball
Jorge, Andrea, Daren and Kendal. Eisenhower Hall Ballroom February 27, 2009
Zach and Daren at Infantry Ball
Zach and Daren at Infantry Ball
Great friends from Dallastown Area High School. Zach was a swimmer and Daren a wrestler. Both went Infantry."
Drinking the Grog
Drinking the Grog
Scott Gregory, Lynn Jones and Daren tasting the Infantry Grog. They even put a combat boot into the bowl.
Post Selection
Post Selection
High School buddies Zach and Daren selected the same post.
Superintendent Reception for Class of 2009
Superintendent Reception for Class of 2009
In the Superinendent's garden at West Point on May 21. Jorge, Andrea, Daren, Kendal, and grandparents Richard and Therese Vecchiarelli.
G-4 Cruise on the Hudson
G-4 Cruise on the Hudson
Cruise for graduating Guppies and families. Kendal, Daren, Andrea and Jorge on May 21, 2009.
Graduation Parade
Graduation Parade
Daren with Lynn Jones his G-4 roommate. May 22, 2009
Daren with Major Shah
Daren with Major Shah
Major Shah was the G-4 Tactical Officer.
Graduation Banquet
Graduation Banquet
We escorted John and Anne Rainey. John is a member of West Point Board of Trustees.
Graduation Day
Graduation Day
Brother Miles, Sister Carmen, and Daren at Michie Stadium. Jared not available due to deployment in Iraq.
Spellmans at Graduation
Spellmans at Graduation
Sister Carmen, nephew Wade holding Daren's diploma, Daren and Mike Spelllman. May 23, 2009
Donahues with Daren
Donahues with Daren
Great friends Mary and Pat Donahue with Daren on Michie Stadium field at Graduation Ceremony.
Extended Family at Graduation
Extended Family at Graduation
Zoraya (aunt), Jorge (dad), Flerida (friend), Daren and Lawrence (uncle).
Commissioning
Commissioning
Daren, with classmates Lesak and Bowen at commissioning ceremony. Miles administered the oath.
Commissioning as a 2LT
Commissioning as a 2LT
Graduation day commissioning took place at Trophy Point overlooking the Hudson River
Racquetball Friends
Racquetball Friends
Major Braeger and fellow racquetball team members wishing Daren the best. Notice the cookbook gift.
Little sis
Little sis
Older brothers joking with thier little sister.
The Lieutenents
The Lieutenents
Daren a 2LT, Lawrence a LT in the NYPD and Miles a 1LT.
Kendal at Commissioning
Kendal at Commissioning
Commissioning in late afternoon of May 23, 2009.
Kendal and Daren post Graduation
Kendal and Daren post Graduation
Families went to dinner after West Point graduation. We celebrated graduation and Daren opened up most of his gifts