For years, Derek's heard stories from his father-in-law reminiscing about his past. While on duty in Vietnam, he was injured by a land mine disguised as a coconut and received an honorable discharge along with a purple heart medal. His flight back from Vietnam to the mainland had a layover in Oahu, where Derek's father-in-law got off the plane and never returned home. The picture on the left is of his father-in-law's board during that time. Derek used his shaping lesson to recreate that board as a gift to his father-in-law. The final product from his lesson on the right.