Army Specialist Nicholas R. Idalski, 23, of Crown Point, Indiana.
Spc Idalski died in Ramadi, Iraq, when his unit was conducting combat operations and was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Spc Idalski, who graduated from Crown Point High School in 2001, enlisted less than two years ago after working in construction and becoming certified as an emergency medical technician.
A member of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division, Idalski had been stationed in Ramadi since August and was due to return home in July, said his stepfather, Rick Greenberg. His unit had previously been stationed in South Korea.
Idalski’s mother, Kim Greenberg, remembers vividly watching her son at his infantry training graduation in September 2003 in Fort Benning, Ga.
“He looked phenomenal,” Greenberg said. “He looked sharp. He stood tall and proud. He was all Army.”
Idalski planned to make a career out of the Army, his family said.
Steve Idalski said his brother enlisted because he wanted to make a difference and make his family proud.
“He was a leader,” he said. “He wanted to be out there and prove a point that he could do anything that was thrown at him.”
Idalski was home for the last time in January when he was granted two weeks emergency leave because a family member was ill.
Army Specialist Nicholas R. Idalski was killed in action on 06/21/05.