23 years old from Crown Point, Indiana
1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
Spc. Nick Idalski, 23, was killed Tuesday, June 21, 2005 when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire west of Baghdad near the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi.
Idalski, who graduated from Crown Point High School in 2001, enlisted in 2003 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 of 2004 and was due to return home in July of 2005, 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."
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