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Spc. Nicholas R. Idalski View/Sign Guest Book
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Age:   23
Hometown: Crown Point, IN
Date of Death: 6/21/2005
Incident Location: Ramadi, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, CO

Nicholas R. Idalski wasn't able to call home much, but when he did, he called everyone. His older brother, Steve, got several 4 a.m. wake-up calls from Nick. "He'd say, 'I thought you might be getting ready for work right now,'" Steve said with a laugh. Nicholas Idalski, 23, of Crown Point, Ind., died June 21 in Ramadi when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire. He was stationed at Fort Carson. "This was the one job we knew he loved the most," said his brother, Nathan. "Even when he was doing the most mundane thing, you couldn't get him to say anything horrible about it." One photo the family cherishes shows Nick with his brothers, who all shared a loved for the Cubs, at Wrigley Field when Nick was home last year. The brothers had dragged Nick out of bed that morning after a late night out and surprised him with tickets to the game. Nick returned the favor by buying Steve an Ernie Banks jersey, and Nathan a Kerry Wood jersey. "He was always doing things for other people," Steve Idalski said. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Kim and Rick Greenberg; and father, Tony Idalski.
Source: Associated Press
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