was a stranger to no one that I am aware. He was well liked by all his
peers and was always the first one
to crack a joke or play a prank on his team mates. He was very inquisitive
about everything going on around him. I can remember when we first got
electricity in our hooches at Quang Tri. Idus was bound and determined
to make the first updates on the existing wiring the Sea-Bees had installed.
I remember him going around and trying to solicite receptacles from the
air wing across the base. He insisted on having his personal outlets right
next to his rack. He was always looking for a way to make things a little
easier for everyone.
I had run several patrols with Idus in the early days of my tour and it
seemed like everywhere I ended up, Idus was right behind me. He happened
to be with me again on the infamous "River Patrol". As many
of you remember this was a disaster to say the least. Dan Dehaemer's team
was pinned down with several men wounded and was yelling for a corpsman.
I sent Idus along with Doc Tomlinson to assist this other team and somehow
Idus managed to crawl down to the rivers edge. He was trying to get himself
in a better position to take out this light-machine gun position that
was raising havoc on our side of the river. It turned out to be a fatal
mistake. Idus was killed soon after repositioning himself trying to help
his fellow Marines. It was just his nature to answer the call regardless
of the risk. I only wish we could have done something different that day
and maybe his life would have been spared. His death was a great loss
to a lot of people within Delta Company.
You will always remain in our hearts and our minds. God Rest Your Soul