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MEDEVAC 15th Med\15th FSB
307B N Main Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Mike SMITH, MEDEVAC door gunner '69-'70 and
15th MED Assn. former president <MVANDCO@AOL.COM sent out: "REST IN PEACE
We have lost a charter member of 15th MED. Eldon [IDEUS] was killed in a
airplane crash. We all will miss him very much. He was a great pilot and
a greater friend. tater"
The following came dated January 23, 2003, I think from Max WESTHEIMER
of Norman, OK:
"Plane crash victim was decorated veteran"
01/23/03 By Sean MURPHY
"The 61-year-old Texas man killed in a
plane crash in east Norman Tuesday was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam
and Desert Storm wars.
"Retired Col. Eldon IDEUS of Roanoke died
Tuesday after his single-engine plane crashed into a wooded area in far
east Norman. The crash is under investigation by the National
Transportation and Safety Board.
"A Nebraska native, IDEUS was a
Medical Services Corps officer in the U.S. Army who served in the 498th
Air Ambulance Company in Vietnam, said retired Lt. Col. Reuben PINKSON
of Oklahoma City.
"He flew what was basically a helicopter ambulance
that would go to the front lines and pick up injured soldiers, said
PINKSON who served with IDEUS in Vietnam and throughout his military
career. He saved a lot of lives that way.
"PINKSON said IDEUS was
well liked by his men and was always soldier oriented. During Desert
Storm, IDEUS was selected to command a large medical group.
"Because of his experience and his tactical savvy...he was selected among
many to command that organization, PINKSON said.
Timothy JACKMAN TIMJACKMAN@AOL.COM who also served with IDEUS in the
Army, echoed PINKSON's sentiments.
"'Eldon was a man for whom I
had enormous respect throughout the 20 years that we knew each other,'
JACKMAN said. 'Always focused on what was most important: his family, his
soldiers, his mission, and his faith. Eldon showed a passion for each.'
"After retiring from the Army, IDEUS served as the director of the
Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) in Oklahoma City from 1994 to
1997, said EMSA spokesman Paul O'LEARY.
"O'LEARY said a regularly
scheduled EMSA staff meeting Wednesday quickly turned to discussions
about what a capable and effective leader IDEUS was.
"'He was a
tough, tough guy who could really run a show,' O'LEARY said. 'The guy was
just a born leader, and we were lucky to have him.'
For the last 2
1/2 years IDEUS was a pipeline patroller for Texas Aerial Inspections in
"'He's one hell of a nice guy and an excellent pilot,
said company owner Bill HOWDLE.'
"Funeral services for IDEUS will
be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Pickrell, NB."
Reporter Sean MURPHY can be reached via e-mail at
Tim JACKMAN (COL ret.)
TIMJACKMAN@AOL.COM replied to my inquiry for more information about
Eldon IDEUS: "Yes, I knew Eldon pretty well, but regrettably, I don't
have total recall on the units to which he was assigned. I would
suggest you contact his wife Renee and/or his best friend, Bill KRUSE.
Their respective e-mail addresses are: EIDEUS@AOL.COM and
WKRUSE9450@AOL.COM " I will try to contact them for the next Saber.
Tim answered some of my other questions about his service in the 1st
Cav and his association membership: "I became a life member when assigned
to the 1st Cav in RVN. Sorry that I haven't been more attentive to
keeping them updated. I will contact them. I retired as a COL in 1994
after 35 years.
"Also attached is the obit from his hometown
newspaper. There are some military things that they didn't get quite
ROANOKE, Texas - Eldon H. IDEUS, Sr., 61, Roanoke, TX died
early Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 21, 2003, after the single engine plane he
was flying crashed into a wooded area in the far southeastern part of
Norman, OK. He was born Feb. 20, '41, at Beatrice, NE, attended the Sunny
Hill Country School and graduated from Filley High School, Filley, NE, in
'59. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduated with a
degree in business administration and later earned a masters degree in
business. During college, he was a member of the Nebraska National Guard.
After graduating, he joined the U.S. Army and served two tours of duty in
Vietnam as a MEDEVAC pilot and also led the medevac in Desert Storm. He
was distinguished many times for his service, notably two Purple
Hearts, an Air Medal, and retired as a colonel from the military in '94
after 31 years of service. He then worked as director of American Medical
Response in Oklahoma, Colorado and Georgia. His passion for flying led
him to work for the Texas Aerial Inspection Company as a pipeline
patroller. He was married to Renee KENT in July, 2002, in Colorado. He
was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church, rural Pickrell, and
was active in medical missions in Guyana South America. His hobbies
including flying and remodeling homes. Survivors: wife, Renee; son, Eldon
IDEUS II, of Melbourne, FL; daughter, Heather IDEUS and fiancé Randy
MAYFIELD of Grand Prairie, TX; mother, Margaret IDEUS of Beatrice, NE;
stepchildren, Mary-Alison KENT of Roanoke, TX; Melissa KENT RYAN
MAYFIELD; sister, Norma GODDEN and husband, Dwight of Don, of Omaha, NE;
former wife and the mother of his children, Phyllis IDEUS of Pawnee City,
NE ; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death
by his father, George IDEUS (Dec. 20, '99); a sister, Loretta DORN and
a brother, Lawrence IDEUS. Funeral: 1pm Sat., Jan. 25, Zion Lutheran
Church, rural Pickrell. Pastor Paul PETERSEN officiating. Burial: church
cemetery, Military graveside services will be conducted by the Ft. Riley
Honor Guard. Family prayer services: 12:45pm Sat., basement of the
church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the
Guyana Project of the Fellowship Lutheran Church in Tulsa, OK, with Dan
and Mary LENNERS in charge. A register book will be available for
signatures, noon Fri. until 10am Sat. The family will meet and greet
friends and relatives: 6:30pm-8pm Fri. at Fox Funeral Home, Beatrice.
"In Desert Storm, Eldon commanded the 1st Medical Group, a unit
of the 44th Medical Brigade. His awards and decorations were more
extensive than related in the paper. He had at least two awards of the
Legion of Merit, Air Assault, and Master Aviator Badges.
KRUSE can probably give you better information on that as well as his
assignments. You might remind Mrs. IDEUS that some information that you
seek would be on his DD Form 214 discharge certificate, which she would
have needed to settle his fairs. She is interested in gaining contact
with folks with whom Eldon served.
"I spent about seven months
(6-'70 to 3-'71)in the 15th Medical Battalion. Dates were from when I was
a volunteer inter-theater transfer from the MACV Advisory Team with the
23rd ARVN Division in II Corps in Ban Me Thout, after completing an 12
month h tour there. My assignment was to be the operations officer to
replace MAJ John SPERANDIO, but by the time I got there the XO from HSC,
CPT Judd LEACH, was assigned to that position mid-tour and I got the job
as the XO for the HSC. MAJ (later COL) John LOWE was the XO for the
Battalion. COL (later LTG Quinn BECKER, The Surgeon General) was the
battalion commander. My company commander was a MAJ Sid BOAZ, a doctor
for whom I had immense respect. I was succeeded by a CPT Art SEVALIUS,
MSC, who transferred in from the 11th ACR Medical Company. Art is another
officer who I held in great respect. My tour with the 15th MED Bn. was a
disappointment and rather unremarkable compared to the challenges and
adventures I had in my other three assignments in RVN."
further replied: "Mike, I am forwarding this to Corky WALSH
<MEDEVAC454@AOL.COM>who knew Eldon and flew with him. Corky is our new
president. Corky could give you a hand ASAP. Thanks, Mike S." That
confirms that Eldon IDEUS was a MEDEVAC pilot probably '67-'68. If anyone
else knew, or flew with Eldon IDEUS, please contact me. I will have more
on Eldon in the next issue after I have contacted more people.
Lary ASH, MEDEVAC door gunner '70, and 15th MED Webmaster
DOORGUNNER2@YAHOO.COM e-mailed: "Someone has told me that SGT John
ROSELLI might have passed away. Can you [anyone] supply some light on
this rumor. It would be most appreciated."
MEDEVAC pilot Henry
"CPT Hook" LAND writes: "Mark your calendars, 3 thru 5 May 2003 will be
the dates of the 16th annual Vietnam Veteran's reunion at beautiful
Wickhamm Park in Melbourne, Fl. There is camping by reservations as well
as live bands, disc jockeys, military displays, vendors, food
concessions; the moving wall will be there all week. It's outstanding and
is the largest reunion of this type in the U.S. Plan to attend; for more
info contact me at CAPTHOOK1STCAV@NETSCAPE.NET ."
MEDEVAC PSG '70 MUDMEDIC70@HOTMAIL.COM of Phoenix, AZ, signed into
SNORE's 15th MED Assn. Guestbook: "Hi, Mike sold my ranch in Tucson, AZ,
moved back to Phoenix (X wife needed my help). You know, 'SO THAT OTHERS
MAY LIVE.' Still have my Cav\MEDEVAC on my red Mustang..Take care all see
you next time DOC."
S. RICHEY D9DOZER@PACBELL.NET from Anaheim, CA
commented in the 1st Cav Assn. Guestbook which I thought everyone should
read: "I've taken several hours and read most of the 227 messages..and I
think it's a shame, that we don't have more stories left here...and since
there aren't, I'm going to leave a short one.....One of the bravest men I
ever saw...We were at Bu Dop, up near Cambodia.
mortared, shot at with Russian 8" mechanized howitzers, 90mm recoilless
rifles, and all kinds of small arms weapons. Lots of dead on our
side...and lots on theirs, but most of them got hauled off. Ours had to
stay until things settled down and we ran the bad guys off, so we could
"We had the dead laid out and the wounded on
stretchers, ready to be MEDEVACed. The choppers began to land and the men
with the worst injuries were taken first. One of our guys, an E-6 black
sergeant, looked a lot like Woody STRODE in the movies, lay calmly waiting
his chance to be taken to get medical care.
"He had three bottles
hanging from hooks near his stretcher, was covered in bandages, was
bleeding through most of them, and lay there patiently waiting his turn.
It finally came.
"Two guys came over and picked him up and he told
them, 'Put me down troop!' They did and he bent forward in agony, sweat
popping out on his forehead, he got one leg under him, and then stood,
picking up his bottles as he did so.
"He looked at the two guys who
were willing to carry him to the chopper and said, 'No man carries me! I
carry my own load!' and calmly walked to the chopper and got in.
"I never saw him again. In that moment, he defined all that a real
soldier is: tough, self reliant, proud, and just more guts than I'd seen
about anywhere. I never knew his name."
From: ARMY LINK NEWS LIST
"New medevac copters deploy to Afghanistan" by PVT 2 Terri RORKE
"BAGRAM, Afghanistan (Army News Service, Feb. 24, 2003) - Earlier this
month, a California National Guard pilot flew an HH-60L helicopter right
off a stateside factory's lot on the first leg of its journey to Bagram
Air Base, Afghanistan. The two-month-old helicopter, one of just two
HH-60Ls now in Afghanistan, is the latest edition to the line of Black
Hawks and is designed specifically for medical evacuation. There are
only 12 other helicopters like it.
"SGT 1st Class Gary VOLKMAN of the
California National Guard's 126th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), now
deployed to Afghanistan, was the pilot that flew the HH-60L from the
factory. He said his unit is lucky to have two of these rare Black Hawks.
One was only built in November and the other in January.
are the first two to be deployed,' said VOLKMAN who is the acting first
sergeant of a 24-hour standby all- paramedic team of 20. Due to the many
paramedic-friendly features the distinguished bubble-nosed helicopter
possesses, it was decided Bagram would be its first deployment location.
"'While the previous model of the Black Hawk the 126th was using, the
UH-60L, allowed crewmembers to carry all the needed equipment onboard,
the HH-60L has many features that make it easier for the paramedics,'
VOLKMAM said. The stationary medical interior includes an onboard oxygen-
generating system, provisions for medical electronics, a six-litter
patient configuration, room for a medic plus another essential
"'Other features include the latest infrared and
navigational capabilities, a storm scope and a 290-foot hoist, which
travels 350 feet a minute for quick reaction time. The hoist may be
needed for various rescues,' VOLKMAN explained. 'We can lower a medic
down into a mine field to pick up an injured person and it is a lot
faster than the old internal hoist.'
These new helicopters are not
cheap. 'They are roughly 14 million dollars a piece,' said VOLKMAN. While
only being in Afghanistan a couple of weeks, the medevac helicopter has
already seen a few rescues dealing with land-mine accidents and a couple
incidents of kids playing with explosive ordnance.
PVT 2 Terri RORKE is a member of the 11th Public Affairs Detachment.)
Link to original news item:
Jim PATTESON, 15th MED
'53 JPATTESON@ALABAMAVETERANSMUSEUM.COM e-mailed: "15th Medics,
1st Calvary [sic], 1953-'54; we had ambulances and clearing platoons-no
noisy birds. Anybody out there from that time at Chitose, Japan? Check us
out at: WWW.ALABAMAVETERANSMUSEUM.COM . I need help for the museum to
set up a good medical display. Particularly a medic bag (can be empty),
or other medical items to display."
I found the following sign-in on
the 1st Cav Assn. Guestbook which I thought was worth passing on: "Rocco
MOLITERNO ROGERWATERS@LIBERO.IT Milan, Italy comments: 'I had read
the book by Mr. MOORE. I wish to say that the soldiers died at X-ray and
Albany they aren't died for nothing. They have teach me to love freedom
and life and, from now, they say to me, 'Face your life with the courage
of fear. Thanks, forever. Garry Owen to all.'"
ORANGEL@ADELPHIA.NET e-mailed me: "Sir: We of the 229th Aslt Hel Bn, 1st
Cav Div (Ambl), ca 14 -17 Nov 65 -- veterans of the Ia Drang Wars of LZ
X-ray & LZ Albany -- have been researching that battle period of time
for over 10 years. Can you link us to vets who were at the Med Facility
at Camp Holloway (near Plei Ku) during those four days of violent battle?
We helicopter "mad men of a special breed" air crews, as Joe GALLOWAY has
identified us in this last issue of Saber, brought to that med facility
(or to the MEDEVAC crews in support) over a hundred wounded guys for
medical aid. The 15th MED really did wonders during those days and ought
to fit into the book we hope to get written soon. Sincerely, Paul Patton
WINKEL, Jr., COL, USA (Ret) (703) 406-4646.
I received snail mail
from Donald WRIGHT, Jr., P.O. Box 140513, Toledo, OH, 43614, A 2-5 Cav
10-'68-'69, who sent over an article from the Vietnam Magazine: "Why does
the U.S. Army's current Air Assault Badge fail to recognize the Vietnam
veterans who pioneered those tactics?"
Always remembering our 1st Cav
troops on duty around the world; over and out.
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE