A Boise-based Air National Guard major died Tuesday of injuries he suffered in a grenade attack on officers' tents in Kuwait on Sunday.
Maj. Gregory Stone died at a U.S. Army field hospital in Kuwait, Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Tim Marsano said.
"My son died to allow the guy who killed him to believe what he believed, " his father, Dick Stone of Pollock, said..
He said his last contact with his son was through an e-mail Saturday. In it, Stone said things were going well and he was a little nervous but ready for the mission.
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Stone, an Oregon native, was one of six Idaho Air National Guard members working as liaisons with the Army 101st Airborne Division in Kuwait.
Stone's two sons, ages 7 and 11, live with their mother in Boise.
"There was nobody in this town I talked to who wasn't angry this weekend" in response to the attack, said Mountain Home Chaplain Maj. Thomas G. Westall, U.S. Air Force, retired.
A U.S. sergeant, Asan Akbar, is in custody in connection with the grenade attack.
Stone worked for two years at the Air Expeditionary Force Battlelab in Mountain Home as the lab's B-1 bomber expert. Since September, he was an independent assessor with a company that does contract work for the lab.
A fund has been set up to care for Stone's sons, Westall said. Donations may be made to the Greg Stone Family Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank or Pioneer Federal Credit Union.
"He paid the highest sacrifice for being a good soldier, " Westall said.
-- The Associated Press contributed to this story