Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Air National Guard Maj. Gregory Stone


40, of Boise, Idaho.
Died from wounds received by a March 22 grenade attack in a tent at Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait. He was assigned to the 124th Air Support Operations Squadron, Idaho Air National Guard, Boise, Idaho. Died on March 25, 2003.

Flying was his passion from childhood. "All of his birthday cakes were airplanes," recalls his half-brother, Frank Lenzi. Stone, the father of two, died when a disgruntled sergeant threw grenades into command tents at Camp Pennsylvania.

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"May your hearts be healed by the mighty power of Jesus's name. Jesus loves you,his family, and wants to fill you with forgiveness,love,compassion, joy, healing and peace.. Trust Jesus. Semper Fidelis USMC"
Matthew of CORONA,CA

"Yogi Bear, I think of you daily. Remembering time spent with you still brings a smile to my face! Although our time together was too short, the impact you made on my heart is eternal. Rest in peace and your sacrifice will not be forgotten."
BooBoo Bear of USA

"49...Happy Birthday. I hope it's a Disney World Day for you. For us, it's a day of remembering and quiet reflection. I miss you."
Princess V of Boise, ID/USA

"On Memorial Day 2011 Greg Stone is still remembered. Greg was a KC-135 boom operator in the 912 Air Refueling Squadron at Robins AFB, GA around 1986."
Tom Timmons of Xenia, OH

"My Dear Captain, in two days you would have been 48. Kaleb and I will celebrate your birthday on the mountain tomorrow...tradition says two runs then liquid courage at the top. Sunday...I will quietly toast your day with our wine and remember all of the special moments we shared. Wherever you are, whatever your role, happy birthday from the depths of my heart."
Princess V of Boise, ID/USA

""Yogi Bear" - Yesterday I was reflecting on memories of my past when regrets of unspoken words filled my mind. I knew it would not be possible to find you after 27years to tell you I was young and foolish and sorry for what happened. They say time heals, but for me, the pains of my past will forever haunt me. I knew you would find happiness with deserving loved ones and smiled from ear to ear to learn you were blessed with two wonderful boys, and had re-connected with your father. I only learned of your ultimate sacrifice 24 short hours ago and could not believe what I was reading, didn't want to accept I would never be able to set things right, to say I was sorry and that I loved you. You achieved your dreams of flying, I am so happy to know that. It is clear you are loved and missed by so many. Maybe our paths will cross again in another dimension of life and I will be able to tell you that you were a love I can never forget and how sorry I am. Your children, fiance and family were blessed to have had you in their lives, to them, I am so sorry for their loss. Rest in peace my Yogi Bear."
BooBoo Bear of USA

""Yogi Bear" - Yesterday I was reflecting on memories of my past when regrets of unspoken words filled my mind. I knew it would not be possible to find you after 27years to tell you I was young and foolish and sorry for what happened. They say time heals, but for me, the pains of my past will forever haunt me. I knew you would find happiness with deserving loved ones and smiled from ear to ear to learn you were blessed with two wonderful boys, and had re-connected with your father. I only learned of your ultimate sacrifice 24 short hours ago and could not believe what I was reading, didn't want to accept I would never be able to set things right, to say I was sorry and that I loved you. You achieved your dreams of flying, I am so happy to know that. It is clear you are loved and missed by so many. Maybe our paths will cross again in another dimension of life and I will be able to tell you that you were a love I can never forget and how sorry I am. Your children, fiance and family were blessed to have had you in their lives, to them, I am so sorry for their loss. Rest in peace my Yogi Bear."
BooBoo Bear of USA

"My Dear Captain,

The pouring rain hid my tears as I sat on our rock and watched the fish at the Depot until the clock ticked 1:13. My life goes on, but you never stop being a part of it.

Love,
Princess V"
Princess V of Boise, ID

"Looking through pictures today and saw Major Stones. Still miss him. I will always remember him insisting on carrying a pack during training. He never took the easy way out and did things right. He was a great man."
Brad Terry of Nampa, Idaho

"My dear Captain,

Tomorrow you would have celebrated your 47th birthday. I will quietly drink a glass of our wine at our spot. Still miss you in my life and am so grateful for the days we shared. Love, Princess V"
Princess V of Boise, ID

"amazing grace, how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me
i once was lost, but now im found
was blind but now i see
thank you"
Lorrie Steinfort of meridian idaho

"Miss you Brother...Happy Veterans day...THANKS"
Joe Stone of Oregon City

"I'll never forget when you guys took me out for lunch for my last day as the summer hire at the battle lab. You called me young and naive and I suppose I was because I never thought you'd have to make the ultimate sacrifice over there. I still think about teasing you over your monstrously huge calves (from rollerblading..sure...:) Thank you for your service."
Kristina Taverne of Mtn. Home, ID

"god bless your soul. do you know dallas Steinfort"

"It's been 6 years now, and i stil think about you every day Gregg, you were the best . I miss you . I know you are on the other side now, I can't wait to see you again someday, and I know I will. Love, R.S.T."

"im prety sure my dad is freinds with the deseaed"
lorrie steinfort of meridian idaho

"Five years Captain and it still makes me sad that you aren't here to share the days with me."
Princess V of Boise, ID

"May 30, 2007
To the family of Gregory Stone. Gregory gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Dont "Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I didn't know Gregory, but saw that he was lost the same day my son was born. I remember that while in the hospital the war was just beginning, and just having given birth to my firstborn and son, kept imagining how hard it would be to have to have a son overseas fighting. I have the utmost respect for your son for having the courage and dignity to fight for our freedom. I hope that in the future our world will be a more peacable place and that my children will be spared of having to come to the aid of the country by serving in a war. I want you to know that every year on my sons birthday I will be forever thankful of the past year I was able to spend with him and remember your son who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we could maybe some day live in peace. Thoughts and Prayers go out to all of his family and friends."
Monica Shaffer of Peoria, IL

""I know that it has been nearly four years since you passed, but it still hurts like it was yesterday. I wish you could have met your niece. My unborn son is due in April and will be named after you. I wish I could do more to Honor you my brother. I love you and will always remember you... Love always, your brother Joe."
Joe Stone of Oregon City, Oregon

"To the family of:Gregory Stone I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"Another Thanksgiving passes without you, Captain. Sir K made pizza in your honor and we toasted to the adventures the five of us shared. Forever I will miss you; forever you will live in my heart."
Princess V of Boise, ID

"Maj. Stone,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Maj Stone, I'll always remember that like it was yesterday. I'll remember you trying to find a tent for your airmen. I'll never forget you and Cpt S. -Bastogne Legal flucero219@msn.com"
Fernando Lucero of Denver, CO

"To the Family and Friends of Maj. Gregory Stone: I thought you might like to know that on Sunday, September 17, 2006, I stood on 25th Street and 5th Avenue in New York City. I held a sign with your loved one's name on it as a way of honoring him and all the other brave men and women who have lost their lives serving in Iraq. Please know that many miles away, someone is thinking of him, and of you, as well."
Cassady Rubins of NYC, NY, USA

"Linus,
Nearly a day goes by that I don't think about you. I hope you are at peace and able to look down on the boys everyday with a smile. I know your still watching over them. RIP my brother in arms."
MRW

"I know you were a good man , I just regret that I didn't appreciate you when you were alive, I will live with these regrets always, my good,sweet brother, I will never forget you, or get the lump out of my throat, or the tear out of my eye, I will miss you till the day I die."
Tammy of Gresham OR. / United States

"To the family Gregory Stone left behind: I am the ID State Coordinator for the Home of the Brave Quilt Project. It is our group's goal to make a memorial quilt for each fallen soldier from Idaho. We are a group of volunteers that are part of a nationwide organization of volunteers who are making Civil War Reproduction Quilts for the families of Fallen Soldiers. Our hope is that the quilt we are making for your family will be a small token of our deep appreciation for your ultimate sacrifice and serve as some comfort in the many years to come. Please contact me at czelus@hotmail.com"
Cheryl Zelus of Home of the Brave-ID State Coordinator

"i am kuwaiti and i feel a shame of my self that this good man died in my country
but i swear to you all if he was near to me i would not let anyone touch him
imy brother has died and and i know what a feeling of missing someone
i am really sorry about what happened to that great man
i wish that i could help him when he was in my country"
meshari of moscow,idado,usa

"Thank you so very much for sacrificing everything to make the world a better place for my son to grow up. God bless you in heaven and may God bless & comfort your family."
GREGORY A. KRAGER, Major, USAF of Scott AFB, IL

"Thank you, Sir. We all miss you and have a drink in your name everytime we get together."
Jon Anderson of Boise, ID / USA

"Sir, words cant express how you've impacted my life! Thank you for all you did for me. Your faithful "ROMADS" toast you at all of our gatherings! You will NOT be forgotten!"
Dallas Steinfort of Boise, Idaho

"Gregg,

I think of you often. I can still hear your 'larger than life' laugh. You are missed my friend !"
James Diefenderfer of Missoula, Montana

"No pizza this Thanksgiving, Captain; it doesn't work when you aren't here. But in your chair, I will raise my glass of our Bordeaux and remember how thankful I am for our adventures. Forever I will miss you, forever you will live in my heart."
Princess V of Boise, ID

"I never knew you, but you are a brother in service

RIP"
A1C Finney of Offutt AFB

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Gregory Stone for being a true American hero. Thank you for paying such a huge price to keep us safe. I am so sorry for the pain your family must be feeling. You will never be forgotten.Thank you."
Brian B. of Boise, Idaho

"To the friends and family of Gregory Stone:
I would like to express my sincere condolences for your loss. My husband was also KIA in Iraq and I would never wish this horrible feeling on anyone. I know it can be hard, but allow his precious memories to bring you joy. He is always with you in your hearts and will be remembered forever as a great American hero!"
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"I just received this email from my Aunt and like many other I had forgotten that this incident had even happened. It must be hard for all of you in Greg life to come to terms with how he passed, however rest assured he is and will always be remembered by everyone that knew him and even now by me thanks to my Aunt. I only hope and pray that the person responsible for this pays the same price that Greg payed.

God Bless Greg and his family..."
David Fletcher of Houston, Texas USA

"To Remember Them..In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Gregory, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Major Stone, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Dear Family of Gregory Stone:
I am from Boy Scout Troop 160 and he is the one who gave our troop a tour of Gowen Field. I am really sorry for your lose and tip my wings to him. He was a great man and a great pilot. May he always be remembered and never forgotten."
Nathan Ashinhurst of Nampa, Idaho

"Thank you Gregory Stone, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"Fly on, my Captain. I miss you more than my heart can bear.
Love, Princess V"
Tammie Eslinger of Boise, ID

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Maj. Gregory Stone:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Gregory for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Maj. Gregory Stone:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Gregory, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"You are in my thoughts and prayers. I was so saddened by the loss of a precious life. God bless the family and friends and may you all find peace in your hearts."
Sandy Black of Post Falls, Idaho USA

"I tip my wings to you.
May your family find peace.
God Bless."
Calvin AdamsJohnson of Jacksonville, FL, USA

""My only brother died in Vietnam in a similar fashion to Greg. At that time the Army wasn't too willing to give us any information. Eventually we did get the court martial transcripts but only in the last few years have I found out what really happened that night so long ago and in his death my brother acted with the same honor he had always lived with. The sense of peace that brought me after over 30 years, well lets hope that it is easier for you and know that I will add Greg to my memorial day list of special rememberances.""
Keo R. Gathman of Beloit, Wisconsin

"Look God:
I have never spoken to You,
But now I want to say,
"How do You do."

You see God,
they told me You did not exist;
And, like a fool,
I believed all of this.

Last night from a shell hole
I saw Your sky;
I figured right then
they had told me a lie.
Had I taken the time
to see the things You made,
I would know they weren't calling
a spade a spade.

I wonder, God,
if You would shake my hand;
Somehow, I feel
that You will understand.
Strange, I had to come
to this hellish place
Before I had time to see Your face.

Well, I guess there isn't
much more to say,
But I am sure glad, God,
I met You today.

I guess the zero hour
will soon be here,
But I am not afraid
since I know You are near.

The signal - well, God,
I will have to go;
I love you lots,
this I want you to know.
Looks like this will be
a horrible fight;
Who knows, I may come
to your house tonight.

Though I wasn't friendly
with you before,
I wonder, God,
if you would wait at the door.

Look, I am crying,
me shedding tears!
I wish I had known you
these many years.

Well, I will have to go now, God.
Goodbye
Strange, since I met you,
I am not afraid to die.

RIP Brave One"
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"thank you for your sacrafice so that i may comtinue to enjoy the freedoms i have known all my life.God speed to u on your journey."
Preston Bowman of Nampa, Idaho

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on