Warner Barracks bids farewell to 'a true warrior through and through'
November 13, 2004
BAMBGERG, Germany — The Warner Barracks community paid its final respects Wednesday to an 82nd Engineer Battalion soldier killed by an explosion from a makeshift bomb in Baghdad.
Sgt. Charles Webb, 22, died Nov. 3 at the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad from wounds sustained in the explosion earlier in the day. Webb had received a Purple Heart after another makeshift bomb explosion wounded him in October.
In a memorial service last week in Iraq, Webb’s leaders said he possessed a great sense of humor and great leadership.
“He was gifted with a great sense of humor and a passion for the mission and his fellow soldiers,” according to remarks from Capt. Alexander Bullock, Company A commander in Iraq. Bullock’s remarks were read by Capt. Jon Drake, the battalion’s rear detachment commander, during Wednesday’s service.
“But his leadership stands out to me, the kind of leadership that makes all the men around him want to do the right thing, all the time,” Bullock had written.
Webb was devoted to standing up for the things he believed in, Bullock wrote.
“He lived and served and fought and sweated for the things he believed in; his family, his country,” he wrote. “But I believe above all, he lived for his friends and comrades, his daily life devoted to them and his family.”
Although Webb found humor in every situation, he took his missions seriously, said Company A 1st Sgt. Christopher Rafferty, also in remarks from the memorial service in Iraq.
“As a soldier and a leader, he was one of the most professional and capable men you’ve ever met — a true warrior through and through,” Rafferty said.
“I can’t tell you what a privilege it’s been to have known him as a man and serve with him as a comrade. He is my hero.”
Webb is survived by his wife, Stephanie, parents, Barbara and Conley, and two sisters.