|Sgt. Sean Kenneth Webster
United States Marine Corps
Marine, 23, Is Found Dead at California Base
By Jonathan Mummolo
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 3, 2008; B05
Sgt. Sean Webster served two tours in Iraq, was awarded two Purple Hearts and was
severely wounded by shrapnel from an explosion in 2005. Afterward, he endured more than
10 surgeries and relentless physical therapy, and was working to make sure other
wounded veterans got the care they needed.
But after surviving a war zone, the 23-year-old Webster, a Charlottesville native and
graduate of McLean High School, was found dead Saturday at Camp Pendleton, the Marine
Corps base north of San Diego. Base officials declined to divulge the circumstances
surrounding his death, citing an ongoing investigation.
A base spokesman, 1st Lt. Tom Garnett, said that Webster's body was found about 2 p.m. in
Area 27, a large area in the southeastern portion of the base that includes a naval hospital,
barracks for wounded veterans where Webster was assigned, and Lake O'Neill.
Webster's father, Kenneth Webster of Charlottesville, said he had been informed of the
circumstances of his son's death but declined to discuss them.
Sean Webster was stationed at Camp Pendleton as a barracks manager and police
sergeant with Wounded Warrior Battalion West, a unit founded in March 2007 that is
dedicated to helping wounded Marines and sailors and their families navigate the various
stages of their recovery.
The elder Webster said his son was a dedicated Marine who knew by 17 that he would join
"He came to us and said, 'Mom and dad, I want to join the Marines,' " Webster said. "He
said, 'You send me to college, you know what, I'm going to fool around, I'm going to waste
your money.' I guess he talked to a Marine recruiter, and we thought it was a great idea."
Webster pre-enlisted and joined up right after graduating from high school in 2003. A lover
of physical challenges who grew up swimming, playing soccer and skateboarding, Webster
picked the Marine Corps because "they were the toughest, they had the hardest boot camp,
and they were the strongest and the best," his father said.
After basic training, Webster was stationed at Camp Pendleton, where he was trained as an
assault amphibious vehicle crewman. He was deployed to Iraq in 2004 for his first
In June 2004, a rocket exploded near the vehicle Webster was riding in, near the Syrian
border. Webster escaped with only cuts to his face. The wound led to his first Purple Heart,
an honor that "embarrassed" him, his father said.
"He thought it was too minor to ever have earned a Purple Heart," Webster said.
In September 2005, during his second tour, an anti-tank mine exploded under Webster's
vehicle, tearing the skin off his thigh and shattering his right elbow. The decorated veteran
spent the following years in physical therapy trying to regain full use of his arm, his father
Webster eventually returned to Camp Pendleton, where he continued to receive medical
care. In 2007, he was one of the first Marines to enter the Wounded Warrior program and
remained there to assist other veterans.
"He didn't really talk much about his work, but he seemed to like it a lot, and he seemed to
really have a sense of camaraderie with the guys who were there," his father said. "He
himself almost never complained about his injuries. The only thing I really heard him get
angry about was he couldn't put deodorant on . . . and he couldn't really tie his boots."
In addition to his father, Webster is survived by his mother, Michele McCarthy, and his
sister, Jessica Scopelliti.
A viewing will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Teague Funeral Home in Charlottesville.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville.
Interment, with an honor guard, will follow at Monticello Memory Gardens.
Staff researcher Julie Tate contributed to this report.
June 23, 2010
SSgt Christopher Hill (ret)
In Honor Of: = Soldiers Name:Sgt Sean K Webster
Sean, we never truly know how we impact the lives of others as we roam this round ball called
earth but brother you made a dent like no other. It has truly been an honor serving with you,
having the pleasure of sharing our adventures in the green machine and knowing you as my
brother in arms. Semper Fi
November 09, 2009
Happy Birthday Sean!
I'll be up in VA with my husband checking out the Marine Corps Museum and the Monticello. I also
plan to stop by your gravesite and drop off some flowers. It is still surreal you're not here. We're
getting stationed in Cali next year, I can't believe it's been nearly 18 months, wish you were there
man. Miss ya!
Happy Veterans Day Teddy!
ARC Volunteer 2006-07
June 03, 2009
I live in C'ville and I visit Sean's grave often. I didn't know him, all I know and need to know is that
he is a Marine. I appreciate his service to our nation and for all of the good work he did at
Pendleton supporting other wounded Marines.
May 30, 2009
Corporal Chris Longley
In Honor Of Sergeant Sean Webster
Sean, I still think about you almost everyday. Your perserverance taught Marines senior and junior
to you as to what is to carry on. With your absence it is hard to have that can do attitude but we will
do it in your honor. We love and miss you brother. Semper Fi and keep those civilians in line up
May 26, 2009
Sgt Gonzalo Leon
In Honor Of Sgt Sean Webster
It is a pleasure to have live and serve in your time!I am a better man for knowing you and a better
Marine.I know you are in heaven leading a company of Marines in the Armed forces of heaven!You
will never be forgotten!I love you Brother!
October 24, 2008
I knew Sean when I worked with the Camp Pendleton Red
Cross for about a year. Everytime I walked into the WWC he greeted me
with a big hug, I often referred to him as Teddy. We went back and forth
playing practical jokes, I honestly can't remember ever seeing him
without a smile. His passing came too soon, rest easy Teddy.
October 11, 2008
OnYour Memorial = 16 weeks......forever in my heart. I love and miss you
every second. Cher, Evan and Quinny
September 29, 2008
In Honor Of Sean Webster
There are no words to describe the sorrow we felt upon hearing the news
of Sean's sudden passing. We got to know Sean,lovingly known to our
family as "Web",when he visited Ohio with our Grandson and Nephew John
Walker just after he returned from his 2nd tour in Iraq. It took no time
to see why Web and John were best friends, buds, and most importantly
BROTHERS! Thinking of that visit now brings both tears and smiles. Our
family fell in love with Web and welcomed him as our own and now we will
mourn him in same respect. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and
prayers are with you.
Pauline Marks-grandmother of John Walker
Tonya Wright and Tracy Pawloski-Aunts of John Walker
August 20, 2008
Michele, Sean idolized you as a mom...you should be
proud of every thing you did to make him the man that he was. His demons
don't reflect on his life, and he is an angel. He always was. Thanks you
for bringing him into this world. I will always be indebted to you for
sharing a small part if him with us. I miss him every second.
August 19, 2008
You are all awesome. I miss Sean so much. He was the
best son in the whole world and I was the proudest mother.
I love you and miss you Sean
August 18, 2008
SEAN WAS NOT ONLY A GREAT MARINE BUT A TRUE AND
WONDERFUL PERSON.WE LOVED HIM AS IF HE WAS OUR OWN SON. HE AND JOHN WERE
BROTHERS IN EVERY TRUE SENSE OF THE WORD.IT HAS BEEN 7 WEEKS AND IT SEEMS
LIKE YERSTERDAY THAT WE HEARD THE TRAGGIC NEWS. THE WORLD HAS LOST ONE OF
ITS FINEST.THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT WE DONT THINK OF HIM.I
ONLY HOPE THAT HE FINALLY IS AT PEACE.I ALSO PRAY THAT HIS FAMILY WILL
SOMEDAY HAVE PEACE.
WE LOVE WEB
August 1, 2008
In Honor Of Sgt. Sean K. Webster; USMC
We lost an incredible man that we will miss every day.
God gained an angel. May you have the peace that you need to rest.
We love you always.
Cher, Quinn and Evan.
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