Major Ken Webb Annual Writing Award
Major Kenneth (Ken) DeMille Webb
United States Army Special Forces
Kenneth (Ken) Webb was born at Hurricane, Utah on September 22, 1962 and graduated from the Class of 1980 at Hurricane's Dixie High School. After graduation, Ken enlisted with the 19th Special Forces Group out of Draper, Utah. Ken also served sometime in the U.S. Air Force and then entered college and enrolled in ROTC at Southern Utah University. After graduating college he was commissioned an Infantry officer and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantry Platoon Leader. He soon found his way back into the Special Forces and became an Operational Detachment Alpha Commander. Other positions in which he served include: Executive Officer, Observer/ Controller with the Joint Readiness Training Centers Special Operations Training Detachment, and Plans and Operations Officer for the Special Operations Coordination Detachment.
Ken's awards and decorations include the Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Royal Thai Army Command and Staff College Badge, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Ken was a quiet, humble husband and father of two who enjoyed many activities, to include martial arts, mountaineering, and hiking with his dogs. He was an avid reader who enjoyed history and analyzing current military strategies.
Ken was a true Patriot who epitomized the values of the Special Forces soldiers. He never talked about his accomplishments, instead, choosing to focus on the future. Ken was very mission-focused and wanted to do his part to
protect his country. Ken also loved Thailand, having spent his time as a Mormon Missionary in Thailand and later as a Special Forces Soldier working in Thailand and as an Officer Exchange Student with Thai Army Staff College. Ken was dedicated to bring the U.S. and Thailand closer through close personal friendships. Ken was most proud of his many years living in Thailand and was proud to be a graduate of the prestigious Royal Thai Army Command and Staff College.
Major Ken Webb was killed on September 19, 2005 in Northern Iraq when his vehicle was hit by a suicide car bomber.
Ken is survived by his: wife, Tina Fuller Webb; a daughter, Kimberly (Sam) Struck; and a son, Zachary.