|Birth: ||Jun. 22, 1922|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 9, 1961|
Los Angeles County
Served with Distinction during World War II.
Served with the 506th Parachute Infintray Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
Webster joined the Army in 1942, and was trained with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, although, originaly, it was a different company, he would join up with Easy Company after the D-Day landings.
He attended only one semester at Harvard before his patriotic nature led him to join, and serve his country, he had also wished to see the war from a writer's point of view.
During the D-Day landings, he landed nearly alone, and way off course near Utah Beach, and was wounded a few days later.
He also jumped into Holland during Operation: Market Garden, he was wounded in the leg during this campign in a no-man's land called "The Island," near Arnhem, according to the HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers, Webster had stated after he was shot, "I'm hit, I can't believe I said that."
While recuperating in England, he missed The Battle of the Bulge, and rejoined his unit in February 1945, this is chronicled in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers."
Webster was present during the liberation of Landsberg Concentration Camp, he was rumored to have put his government issue .45 pistol to a shopkeeper's head after seeing the horrors committed to the Jewish people of Europe, when the shopkeeper refused to be quiet. This is said to have taken place while the 506th were rounding up food, and water for the sick, and starving survivors of the camp.
After the war, he got a job as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Daily News, and The Saturday Evening Post. He was also interested in sharks, which led him to write a book on the subject, entitled "Myth and Maneater: The Story of the Shark."
However, his interest in sharks would eventually lead to his death, he was lost at sea off the coast of Santa Monica in 1961. He was portrayed by Eion Bailey in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers."
His memoir, which is entitled "Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day, and the Fall of the Third Reich." The manuscript was sent to LSU Press by his widow, with the encouragement of author Stephen E. Ambrose and it was published in 1994, ironically, Ambrose's book "Band of Brothers" quotes liberally from the same pages that Webster's widow published at the author's encouragement, and backing.
Cause of Death: Possible drowning.
Body lost at sea
Specifically: Body lost at sea near Santa Monica.
Created by: Douglas Brown
Record added: Apr 22, 2007
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