Four generations of Webber family U.S. Military Academy cadets gathered at West Point, N.Y., this week for the graduation of the youngest, Kenneth E. Webber IV. From left are Lt. Col. Kurt Webber, retired, West Point Class of 1979; Kenneth E. Webber; Col. Kenneth E. Webber Jr., retired, West Point Class of 1948; and Lt. Col. Kenneth E. Webber III, West Point class of 1974. (COURTESY)
Gilford man latest in line in family of West Point graduates
His grandfather, Col. Kenneth Eugene Webber Jr., retired, of the West Point Class of 1948, said he was proud to have his grandson, a Gilford High School graduate, joining the clan as the fourth Kenneth Eugene Webber in the family to graduate from West Point.
“I know it sounds confusing, and it can be sometimes,” said Col. Kenneth Eugene Webber Jr. “But it’s a militaristic clan, and you won’t survive being one of us unless you live by the credo of duty, honor, country.”
And this year’s graduate is the son of another graduate, Lt. Col. Kurt Webber, retired, Class of 1979, while young Kenneth’s older brother, Capt. Kristopher Webber, graduated in the Class of 2010, and his cousin, 2nd Lt. Kandace Webber, graduated in 2013.
Major K.E. Webber served in China during World War II; Col. K.E. Webber commanded a infantry battalion in Vietnam in 1966; Lt. Col. K.E. Webber served with the 7th Special Forces Group in Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989; Lt. Col. Kurt Webber served in Iraq in 2005, and Capt. Kris Webber served in Afghanistan in 2013. Second Lt. Kandace Webber will deploy to Afghanistan in June 2014.
“It comes down to how I was raised, I have a calling to serve my country,” he said. “It feels amazing to have all of these other graduates in the family. The whole thing is amazing.”