By: Jon McCalla
The Gold Star Markers on the plaza record the names of individuals from North Shelby County and South Tipton County who died in World War I and World War II. The plaza is particularly significant for one particular Gold Star – the star for Private Julius Webb who died on June 15, 1944. He was 31 years old at the time of his death. He was an Army Combat Engineer who landed in France on D-Day. A member of Kerrville Methodist Church, Webb was born in 1913 and enlisted in the United States Army on December 31, 1942 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He was 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 125 pounds and, at the time of his enlistment, was recorded as being a “farmer.” He was awarded the Purple Heart as a Private in the 238th Engineers Combat Battalion 2nd Airborne. He is buried in the U.S. Army Cemetery that overlooks Omaha Beach and contains the graves of 9,387 U.S. Military dead.
His sister, Lottie Webb, lived for many years in a house on the plot of land that is now the Rosemark Community Park. He had, undoubtedly, been at this location in Rosemark. It is fitting that we honor him at this location as we also honor all of those who have served our country.
Please join us on Memorial Day, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. for a special service at the Memorial Plaza immediately west of the historic Rosemark Telephone Exchange Building, 8727 Kerrville-Rosemark Road.