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Army Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth W. Westbrook
Died October 7, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
41, of Shiprock, N.M.; assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died Oct. 7 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., of wounds suffered Sept. 8 when insurgents attacked his unit in Ganjigal Valley, Afghanistan, using small arms and indirect fire.
Navajo Nation honors fallen soldier
The Associated Press
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. has ordered flags on the reservation to be flown at half-staff from Oct. 14 to Oct. 17 to honor a fallen soldier from New Mexico.
The Department of Defense says Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth W. Westbrook died Oct. 7 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.
Westbrook, 41, was injured Sept. 8 when insurgents attacked his unit in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Westbook grew up in Shiprock, N.M., and joined the Army after graduating from Shiprock High School in 1987.
He lived with his wife and three sons in Fountain, Colo., and his family says he planned to retire from the service in November after a 22-year career.
Westbrook’s funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 16 in New Mexico at the Farmington Civic Center.