Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Lt. William C. Maxwell / Air Force ROTC
Lt. William C. Maxwell (Side A)
William Calvin Maxwell was born Nov. 9, 1892 in Natchez, Ala. An Army ROTC student at the University of Alabama, he left in 1917 to enlist in the Army. He received his commission in April 1918, after completing flight training at Kelly Field, Texas. In 1919, he was assigned to 3rd Aero Squadron, Philippines. On August 12, 1920, engine trouble forced Lt. Maxwell to attempt to land his DH-4 in a sugarcane field. Maneuvering to avoid a group of children playing below, he struck a flagpole hidden by the tall sugarcane and was killed instantly. On the recommendation of his former commanding officer, Maj. Roy C. Brown, Montgomery Air Intermediate Depot was renamed Maxwell Field on Nov. 8, 1922.
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Air Force ROTC (Side B)
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The Reserve Officer Training Corps was created by the National Defense Act of 1916. Air Force ROTC has its roots in seven Army Air Service ROTC units established at land-grant colleges in the 1920s. The program was significantly expanded after World War II and again in 1964. Air Force ROTC is the Service’s largest and oldest source of commissioned officers, recruiting and educating thousands of officer candidates each year at colleges and universities nationwide. The Junior ROTC program provides
Erected 1995 by Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Historical Preservation and Promotion Foundation, and Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 32° 22.709′ N, 86° 20.561′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Maxwell Boulevard and Magnolia Drive, on the right when traveling west on Maxwell Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is the centerpiece of Maxwell Park. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36112, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joint Programs (here, next to this marker); The Next Fifty Years (here, next to this marker); Year of Training (here, next to this marker); Expansion of Air University (here, next to this marker); Chennault Circle (here, next to this marker); Reorganization (here, next to this marker); Air University Commanders (here, next to this marker); The Air Power Legacy (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
Also see . . .
1. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (Submitted on April 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lt. William C. Maxwell. (Submitted on April 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions & Citizenship Devleopment. (Submitted on April 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Education • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World I •
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