Maxwell Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial
— Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II —
[Eagle clutching a gold and silver star a Black Hawk helicopter and a Soldier's Cross]
[Story County Freedom Flights]
[AC130 "Spirit of '03"]
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, Afghanistan • War, Korean • War, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Freedom Rock Memorials series list.
Location. 41° 53.308′ N, 93° 24.043′ W. Marker is in Maxwell, Iowa, in Story County. Memorial is at the intersection of 2nd Street and Trotter Road on 2nd Street. The memorial is located in Maxwell City Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 309 2nd St, Maxwell IA 50161, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Maxwell Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker).
Regarding Maxwell Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial. The Story County Freedom Rock is located in Maxwell, IA at the NE corner of the Maxwell Park
The story of this rock started on May 30th, 2013 when we applied with Sorensen Studios for the Story County Freedom Rock and were accepted. Bubba finished painting the rock on June 6, 2015.
Bubba’s inspiration for the murals on the rock came from ideas generated by the local American Legion, and VFW and the history in Story County. The East side of the rock shows the AC130 "gunship" plane. When it fires its' anti-craft flares it's known as the "angel wings" display. that disperses smoke that looks similar to angel wings. In 1991, Maxwell lost one of their own residents and servicemen, Timothy Harrison, on the plane gunship “Spirit 03.” In Operation Desert Storm during the Battle of Khafji, “Spirit 03” was shot down by a surface-to-air missile while providing support for the Marines on the ground who were under heavy fire. All 14 crew members were killed. The loss of the crew of “Spirit 03” was the largest single loss by any Air Force unit during Operation Desert Storm.
On the West side Bubba was inspired by Story County Freedom Flights that are honoring and offered to WWII, Korea and Vietnam vets that live in Story County or resided in Story County when they joined. It is titled "One Last Mission."
The North side of the rock entails an eagle clutching a
Also see . . . Iowa Freedom Rock Tour. (Submitted on March 16, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
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