The Story County Freedom Rock is located in Maxwell, IA at
the NE corner of the Maxwell Park and the corner of Trotter Blvd and 2nd
The story of this rock started on May 30th, 2013
when we applied with Sorensen Studios and were accepted. Bubba finished painting the rock on June
6, 2015. You can read more on the process of getting the rock into the Maxwell
Park and the Stories by clicking here.
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. You can read more about “Spirit 03” by clicking here .
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." You can read
more about the flights and the application to apply at their website by clicking here.
The North side of the rock entails an eagle clutching a
gold and silver star, the Black Hawk helicopter, a rifle and boot with the fallen
soldier’s tags with M.R. The initials are for Matthew Rierson. Matthrew Rierson is a native to Nevada, Iowa
and was part of the combat operations in Mogadishu, Somalia. (the movie "Black Hawk Down" was based on the incident). Rierson accompanied 2 downed helicopters and
held his position while the body of the pilot was recovered. His heroic actions
saved the lives of several comrades that cost his life on Oct. 4, 1993. You can
read more about his awards here.
You can honor someone who served by having a brick engraved with their name and information added to the memorial. The price is $40/brick. You can go to this Brick Order tab to
print off an order form or order online.
You can also donate or become a sponsor in the area by going
to this link. We are still funding for
a shelter house and hopefully to receive a tank.
Want to be a sponsor? Click Here.
Please take a look at our Visitor's tab to see what else
Maxwell has to offer for you visit. We have two wonderful museums, parks, disc golf, and etc.
NE corner of the Maxwell Park and the corner of Trotter Blvd and 2nd Street.
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