MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Independence Day in Marshalltown was a time to remember those who paid the ultimate price.
The Marshall County Freedom Rock was dedicated on the grounds of the American Legion Golf Course. Artist Bubba Sorenson completed the work of art depicting the lives of five Marshall County soldiers who gave their lives in World War II, the Korean conflict, VietNam, and Iraq.
Frank Lewis Glick was the first Marshal County casualty of World War I, the Marshalltown American Legion Post is named after Glick.
Admiral Jack Fletcher is Marshalltown native, and recipient of the highest military honor, The Congressional Medal of Honor, for his actions in the battle of Midway in World War II.
Harry C “Sunny” Phipps is the first Marshal County casualty of the Korean War.
Lance Corporal Darwin Judge, one of the last two soldiers killed in the Vietnam War.
First Sergeant Scott Nicely, Marshalltown resident was killed during the War on Terror in Iraq.
The rock came from a local farm field and many donated to make this Freedom Rock happen.
“The freedom theme is catching on all over the country…they’re starting to realize what our military is doing to keep our country safe. This is a depiction of five different people here who all had the same goal in mind, the freedom of the United States,” said Steve Storjohann with the Marshalltown American Legion.
Some of the relatives of those honored were able to attend Monday’s ceremony.
“After I got out of the service World War II he was just a kid, and said just to soon as I’m old enough I’m going to join the army,” said Laurel Phipps, who is a cousin of Harry Phipps “I said you want to think that over seriously, but he did he was the first casualty in the Korean War.”