Lou Wendel

Cedar Rapids

about the artist

Upon graduation from the Kansas City Art Institute, Lou’s extensive and diverse career has included lithography and paintings in juried exhibitions; stained glass restoration in public spaces; instruction in Linn/Johnson county art education; and owning Creative Hand Gallery. Over the years, Lou has participated in various public art projects including Overalls All Over, Fly Wright and Herky on Parade 2004. She is currently the retail manager at the Museum Gate, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art where regional and area artists are featured.


1SG H. Hawk honors all active duty and veteran members of the United States Army. Wendel painstakingly combined three Army combat uniforms to craft one large enough for Herky.

1SG H. Hawk’s rank honors Clarence Brown III of the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Cedar Rapids. According to MAJ Tara Bowman, Brown is essential to station’s success, and she decided Herky should share his rank.

On Herky’s right shoulder is a flag patch that Bowman wore during her 2011-2012 deployment in Afghanistan. The “Screaming Eagle” patch on the left shoulder is from Bowman’s sister’s National Guard uniform. Three skill tabs can be found on Herky’s left shoulder—combat medic, expert infantry, and airborne. On Herky’s left breast is a recruiter badge, while on the right he sports a Hawkeye patch to honor ROTC at the University of Iowa.

H. Hawk’s hat, which Wendel made by hand, is worn with a “Ranger roll,” with the edges curled and the hat pulled down to conform to the shape of the head. This suggests H. Hawk is an Army Ranger.

The name and unit patches have been changed on 1SG H. Hawk to honor North Liberty Mayor Tom Salm who passed away unexpectedly May 18, 2014. Mayor Salm proudly served in the Iowa Army National Guard #294 from 1971-1999.


Cedar Rapids Recruiting office, 130 Collins Rd NE #D, Cedar Rapids

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