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William Cameron McCool

San Diego, Calif. 1961 - Over Texas 2003
NASA astronaut and the Space Shuttle pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia. He was killed, along with all others, when their spacecraft disintegrated during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
Eddie Dixon
House Bronze (Lubbock)

Lubbock /  William Cameron McCool   Lubbock /  William Cameron McCool


4½ m tall statue of commander McCool and a young boy with a toy-airplane. The left hand of the statue points north toward the flight path of the Columbia Shuttle. The sleeve of the astronaut's flight suit bears the names of his three sons: Cameron, Chris and Sean. The sculptor also inscribed the name of McCool's widow, Lani, onto the ring worn by the astronaut.


May 7, 2005
McCool Memorial Committee:
Mike Arismendez, Junior Aston,
Brian Broussard, Clay Cash, James Dirks,
Eddie Dixon, Gary Edson, Earl Fischer
Gary Lawrence, Eddie McBride,
Mayor Marc McDougal, Amy Pittmon,
Phil Price, Dale Somers, Randy Truesdell


house bronze inc. / lubbock, texas

Information Sign


Mankind looks to the heavens with a sense of wonder, a thirst for knowledge and a dream
to achieve the impossible. From the days of the first pioneer pilots, adventurous men and
women have risked everything for the chance to touch the sky, to see the Earth from above
and advance the cause of humanity.

From an early age, William "Willie" McCool set his sights on the future. After graduating
from Coronado High School in Lubbock, TX, Willie's lifelong interest in science led him to a
career as a test pilot for the U.S. Navy. Cmdr. McCool became an astronaut candidate and
reported to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in 1996. He was assigned the role of
pilot for STS-107, a mission that featured more than 80 experiments. McCool and his six
crewmates perished when Space Shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry over the Texas
Panhandle on February 1, 2003.

This memorial was created as a lasting tribute to McCool: his life, his vision and his
contributions to our understanding of our place in the universe. The young boy represents
both McCool's early interest in science and the sense of adventure and curiosity inherent in
children everywhere who dream of achieving the impossible.

May this memorial pay tribute to a fallen hero, inspire the dreams of future generations
and remind us all to keep our eyes forever fixed upon the heavens.

"From our orbital vantage point, we observe an Earth without borders, full of peace,
beauty and magnificence, and we pray that humanity as a whole can imagine a borderless
world as we see it, and strive to live as one...in peace."
Cmdr. William "Willie" McCool, January 29, 2003.


The young boy represents both McCool's early interest in science and the sense of adventure and curiosity inherent in children everywhere who dream of achieving the impossible.


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Location (N 33°31'5" - W 101°53'57")

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Item Code: ustx56; Photograph: 12 October 2010
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