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BEND, OR -- A big loss for the Central Oregon community: Robert Maxwell passed away Saturday night. He was America's oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor.


The city of Bend was designated as the state's first Medal of Honor City, last fall, because of Maxwell's connection. And, in November, Central Oregon Community College unveiled a permanent honor to Maxwell, who is credited with starting the school's automotive program. Dick Tobiason, with the Bend Heroes Foundation, tells KBND News, "We will always hold him close in memories and deeds."

Maxwell was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery he displayed during his service in World War II. He was gravely wounded when he threw himself on a grenade in France. 

Bob Maxwell was 98.


File Photo: Maxwell in 2006

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