BEND, OR -- He was wounded in battle 71 years ago. Now, Central Oregon's Bob Maxwell will again be recognized for his valor. He received the military's highest honor - the Medal of Honor - for using his own body to shield fellow soldiers from a German grenade in World War II. He's the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient in the nation.
Maxwell will be highlighted at Saturday’s dedication of the Oregon Medal of Honor Exhibit at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville. Dick Tobiason is a friend and colleague of Maxwell’s. He tells KBND, “[We're] going to dedicate the Oregon Medal of Honor exhibit. We’ll be presenting special recognition to Bob to pass on the legacy of the Medal of Honor to a museum where 150,000 people travel through on any given year and it means a lot of people will be exposed to the medal of honor that never knew about it before.”
In light of that, the Bend City Council has declared Wednesday “Bob Maxwell Medal of Honor Day” in Bend. Tobiason spearheaded the idea. “I thought that at 95 he should get some recognition. And the city of Bend has always been so welcoming to veterans and hospitable and charitable and I know that this comes with a deep sense of meaning from the city of Bend.” Actually, Maxwell won't turn 95 until next Monday.